Narva

Narva is an Estonian city located on the Russian border. The Narva River, which drains Lake Peipus, flows through the city. On January 1, 2002 it had a total population of 70,178 (31,377 males and 38,801 females). The total area is 84.54 km² which gives a population density of 830 inhabitants per km. The famous Estonian chess player Paul Keres was born in the city. 

About 95% of the current population of Narva are Russian-speakers, mostly either Soviet-era immigrants from parts of the former U.S.S.R. (mainly Russia) or their descendants. Much of the city was destroyed during World War II and for several years during the following reconstruction the Soviet authorities prohibited the return of any of Narva's pre-war residents (among whom ethnic Estonians had been the majority) thus radically altering the city's ethnic composition. 


By the Narva River in the immediate vicinity of Narva there is a Russian fortress Ivangorod, formerly known as Counter-Narva. During the Soviet times Narva and Ivangorod were twin cities, despite belonging to different republics.Before World War II, Ivangorod (in estonian known as Jaanilinn) was part of Narva. After the war Jaanilinn was incorporated with Soviet Russia and it still remains a part of Russian Federation. 

Regardless of whether one visits the town in early spring, summer, autumn or winter, Narva always offers something special and unique. 

As In the past, Narva remains a melting pot for nations, periods and cultures, old and new. This is what makes the town so special. The 13th century castle, a beautiful baroque Town Hall, the best preserved system of historic defence building (bastions) in Europe, Krenholm textile plant (once Europe's largest, and an excellent example of British industrial architecture), waterfalls, and much, much more. 

Narva is the easternmost point of the European Union and the only location in Estonia that offers an unobstructed view of Estonia's neghbour Russia. Narva castle on one shore of the river, and Jaanilinna castle on the other, form a unique architectural ensemble. Visitors can choose from a variety of concerts, festivals and open-air shows that take place both in the inner yard of the Narva castle, and elsewhere in the town, such as in the newly-built ice skating stadium. 

The tourism infrastructure has lately been and expanded, with new hotels, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. 

Outside the town one can find pristine nature and hiking routes ranging from the Sinimäe hills to the coastal resort of Narva-Jõesuu. The letter is only 14 kilometers from Narva, with its beautiful coast, parks and pine forests, Narva-Jõesuu is truly worth visiting. An Estonia proverb says- You see best with your own eyes which is just why one should come and see for oneself the historic landmarks, bask in the sun on the coast of Gulf of Finland and marvel at the changes that are transforming the town. 

Be assured that Narva will never fair to surprise you in positive way.