Narva is Estonia's easternmost city, with about 70,000 inhabitants.

27 things to do

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Hostel LELL

Features authentic Soviet architecture and service — except instead of being ironic, it's very real. Located in a derelict, desolate housing block, 2 km from the center of town. Doubles are €35, with toilet and sink in the room, and moldy showers in the basement. Surprisingly, the hot water actually works. Some floors are equipped with empty lounges reminiscent of a 1950s nursing home.

SLEEP   —  Partisani 4

Kreenholm area and Kreenholm Textile Factory

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 ten thousand 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.

SEE   —  Joala tn 20

Narva Alexander Megachurch

Built in 1881-84, the Alexander Church was damaged during both world wars. The bell tower was destroyed in 1944 along with the Walcker organ that was located there. Today the church's bell tower has been restored. You can visit the bell tower and the observation platform installed there, as well as a museum where artworks from the 14th to 21st century are displayed.

SEE   —  Kiriku tn 9

Cafe Aleksandr

Relatively low prices, clean and cosy interior. More than 100 dishes of European and Russian cuisine including salads, soups, pelmeni, fish, chicken and meat courses, pancakes and desserts. Nearby the cafe is Narva castle, Narova river and the tourism information office. Tourist groups of up to 40 people are welcome!

EAT   —  Pushkini tänav 13

The Lords Resurrection Cathedral

It was built in 1890-1896 for the orthodox workers of Kreenholm Manufactory. Architectural solution comes from Byzantine tradition. You can see three part iconostasis and 17th century’s Christ’s crucifix. The bombing of the city on year 1944 during the second world war, left only the church untouched.

SEE   —  Bastrakovi tn 4

Narva Art Gallery

The gallery the art centre of East-Viry County. It is located in 18th century former ammunition warehouse. In addition to the permanent collection, exhibitions of modern Estonian and Western European art are organized and a traditional art party takes place on the last Sunday in May.

SEE   —  Vestervalli tn 21

Second hand shopping

Generally there are many second hand stores in Narva. Most of them sell assorted clothing and shoes from the 80s and 90s. The one next door from Alexandr has a selection of Soviet and WWII artifacts; jewelry and memorabilia.

BUY   —  Pushkin 13

Narva Town Hall

German, Swedish and Italian architectural influences are mixed in the building style of the Town Hall that dates back to the 17th century. The building is currently not open to the public.

SEE   —  Raekoja plats 1

Tank T- 34

The monument commemorates battles of World War II and indicates breakthrough of Soviet forces. Narva’s tank is the only such memorial, being exhibited in Estonia from the war until today.

SEE   —  Jõesuu tn

Narva Bastions

A total of seven bastions were built in the 17th century: Honor, Gloria, Victoria, Fama, Triumph, Fortuna, and Spes. Work has been started to dry and light the bastions.

SEE   —  Raja tn

Narva Museum/Castle

The Castle tower overlooks the Ivangorod castle on the Russian side of the river and offers an eclectic display of Estonian and Narva history.

Tourist Information Center

The staff at the tourist information office on Pushkin street (next to Alexandr Kohvik), can offer plenty of help in fluent English.

OTHER   —  +372 356 01 84 —  Puškini 13

Pimeaed (Blind Garden)

This is Narva’s oldest part, an example of park architecture from the end of the 19th century.

SEE   —  Pimeaia tn


Has also a cinema and a bowling hall.

BUY   —  Tallinna mnt. 41


Finnish fast food chain.

EAT   —  Tallinna mnt 19C


fast food

EAT   —  +372 55617016 —  Tallinna mnt 37

Peetri Pizza


EAT   —  +372 3544001 —  Tallinna mnt 30B

Pappa Pizza


EAT   —  +372 3350665 —  Kerese 3

Peetri Pizza


EAT   —  +372 3564030 —  Kreenholmi 50

Hotel Inger

SLEEP   —  Pushkin 28

Narva Town Days

DO   —  Map


BUY   —  Tallinna mnt. 19c

About Narva

Due to the heavy damage of the Second World War, Narva had to be almost completely rebuilt. This is why the city is dominated by Soviet architecture today. Narva's "modern" Town Hall, for example, is a prime example of typical Soviet architecture. Over 90% of the current population are Russian-speakers, mostly either Soviet-era immigrants from parts of the former Soviet Union and their descendants. There’s plenty to do in Narva, concerts, annual 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. *

Source: wikivoyage