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Parnu In Your Pocket

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Parnu In Your Pocket, the best guide to 'Estonia's Official Summer Capital'
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2013/2014
N°17 - €1.60
www.inyourpocket.com
Hotels Restaurants Cafés Nightlife Sightseeing Events Maps
 
PÄRNU
Estonia’s official summer capital 
From tip to toe - we’ve uncovered i
2013/2014
THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE OF PÄRNU HANSEATIC DAYS 2013
 
3
CONTENTS
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
2013/2014
parnu.inyourpocket.com
Foreword 
4
A quick word from the IYP team
Arriving in Pärnu
5
Find your way to the summer capital
The Basics 
6
Helpful things everyone should know
History 
7
11,000 years, all squeezed onto one page!
Culture & Events 
8
The best of the summer’s main attractions
Where to stay 
11
A bed for every budget 
Dining & Nightlife
Where to eat 20
From caviar to beach snacks
Nightlife 25
Party till dawn
Contents
What to see
28
Funky sights, museums and hungry snakes
Active Pärnu 
30
Sports, adventure, fun & games
Shopping & Directory 
32
The ultimate in retail therapy 
Getting around 
37
Navigating Pärnu and travelling onward
Maps
Street index 38City centre map 39General city map 40
All you need to know about where to sleep, eat, drink, visit and enjoy 
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FOREWORD
Pärnu
 In Your Pocketparnu.inyourpocket.com
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
Editorial Editor-in-Chief 
 Nat A. Singer 
Editor
Steve Roman
Researcher
 Irja Luks
Sales & Circulation General /Ad Manager
 Küllike Johannson-Singer 
Sales
Marek Pärn, Irja Luks
Circulation
Marek Pärn
Accountant
Marian Puusepp
Publisher
 OÜ Linnajuht 
Cover:
 Küllike Johannson-Singer © 2013
Copyright notice
Text and photos copyright OÜ Linnajuht 1997-2012. Maps copyright cartographer. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form, except brief extracts for the purpose of review, without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. The brand name In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Bernardinu g. 9-4, LT-01124, Vilnius, Lithuania, tel. (+370-5) 212 29 76).
Editor’s note
The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going to press and assume no responsibility for changes and errors.
Pärnu In Your Pocket
Vana-Viru 4, Tallinn 10111 Estoniatel./fax +372 644 64 70advertising tel. +372 631 33 50parnu@inyourpocket.comwww.inyourpocket.comISSN 1406-4332©OÜ Linnajuht 
Cover story
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’.
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ARRIVING
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.
Parking
P
Pärnu Visitor Centre
 B-2, Uus 4, tel. (+372) 447 30 00/(+372) 53 30 41 34, fax (+372) 447 30 03, parnu@visitestonia.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.
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 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.
Tourist information
By train
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
 Any
city bus
 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.
Hitchhiking 
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.
By bus
More than 20
express buses
 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
bus station
 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.
Left luggage
 ( 
pakihoid 
) 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.
By car 
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.
By plane
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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 guide - to
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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!

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