The new Reidi Road now leads from the city centre directly to Pirita along the seafront promenade
. You can go to Pirita
by bike or on foot, either alone or with the family. There are playgrounds and comfortable seating areas along the road. The silhouette of the city, one of the symbols of Tallinn, can be seen here in its full beauty. Views of the sea and the harbour, with its heavy ship traffic in summer, make Tallinn a unique maritime town.
Maarjamäe, a famous former summer resort, is located next to the Pirita Promenade. Maarjamäe houses the Estonian History Museum
and the Film Museum
, with a spacious courtyard and an outdoor exhibition of Soviet-era monuments behind the museum. A short walk away from Maarjamäe Castle is one of the most important memorial sites in Estonia, the Memorial to the Victims of Communism
Pirita's two-kilometre-long sandy beach
is the most famous beach of Tallinn during summer. It is also a great place to catch some rays in other seasons, especially in late winter.
In addition to swimming, sailing, and boating possibilities, the seaside area of Pirita also offers wonderful jogging routes. Just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, the jogging paths on both banks of the Pirita River are great for cycling, running, or walking, and skiing in winter.
Near Pirita, Kloostrimetsa features the most diverse green area – the Tallinn Botanic Garden
, which is great both for seeing species-rich flora indoors and for taking an enjoyable walk in the outdoor rose garden, with its hundreds of rose varieties. The Botanic Garden is also a suitable place for a picnic. The landscape protection area of the Pirita River Valley
starts right next to the Botanic Garden.
The best way to get acquainted with the area is to find a nature trail, which are numerous in the protected area. The nature trail of the Botanic Garden runs through forests and meadows. You will also find oaks and sacred groves by the road. As the trail runs partly on the territory of the Botanic Garden, a ticket to the Botanic Garden must be bought during the summer. Nearby is the Forest Cemetery
in Estonian), the last resting place of many prominent Estonian state and cultural figures.
Buses 1A, 8, 34A, and 38 take you to Pirita from the city centre. You can get to the Botanical Garden with buses 34A, and 38.