Estonia’s easternmost town boasts the best preserved castle (Hermann Fortress) overlooking a large, winding river acting as a border between Estonia and Russia. The nearby Narva-Jõesuu resort is dotted with spas and a large sandy beach that draws in holiday makers every summer.
Narva is a melting pot of Estonian and Russian cultures and a great place to stop and relax when travelling to and from St. Petersburg. The first spa in Narva-Jõesuu was opened in the 19th century, beginning a fine and well established tradition.
Once a prime example of Baroque architecture in Europe, the town was heavily damaged in World War II and almost entirely rebuilt. Narva these days presents examples of classical Soviet-era architecture with some exciting contemporary developments such as Narva College on the town square, an ultra modern building paying homage to the town’s historical prosperity.
Kreenholm Textile Factory
A double-terraced waterfall is on the Narva River, just above the city. Kreenholm Island is between the two terraces. The famous Kreenholm Textile Factory was built on the shore of the waterfall in the 19th century, and was the largest factory in the Russian Empire at that time.
In 1913 over 10,000 people worked there. A compact complex of industrial architecture developed around the factory that included the factory, a hospital, workers' barracks, directors' houses, and Kreenholm Park. The buildings were built in the English style using red brick. The Kreenholm brand is known far beyond Estonia.
Built at the southern end of a garden in Narva in 1875 on the initiative of Mayor A. Hahn, this staircase was originally longer than it appears today. However, construction of a new bridge saw the first section of the staircase disappear beneath the ground. The staircase has since lost its function, as it leads down onto the St. Petersburg highway - the border zone between Estonia and Russia.
Petchki-Lavotchki restaurant Narva
A true Russian restaurant! All of our meals are prepared by ladies with many years of experience, based on old recipes. Adding to the feel of the restaurant is the Ala Rus-style interior design, assembled by the staff from bits and pieces they brought in themselves. And of course you will always receive a warm and heartfelt Slavic welcome.
Whatever your favorite Russian dish is – cabbage soup, borsch, Astrakhan chowder, dumplings, rassolnik, meat in aspic, blini, roasts, pastries, baked apples, cranberry cordial, mushrooms and more – you are sure to find it on our menu. The restaurant is in the Fama center.