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Otepää ( Français: Otepää, Spanish: Otepää, Deutsch: Otepää, Русский: Отепя) - (The) city in Estonia, situated in Valga County region. According to the latest census, the city population is 2144. Geographical coordinates of Otepää (WGS84): latitude: 58° 3' 30" N ( 58.0583 ), longitude: 26° 29' 48" E ( 26.4967 ).

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Otepää Town Hall
Otepää Town Hall
Otepää is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Coordinates: 58°03′26″N 26°29′54″E / 58.05722°N 26.49833°E / 58.05722; 26.49833
Country Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia
County Valgamaa lipp.svg Valga County
Municipality Flag of Otepää Parish.svg Otepää Parish
 • Total 2,167
 • Rank 35th
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Otepää (formerly Nuustaku) is a town in Valga County, southern Estonia, it is the administrative centre of Otepää Parish. Otepää is a popular skiing resort, popularly known as the "winter capital" of Estonia (in contrast to the "summer capital" Pärnu). During the 2005–2006 season it became the site for FIS Cross-Country World Cup events.

The name "Otepää" means "Ott's Head" in Estonian, whereby ott is an euphemism for "bear".


The first settlement in Otepää was in 6th century BC.

Otepää borough gained its town rights on 1 April 1936.

In 1935, the city got its first mayor, Julius Niklus.

In 1939, the population of the city was at 2,300.

The earliest surviving firearm in Europe has been found in the ancient castle of Otepää and it dates to at least 1396.


See also

  • Tartu Maraton
  • Tehvandi Sports Center


  1. ^ Population by sex, age and place of residence after the 2017 administrative reform, 1 January. Statistics Estonia.
  2. ^ "Otepää linna ajaloost" [The history of the city of Otepää] (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ Otepää - Dictionary of Estonian Place names.
  4. ^ Ain Mäesalu: Otepää püss on maailma vanim Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • Media related to Otepää at Wikimedia Commons
  • Otepää travel guide from Wikivoyage

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