Pesapuu Watchtower – Rõuge, Estonia - Atlas Obscura
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Rõuge, Estonia

Pesapuu Watchtower

This Estonian watchtower looks like a big tree with two giant bird nests on it, complete with a "golden egg." 

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An older and more traditional watchtower was located on the same spot in 2006, but after it became unstable, it was dismantled in 2015. To replace the tower, architect Karmo Tõra designed a new, more exciting structure that’s a wonder to behold, either day or night. The new tower is also slightly higher than previous one, reaching up 30 meters tall.

During the day you can get a good view over the nearby Nightingale Valley and the surrounding areas. The south-eastern part of Estonia is known for picturesque scenery with a hilly landscape and some small lakes in between. At night, different color light are turned on so that the “nests” can be seen from a distance.

The watchtower is opened all year round.

Know Before You Go

Best visited with your own transport. The maximum capacity of the lower platform is 15 people and the upper platform, 25 people.

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