The 10 Best Things to Do in Narva, Ida-Viru County

Narva (Russian: Нарва) is the third largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, at the Russian border, on the Narva River which drains Lake Peipus.

1. Narva Castle

Peterburi mnt 2, Narva 20308, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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Narva Castle

The Narva Castle is one of the main attractions of the city. In the seventh decade of the 13th century, the Danes established a castle as a residence for the Danish King’s vice-Regent. The Narva Castle is the most diverse and best preserved defence structure in Estonia. The area of the castle is 3.2 hectares, and the highest point is the Tall Hermann Tower (51 metres). Today you can visit the museum in the castle, were the displays explain the history of Narva and the castle. There are handicraft workshops in the northern courtyard, where you can try your hand at various techniques and handicrafts.

Reviewed By GRAHAM C - Sevenoaks, United KingdomSevenoaks, United Kingdom

Full restoration will be complete in July 2019 but still worth a visit prior to this date.

Stunning architecture of fortifications as East meets West. The Narva Castle was built in the 14th Century to guard the Narva River and has its counterpart (although much bigger ) on the Russian side. The virtual border between the two countries lies in t

2. Narva Joesuu

Narva Joesuu, northern suburb, Narva, Estonia Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches, Beach & Pool Clubs More
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Narva Joesuu

Northern suburb of Narva, located on the coast of Finnish Gulf with a pleasant sandy beach.

Reviewed By Average_Estonian - Tallinn, EstoniaTallinn, Estonia

Good place to go turning hot summer day..

I really liked the beach. It's biggest or on of the biggest continues sand beach on the Baltic Sea... Sadly town itself is in ruins. It was a popular resort among Finns, Estonians and Russians. Nowadays it's just a shadow of it's past...

3. Narva River Promenade

Joe 1, Narva 20609, Estonia Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Biking Trails
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Narva River Promenade

Reviewed By royandjeanette - KeighleyKeighley

Pleasant Experience

This promenade around the Narva Castle wasn’t here five years ago when we last visited. The Estonian side riverbank has been recently and tastefully renovated (with EU support) to enable a walking tour along the water. So it was pleasant experience to be

4. Puhtitsa Stavropegial Holy Dormition Monastery

Kuremae kula | Kuremäe, Ida-Viru maakond, Narva 41201, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Puhtitsa Stavropegial Holy Dormition Monastery

Reviewed By taqqie - Utrecht, The NetherlandsUtrecht, The Netherlands

Impressive nunnery

I visited the nunnery (dependance?) in Kuremäe, which doesn't have its own entry on Tripadvisor. Very special and very quite place, which impresses by its calmness and beauty (see images)

5. Fama Centre

Tallinna mnt 19C, Narva 20303, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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Fama Centre

Fama is the name of one of Narva’s bastions.Built in 1690, it comprised a yard and surrounding rooms in which there were workshops, smiths’ stores, stables, barns and prison facilities. It was demolished to make way for the trade route to Europe. It is the only bastion in the city that no longer exists. However, in its place has sprung up a brand new shopping complex. ‘The rebirth of history on the trade route’ was the idea behind the project.

Reviewed By thebigscotsman - Singapore, SingaporeSingapore, Singapore

nice place

Fama is a small shopping centre in the middle of Narva it has a reasonable selection of shops from a good supermarket to an outdoor supplier with barbecue stuff etc.Its very clean and has a bank with ATMs but sometimes awkward to access the security door

6. Narva University College

Town Hall Square, Narva, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Narva University College

Reviewed By pietro r - Taranto, ItalyTaranto, Italy

A new college in East Europe

It is a brand new building near to the Town Hall on the same square.The facade is very peculiar and there were several discussion when it was unveiled. The interiors are very interesting with innovative and nice architectural solutions like the stair-amph

7. Monument to Paul Keres

Pushkina St., Narva, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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Monument to Paul Keres

Reviewed By Hotelz001 - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

Nice monument to beloved Paul

It is in the middle of a promenade between houses, apartments, shops and worth taking a break and a picture with Paul. Nice board. Chapeau to the artist. Well done!

Vestervalli 21, Narva 20306, Estonia Shopping, Museums, Art Galleries
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Narva Art Gallery

The gallery is located in 18th century former ammunition warehouse. The gallery, which was founded in the 1990s, is the art centre of East-Viru County. The collection of Russian art given to the Narva City Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Lavretsov, and which is considred to be the best provincial museum collection in the Baltic countries at the beginning of the 20th century, is stored here. In addition to the permanent collection, exhibitions of modern Estonian and West-European art are organized and a traditional art party takes place on the last Sunday in May

Reviewed By Martins V - Riga, LatviaRiga, Latvia

Small, but interesting

It small but interesting gallery with 2 halls. On the 1st floor temporary exhibitions are organised, permanent exhibition about every day life in Soviet times is located on the 2nd floor

9. Astri Centre

Tallinna mnt 41, Narva 20605, Estonia Shopping, Shopping Malls
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Astri Centre

The Astri centre is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in Narva. It boasts more than 50 different stores and is home to the 3 screens of Forum Cinemas Astri. It also has a fast food restaurant and two bars. There is an exciting playroom for children where parents can leave their little ones in the care of professional child minders. The underground car park is one of the biggest in the city. The Astri centre was designed not only as a place to shop with an extensive choice of stores, but also as a great place for people to meet and spend time together. Fashion brands like H&M, Newyorker, Reserver, Lindex etc

Reviewed By Jebir - EsbjergEsbjerg

Nice centre

Nice and regular shopping centre with several floors with a lot of different stores and Places to eat. Undergoing renovation at the moment.

10. Narva Alexander's Cathedral

Kiriku 9, Narva 20308, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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Narva Alexander's Cathedral

The church was built in 1881–84 for the Lutheran workers of the Kreenholm Factory and it was designed by St. Petersburg architect, Otto Pius von Hippius. The Alexander's Cathedral was damaged during both World War I and II. The bell town was destroyed in 1944 along with the Walcker organ that was located there. Today the church’s bell tower has been restored and Estonia’s largest hexagonal church hall awaits restoration. At the Alexander's Cathedral you can visit the bell tower and the observation platform installed there, as well as a museum where artworks from the 14th to 21st century are displayed.

Reviewed By VasilyMalygin - St. Petersburg, RussiaSt. Petersburg, Russia

Unique aura.

That was WOW effect when I entered Alexander cathedral! I just did not expect such a pale and simple from outside church would be as authospheric and emotional as it eventually was! I realize the interior is partly under reconstruction and probably soon w

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