Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve

Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve, Vastseliina: Address, Phone Number, Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve Reviews: 4/5

Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve

Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve
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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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Tia
Helsinki, Finland4 contributions
Not so much to see
Aug 2019
You can look all the same in internet. It's 5e and not worth it. You can see so little, ofc it looks cool but 🤷🏼‍♀️
Written 22 August 2019
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Linda K
Riga, Latvia40 contributions
Tripadvisor coordinates are WRONG
Jul 2017 • Couples
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 which actually is about 5-10 minutes intro story and then they take you to caves which you can observe from outside. It is not allowed to enter caves at all. I would not recommend to visit this as it is waste of time and money.
Written 29 July 2017
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Andrius Tinteris
Vilnius, Lithuania24 contributions
Summer visit
Aug 2016 • Friends
It was a nice visit in the end of summer. We really liked the excursion. The caves are really superb!
Written 17 February 2017
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mitiros
Lincoln, UK149 contributions
Sandstone caves
Sep 2016 • Friends
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 guides into the caves. Unfortunately due to instability this is not extensive. Lovely woodland around the site and interesting trails. worth a visit if in this area.
Locally run, so check opening hours
Written 22 October 2016
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Kairis129
17 contributions
Interesting landscape
Aug 2016 • Friends
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 cave. You are not allowed to enter the caves only, you can only take pictures. And the pics from the entrance are easy to find.
So for low cost travelers- there is no nead to buy the ticket, just explore the landscape for free and look online the cave pictures.
Written 1 September 2016
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Liina V
Tallinn59 contributions
While touring in Estonia - visit Piusa also.
Jul 2016 • Solo
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 saw what the caves look like, I saw photos and the guide gave some information, so I got the picture what it was like in there, how they worked and so on. Also, there is a cafe and just over the railway there is a place to set up your tent - so while touring in Estonia, take a tent with you and visit Piusa, Värska, Põlva, Taevaskoja also :)
Written 24 July 2016
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travellerew
Tallinn, Estonia492 contributions
Nowerdays there hasn't almoust possibility to go inside the gaves anymore
May 2016 • Couples
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 guide will tell the story about them and you can watch the film about bats. At the old days it was more interesting sightseeing when you could go inside the gaves with holding candles and see all the beauty. Unfortunately this isn't safe anymore to go to walk at the gaves.
Written 30 May 2016
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alexvidal11
Barcelona, Spain250 contributions
It is a scam! Nothing to see.
Apr 2016 • Friends
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.
Written 10 April 2016
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Kirill B
Tallinn, Estonia181 contributions
Not that much to see :(
Aug 2014 • Friends
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).
Written 2 July 2015
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GreteSmiles
Vienna, Austria102 contributions
Unique place in Estonia
Jul 2014 • Friends
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 border and especially as there's no other significant things close by but it's worth it when you have the free time in your schedule. Ca 90min from Tartu. You can also get there with train. According to the website, the visit times are daily from 11am to 6pm. You cannot just enter the caves because of the danger of collapse but there are specific places where the guide will take you. It's pretty cold in there. And do keep your children close.
Written 9 May 2015
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