Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve, Vastseliina

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  • 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...  more »
  • At the bottom of the South-eastern corner of Estonia, in "Setufolkets area" is the famous sandstone caves! There are refreshments and parking lots, in connection to the POI. On the basis of race, became the risk too great to have people inside the caves, and it was decided to close them indefinitely for security reasons!
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  • The "Piusa Koopad", the name in Estonian, sand caves are a bit out of the way compared to the capital Tallinn (are situated in the region bordering Russia, basically) but I think it's worth to go there, especially if you are a nature lover or you are looking for particular places and outside the main tourist routes! The reserve of Piusa, with its caves, the Red Desert, the dunes and the surrounding pine forest, is a unique place in the world. The caves are very fascinating and walls are stained with streaks of yellow, Orange, pink and red. The small Valley's surreal desert and the sand grow mushrooms, firs, plants; even the local wildlife occasionally manifests its presence, particularly near the pond located in the central part. These caves, born at the beginning of ' 900, are artificial caves where it was taken for the production of glass sand and today are open to the public, with tours in Estonian every 30 minutes (made between the hours of 11 and 19 hours). However, we recommend that you inquire beforehand timetables by contacting the tourist office in Obinitsa. Finally, a little curiosity: the caves are home to a colony of bats are among the most numerous of the Baltic States.
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