Endla Nature Reserve on our doorstep is without a doubt the highlight of the area. Kärde village has more than 600 years of history, during which this tiny village with about 200 inhabitants has witnessed many historically significant events. If you come by car, you can take advantage of visiting also other places of interest, such as the west coast of Lake Peipus - the biggest transboundary lake in Europe (only 50 km away), the historic little town of Põltsamaa (40 km) or Estonia's culture capital and second largest city Tartu (60 km).
Endla Nature Reserve
A day trip to Endla Nature Reserve (only a few km away) is a must! Experience its unique wellspring area, eight bog massifs, divided by rivers with narrow flooded meadows or swamped forests, marked hiking trail, boardwalks, various forest communities, wooded meadow and bogs, protected bird and plant species. Partly overlapping hiking trails allow everyone to choose a nature trip within one’s powers. The towers give a beautiful view of swamped lakes. Since 2004, it is one of the Natura 2000 bird and nature areas. Various campgrounds and picnic places in the area. Open 24 hours. Free of charge. The visitors' centre of the nature reserve with an exposition is in Tooma, 3 km from Kärde.
Kärde is located at an old, important postal road, close to Kärde hill with forest-covered Endla marsh behind it. Kärde park, Peace House, the Peter’s stone and the so-called Peace-ditch are of further interest. Golden fields decorate the village. Close by are many different lakes connected to old legends, like the lake Männika, which was supposed to be the dwell of Kalevipoeg and lake Endla, where supposedly the daughter of Vanemuine (epic Estonian figure) – Juta – used to live (there’s a Juta stone at the lakeside). Ask us for instructions to find them or book a private guided tour with us!
First mentioned in 1532, the straw-roofed building hasn’t made it till today. It is the little wooden cottage in the park that is more famous in the first place. It is believed to be the place the Kärde Peace Treaty was signed in 1661. The treaty ended the war between Russia and Sweden. Kärde was home of German-Baltic nobility for more than 500 years. Last baron of Kärde was Victor von Stackelberg of the Piibe line. The Maiden’s Stone is on the grave of Margarethe Victoria von Stackelberg on Kärde Hill. The young lady drowned and the queer circumstances of her death created folk tales about her unhappy love affair with an ordinary peasant boy.