Our tourism portal visitjarva.ee invites you to stay in Järva County (Järvamaa), which is situated in the heart of Estonia, not far from the capital Tallinn or other main cities like Pärnu, Tartu, Viljandi.
Our county will show you different museums, manor houses and other attractions, and will invite you to participate in our events and various activities all year round.
How many of you are aware the Shelter of Old Vehicles in Järva-Jaani, or have seen the bicycle museum in Väätsa ? How many of you have been walking on the trails connected with our famous writer A. H. Tammsaare at Vargamäe, recorded a radio play in the Estonian Broadcasting Museum, made world-famous Estonian butter in the Estonian Dairy Museum or visited historical exhibition in the Rampart tower in Paide? You should have an excellent meal in a roadside restaurant Põhjaka manor and move on looking for adventures and discoveries, picturesque views and authentic impressions. You can enjoy the comforts of hotels as well as the unique smell of the smoke sauna. You choose whether you want to raise adrenaline on an adventure with hot air balloon, a canoeing or rafting tour, or to visit an alpacas or ostriches farms. All these possibilities are available and waiting for you in Järvamaa!
Järvamaa is known as an area of swamps and moors, springs as clear as crystal but also area of fertile soil, vast fields and great agricultural production. Our wealth lies in nature’s diversity and ancient cultural traditions. The territories of Endla Nature Reserve, Kõrvemaa Landscape Reserve, Pandivere National Water Reserve extend to Järvamaa. If you are lucky, you might see some rear birds, such as spotted and golden eagles, black storks, let alone a great number of white storks.
In Järvamaa you can encounter specimens of most of the wild animals, bears and wolves among them. There is trout and crayfish in the rivers. Plant life is also rich, you will be enchanted by the Estonian orchids.
Local people value Järvamaa as an improved living environment, shaped by their work and caring attitude. That is the kind of Järvamaa known today as a travel destination.
Plan your trip to Järvamaa with useful traveller information for clicking on “Järva Tourism Info“
Järvamaa Tourist Information Centre
Phone: +372 385 0400
Address: Keskväljak street 8, Paide town, Järva county
Guides can introduce Paide and its sights:
Anneli Tumanski (ENG) +372 526 6772
Ellen Roosimannus (GER) +372 504 5617
Anna Kasak (RUS, GER) +372 5650 9716
Tiiu Saarist (FIN, RUS) +372 517 1855
Spring is just around the corner! The astronomical spring begins, with the occurence of the spring equinox as the days become longer than the nights, already on Monday, March 20, at 12.29. Spring is the time of rebirth, renewal and regrowth!
Spring time is definitely perfect time to visit Türi town in Järva County, because every year, along with the start of spring, the town of Türi becomes the Spring Capital in Estonia! The beautiful garden town filled with greenery and flowers provides activities for the entire family—diverse cultural programs, sports events, walks in beautiful home gardens, and all until the title is transferred to the Summer Capital (June 20).
You are invited to celebrate the Spring Kick Off Event already on Monday, March 20, where Türi takes official Spring Capital title in Estonia and you can enjoy the entertainment program all day long!
In case you will not be able to visit Türi on Monday, know that there will be several events coming up in spring time, as well as various interesting sightseeing to explore and the places to visit in Türi town and in Türi parish.
Here is the list of upcoming events in Estonia´s Spring Capital – Türi!
VII TULIP DAYS (March 31 – April 2) in Türi Culture Center.
VIII Türi-Tori Downriver Race (April 15). The adventurous race takes place during the spring high water in Estonia on the River of Pärnu and is open for sportsmen as well as hobby paddlers in kayaks, canoes, rafts and all other vessels propelled by muscle power. It is a run on high water with stretches of river where you either race forward, fly up in the air or swim in water, or, after a snowless winter, test your skills between stones in low water. There are two routes to choose for partecipating: the 78 or 47 kilometres long routes.The cut-off time for the longer route is 15 hours. At the finishing point, all participants are offered hot sauna, catering and an afterparty. All participants will be awarded a diploma, while the winners in each boat class of the longer route will be awarded a trophy and winners of the shorter route will be awarded a medal. The main prize will be raffled out between all the participants. Check for more info here!
Festival of Saint George’s Night Uprising (April 22.) You can participate to various races and workshops, games and enjoy firework show. The festival ends with the contcert of Estonian adored music Tanel Pader and his music group „The Sun“ on Vallimäe Hill in Paide.
Paide – Türi Spring Triathlon (April 30). Türi Spring Triathlon, which has a long history, was given a new format in 2009. Together with sports people from Paide, organizers started to hold Paide-Türi Triathlon in spring. The competitors swim for 300 m free style in Paide swimming pool, cycle from Paide to Türi (13 km) and run for 2 km there. More info available here.
40th Türi Flower Fair (May 19.-21). It has been several decades already that Flower Fair starts the spring gardening high time in Estonia. Gardening firms, nurseries and private gardens offer a wealth of plants both for vegetable patches and flowerbeds at the Fair. Gardening equipment and tools are on sale. Skilled masters in arts and crafts offer a whole range of handicraft items, made of all possible materials. There is an arts and crafts show in the gym, also a creche is open in the venue. All three days of the Fair provide visitors with diverse cultural programme. Lots of food stalls sell everything from snacks to proper meals. More info available here.
