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Cycle Route The coast and islands

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Added on 05 Jun 2011,

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Narva linn, EE (30 m NHN)

End location

Häädemeeste vald, EE (5 m NHN)


Bike Route No. 1 in Estonia follows the Estonian coastline. It forms a part of the EuroVelo Cycling Route No. 10, which runs along the Baltic Sea.

Note: The description is opposite to the direction of the cycle route on the map above and the accommodation, sights and infrastructure on the left.

Cyclists arriving from Latvia find a cosy coastal road to lead them from Ikla to Häädemeeste; on approach to Pärnu, however, they must also turn onto a highway. In Pärnu, titled as the summer capital of Estonia, bikers can enjoy an easy atmosphere and various cultural events. The leg from Pärnu to Virtsu runs along roads with little traffic in a pleasurable natural environment. We strongly recommend an at least one-day detour to Kihnu Island.

While the approach to Virtsu has to be made on some twenty kilometres of gravelled roads you will be rewarded by several nature reserves and bird paradises in the background.

The best part of this route are islands, such as Muhu, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, which draw bikers in droves. Their offer scenic sites with a great natural diversity, a string of thrilling tourist attractions and memorable moments of meeting people. The road conditions of the route are good except for some sections of gravel roads in the north of Saaremaa, which are dusty.

Apart from the main route, we definitely recommend detours to the outmost corners of the plentiful peninsulas, in particular to routes No. 301 and 302 in Hiiumaa.

After returning to the mainland, it is worthwhile to look around in Haapsalu before the trip takes you to areas once populated with Swedes – Noarootsi Peninsula and the forests of Nõva. Unfortunately, the coastal roads there are fairly bumpy, yet the discomfort is offset by the natural environment, which is relatively pristine.

Paldiski is a living memorial of the Soviet rule. Once closed for outsiders, the town and its numerous vestiges of military facilities, while having a depressing effect, are interesting to look at.

The lap from Paldiski to Tallinn runs on asphalt roads lined with fabulous views of the sea, the steep limestone bluff and the forest. Closer to Tallinn the traffic turns disturbingly dense yet you have to put up with it until a special bicycle road is completed.

Those interested in cities may have a longer stop in Tallinn for sightseeing. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the pearls of Europe.

As the journey continues from Tallinn to Narva, the first twenty or so kilometres along the main road have little to offer for the eye. Closer to the tourist magnet of North Estonia – Lahemaa National Park – we again enter a landscape that is very attractive to tourists. While the bike route leading to the remotest corners of the peninsulas comprises some 20 km of gravel roads it passes through fascinating places.

Past Lahemaa towards Narva the route proceeds parallel to the coast, occasionally opening up matchless vistas. In the Purtse area the route takes to narrow gravel and dirt roads, the only alternative to the heavy traffic of the highway. Outside Sillamäe you still have to pedal a short stretch or two on the highway. The places of interest are the Stalinist-style industrial city of Sillamäe, the formerly famous holiday resort Narva-Jõesuu and the border city of Narva.

Narva is the end point of the Estonian section of the EuroVelo route. Before you continue into Russia, take heed of the fact that the infrastructure for cycling has yet to be developed there.

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EE-20308 Narva


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  • Booking of accommodation
  • Booking of guide
  • Calling the taxi
  • Booking of tickets to the ferry and buses
  • Car rent
  • Internet, faxing, scanning and copying
  • Local phone calls
  • WC

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every day from 10:00 till 16:00


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EE-21007 Narva




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EE-20308 Narva


Heritage building(s)

Narva, Hermanni linnus
Narva, Alexander Megachurch
Narva, Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ
Narva, Town Hall

Narva is Estonia's easternmost city, with about 70,000 inhabitants.


Due to the heavy damage of the Second World War, Narva had to be almost completely rebuilt. This is why the city is dominated by Soviet architecture today. Narva's "modern" Town Hall, for example, is a prime example of typical Soviet architecture.

Over 90% of the current population are Russian-speakers, mostly either Soviet-era immigrants from parts of the former Soviet Union and their descendants.

There’s plenty to do in Narva, concerts, annual festivals and open-air shows that take place both in the inner yard of the Narva Castle and elsewhere in the town, such as in the newly-built ice skating stadium.


