Small how it is, but with so much to discover – this time we will tell you about beautiful things you can see in the eastern part of Estonia and namely  all around the lake Peipus, or Chudskoe using the Russian name, as it is shared between Russia and Estonia.

So let’s start from the beginning!

Tartu

Second biggest Estonian city, it is young and vibrant due to the big student community. It is also very Estonian in its spirit with strong national identity. Relatively quiet in summer, but loud and lively during the scholar year, Tartu is a very nice town to spend the day. Its most iconic symbols are the Town hall and Kissing Students Fountain, but if you just take a walk in the old town, you will definitely not be bored.

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Lake Peipus

Not only is it a wonderful picturesque area, but another culturally different place to explore. Lake Peipus is stunning; no wonder there are quite a lot of campers during the summertime.

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

It is also a source of various sorts of fish that gets smoked and then sold in numerous little shops along the lake. Suitsu Kala – smoked fish. And it is sooo delicious!

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

By the way, it is this area, where the Old Believers live. Who are these old believers? In the XVII century, a Russian patriarch made some reforms in the Orthodox Church organisation, which wasn’t met with great enthusiasm from certain believers. Some of them moved to the Lake Peipus area and keep practicing there the old rituals, which are over thousand years old. There are restaurants with their traditional cuisine as well as a museum about their extraordinary destiny. Old believers are also notorious for their “onion industry” :)

Estonia, lake Peipus, old believers

Estonia, lake Peipus, old believers

Photo by Mait Jüriado

Alatskivi Castle

In the same area a beautiful manor is located – Alatskivi Castle. Dating back to the XVII century, it has been perfectly maintained and now presents an interesting spot to see during your weekend.

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

And that’s how our trips normally look like :D

Tartu, lake Peipus, Estonia

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Estonia of the beaten path: Tartu and Peipus