Central – Estonia Romuring (May 20) in Türi. Entertaining family event in Türi. Unlike to the demolition derby, where the goal is to destroy the other cars, here the purpose of the old car drivers is to pass as many laps as possible!
Järva County´s Song and Dance Festival (May 27) in Türi.
To explore the town on your own, a travel package called “Take a Train to Türi” has been developed. Visitors can use a map to make a tour of the town and read interesting information from almost thirty information stands. The hundred-year-old Türi railway station, which suffered during the war, has been renovated and turned into a modern travel center.
The Pärnu River flows through Türi. An artificial lake has been established in a beautiful spot on the eastern edge of town. The banks of the lake are covered with sand and are surrounded by beautiful landscaping. The Shore Park is located next to the lake. The park is thought to be over 200 years old and apparently belonged to the former rectory.
The Türi Museum is located in the area where the development of the Town of Türi started in 1900. The Museum introduces the history of Türi. The permanent exhibition includes the story of the Türi railway, and the pulp and paper mill. One can also get an overview of bygone industry and small enterprise, of which the brick factory, sewing workshop, and women’s hairdresser could be highlighted.
The Estonian Broadcasting Museum is also located in Türi. The Museum’s permanent exposition and temporary exhibits introduce the history of radio and television from the first broadcast until today.
In additional, just some steps from Türi town there are following interesting places to visit:
Have you ever dreamed to meet up an exotic animal like alpaca? Wile Alpaca Farm in Poaka village, Järva County raises alpacas. Alpacas come from South America and are wonderfully sweet and soft. Alpacas are herd animals with a curious and gentle nature. At the moment, the farm has 21 alpacas in various colours. Wile, the alpaca who gave its name to the farm, was born on 12 May 2014.
Alpaca wool is glossy, silky, soft and luxurious. It is even more warmer than sheep’s wool, it does not prickle, contain lanolin or cause allergic reactions. Every animal gives about 2.2 to 4.5 kg of wool. Here in Türi parish, Jarva county, you can visit the alpaca farm, pet the animals, and learn about wool and woollen products in the wool room of the farm, as well as purchase alpaca wool items. More info available on website!
Kirna manor and mansion café. Kirna manor was established in the 1620s. It has been associated with the von Fersens, von Osten-Sackens and Pilar von Pilchaus. The two-storey Early-Classical main building was erected in the 1760s–1780s and was rebuilt in the High-Classical style in the 19th century (in private possession nowadays). The family cemetery of the von Osten-Sacken family together with the ruins of a funeral chapel reminding one of an antique temple are located near the centre of the estate.
In 20th century there were a school and kolkhozoffice. Today it stands in private ownership and is used for it’s energetically propitous place, one of the most powerful in the world among the only ones in Canada (Norway House), Ireland (Easky – Ballina), Svitzerland (Werdon) and Cape Verde Islands (San Nikolau).
In additional, there is a lovely cozy Kirna mansion café for approx 25 guests. The menu includes coffee, tea, pastries and light meals, the emphasis is on health-in. The coffee shop is totally alcohol-free. Groups are served only on anticipated request on phone: +372 512 7892 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .Come and feel that special aura! Additional information: www.kirna.ee and phone: +372 5647 8299.
Brand new “Türi Adventure Park”. The brand new adventure park opening its doors on 25 May 2017 here in Türi parish! You are invited to have an advertorial time at Türi Adventure Park from May to October! Türi Adventure Park, offering five different trails, is located in Kõrgessaare drumlin area in Türi Municipality. You can begin with the low children’s trail and end with activities on the 10-12-meter-high course. Adventure activities include various obstacles, providing participants with lots of excitement and challenge. Here fun is guaranteed! For additional info click here!
Elise Aed (Elise Garden). Elise Aed is the largest tree nursery in Järva County. You can buy any perennial flowers, decorative coniferous trees, propagates as well as deciduous trees and bushes. Groups can visit the nursery upon prior arrangement. Elise Aed provides landscaping consultations and designs and conducts landscaping. In addition to the nursery in Retla village, Elise Aed has sales points in Türi at 4 Jaama St. The garden of the nursery, our sales points and online store offer a wide selection of novel garden plants. All gardening lovers are invited to visit the Elise Garden in Retla village, Türi parish! You can shop directly online as well, click here! More information: e-mail: email@example.com / phone: +372 551 1499.
SMILE! SPRING CAPITAL TÜRI WELCOMES YOU!
There are plenty of interesting museums, theme parks, places to visit in Järva county that gives you an excellent opportunity to enhance your holiday by learning something about Estonian and local history, nature and culture.
Järva county offers plenty of educative joint programs composed by different activities offered by various Järva county tourism attractions for visiting different places of central part of Estonia during one trip.
Did you know that here in Järva county (in Paide) is placed the Wittenstein Time Centre, it takes around 1.5 – 2 hours to fully explore the Estonian history. The centre offers various interesting and entertaining programs to explore the history of Estonia through 7-8 floors. On 2 top floors is also a restaurant/bar and the seminar rooms. We also suggest you to attend to the “Food experience” program where you can explore the traditional food of the different periods!
