Estonia off the Beaten Path: Tartu and Peipus

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

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4 Comments

  1. Piret Reiljan Saturday April 15th, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Why must you include the Russian name for Lake Peipus. It is only “shared” as you so charmingly put it becasue Russia claimed it when they invaded Estonia and overstayed their welcome for 55 years. They changed the border – Estonia does not use the Russia name for any part of its country.

    • independentpeople Wednesday April 19th, 2017 at 06:26 PM

      History is not always fair – Russia has just snapped a piece of my country as well, so I can assure you that by making our “charming” remark about two names of the same lake no ill was meant. By the way, we lived in Narva and though it’s an Estonian city (with a weird history too – no doubt), the locals call the Peipus “Чудское”.
      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Anna Lenkina Thursday May 11th, 2017 at 04:54 PM

    All the Russians living in Estonia do name the lake Chudskoje. Like it or not, this is the name. Peipus is also an estonian slang i suppose as everywhere on the maps u can only see the Peipsi jarv for it )

    • independentpeople Friday May 12th, 2017 at 05:00 PM

      Haha, really, it’s like Deutschland in German and Germany in English or Allemagne in French – same old stuff :D

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