Rakvere is the capital of Lääne-Viru County and a town located in northern Estonia, 20km south of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. Rakvere was widely known as Wesenberg, a historical German name, until the early 20th century.
The current theatre hill houses the earliest signs of human settlement, which date back to the 3rd to 5th centuries AD. A wooden stronghold was built on the current Vallimagi, maybe to protect its settlement.
There is also a professional theatre in Rakvere, and it is believed to be the smallest town in Europe. It is still very popular and active since 1882. The Tarvas Statue of aurochs is a famous tourist attraction in Rakvere. It was made by Tauno Kangro, the well-known Estonian sculptor.
It is known to be the largest statue of an animal in the Baltic nations. Rakvere is also officially a county seat in Laane-Viru County. Here are some of the best things to do Rakvere.
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Top 10 BEST Things to do in Rakvere (Estonia)
If you come to visit Rakvere Castle, it will take you straight back to the 16th century. It is one of the famous Rakvere landmarks with medieval architecture. It also has a theme park where kids and adults can have a great day, wear warrior and knight costumes, learn about the lifestyle of medieval residents, and play fun activities in Rakvere castle.
The Torture Chamber and Chamber of Hell and Death are one of the main attractions. Visiting the Medieval Brothel, Red Lights street, Alchemic room, and Barbershop are also some of the best things to do in Rakvere.
There are also different animals in the quests, and a Donkey named Mickens is gloriest of them. It also hosts a medieval fair where people visit and dress up as medieval people, and you can also climb and go virtually everywhere.
The sculpture was unveiled in 2002 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the town, Tarvas sculpture is one of the best places to visit in Rakvere. Tarvas stands 4m high, weighs 7 tons, and is located close to Order Castle, Vallimagi hill.
It stands on a granite base with a coat of arms along with a brief history of the town in Swedish, Estonian, Danish, German, Russian, and Polish, as well as the names of sponsors of this sculpture. You can take a picture with this giant old beast. You will recognize its size when you get closer to it in Rakvere Castle.
Rakvere’s Central Square
If you have done visiting the museums and trekking up Vallimagi hill, Rakvere’s central square is one of the best places for Rakvere sightseeing.
It was built in the year 2004. Kids will enjoy running around and riding fun animals. It has yellow domes, the modern bus pavilion, and the Fountain to create fun and modern environments. It has been having a sculpture, which is honored to Arvo Part, the honorary citizen who is entitled ‘Young Man on a bicycle enjoying music’ since 2010.
Rakvere is quite a small town with a population of only 15000 people. It is a sleepy and calm village, and this square represents this town quite well. It is the right place where you can walk to one of the cozy benches, stretch your legs, and read your favorite book while seeing the time passing by.
In this town, you can see that time does not go away. You can find modern touch added with a sculpture of well-known composer Arvo Part and yellow Fountain hats. If you feel hungry, you can also visit restaurants Admiral and Turuplatz.
Built-in 1991, the Okaskroon monument or the ‘Crown of Thorns’ was erected in honor of the ones deported to Siberia. If you are getting here, be sure to have a lot of time for sightseeing. However, do not miss out on this attraction.
Rakvere Church of the Trinity
It is a late medieval church with significantly slender and high spire built in the 17th century. You can explore the altar and pulpit wall with the grave marking of Bishop Arnoldus H. Annabat. It also has baroque fretwork art pieces.
You will fall in love with its friendly staff and cool architecture. You can have a great view of the tower. There is also a cute and small cafeteria in front of this church.
If you are looking for more formal, up the market ambiance in this small town, be sure to visit Villa Theresa hotel’s restaurant. It is well worth to visit because its menu offers a lot of delightfully amazing French mains and creamy pasta.
Holy Trinity Church
Dating back to the early 15th century, despite being damaged and repaired over the years. Holy Trinity Church is quite a beautiful Lutheran building with a carved pulpit, 62m steeple, painted panels, and some of the beautiful canvasses. It hosts a concert every year on September 16 to mark the birthday of Arvo Part.
When Rakvere started to be stretched over the areas near the castle in the Middle Ages, it was Pikk Street which became its concourse in the center. It has been a better part for around five centuries.
At the beginning of the 20th century and 19th century, Pikk Street was considered to be the leading trading and business address in Rakvere.
It also houses town’s stores, banks, guesthouses, and restaurants. You can also check our art galleries, church, and handicraft stores while strolling around the street. You can also have a meal and have a relaxing night with cozy accommodation.
Citizen’s House Museum
Pikk Street has several stone buildings and historic wooden houses. Citizens House Museum is one of them. Built-in the 18th century, this historic home was recently rebuilt in the early 20th century. Some of its major attractions are a collection of kids’ toys, a cobbler’s workshop, and Arvo Pärt’s piano.
Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex
If As the name suggests, you can enjoy different activities in Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex. It has saunas and water attractions, fitness center, and semi-Olympic pool.
There are also group activities to join, including circuit training and water aerobics. Pampering yourself after an exhausting adventure is one of the best things to do in Rakvere.