Here in Järva county (in Türi) is also placed the Estonian Broadcasting Museum that was founded in 1999. The museum’s permanent exhibition introduces the history of broadcasting from the first test broadcasts to the present day. The radio station that started broadcasting from Türi in 1937 was the most modern in Europe at the time. At the Broadcasting Museum, you can try your hand at producing a radio show or make a news for tv. All here is possible! Working displays are exhibited at the museum – old televisions, loudspeakers and much more. You can visit the Estonian Broadcasting Museum from Tuesday to Saturday. You can also book a guided tour in advance.
Would you like to try to make an ice-cream on your own? Did you know that here in Järva county (in Imavere) is placed the Estonian Dairy Museum, where the visitors can participate to the museum’s workshops where they can make ice cream or butter. The emphasis on the development of dairying in Estonia increased considerably in the second half of the 19th century. It was decided to record the history of dairying in Estonia for future generations because both manufacturing and processing of milk have been of significant importance for Estonia.The Estonian Dairy Museum in Imavere was founded in 1976, but opened its doors to visitors in 2001 – exactly 25 years after its establishment. You can visit the Estonian Dairy Museum from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Groups can pre-book guided tours.
Or maybe you wanna know how Estonians lived in the mid 19th century? Visit A.H. Tammsaare Museum in Järva county and you will get all answers here. The Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878 – 1940) Museum was established in the writer’s birthplace in 1958. A restored traditional farmhouse, barn, cottagers’ house, fences were added at the same location in 1978, along with hiking trails in the surrounding bogs. You can visit the A.H. Tammsaare Museum in the summer from Tuesday to Sunday; in the winter from Wednesday to Sunday.
The location of the museum is popularly known as Vargamäe, the scene of the novel Truth and Justice. The author describes the people and nature from his childhood home in his works. Tammsaare’s works have been translated into over 20 languages. Tammsaare himself was also an avid translator.
Here in Väätsa, The Estonain Bicycle museum introduces the history of bicycle as a means of transportation in Estonia. About a hundred historical bicycles, dating from the 1880’s until the end of the Soviet era, are on display in seven exhibition rooms. They also have cycling equipment, components and historical photos. A small exhibition about the history of Väätsa has been added as well.
Instead the concept of the Järva-Jaani Old Equipment Shelter is to collect old vehicles, agricultural equipment, roadwork machinery and firefighting equipment and to show them to interested visitors. The shelter currently focuses on the collection and exhibiting of old equipment and therefore everything is exhibited in the condition it was found. NB! There is a donations vehicle next to the entrance of the shelter and each visitor can leave a donation under its bonnet.
Or finally, if your children love the exotic animals, know that here in Järva county (in Poaka village) is placed the Wile Alpaca Farm. Here you can visit the alpaca farm, pet the animals, and learn about wool and woolen products in the wool room of the farm, as well as purchase alpaca wool items.The alpacas come from South America and are wonderfully sweet and soft animals. At the moment, the farm has 21 alpacas in various colours. Wile, the alpaca who gave its name to the farm, was born on 12 May 2014. Come and explore those curious and gentle nature animals like alpacas! You will like them!
And if you wanna have even more fun, just know that here in Järva county (in Müüsleri) is placed an unique theme park „Kilplaste village“! Who are them? Fr. R. Kreutzwald was inspired by the German example when he created the name “Kilplased”. According to Kreutzwald, the Kilplased came from Uppakallo Village, which was located in the Peetri Parish of Järva county. The Kilplaste Village, which has been established in the former Müüsler Manor Park, is a unique theme park with attractions that are related to the legend of the “Kilplased”. The village is divided in three: the home of the Kilplased, sports grounds, and recreational trails. To visit the home of the Kilplased, please book in advance. Campsites are also available. Come and figure out…who are those funny Kilplased or Gothamites!
Plan your spring holiday already today and have fun in Järva county! You will like here!
This weekend Estonia celebrates the 225th anniversary of Karl Ernst Ritter von Baer (28 February [O.S. 17 February] 1792 – 28 November [O.S. 16 November] 1876) who was an Estonian scientist and explorer. Baer was born into a Baltic German noble family in Piibe (Piep) estate that belonged to Koeru Parish those days, here in Jarva County (in present-day Lääne-Viru County, Estonia), as a knight by birthright.
For this reason the most meaningful anniversary events take place in Tartu and Koeru this weekend. On Saturday, March 11th the History and Memorial Day Conference takes place in Koeru where his biography, achievements and some memories will be presented.
Additional info: Baer was a naturalist, biologist, geologist, meteorologist, geographer, and a founding father of embryology. He was an explorer of European Russia and Scandinavia. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a co-founder of the Russian Geographical Society, and the first president of the Russian Entomological Society, making him a distinguished Baltic German scientist. Baer was also a believer in a teleological force in nature which has been compared to a form of evolutionary orthogenesis.
His memorial stones are situated at Piibe and Lasila. A statue honouring him can be found on Toome Hill in Tartu.
The western section of Endla Nature reserve is home to nearly 40 springs of 11 different groups. Rich in water, and starting from the slopes of Pandivere Highlands, wooden foot bridges have been built on the Oostriku Spring to give people a better view. In fact, the 1936 assessment of Norra Spring gave surprising results – 360 litres of water flowed out of the spring per second, which equals 36 full 10 litre buckets per second! The opening at the beginning of Sopa Spring is 6 metres in diameter and a full 4.8 metres deep. The most attractive of 40 springs is the erupting spring!
The hiking trips in this naturally beautiful area are organized by Matkapesa. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another valuable sightseeing to visit is the Ervita windmill, as well as the Aruküla Manor!