  • Narva Museum/Castle, St.-Peterburi mnt. 2.,  +372 3599 230. Mo-Su 10-18, winter: We-Su 10-18. The Castle tower overlooks the Ivangorod castle on the Russian side of the river and offers an eclectic display of Estonian and Narva history. Tickets are €4.. 
  • Kuremäe Pühtitsa Uspenski convent.  
  • Tank T- 34, Jõesuu tn. The monument commemorates battles of World War II and indicates breakthrough of Soviet forces. Narva’s tank is the only such memorial, being exhibited in Estonia from the war until today. 
  • Pimeaed (Blind Garden), Pimeaia tn. This is Narva’s oldest part, an example of park architecture from the end of the 19th century. 
  • Narva Bastions, Raja tn. A total of seven bastions were built in the 17th century: Honor, Gloria, Victoria, Fama, Triumph, Fortuna, and Spes. Work has been started to dry and light the bastions. 
  • The Lords Resurrection Cathedral, Bastrakovi tn 4. It was built in 1890-1896 for the orthodox workers of Kreenholm Manufactory. Architectural solution comes from Byzantine tradition. You can see three part iconostasis and 17th century’s Christ’s crucifix. The bombing of the city on year 1944 during the second world war, left only the church untouched. 
  • Narva Art Gallery, Vestervalli tn 21. The gallery the art centre of East-Viry County. It is located in 18th century former ammunition warehouse. In addition to the permanent collection, exhibitions of modern Estonian and Western European art are organized and a traditional art party takes place on the last Sunday in May. 
  • Narva Alexander Megachurch, Kiriku tn 9. Built in 1881-84, the Alexander Church was damaged during both world wars. The bell tower was destroyed in 1944 along with the Walcker organ that was located there. Today the church's bell tower has been restored. You can visit the bell tower and the observation platform installed there, as well as a museum where artworks from the 14th to 21st century are displayed. 
  • Kreenholm area and Kreenholm Textile Factory, Joala tn 20. The famous Kreenholm Textile Factory was built on the shore of the waterfall in the 19th century, and was the largest factory in the Russian Empire at that time. In 1913 over ten thousand people worked there! A compact complex of industrial architecture developed around the factory that included the factory, a hospital, workers' barracks, directors' houses, and Kreenholm Park. 
  • Narva Town Hall, Raekoja plats 1. German, Swedish and Italian architectural influences are mixed in the building style of the Town Hall that dates back to the 17th century. The building is currently not open to the public. 


  • Cafe Aleksandr, Pushkini tänav 13. Relatively low prices, clean and cosy interior. More than 100 dishes of European and Russian cuisine including salads, soups, pelmeni, fish, chicken and meat courses, pancakes and desserts.

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RU-188490 Iwangorod/Ивангород



Narva river, Narva castle on the left, Ivangorod castle on the right
Ivangorod castle
Ivangorod castle

Die Festung Iwangorod wurde unter der Herrschaft Iwans III. im Sommer 1492 am rechten Ufer der Narva errichtet. Sie bestand noch völlig aus Holz. Die Festung sollte Iwans Anspruch auf Zugang zur Ostsee bekräftigen und zugleich ein Bollwerk gegen den das Baltikum beherrschenden Deutschen Orden bilden. Am linken Ufer stand seit dem 13. Jahrhundert die mächtige Hermannsfeste, eine Burg des Deutschen Ordens.
In den nächsten Jahrzehnten wurden die Anlagen der Festung ständig erweitert und verstärkt. Nach dem Zerfall des Deutschen Ordens kam Estland unter schwedische Herrschaft und seit dem Ende des Livländischen Krieges 1583 gehörte auch Iwangorod zu Schweden. 1704, während des Großen Nordischen Krieges, eroberte Peter der Große die Festung zurück. Nach dem Zerfall des Zarenreichs kam Iwangorod im Frieden von Dorpat 1920 zur neugegründeten Republik Estland. Nach der Einverleibung Estlands durch die Sowjetunion 1940 wurde Iwangorod Teil der Russischen Sowjetrepublik von 1945. Die Stadt und Festung verblieben nach dem Zerfall der Sowjetunion und der Wiederaufrichtung der unabhängigen Republik Estland 1990 bei Russland.

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