Welcome to East-Estonia: Ida-Viru County
E3 – Experience Excitement and Energy
This is the promise to all guest of East-Estonia!
A well-chosen and successful holiday is one of the most pleasant ways for building up energy. There are various ways for “recharging your battery” and the most important ones are represented in the wide variety of tourism opportunities in Ida-Viru County. See also E1, E2 and E3 descriptions.
Rich in diverse natural heritage and various holiday opportunities, Ida-Viru County is one of the most valued tourist regions in Estonia.
Ida-Viru County is bordered by coastline of about 70 km to the north, over 50 km of Lake Peipus to the south and around 48 km of the Narva River and Narva Reservoir to the east. The area of the county contains numerous lakes, 70 of which are larger than a hectare. There are 165 rivers and brooks of varying lengths flowing in the midst of ancient woodland and cloudberry marshes.
The biggest town in the county is the border city Narva, once referred to as the Baroque pearl of the Baltic Sea. It is there, on the banks of the Narva River that the Hermann Castle stands with its tower from which it is possible to peek at the Russian Ivangorod fortress across the river.
A few kilometres upstream brings us to the Kreenholm Manufacture, which was one of the largest textile mills in Europe in the second half of the 19th century. Built in its time for around five thousand Lutheran workers of the manufacture, Narva Alexander’s Cathedral is located in the same place.
When talking about Ida-Viru County, mineral resources, mines, mining and energy industry cannot be overlooked. Here one can see excavators, visit the mining museum or conquer the peaks of the “ash mountains”.
A distinguished place in the tourist region of Ida-Viru County belongs, naturally, to Narva-Jõesuu. This is a holiday resort that has been blessed with the longest beach in Estonia. Already during the tsarist rule, Narva-Jõesuu was a popular summer holiday destination among the Russian gentry. To this day the few wooden villas decorated with lace, which survived the fires of the last war, are reminiscent of those days. Now the seaside pine forest is full of spa hotels.