Valga Museum is a lively and modern museum where you will never get bored! The photos displayed here show you the history of Valga County and the city from ancient times to the present. The museum is also livened up by models, music and wax figures. Going to the museum is not a waste of time! Interesting facts: * there is a wax figure of the first ...

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Weightlifter Alfred Neuland (1895-1966) who was born in Valga is the first Estonian Olympic Champion. He returned with a gold medal from the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920. He was also successful at the Paris Olympic Games where he won the silver medal. Interesting facts: * sculptor Mati Karmin is the author of the bronze bust; * Hermann Lerchenbaum, ...

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Valga Town hall is one of the 21 places worth discovering in Southern Estonia that are marked with a yellow National Geographic window; if you are interested in culture and history, visiting these places is highly recommended.   The Town Hall was built in 1865 and its high half-hipped roof, skylights and turrets make it one of the most outstanding ...

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Come and learn about the Paju Battle of the War of Independence on the site where the battle took place. Or would you like to learn more about the past and present of national defence in Estonia? The Military Theme Park includes military vehicles, armoured vehicles, a tank, a bunker of Forest Brothers, a large collection of weapons and many other items. ...

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This memorial, which is dedicated to the freedom fighters of southern Estonia, represents the figure of an unknown soldier, his sword sheathed, with a flag held aloft in one hand and the other outstretched. The first memorial was unveiled here on 11 October 1925, dedicated to Lieutenant Julius Kuperjanov, but it was destroyed by Soviet forces on the ...

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The church was built of natural stone and bricks in 1907. Lithuanian and Polish railway workers were actively involved in building the church. The church operated until 1940 and from 1945, the building was used as a warehouse and later as a gym. The extension of the church was built in 1995 and the church was renovated.   Interesting facts: ...

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NIPERNAADI, the eternal wanderer and dreamer, greets visitors and boldly raises his hat in the Säde park. Look at the sole of his raised travelling boot and you'll see adventurous roads awaiting for you. If you manage to polish even the smallest part of it you will always have good luck accompanying your travels. Look into his eyes and you'll start ...

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The year 1886 when the plan to build the Pihkva-Riga railway with a branch from Valga to Tartu became a crucial year in the development of the little town. The steam engine monument erected near the Valga railway station in 1998 celebrates the 110th anniversary of the Pihkva-Valga-Riga rail connection. Engine SU 251-98 was built in the Sormovo Shipyard ...

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Jaani Church, located right in the heart of the city, was built in 1816 according to the design of architect Christoph Haberland and it is the only church in Estonia with an oval ground plan. The unique organ has been preserved in its original shape and it is the only instrument built by Friedrich Ladegast still left in Estonia. Interesting facts: ...

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A black granite memorial tablet bearing almost 200 names was installed on the wall of the Valga Jaani (St John’s) Church in 1934 in remembrance of the Finnish volunteers who fell in the Paju Battle of the War of Independence. The polar bear sign of the Northern Sons Regiment is shown on the shield above the stone. In 1940 the memorial tablet was ...

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Taagepera Castle is a special place – it is a mixture of elegance and a rustic milieu, history and the present day… Baron Hugo von Stryk had the impressive art nouveau castle built as a home for himself more than a hundred years ago. A hotel with a cosy 40-seat à la carte restaurant was opened here in 2003. The castle is the perfect ...

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The Otepää Winter Sports Museum was opened in the Tehvandi Stadium complex on 09.02.2011 as a branch of the Estonian Sports Museum. The crown jewels of its exhibitions are the medals and awards won by Estonian winter sports athletes in the Olympics and other major competitions, and winter sports equipment and clothing. You can test yourself ...

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Otepää Nature Park is the largest landscape protection area in Estonia (22,430 hectares). It forms the central part of the hilly Otepää Highlands, of whose 1180 square kilometres it covers 19%. The nature park is located in the northern part of Valga County in Otepää, Palupera, Puka and Sangaste rural municipalities. Access ...

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Climbing to the top of Munamägi Hill is worth the effort – the view covers more than 50 km. The absolute height of Väike or Otepää Munamägi Hill is 207.5 m (relative height exceeds 80 m). There is a spring on the north-eastern slope of Väike Munamägi (in the direction of Otepää) that has been considered ...

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