What to do and see in Otepaa, Valga County: The Best Places and Tips

Otepää (formerly Nuustaku) is a town in Valga County, southern Estonia, it is the administrative centre of Otepää Parish. Otepää is a popular skiing resort, popularly known as the "winter capital" of Estonia (in contrast to the "summer capital" Pärnu). During the 2005–2006 season it became the site for FIS Cross-Country World Cup events.

1. Lake Puhajarv

Ranna Tee, Otepaa 67414, Estonia Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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Lake Puhajarv

The picturesque coastline and five islands of Lake Puhajarv make it the biggest and most beautiful lake in the Otepaa region. There is a beach with a beach house, ball game courts, rest areas, cafés and a pier by the northern tip of Lake Puhajarv.There are many springs in the lake and the Spring of Love is the most famous of these. The Vaike Emajogi River starts from the southern tip of the lake. A 12 km hiking track runs about the lake.Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso blessed the lake in 1991 and this event is commemorated with a wooden sculpture on the lake’s shore by the park.

Reviewed By gitapandit - Mumbai, IndiaMumbai, India

Beautiful lake

It was a great feeling to walk around this beautiful sacred lake. Even though it was a cold day with a slight drizzle we enjoyed taking photos and being there.

2. Otepaa Seikluspark

Tehvandi 3, Otepaa 67403, Estonia Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
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Otepaa Seikluspark

An adventurous park, where you can climb and have a really great time, when you are visiting south of Estonia.

Reviewed By zundik - Florence, ItalyFlorence, Italy

Great place for outdoor family activity.

Our 10 year old and 8 year old loved it and so did we. The place is well planed and the climbing is very safe. It has free parking and a track for even younger kids.

3. Vaike Munamagi Hill

Nupli kula, Otepaa, Estonia Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
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Vaike Munamagi Hill

Climbing to the top of Munamagi Hill is worth the effort – the view covers more than 50 km. The absolute height of Vaike or Otepaa Munamagi Hill is 207.5 m (relative height exceeds 80 m). There is a spring on the north-eastern slope of Vaike Munamagi (in the direction of Otepaa) that has been considered the start of the Vaike Emajogi River for a long time. The boulder on the edge of the first plain is the biggest in the area – 250,000 kg.

Reviewed By CyberSurrealist - Tallinn, EstoniaTallinn, Estonia

Väike Munamäe is an excellent winter adventure, especially combined with Kuutsemäe centre

Väike Munamäe was a surprisingly fun place to snowboard. They had a combined ticket system with Kuutsemäe, so it filled up the whole weekend and we did not get bored just riding the same slopes at one place all day. Munakas had three slopes open at the we

4. Otepaa Nature Park

Kolga tee 28, Otepaa 67405, Estonia Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Otepaa Nature Park

Otepaa Nature Park is the largest landscape protection area in Estonia (22,430 hectares). It forms the central part of the hilly Otepaa Highlands, of whose 1180 square kilometres it covers 19%. The nature park is located in the northern part of Valga County in Otepaa, Palupera, Puka and Sangaste rural municipalities. Access is available to all of the nature park, but you must respect your surroundings. Further information is available from the nature park centre at Kolga tee 28, which is open from Monday to Thursday from 08:00 to 17:00 and on Fridays from 08:00 to 14:30.

Reviewed By Tiina L - Otepaa, EstoniaOtepaa, Estonia

Nature tracks

The nature is really magnificent and there are several well marked routes and tracks to go hiking or skiing. There are also some picnic places along the routes.

5. Lake Puhajarv Park

Puhajarv, Otepaa, Estonia Nature & Parks
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Lake Puhajarv Park

Families with children are particularly welcome in the Lake Puhajarv Park as there are many opportunities to feed ducks and other birds when walking on the lakeshore. There is an exercise track by the northern part of the park. This is also the place where you will find the beach with a beach house, cafés, arbours and boat hire.The park used to be a part of the Puhajarv Manor Park and it was designed as a walking forest with paths already in the 19th century. The park is mainly a naturally grown forest.

