Due to its location both in central and eastern Estonia and as a gate to South Estonia, Jõgeva County is diverse and unique. The area of the county extends from the central point of inland Estonia across Vooremaa up to the eastern border of the European Union on Lake Peipus.
The castle ruins in Põltsamaa and Laiuse remind of the royalties who once resided in Jõgeva county. The plenty of surface forms and boulders, which can be found in Jõgeva county, are connected with the legends about Kalevipoeg – the hero of the Estonian national epos. Jõgeva is called the county of Kalevipoeg’s deeds.
One of the visiting cards of the county is Vooremaa, which is one of the most unique drumlin areas in the world with its large drumlins oriented from the northwest to the southeast and oval lakes between them.
Põltsamaa region attracts with its charming manor houses, castle ruins, local wine, abundance of roses and enjoyable open-air events. Palamuse is a nice well-preserved historical parish centre. Father Christmas’ home is waiting for visitors in Jõgeva. In Elistvere animal park wild animals and birds can be seen in their natural habitat. Mires and bogs offer tranquility and delight to the eye. Old Believers’ culture, its particular customs and traditions, many kilometres long street-villages along the shore of the lake, fresh cucumbers, onions, garlic and smoked fish on the stalls by the street for travellers – this is the Lake Peipus region. In Mustvee there are churches of five different confessions of faith.
Discover the natural and cultural diversity of Jõgeva county, enjoy its historical heritage, the exciting places connected with legends, its quaint regions and pleasant recreation options.
Welcome to Jõgeva County!
Author: Toomas Kalda