Urban nature & beaches
Photo: Tallinna Keskkonnaamet

Pirita River Valley Nature Reserve

A lush, green valley around the Pirita River, includes the Tallinn Botanic Garden and the Forest Cemetery, the resting places of some of Estonia’s most important figures. Up to 200-year-old pine trees grow throughout the river valley and more than 120 bird species have been spotted here. During the summer, the area is a feeding ground for bats as well. The nature reserve also surrounds Iru Hill Fort, one of the oldest settlement sites in Tallinn, dating back to the 7th to 5th centuries BC.