Reviewed By Miki_Riga - Riga, LatviaRiga, Latvia

Majestic park just nearby the hotel

We stayed in the SPA Hotel right next to the lake and went out for the walk in the evening, the weather was great, park itself is remarkable with lot of benches to sit with no fuss. Daytime, if summer very cosy to have a swim and after sunbath on the gras

6. Puhajarv War Oak

| Pühajärve küla, Otepaa, Estonia Nature & Parks
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Puhajarv War Oak

Reviewed By laurarhr - Envigado, ColombiaEnvigado, Colombia

Great!

It is a great place to relax. Pühajärve is a really beautiful place surrounded by nature. It is nice to make a picnic

7. Otepaa Energy Column

Mae tn, Otepaa, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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Otepaa Energy Column

Otepaa irradiates good energy! The monument that celebrates the existence of positive energy fields was opened in Mae Street on 1 October 1992.The entire field is surrounded by benches and the location of these as well as the column itself was selected by psychics.The energy column is the symbol which reminds us that in this rapidly changing world, humans are a part of nature and everything is based on the rules of nature that rely on balance and co-dependency.

Reviewed By gitapandit - Mumbai, IndiaMumbai, India

You can feel the energy

Amazing positive energy can be felt and gathered and one is cleansed by just being there.There is a board with guidelines telling you what you should do to receive and feel the energy.

8. Otepaa Tourist Information Centre

Tartu maantee, Otepaa, Estonia Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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Otepaa Tourist Information Centre

Otepaa Tourist Information Centre gives tourists free information about tourist sights, accommodation and catering, possibilites for active vacations, cultural events, guide services and transportation in Otepaa tourism region, Valgamaa and all over Estonia. Otepaa Tourist Information Centre also provides paid services: booking accommodation, ordering taxis, photocopying, scanning, using the computer. Otepaa Tourist Information Centre sells souvenirs and stamps.There's free WiFi at the Otepaa Tourist Information Centre.

Reviewed By Kathleen L - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Closed on Mondays

Unfortunately the tourist information centre was closed the day we visited. Nevertheless there was some information available for visitors. This Information centre is in a lovely new building and the post office is also in the building.

9. Harimagi

Mardi kula, Otepaa, Estonia Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
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Harimagi

Harimagi is one of the largest mesas of the Otepaa Highlands (211.3 m above sea level). You can climb a 24 m viewing platform here to enjoy the views that reach Otepaa hills and a cross the Vaike Emajogi River to the Karula Highlands. Those who are not brave enough to climb to the top can stay on lower levels.Interesting facts:The hill has also been called Leenard and Leonhard Hill.Internationally renowned astronomer and geodesist Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struwe (1793-1864) surveyed the area in 1816-1819.

Reviewed By DoctorDee69 - Wakefield, United KingdomWakefield, United Kingdom

Just a tower, but worth a visit

Harimagi is a 24m tall wooden lookout tower, located on the top of "one of the highest mountains in the Otepaa region". But don't get your hopes up! In this flat country, that doesn't amount to a whole lot, and it stands at only 211m above sea level.From

10. Otepaa Maarja Lutheran Church

Otepaa kula, Otepaa, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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Otepaa Maarja Lutheran Church

Otepaa Maarja Lutheran Church is historically connected to the national flag of Estonia. The blue, black and white flag of the Estonian Student Union, which later became the national flag and in 1991 the official flag of the state of Estonia, was consecrated in the rectory of the church on 4 June 1884. Pay attention to the bar reliefs commemorating the event next to the entrance of the church and the interior with its English-style neo-gothic décor. Maaraj Church was given its current appearance in the middle of the 19th century. The doors of the church are open to everyone in summer. Services are held at 11 am on Sundays.

Reviewed By Kathleen L - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Very pretty Church

This Church holds a great deal of local significance but unfortunately was not open the day we visited. Some information is posted in English outside.

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