Võru County clearly stands out from the rest of Estonia thanks to its varied landscape, diverse nature, and rapidly alternating natural biomes.
The most beautiful and valuable natural sites are well protected and conserved. The conservation areas in Võru County cover 36,000 hectares altogether. There are 51 protected natural sites which belong into the Natura 2000 bird and nature protection network. The biggest among these are Karula National Park and Haanja Nature Park, but there are also twelve smaller nature parks, four preservation areas, and twenty different habitat sites that hide some of nature’s true gems. There are 37 indigenous trees which are protected as valued individual natural objects. Among these, the 700 year-old Tamme-Lauri oak, which is the largest tree in Estonia.
Nature in Võru County is certainly worth discovering as you will never be bored by its variety and diversity.