Ervita windmill is a Dutch-style windmill that is made of limestone and characteristic of the Estonian mainland. Its diameter is 11.3 m at the bottom, 5.9 m at the top and the height of the windmill is 10.4 m. The restored windmill is operational, so it is possible to use it for milling flour.
Aruküla Manor (Arroküll in Kirchspiel St. Marien-Magdalenen, Jerwen) in Koeru was established at the beginning of the 17th century. The majestic two-storey manor house was built in the 1770s. From 1820, the manor belonged to the von Tolls, who rebuilt the main building in Classicist style. Since expropriation, the manor has housed a school. Near the main building, the Neo-Gothic burial chapel of the von Tolls has been preserved. Those days the manor is complitely restoredand operational as a local school. The guided tours are available for visitors all year round (€ 3 / person. 10 or more people € 30). Pre-booking for visits are necessary.
Come and explore the Heartland of Estonia and share your special moments with your friends: #visitjarva
Shrove Tuesday (in Estonia called „Vastlapäev“) is an old tradition loved by many Estonians, where one of the central traditions is having a friendly sledging competition for the farthest sledge, as well as eating boiled pig’s trotters were served along with saulted peas and bean soup or eating the sweet bun stuffed full with whipped cream called ‘vastlakukkel’. The fluffy baked goods are so popular that cafes fill with long queues of people picking up their preordered buns or scrambling to buy some; late-comers may find no buns at all, so better to buy those on time!
Shrove Tuesday is celebrated by many branches of Christians as the last day of feasting and fun before the Lent period preceding Easter.
You can participate to the Shrove Tuesday open-air activities at Valgehobusemägi on February 28. You will have a great Estonian experience and you will have fun for sure!
In case you are looking for some alternate experiences for traditional sledging, we suggest you to visit the sports complex Lennubaas near Nurmsi airfield that offers great opportunities for the activities both in the air (tandem paragliding; hot air ballooning, both tethered on the spot and normal flights, different balloons and baskets possible; as well as the different small airplanes can be ordered and used, tandem or solo skydive possible) and on the ground (off-road truck GAZ-66 safari in nearby forest and limestone quarry; zipline rope slide 100 meters long – both on the spot as well as set us in different places; rappelling on ropes – initial training on the spot, combined with hiking tours and descending from towers; paintball and/or pneumatic rifles – on the spot or in the forest, also suitable for children, shooting range events – “first bang” and other packages, practical etc; as well as just hiking in nature reserves and marshlands).
Tallinn and Tartu are both ca 95 km from us. Usually, 1 hour and 15 minutes of drive.
Address: Lennu, Sargvere village, Paide parish, Jarva County
Mainly, the premises are in the service of pilots and air sports activists of our Air Sports Club Keelutsoon, Koigi Airfield and neighbouring Skydiving Club. There are different competitions and championships held here each year. Also, people just stay for recreation.
There are also several houses available for rent. The guesthouse and clubhouse are actually former stables for horses, built in 1930s of very traditional local ironstone. Sauna house has a typical Finnish sauna inside. Outside there are 4 hectares of lawn fields for activities, different barbeque shelters and a grill-house. For smoking one’s fish or meat, both hot and cold smokehouses are available.
Accommodation is usually offered only as a rent of one full house or, during organized events. But, everything depends on the size of the group, purposes of stay etc. There are beds available for 17; if you camp, there is room for up to 60. The seminar room can accommodate 30. Not offered the accommodation for individual travellers. Catering is ordered from local companies.
Come to Järvamaa and have an unforgettable experience at Flying club Lennubaas!
The Republic of Estonia will celebrate the 99th anniversary this week. Each year on February 24th, the Republic of Estonia celebrates its Independence Day. Festivities are already gearing up for the centenary in 2018. This week you can take part in various events all around Estonia to enjoy fireworks, concerts, torchlight marches, parades, and parties.
We invite you to explore the history of Estonia in Paide, Jarva County, where is situated the Wittenstein Time Centre. It takes around 1.5 – 2 hours to fully explore the centre and also get overview of the Estonian history.
An elevator rolls back the centuries like a time machine, with displays from different eras on different floors – the days of knights, kings and tsars; the period of occupation; the first Estonian republic; and the period of the country’s regained independence. Sound and lighting effects, video programmes and illusions add to the overall effect.
The centre offers various interesting and entertaining programs to explore the history of Estonia through 7-8 floors. You must have this experience! On 2 top floors is also a restaurant/bar and the seminar rooms. We also suggest you to attend to the “Food experience” program where you can explore the traditional tastes of Estonia in different periods! Ask for more information!
NB! The guided tours are available in English, Russian, Finnish, German, French and Lithuanian booked in advance.
Info and booking: e-mail: email@example.com, phone.: +372 58 50 2001
Opening hours: from Wednesday to Sunday: 10.00 a.m. -18.00 p.m.
Booking in advance, groups are also welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays. Groups of 10+ people receive a discount.
The Time Centre was co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development and Paide City Government.
This week Estonia commemorates one of the most noteworthy person who born on February 19 in Järva County- Johan Pitka!
Johan Pitka, VR I/1, KCMG (19 February 1872 in Jalgsema, Järva County, Estonia – disappeared September 1944 in Läänemaa, Estonia) was a famous Estonian military commander from the Estonian War of Independence until World War II.
