Inside Rakvere castle
The new modern town square in Rakvere

Rakvere is Estonia’s fifth largest city and situated the northern part of the country, 20 km south of the Gulf of Finland and approximately 100km east of Tallinn, Estonia. Its earliest signs of human settlement date back to the 3rd-5th century.

Rakvere is an attractive and rapidly developing town with quite an interesting character; for example, Rakvere is the place where the first Estonian Punk Song Festival took place. It’s also the host to the well-known international rock music festival “Green Christmas.” Since 1994, a biannual international theatre festival, called Baltoscandal has taken place in the unique, friendly and slightly crazy atmosphere of Rakvere. So it’s no wonder, that the motto of Rakvere is “full of power”.

The city is also known in Estonia for its youthful hip-hop and electronic music scene.

Get in

By bus

Rakvere has a regular bus connection to Tallinn, Tartu, Narva and to a number of other cities. Bus schedules can be found at Bussireisid.

By train

Get around

The public transport buses are operated by GoBus Rakvere – there is a total of 4 bus lines.


A view to old castle ruins



Rakvere has got several big shopping centres both for clothes and home electronics.


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