Pärnu

Pärnu is a resort seaside city (and Estonia’s summer capital) with a small harbour in south-western Estonia.

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Sand dunes in Pärnu

The city is known 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 is an ancient Hanseatic town where a medieval festival and an arts and crafts fair are held every summer.

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