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Tõrva turism

There are several unique sights in Tõrva parish that make it an exciting tourist destination for history buffs and thrill seekers. Less than 10 kilometres outside the town of Tõrva in Jõgeveste is the only mausoleum in Estonia – the final resting place of the famous military leader Barclay de Tolly who defeated Napoleon. Those interested in history are welcome to the Helme Parish Museum right next to the town of Tõrva, where you will not only see preserved items, but also conserved memories where each item can tell a story about its maker, user or owner. The ruins of the grand Helme church and the ruins of the Helme order castle are waiting to be discovered nearby the Parish Museum. When visiting the ruins of the order castle, make sure you also visit the caves of Helme. Although some of the caves have collapsed over time, several passages are still waiting for visitors. You can also find interesting caves in Koorküla village.

Military enthusiasts are welcome to Käre battlefields, where it is possible to experience history at its best, picturing you in the battlefields of 1944. Valga Military Theme Park is less than 30 kilometres from Tõrva.

Koorküla Valgjärv Lake and campfire sites

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Koorküla Valgjärv Lake and the campfire sites are located in Valga County, in the Sakala Recreation Area. Valgjärv Lake has beautiful sandy shores, making it a perfect destination for a family holiday. There is room for several groups of friends in the first campfire site and it is also possible to go swimming there. The […]

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Taagepera hiking trail

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The total length of Taagepera hiking trail is 5.4 km. The trail begins and ends at the Taagepera campfire site and partly runs along the shores of the Õhne River. The trail can also be completed in smaller circles – 1.6 km and 4.0 km long. There are wooden signposts and information boards at the hiking […]

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Lake Tündre campfire site and nature reserve

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Lake Tündre campfire site and nature reserve are located in Valga County, Sakala Recreation Area. The shore of the beautiful Tündre Lake is perfect for a longer holiday. There is a shelter with a roof, a dry toilet, an information board, a campfire site with a roof and a barbeque grill, a woodshed, and a […]

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Helme Parish Museum

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Helme Parish Museum is located in the village of Kirikuküla in the former rectory of Helme church. At Helme Parish Museum, you will not only see preserved items, but also conserved memories where each item can tell a story about its maker, user or owner. The multitudinous museum assets emphasise local values, sources of sustenance […]

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Taagepera Castle

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Taagepera Castle is a special place – it is a mixture of elegant and rustic milieus, history, and the present. Baron Hugo von Stryk had the impressive art nouveau castle built as a home for himself more than a hundred years ago. The renewed castle complex is a unique conservation area with an art nouveau […]

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Bogshoe hike in the Rubina Weltands in Mulgimaa

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Rubina is the largest and best-preserved bog in the Mulgimaa area and is an area of great value to nature enthusiasts for its many bird species. A hike through Rubina’s beauty, from the moss-covered marshlands; to a picnic lunch on a bog island covered in gigantic trees, is a hike is spent surrounded by a […]

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Helme caves

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Located in the manor park of the same name, the Helme caves, are an unrivalled sight in Estonia. Situated to the north of castle ruins, the caves have a white Burtniek layer of sandstone walls standing 3 m high. Unfortunately for cave lovers though, some of the better known caves have already collapsed.  Once comprised […]

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Ruins of Helme Order Castle

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The ruins of Helme Order Castle are situated on a steep slope by the Pärnu-Valga road. The castle is thought to have been built in the first half of the 14th century. Parts of its walls with their distinctive window openings remain standing today. Legend has it that a young virgin was entombed within its walls […]

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Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum

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Barclay de Tolly mausoleum is one of the 21 places in Southern Estonia worth discovering which are marked by a yellow National Geographic window; if you love culture and nature, a visit is highly recommended. Field Marshal de Tolly, whose final resting place is in Estonia, is one of the most famous people related to […]

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Tõrva Central Square

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At Tõrva Central Square, the priority is given to pedestrian comfort and leisure facilities. Spread over almost 13,000 square meters, Tõrva Central Square has most of the space on the footpaths and activity grounds. Landscaping was carried out on 5,000 square metres and almost 2,000 trees and shrubs were planted. The central square of Tõrva […]

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War of Independence Memorial Column

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The memorial column erected in 1928 to commemorate those who fell in the War of Independence stands in the park next to Tõrva Upper Secondary School. The author of the monument is Aleksander Eller. The monument was taken down by local communist authorities during the Second World War in 1940 and it was reopened on […]

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Tõrva Church – Chamber Hall

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The Helme-Tõrva Apostolic Orthodox Church of the Birth of Christ was built in Valga Street in the years 1903 to 1904. Karl Shurin was in charge of the building work. The two domes and bell tower made the church one of the most imposing churches in the Viljandi Apostolic Orthodox Deanery. The church was seriously […]

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Study trail of Lilli nature house

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An information board at the Lilli nature house directs those interested to the study trail of the Lilli nature house. Taking an old lane, you reach a forest path which takes you to a sorb grove that the locals also know as the ‘energy grove’. On the trail, you can admire rare lung lichen, rest […]

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Teringi study trail

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The loop trail is ideal for people who are not wearing special hiking clothes. The boardwalk, covered with anti-slip mesh, and the safe wood-chip path take the visitor across several bog islands. Information boards along the trail give an ample overview of wild animals and bog communities.

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Wooden sculptures in Mulgimaa

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There are beautiful wooden sculptures on almost every corner in Mulgimaa – there is a man in Abja, a woman in Helme, a sitting local in Paistu, a dancing couple in Karksi, and a bagpipe player in Pikasilla. In Tarvastu and Mõisaküla, you will be welcomed by a whole family. Come and find them all!

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Valga Military Theme Park

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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 Forest Brothers bunker, a large collection […]

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