- Duration: 2 hours tour
- Activity level: easy (bus and walking)
- Total walking distance: approx. 1 km
Pärnu, the best known Estonian resort, is more than just a summer city. It is also a place for conferences, theatre performan-ces and concerts. Besides being a resort, Pärnu is also where the world of Fabergé was born.
Gustav Fabergé (1814–1893) was a jeweller, born in Pärnu, who founded the House of Fabergé. His son, Peter Carl Fabergé became a world-renowned jeweller, primarily for his internationally famous Easter eggs, generously encrusted with jewels. In addition to Russian czars, his masterpieces were widely sought after by royal courts throughout Europe.
A monument to Gustav Fabergé stands in front of Pärnu concert hall; the monument is a gift to Pärnu by Alexander Tenzo, a jeweller with Estonian roots.
This tour takes in the most important and interesting sights of Pärnu, including those connected with the Fabergé family. You can take photos with Gustav Fabergé and stand where his grandfather’s house used to be.
You will see a white sandy beach, green parks, beautiful houses, the Pärnu river and Sauga river, the port and the oldest part of Pärnu, which was first mentioned in 1251.
The bus tour will be followed by a walk in the Old Town, taking in Rüütli shopping street, the Red Tower, the town’s only surviving medieval tower (on the southeast corner of the city wall) and the Maarja-Magdaleena Guild. The Guild building is filled with art and craft workshops where you can buy local handmade souvenirs and witness their making process.
The Town Hall, built in 1797 by merchant P. R. Harder and accommodating the Tourism Information Centre and an art gallery today, is right next door to St. Catherine’s Orthodox Church, one of the most stylish and ornate Baroque style churches in Estonia.