Experience unique bunker tourism in South-Estonia
A kilometer and a half before the Estonian-Latvian border, you will find the tiny Vastse-Roosa hamlet. Only twenty locals live among the fields and forests, but during recent years, about 10 thousand visitors come annually to this Estonian periphery from Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Russia, the U.S., Canada, Germany, England, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Portugal and even from India, China and Australia. The tourist attraction here is the Metsavenna talu (Forest Brethren Farm) established in 1999, which offers unprecedented bunker tourism. In the course of a Forest Brethren expedition, the visitors are given the opportunity to experience an era of Estonian history, along with a visit to a Forest Brethren bunker.
The bunker, which is lined with thin fir logs, is dug into the side of a hill. It contains bunks and a small table. The masculine, sparse and ascetic interior can be accessed by a la dder, and now also by a door built into the side of the hill. In the second half of the 1940s and the early 1950s, hundreds of brave, but also unlucky, men lived their wretched lives in such dens.
- Who were the Forest Brethren?
- The son of a Forest Brother preserves his father’s memory
- Uncle Max’s legacy from Australia