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.
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.
Bus connection covers the whole city. There are 26 routes and their schedules can be found at Pärnu ATP-s website.
Pärnu has a big beach that opens to the south and has lovely, almost white sand. The Baltic seaside resort.
Completed in 2006, the attractive Beach Promenade has the feeling of a real resort and makes the Summer Capital's beaches inviting even in bad weather! Thought-out lighting keeps the beach active even when the sun goes down, and the playing colours of the fountains are a sight in themselves in the darkness of the night.
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.
In winter time, consider one of the many spa hotels:
A'la carte restaurant Café Grand in the citycenter of Pärnu