Narva’s role as a border town is nothing new. Since it was founded by the Danes in the 13th century, it has often found itself at the edge of empires. During its heyday, i.e. Estonia’s 16th and 17th-century period of Swedish rule, Narva grew wealthy as a key port and merchant town and quickly developed into one of the most charming cities in the Baltic region. Sadly, Narva’s Old Town was almost completely levelled during World War II, but there are still enough interesting remnants of the city’s historic past to pique any visitor’s interest. What’s more, with a population that’s over 90% Russian, modern Narva has a distinctive cultural identity - another addition to the list of differences that make Narva a worthy weekend getaway.