At his birth place, in Jalgsema village, is situated the Room Museum of Admiral Johan Pitka where you can get a deep overview of the admiral Pitka´s meaningful biography and also the story of re-establishing the Järva Malev (Järva corps) of the Estonian Defence Legue is introduced.
You are invited to have a cup of tea at Room Museum of Admiral Johan Pitka on his birthday, 19th February, from 9.00 to 13.00. The museum is normally open in advance booking: +372 5346 4913 / +372 5344 5996. Admission to the Admiral Johan Pitka Room Museum is free.
Jalgsema village, Järva-Jaani Parish
73304 Järva County
In addition, every year since 2017, Järva county has organized the hiking trip for remembering the admiral Pitka on his birth day.
The hiking trip that is dedicated to commemorate the admiral Pitka belongs under the program “Movement and Sport Eager Järvamaa 2017”. The program that offers various movement activities from January to November 2017 placed in different parishes of Järva County.
The XI hiking trip will start in front of the Pitka´s memorial stone in his birth village Jalgsema at 10.00 a.m. Sunday, February 19. The length of the hiking trip is approximately 20 km. Pre-registration is necessary for participation.
Admiral Johan Pitka (19th February 1872 – 1944 ?) was organizer of the Estonian Defence League, armoured trains, navy and coast guard, he acted in Estonian politics, merchant shipping and business.
Johan Pitka was a ship captain and a businessman, but above all else a courageous leader and a true Estonian patriot. As early as 1917, before the founding of the Estonian state, Johan Pitka initiated the formation of a voluntary militia called Omakaitse. In November 1918 he was elected leader of the independent Estonian Defence League.
During the Estonian War of Independence (1918 – 1920), armoured trains and armoured cars were built and weapons were repaired in Pitka’s workshops in Tallinn. Pitka was Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Navy between December 1918 and November 1919. He formed the Landing Battalion for naval landing operations and personally led landing operations during the Estonian War of Independence. During the October 1919 offensive towards St Petersburg he was designated Commander-in-Chief of support operations, which included command of ground troops.
In addition to commanding military operations during the Estonian War of Independence, Pitka was in charge of organizing and managing virtually all of the shipping affairs of the Republic of Estonia, starting in February 1919. Prior to the start of World War II, Johan Pitka was an active community leader and played an important part in economical collectives in the Republic of Estonia. Unable to accept the loss of the Estonian independence after the Soviet occupation of 1940, Rear Admiral Pitka fled to Finland, hoping to organize support for his home country. When the German-Soviet front reached the Estonian borders in April 1944, he returned to Estonia. He affirmed his commitment to his principles and views expressed during the Estonian War of Independence: “When one is called upon by fate to defend his homeland and his people, then one must do so at all cost.”. It was not until August that he received permission to form a strike force called “Admiral Pitka”.
Would you like to figure out what are the most exciting offers for visiting central part of Estonia, Järva County this year?
Visit the hall “Experience Estonia!” where among other Estonian national tourism regions and attractions will be also represented JÄRVA COUNTY under the slogan “Üks tee, mitu sõpra” / One road, several friends (Järva County) (stand: PE-21).
Järvamaa offers plenty of educative joint programs composed by different activities offered by various Järva county tourism attractions for visiting different places of central part of Estonia during one trip all year round. Interesting events all year round! Incredibly picturesque scenery! Worth exploring theme parks! Perfect conditions for active and adventurous holidays all year round! And much more! Just come and explore Järvamaa!
Come with family, friends, classmates or co-workers to museum, theme park or spend time in picturesque nature and partake in several great activities during one trip in various places of Järvamaa.
At the tourism trade fair you can personally meet up the representatives of the following tourism attractions: Järvamaa Museum and Wittenstein Time Centre in Paide, Estonian Broadcasting Museum in Türi, Estonian Bicycle Museum in Väätsa, Estonian Dairy Museum in Imavere, A.H. Tammsaare Museum, Kassiaru Holiday House, Seidla Manor Café in Albu, Wile Alpacafarm, Türi museum and Türi Information Center in Türi parish and the various museums of Järva-Jaani. Türi-Tamsalu Matkatee and Järvamaa Tourist Information Centre.
See you at TOUREST 2017! Järvamaa is waiting for YOU!
TOUREST is the oldest and largest travel trade fair in the Baltic countries that has been organized by the Estonian Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ETFL) since 1991. It covers all the main travel segments, offering efficient platform to meet face to face the travel-hungry consumers and the majority of the market’s travel trade professionals who make the purchase decisions. It’s the optimum environment to present your products at the start of the season.
On 22 September, the town of Paide opened the music garden dedicated to Arvo Pärt to show its appreciation of the composer’s contribution to world and Estonian music, and to mark the location of Pärt’s childhood home on the corner of Väike-Aia and Kitsas streets.
The designers of the music garden are Teele Nigola and Kristofer Soop, two landscape architects from AS Kobras, who were inspired by the possibilities of the landscape as well as Pärt’s music. The music garden will feature two sculptures by Riho Kuld – the piece Paesümfoonia (Limestone Symphony) that hitherto marked the location of the composer’s childhood home; and a new piece, with the working title of Klaver (Piano).
One of the main characters of the garden is the apple tree growing in it – it is said that it was already present when little Arvo Pärt was running around there in his childhood.
