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Pärnu In Your Pocket
Vana-Viru 4, Tallinn 10111 Estoniatel./fax +372 644 64 70advertising tel. +372 631 33 firstname.lastname@example.orgISSN 1406-4332©OÜ Linnajuht
The cover of this edition of
Pärnu In Your Pocket
features a cute little redheaded girl enjoying the sunshine on the beach, which just so happens to be one of the favourite passtimes during the summer in Estonia’s official ‘Summer Capital’.
Getting to Pärnu is a breeze, but finding a convenient place to park your car can be a challenge in summer. In the down-town area, free parking is available in the lot near the Port Artur shopping centre (Lai 10, north of the bus termi-nal), and the lot near the bridge, Kalda str and whole Tammsaare pst. Most other streets in the downtown area are marked with blue ‘P’ signs informing you that they are paid parking zones Mon - Fri 08:00 - 18:00. Here parking is free for those staying 1 hr (near the beach 30 minutes). Others must pay €1/hr or €3.20/day. Tickets are sold by vending machines on the street (coins required), and at R-Kiosks like the ones near the bus terminal and at Rüütli 32. Whether or not you’re paying, you must leave a time marker or a note on your dashboard indicating the time you parked. From June to August 10:00 - 19:00, parking on streets near the beach also requires payment. Here a 1 hour ticket is €3.20 and a day ticket is €9.60.The city also has a paid lot at the end of the beach Ranna pst. 4, near the Tervise Paradiis spa, where a day ticket costs €5.
Pärnu Visitor Centre
B-2, Uus 4, tel. (+372) 447 30 00/(+372) 53 30 41 34, fax (+372) 447 30 03, email@example.com, www.visitparnu.com.
Located right in the centre of town, the Visitor Centre provides tips and brochures and can even set up guided walking tours. In summer, a tourist information booth also operates at the beach.
May 15th - September 15th open daily 09:00 - 18:00. September 16th - May 14th open Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00.
With no actual station to speak of (it was unceremoniously bulldozed) and the closest stopping place more than 3km from the centre, the railroad offers among the least conve-nient ways to get to Pärnu. Two trains make the journey daily from Tallinn, taking about 2.5 hours.
Getting to town
that passes on this side of the street will take you to the centre of town. A taxi ride to the centre should be about €6.
Hitching a ride is fairly common practice in Estonia. Stu-dents on a weekend visit home from college and even kids hitchhike. But as always with hitchhiking, there are risks, so think twice before setting off to do it on your own. To get to Pärnu from Tallinn, take bus N°14 or 18 from the Viru Centre Bus Terminal all the way to the end of the line (Laagri), and join the queue.To get back to Tallinn, head out of the centre of Pärnu on Tallinna mnt., and to get to Riga, Riia mnt.Even if Pärnu is your favoured Estonian destination, Tallinn is more than likely to be your primary point of arrival. It is therefore highly recommended to pick up a copy of
Tallinn In Your Pocket
for all the intricacies of reaching Tallinn from abroad, and once you’ve done that, getting to Pärnu is more or less like falling off the proverbial log. Telephone numbers for taxis, stations etc can be found in the Getting around section of this guidebook.
More than 20
leave Tallinn for Pärnu daily between 06:20 and 21:00, and six buses stop here daily en route from Riga. The ticket from Tallinn costs €6 - 8.50 and the trip takes less than two hours. For a bit more money, travellers can also opt for the Hansabuss (www.hansabuss.ee) which has comfier seats, WiFi, and leaves from the cen-tres of Tallinn and Riga. Pärnu’s
is conveniently located right in the centre of town, at the corner of Pikk and Ringi streets. The station house is behind the terminal, at Ringi 3; ticket windows open daily 06:15 - 19:30.
) is at the southern side of the bus terminal, near platform 8, open 08:00 - 19:30, Sat 08:00 - 17:00, Sun 09:00 - 17:00. Leaving a bag for up to 24hrs costs €0.70 - 2, depending on the weight. Taxis can be found waiting a few steps away, across from the Hotel Pärnu.
The route from Tallinn is fairly simple. Just head out on Pärnu mnt. and follow the signs. The highway leads right to the centre of town. Coming in from Riga is just as simple - follow the signs out of town towards Tallinn. Thanks to Schengen, you won’t even have to stop when going through the Latvian-Estonian border - viva international friendship! But take your travel documents with you because police often stop cars for document checks between Ikla and Pärnu - not so viva.
Unless you happen to be coming here from the islands of Kihnu or Ruhnu, it’s doubtful that you’ll be arriving in by air. That said, it’s theoretically possible to charter a plane from Tallinn. Pärnu’s airport, originally built as a military airbase, is now head-quartered in a compact and modern building, and has only minimal services.Getting to town Bus N°23 synchronises with all incoming flights and can be found waiting at the front of the terminal. See Getting Around section for taxi information.
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Estonia’s ‘Summer Capital’ and buzzing beach destination, Pärnu, is also a town with plenty of history soaked into its soil. Since first settled in the 1200s, it has served as a Hanseatic trade centre, a university town and a Russian military base. But it was 175 years ago this year, in 1838, that the first bathing establishment was set up here, an event that would redefine Pärnu in the decades to come as a place for people to de-stress and regain their equilibrium.Take a look around and you’ll easily spot the town’s resulting architectural heirlooms, especially those from the resort heyday of the 1920s and 30s when visitors from all over Northern Europe flocked here to catch some sun, visit the luxurious spas and soak their toes in the warm water. Nowadays the modern equivalents of those old, 19th century and early 20th century spas, and the modern treatments they offer, are still a huge hit with locals and foreigners alike.This year the town is celebrating its 175th anniversary as a resort town with special events, discounted spa packages and even retro menus in cafés and restaurants, all under the label ‘Pärnu Kuurort 175’. But that’s certainly not all that’s going on this summer. The town is also marking the 100th birthday of its famous musical son, Raimond Valgre, getting wet and wild with the Watergate Festival and going medieval for the Pärnu Hanseatic Days - an event for which
Pärnu In Your Pocket
is the official city guide. Whatever your agenda, be it a spa weekend, a festival or just a good cup of cappuccino, this handy little guide will make the most of your relaxing stay in the city. So grab your san-dals, a bottle of water, a camera and hit the streets. Enjoy your time in Pärnu, you won‘t be disappointed!