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Pärnu[2] is a resort seaside city with a small harbour in the South-Western part of Estonia.


The city is famous for its spas, shallow white sandy beach and beautiful parks. It is also a popular place for conferences, theatre performances and concerts. In 1838 the first spa was opened and nowadays Pärnu is a health resort of international stature.

During the Great Northern War, the University of Tartu was relocated to Pärnu from 1699-1710. Tartu University still has a branch campus there today.

Since 1996 Pärnu has been known as Estonia's Summer Capital. Beach life, dozens of festivals, night clubs, big party crowds, concerts and funfairs - Pärnu has it all.

Get in

By train

Pärnu has train connection to Tallinn. Trains depart from Tallinn and from Pärnu twice a day. Journey takes about 2,5 hours. Train schedules: Edelaraudtee

By car

Pärnu has road connections to Tallinn, Haapsalu, Tartu, Vändra, Paide and Riga in Latvia.

Distances table
1 km = 0.62 miles to Tallinn to Tartu to Viljandi to Narva to Paide to Haapsalu
from Pärnu 128 km 174 km 96 km 291 km 95 km 108 km

By bus

Buses arrive to Pärnu from Tallinn, Tartu, Haapsalu, Riga and several other places. Bus schedules and journey planner can be found at Bussireisid.

By boat

There is a ferry connection in from Kihnu (a small island in the Baltic Sea) to Pärnu and between Pärnu and Ruhnu. In winter there are also ice-roads between the islands of Pärnu bay.

Get around

By foot

Pärnu's old city is pretty small and navigateable by foot, but it's full of small boutiques. Lots of them are on Rüütli street.

By bus

Bus connection covers the whole city. There are 26 routes and their schedules can be found at Pärnu ATP-s website.


  • Old town with buildings even from medieval times
  • Beautiful wooden villas
  • Beach park and promenade
  • Pärnu, Lydia Koidula and Modern Art Museum and City gallery


Pärnu has a big beach that opens to the south and has lovely, almost white sand. The Baltic seaside resort.

Weather at the beach can be wet and raw even in summer, so many Estonian holiday makers go indoors to the Vee Park, which is an indoor water park at the largest beachside hotel. As water parks go, this one is fantastic, and insures that your few days at the beach won't be wasted because of inclement weather. There are lot of interesting historical buildings in the city center. You may ask special broucher and discover all of them by Your own Discover Pärnu by Your own

Just south of downtown is a modern art museum and art school. Exhibits change frequently, and are often edgy and provocative.

Outdoor activities:

  • Horseback riding
    • Sassi Talu, Kabriste küla, Audru vald (18 km west of Pärnu), +372 56 467 301 (), [1]. European-standards excellent service and reception; good both for novice and for experienced riders.

In winter time, consider one of the many spa hotels:

  • Spa Estonia [3] Modern and moderate-priced; great variety of medical treatment and procedures.
  • The Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival.
  • David Oistrahh festival.







A'la carte restaurant Café Grand in the citycenter of Pärnu [4]






  • Spa Estonia [5]
  • Small historical hotel in the citycenter of Pärnu Hotel Victoria [6]



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