The garden opened on 22 September with a performance by pianist Sten Lassmann. Singers from the children’s choir of Paide Gümnaasium (Paide Secondary School) performed some of Pärt’s songs for children, and there was a surprise from Paide Music School. As well, the composer Pärt performed on the stage and played his lovely Ukuaru Waltz.
The summer picnic concerts are foreseen in this meaningful music garden this summer.
In the future, however, there will be the sound system in music garden, similar to the Haapsalu Tchaikovsky’s bench, just for relaxing or listening to the music in any season of the year.
When you plan to come to Paide, you should know that there is an ongoing photo exhibition “Arvo Pärt – Famous and Unknown” at Paide Cultural Centre, which remains open until March 4th. The exhibition describes perfectly the composer’s life and work through the photo shots and it is the supplement exhibition for the first exhibition opened in 2005. The exhibition compilers are Alo Põldmäe, Inna Kivi, Ene Kuljus, Tiiu Tosso and Kristiina Kiis. Exhibition designed by Jaan Jagomägi and Grnnar Kurusk and supported by Arvo Pärt Centre.
The honorary title of the year is awarded each year for the most important act of the year in the various Estonian counties.
Starting the 10th season of the program “Movement and Sport Eager Järvamaa 2017”. This program offers you various fitness sports activities from January to November 2017 placed in different parishes of Järva County. You can choose your favourite activity for participating: hiking, walking, running or cycling. 12 exciting phases and 12 excellent opportunities to explore various beautiful places and sightseeings in central part of Estonia – Järvamaa! The purpose of the program is to promote more active lifestyle.
Let´s start already tomorrow – be active!
The First Phase will take place this Saturday, January 28, 2017, which is also the 37th A.H. TAMMSAARE HIKING TRIP. Registration begins at 11:00 Järva-Madise, Albu Municipality building.
The hiking trip starts in front of Albu Rural Municipality in Järva-Madise and ends at Vargamäe, where the A.H. Tammsaare Museum is placed. Depending on the weather conditions, the trail will cross the bog of Kordu or go along the highway. The length of the trip is around 5-6 kilometres! Reaching Vargamäe, there will be hot soup and tea waiting for you (€ 2).
Choose the appropriate activity and explore the picturesque Järvamaa!
The Anton Hansen Tammsaare Museum was established in the writer’s birthplace in 1958. A restored traditional farmhouse, barn, cottagers’ house, fences were added at the same location in 1978, along with hiking trails in the surrounding bogs. You can visit the A.H. Tammsaare Museum in the summer from Tuesday to Sunday; in the winter from Wednesday to Sunday. The museum is closed on bank holidays.
Anton Hansen Tammsaare (30 January 1878 – 1 March 1940), was an Estonian writer whose pentalogy Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus; 1926–1933) is considered one of the major works of Estonian literature and “The Estonian Novel”.
The location of the museum is popularly known as Vargamäe, the scene of the novel Truth and Justice. The author describes the people and nature from his childhood home in his works. Tammsaare’s works have been translated into over 20 languages. Tammsaare himself was also an avid translator.
Definitely, if you want to make an impression for any Estonian, you should know the story about the Hero of Estonia “Kalevipoeg” or have watched the Estonian cult movie Viimne Reliikvia (The last Relic).
From this week, it is possible to rediscover the scenes of those two important stories for Estonians in Türi. An exhibition of tiny and colourful wooden sculptures handbuilt by local craftsman Heino Veskimäe (06 July 1925 – 21 April 2011) is now open at Türi Museum. In addition, the craftsman liked to handbuild everything what he enjoyed: sportsmen, ballroom dancers and danseuses, but especially to keep in existence the old farm work traditions. After the death of the craftsman the relatives donated the valuable sculptures to Türi Museum.
The exhibition will remain open until 31 March 2017.
Türi Museum was opened in 1995, even though it was founded much earlier, as local history researchers have been engaged in this subject for several years. In the year 2000 the Türi museum was relocated and now shares the building with the Estonian Broadcasting Museum. The museum illustrates the history of the railway, which constituted an important impulse for the development of Türi, as well as the history of the paper and pulp factory of Türi.
Also, the visitors get an overview of the small pre-war enterprises – the brick factory and the ladies hairdressers as well as the garment factory.
Vabriku puiestee 11, Türi town, Türi Parish, Järva County
Türi Museum is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10.00 -17.00.
Kalevipoeg (Kalev’s Son) is an epic poem by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald held to be the Estonian national epic.There existed an oral tradition within Ancient Estonia of legends explaining the origin of the world. Within old Estonian folklore, a malevolent giant by the name of Kalev, Kalevine, Kalevipoiss, Kalevine posikine and Kalevin Poika appears, battling with other giants or enemies of the nation.
“The last Relic” is a 1969 Estonian film adaptation of Vürst Gabriel ehk Pirita kloostri viimsed päevad (Estonian for Prince Gabriel or The Last Days of Pirita Monastery), a historical novel by Eduard Bornhöhe. The film became extremely popular, and some critics consider it the only Estonian cult movie.
Andres Pleesi was born in 1960 in Türi town. His favorite themes are portrait, nature, nude and still life. He loves nature and beautiful colors. The hobby artist tries to transfer his personal expressions underwent abroad in his paintings. Since 1986 he has been participated at many exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. He also makes exlibris and book illustrations. Since 1992 his exlibris works have been displayed in various exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan, Poland, Italy, China etc.
