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Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve

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Vana-Vastseliina kula, Vastseliina 64122, Estonia
+372 5304 4120
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Tripadvisor coordinates are WRONG

I found these caves on tripadvisor and followed coordinates. They are not accurate. Actually caves... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Linda K
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Riga, Latvia
Summer visit

It was a nice visit in the end of summer. We really liked the excursion. The caves are really... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2017
Andrius T
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The Piusa River Ancient Valley landscape reserve was established to protect the valley through which the Piusa River flows and its Devonian-period sandstone outcrops. The reserve extends through three municipalities: Meremae, Vastseliina and Orava. The valley is up to 35 m deep and 300 m wide in places. The water from the river has been used in the past in 11 mills, of which the Kelba, Tamme and Vaike-Harma mills remain. The sights of greatest natural value on the reserve are its 12 sandstone outcrops, ranging from 6-44 m in height and 20-130 m long. The tallest are known as the Harma walls. To explore the reserve, we recommend taking the Piusa hiking trail, which is 15 km long.
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28 Jul 2017
“Tripadvisor coordinates are WRONG”
17 Feb 2017
“Summer visit”
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Vana-Vastseliina kula, Vastseliina 64122, Estonia
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

I found these caves on tripadvisor and followed coordinates. They are not accurate. Actually caves are 15 km away from the address mentioned in here... When I finally arrived at the right location, I was disappointed. I had to pay 5 EUR for guided tour...More

Thank Linda K
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

It was a nice visit in the end of summer. We really liked the excursion. The caves are really superb!

Thank Andrius T
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Piusa sandstone caves are the result of hand-mining glass sand during 1922–1966, and are now home to the biggest wintering colony of bats in East Europe. There is a small museum (in the shape of a bat!) on site that gives the history and...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2016

The place itself is very beautiful and peaceful and the landscape mesmerizing. Museum has a beautiful design and souvernir options. The tour was 5€ with a great guide, started with a video you can easily find from youtube and then to the entrace of the...More

Thank Kairis129
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Piusa is far from the capital but if you are touring in Estonia in the summertime then visit Piusa also. Yes, you can see some part of the caves and not wonder in there alone because it is not safe. I didn't mind because I...More

Thank Liina V
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

There is only little place you can look the inside of the caves. There has all about 25 km (some sources said even 50 km) under the ground. But you can see the pictures and look from computer inside the gaves during the tour. The...More

Thank travellerew
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Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

The place is nice, but there is nothing to see. The tour is super boring, since they just display a video of the caves but then you can not see almost anything. The most worth it thing is the landscape with the sand.

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Reviewed 2 July 2015

There is not much to see, the passage is closed, so there is only a certan area, where you can see the inside of the caves. Still they tell you a little story and you can watch the film about bats (included in the price).

Thank Kirill B
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Reviewed 9 May 2015

You won't find anything similar in any other place in Estonia - these sand caves are together with the Taevaskoja nature tracks the two most known landmarks for (southern) Estonia. It's a pretty long ride to get there as it's almost next to the Russian...More

Thank GreteSmiles
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This site of Estonia is completely something else. I was blown away! I was there on a hot summer day, in 30 C heat, and the unrealistic sandy landscape reminded me of a desert (very un-Estonian). An absolutely fantastic feeling! If you want to visit...More

Thank Kristel H
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