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Having been ruled by different countries, influenced by different cultures and for years, been split in half, Valga has a very interesting townscape. Here are a few of the top `must-see’ sightseeing spots:

Valga Town Hall

Open: summer season every day 10-17; 15 of Sept until 14 of May Monday-Friday 10-17, Saturday-Sunday 10-14
Address: Kesk 11, Valga
Phone: (+372) 766 1699 
Method of payment: card, cash

The Town Hall was built in 1865 and its high half-hipped roof, skylights and turrets make it one of the most outstanding examples of historicist architecture in Estonia. In the foyer of the Town Hall, there is a memorial tablet to Johannes Märtson, who was the local mayor from 1902 to 1917.

Valga Visitors' Centre is located on the ground floor of the Town Hall. Centre provides free information about the tourist attractions, accommodation and catering, active holiday ideas, cultural events, guide services and transport in Valgamaa and the whole Estonia. Chargeable services: booking accommodation, ordering a taxi, making copies, scanning. The Visitors' Centre also sells souvenirs, local crafts, tourist maps and postal payment means. There is free Wi-Fi.

Valga Jaani (St. John´s) Church

Address: Kesk, Valga
Phone: (+372) 503 1474, (+372) 766 1820

Jaani Church, located right in the heart of the city, was built in 1816 according to the design of architect Christoph Haberland and it is the only church in Estonia with an oval ground plan. The unique organ has been preserved in its original shape and it is the only instrument built by Friedrich Ladegast still left in Estonia.
Interesting facts: the organ is one of the 200 best organs in Europe. Special music can be heard from the church’s bell tower at midday and midnight.

Valga-Valkat poolitav riigipiir

Address: beginning of Sõpruse and/or Raja Street, Valga

When Estonia and Latvia gained independence in 1918, the town of Walk (Valga/Valka) was situated exactly on the border of the two new states and had a mixed Latvian/Estonian population. Negotiations on the border ensued, they were chaired by Sir Tallents, the British Commissioner for Baltic provinces. When in 1920 both parties could still not reach an agreement, Sir Tallents decided to split the town along the line of the small river that runs through it. Legend tells that he finally just split the town map into halves with his sword. Visitors of Valga-Valka enjoy doing photos standing next to border statue with one leg in Estonia and other in Latvia, holding jäätis (ice-cream in Estonian) in one hand and saldejums (ice-cream in Latvian) in other hand.

Nipernaadi Statue

Address: Aia 10, Valga

NIPERNAADI, the eternal wanderer and dreamer, greets visitors and boldly raises his hat in the Säde park. Look at the sole of his raised travelling boot and you'll see adventurous roads awaiting for you. If you manage to polish even the smallest part of it you will always have good luck accompanying your travels. Look into his eyes and you'll start dreaming, too. If you happen to meet his eyes for a bit longer your longing will be filled with something beautiful and unusual. Wave him as you leave and adventures will follow.

NIPERNAADI, a vigorous bronze sculpture inspired by the protagonist of the novel "Toomas Nipernaadi" by August Gailit is anxious to meet you.

Valga museum

Open: K-R 11-18, L 10-15
Address: Vabaduse tänav 8, Valga
Phone: (+372) 766 8863 
Entrance fee: 1€-2€
Method for payment: card, cash

Valga Museum is a lively and modern museum where you will never get bored! The photos displayed here show you the history of Valga County and the city from ancient times to the present. The museum is also livened up by models, music and wax figures. Going to the museum is not a waste of time!
Interesting facts:  there is a wax figure of the first Estonian Olympic champion, Alfred Neuland, in the museum

Monument for first Estonian Olympic winner Alfred Neuland

Address: Vabaduse 1, Valga

Weightlifter Alfred Neuland (1895-1966) who was born in Valga is the first Estonian Olympic Champion. He returned with a gold medal from the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920. He was also successful at the Paris Olympic Games where he won the silver medal.

Railway monument engine

Address: Jaama 2, Valga

The year 1886 when the plan to build the Pihkva-Riga railway with a branch from Valga to Tartu became a crucial year in the development of the little town.
The steam engine monument erected near the Valga railway station in 1998 celebrates the 110th anniversary of the Pihkva-Valga-Riga rail connection. Engine SU 251-98 was built in the Sormovo Shipyard in 1949. Interesting facts: * the engine weighs 87 tons and its output is 12 tons of steam per hour; * Riga-Pihkva railway was officially opened on 22 July 1889 in Pihkva.

Valga Roman-Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit

Open: in advance order
Address: Maleva 8, Valga
Phone: (+372) 730 3713 

The church was built of natural stone and bricks in 1907. Lithuanian and Polish railway workers were actively involved in building the church. The church operated until 1940 and from 1945, the building was used as a warehouse and later as a gym.
The extension of the church was built in 1995 and the church was renovated. Interesting facts: * the church does not have a tower as the imperial government of Russia refused to give permission to build one.

Valga Militaarteemapark

Avatud: suvehooajal E-L 9-16, P suletud ning 15. sept kuni 14. maini E-R 9-16, L-P suletud
Address: Pikk 16, Valga
Phone: (+372) 767 1127, (+372) 512 1044
Entrance fee: 1€ child, 2€ adult
Method for payment: cash

Come and learn about the Paju Battle of the War of Independence on the site where the battle took place. Or would you like to learn more about the past and present of national defence in Estonia? The Military Theme Park includes military vehicles, armoured vehicles, a tank, a bunker of Forest Brothers, a large collection of weapons and many other items. You can test your shooting skills on the shooting simulator.
The Theme Park was founded on the initiative of border guards on the premises of the Valga Border Guard Region and was opened in 2000.

Memorial to the War of Independence

Address: Julius Kuperjanovi 65, Valga

This memorial, which is dedicated to the freedom fighters of southern Estonia, represents the figure of an unknown soldier, his sword sheathed, with a flag held aloft in one hand and the other outstretched. The first memorial was unveiled here on 11 October 1925, dedicated to Lieutenant Julius Kuperjanov, but it was destroyed by Soviet forces on the night of 21 September 1940. The new memorial was inaugurated on 16 August 2013 in the original location on Kuperjanov Street. The design and mould of the memorial were made in 1925 by Amandus Adamson, who was also involved in the production of the bronze figure in Italy. This figure was restored to its original size by sculptor Jaak Soans. Restoration of the memorial was led by Major Meelis Kivi.

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