Järvamaa Museum is one of the oldest county museums. The first entry in the guest book of the Artefact Preservation Society’s museum, established on the initiative of the Baltic Germans, was made on 31 July in 1905. That day has been taken into consideration as the beginning of the official activity of the current museum.
During just over a hundred years, the museum has gathered an awe-inspiring collection of museum items that includes over 78 000 archival documents. A number of these has already been uploaded in the digital database MUIS.
The permanent exhibition of Järvamaa Museum is defined by theme rooms: from ancient times to the early Iron Age by archaeological findings and the natural part; an old pharmacy from the 18th century; cultural and educational life; a manor room; economic life in the beginning of the previous century; craftsman’s room from a century ago; an intellectual’s room from the 60s; a photography corner with photos from the 70s.
The temporary exhibition room features new exhibitions in every 2-3 months.
Järvamaa Museum offers various museum lessons and educational programmes, organises events connected with history and culture, mediates guided tours, and welcomes local history researchers and other history lovers to study the rich collections.
The museum offers a good overview of the historical and cultural heritage of our county over time.
April-Oct Tue-Sat 11-18
Nov-March Tue-Sat 10-17
Lembitu 5 (Lembitu park)
72702 PAIDE, Järvamaa
Bloodless Hunt is a hunt similar to real hunting, with cameras instead of guns, memory cards instead of ammunition and a great number of animal and nature photographs as the the catch. The aim of Bloodless Hunt is to describe the landscapes and its inhabitants through images.
The 19th Bloodless Hunt was held end of May in Simisalu, Põhja-Kõrvemaa. The photo hunt is organised by State Forest Management Centre (RMK) and Overall. This year, it attracted 33 participants in area of Järvamaa.
The exhibition is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 to 6 p.m.
The exhibition stays open until February 26, 2017.
Entry is free!
The tower on Vallimäe Hill in Paide is now home to the Wittenstein Time Centre. An elevator rolls back the centuries like a time machine, with displays from different eras on different floors – the days of knights, kings and tsars; the period of occupation; the first Estonian republic; and the period of the country’s regained independence. Sound and lighting effects, video programmes and illusions add to the overall effect.
SA AJAKESKUS WITTENSTEIN / THE WITTENSTEIN TIME CENTRE
Aadress: VESKI 11, PAIDE
Info tel. +372 58 50 2001
On January 3 of every year, the Estonians join the minute of silence at 10:30 a.m. to honor all those who have fallen in the struggle for a free and independent Estonian nation.
January 3,1920 a ceasefire ended fighting and ultimately resulted in independence for the Estonian state for the first time in history.
In central part of Estonia, in Müüsleri ( German Seinigal ) village you can explore all facts of the Estonian War of Independence. The exhibition “Vabaduse tee” (Way to Freedom) presents the history of Estonia and gives an accurate overview of the causes, progress, results of the Estonian War of Independence, and its importance in history of Estonia. The information is available in Estonian, Russian and English language.
As well, on the hill of Müüsleri is situated one of the monuments to commemorate the Estonian War of Independence. The pyramid-shaped sculpture was created by an Estonian artist August Roosileht (1887-1941) and was inaugurated in 1934 by the Estonian state and head of government Konstantin Pats. During the Soviet occupation of Estonia, the monument was blown up, but rebuilt in 1988.
Come to visit Müüsleri and explore more facts of this important period for Estonians!
Aadress: Tiigi talu, Müüsleri küla, Kareda vald, 73105 Järvamaa:
The Estonian War of Independence (Estonian: Vabadussõda, literally “Freedom War”), also known as the Estonian Liberation War, was a defensive campaign of the Estonian Army and its allies, most notably the White Russian Northwestern Army, Latvia, and the United Kingdom, against the Soviet Western Front offensive and the aggression of the Baltische Landeswehr.
It was fought in connection with the Russian Civil War during 1918–1920. The campaign was the struggle of Estonia for its sovereignty in the aftermath of World War I. It resulted in a victory for the newly established state and was concluded in the Treaty of Tartu.
The historical manor houses are definitely one of the most attractive sightseeings in Estonia. The beginning of the 20th century were 1245 main manors in Estonia. Additionally, there were also 108 parsonages (church manors) and around 600 manor dairy farms.
In central part of Estonia, Järva County, are marked 99 manor houses. All these have preserved an abundance of authentic culture, history, the legends. Just to explore the mystery of history!
10 of those operate as the manor schools. Restoring manor houses is, however, a unique issue on its own, because the requirements for regular schools are accompanied by precepts concerning heritage conservation.
On December 31, Sargvere Manor transforms into a new year celebration place where to enjoy music, surprising moments, lovely people and historical atmosphere! NB! From 20 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Sargvere Manor is situated around 13 km from Paide town.
The Sargvere Manor (Sarkfer in Kirchspiel St. Petri, Jerwen) established in the second half of the 18th century, has changed hands a lot. The two-storey Baroque main building of the 1760s is one of the most beautiful Baroque manors in Estonia. Unicity of Sargvere manor is that it was only inherited in the female line.
Come and explore the night of mystery!
