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Autor Kristina Litvjak
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Historical Pikk Street

In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Pikk Street was the main street for business and trade in Rakvere, home to the town's bank, stores, restaurants and guesthouses.

Opening hours

24 hours

Address

Pikk tänav Rakvere Lääne-Viru maakond (See map)

 

​​​​In 2020-2021, Pikk Street was completely reconstructed, as a result the street became a modern pedestrian-friendly promenade and became the city's representative street again.

The Pikk Street received modern and proper street lighting, benches and flower boxes were added.  Stone surfaces were installed on the street - granite stones on the roadway and beton slabs on the pedestrian area.

Walking along the historic Pikk Street, you can get an overview of the city's diverse architecture, where creative activity and several handicraft shops are concentrated, where you can find genuine Estonian handicrafts, souvenirs, folk costumes and consumer goods.

A long recreation area with concrete benches and sun loungers has been created in the area of ​​Pikk Street 22. This is where one of the strangest stairs in Estonia begins - the so-called Carrot Staircase, which leads to the observation deck on Vallimäe. The viewing platform offers a view in two directions - to the city and to the castle.

In October 2021, the sculpture ensemble “8-year-old Edith” created in honor of Edith Kotka-Nyman was opened on 22 Pikk Street, by the sculptor Gea Sibola Hansen and the architect Mai Šein.

 

Interesting to know:

  •  Despite it´s name, the Pikk Street is today ranked 17th in the list of city streets with a length of 1182 m.
  •  The longest street in Rakvere is Vabaduse Street (1916 m).