Sargvere, Paide Parish, Järva County
Phone: (+372) 5149619
Kilplased (Gothamites) who are them? They are the characters of one funny legend and they are famous for their senseless and aimless activity and all kinds of funny tricks. Legends and folk tales about Gothamites were known more than 400 (four hundred) years ago in Germany. Estonian popular writer Fr.R. Kreutzwald translated these funny stories into Estonian and removed the Gothamites to Peetri Parish in Järva County.
Christmas Season Program at Kilplaste Village sounds to be very creative, coltish and active. The program is appropriate for both adults and children, just perfect to spend the day with your family, friends or colleagues.
Here, the visitors can prepare gingerbread cookies of various shapes. As soon as you will be back from funny adventure trip, your own freshly baked cookies will be served to you with hot drink that warming up even more your state of mind.
You can participate to various Christmas workshops like preparing the candles and candle holders in decoupage technique or painting the ceramic ware for yourself or someone special.
The visitors can even take a short and funny course in riding the wooden cock horse. You can enjoy a small quest play or visit an exhibition of Gothamites´ inventions about their dining manners and cutlery.
What about the Typical Estonian Christmas lunch? Book in advance your Christmas lunch “Niiii nämma notsu “ at Theme Park Of Gothamites!
The cost of the Christmas Season Program is 9,00 € per person.
To visit the “Kilplaste Teemapark”, please book in advance: phone 00372 51914282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The guide for an adventure trip is available in Russian, Finnish and German languages when booking in advance.
Müüsleri küla, Kareda vald, Järvamaa
Info and booking: phone 00372 51914282, email: email@example.com
The location is very good as Müüsleri is in the centre of Estonia and the village connects such important highways as Tallinn – Tartu (you must turn from Mäeküla) and Piibe highway (drive up to Kapu and then turn in the direction of Koeru). The distance between Müüsleri and the both highways is a little bit more than 10 kilometres. The Theme park is on the main road Mäeküla – Koeru.
The theme park is divided in three: the home of the Kilplased, sports grounds, and recreational trails. Campsites are also available.
Estonia is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its regular radio broadcasting. Explore the history of broadcasting at Estonian Broadcasting Museum (Eesti Ringhäälingumuuseum) in Türi town.
On Sunday, 18th December the Museum will be open from 11 to 15 to celebrate this important day in Estonian history! Come and celebrate with us!
All started as a private venture in four rented rooms, it has become a medium with nearly 30 stations operating locally, regionally and nationally. The regularity of radio broadcasting was disrupted for only ten days at the end of the World War II. Otherwise it has maintained constant contact with Estonians despite various regimes, including occupations and Soviet rule.
Estonia launched its broadcasting on 18 December 1926 which was quite late compared to many other European countries like Sweden, Germany, and Czechoslovakia by 1923, neighbouring Finland in 1924, and Latvia in 1925.
The early years were financially and technically unsustainable. The license fee was comparatively high and subscribers were low. This caused problems with investments which further reduced the growth of subscribers because the broadcasting coverage remained limited. This situation improved only after radio was reorganized into a public company, Riigi Ringhääling, in 1934. By 1940 radio technology in Estonia had reached the average European level. To improve the coverage a 196.6 meter broadcasting tower was erected in the middle of Estonia (at Türi) in 1937—the highest in the region and the most modern construction in Europe at that time…
In this town Türi, which is situated in central part of Estonia, Järvamaa (Jarva County), 15 years ago, has opened the Estonian Broadcasting Museum where you can discover the Estonian broadcasting history.
p.s. A guided tour is available in advance booking.
The Estonian Broadcasting Museum was founded in Türi in 1999. The museum’s permanent exhibition introduces the history of broadcasting from the first test broadcasts to the present day. Working displays are exhibited at the museum like old televisions, loudspeakers studio, transmission and reporter equipments and much more. You are also invited to test your talent and create your own radio show.
The Museum has not been located on the site of the former transmission tower, as retreating Soviet troops blew it up in 1941. The site of the former transmission station has been marked with informative display stands. The Museum is located at the railway crossing, a few hundred metres from the train and bus station.
The Estonian Broadcasting Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Vabriku pst. 11, Türi 72212
Info: +372 385 7055 / +372 513 9985
Winter season opening ceremony will take place already this Saturday, 10th of December and you can participate in various activities until end of March 2017!
During winter season you can partecipate in different activities and events: snowboarding lessons for beginners and experienced snowboarders, cross-country skiing training, you can enjoy 3 and 5 km long lighted ski tracks with interesting profiles, snowboard and snowtube tracks with an elevator. You are invited to participate in various winter sports competitions, enjoy special winter events, taste delicious winter food or just enjoy beautiful Kõrvemaa Landscape Protection Area that offers plenty of active holiday opportunities all year round.
Do not be afraid of unexpected snow conditions because the artificial snow is produced on the spot!
Valgehobusemägi is an upland area in Albu municipality, situated in Järva County. Valgehobusemägi rises to a height of 106 m. At the top is an observation tower with a view of the forests of the Kõrvemaa region. At the foot of the hill is placed the Valgehobusemägi Skiing and Recreational Centre.
NB! Once the Estonian epic hero Kalevipoeg is said to have been ploughing with his horse on the outskirts of Mägede village. While his horse grazed, he lay down for a nap. Wolves came out of the valley and attacked the white steed. The remains of the animal formed a hill which in Estonian means White Horse Hill. There are other features on the hill that are reminiscent of anatomical equine features. A bit farther off in the forest are great furrows said to have been left by Kalevipoeg’s plough.