The Onion Road might sound like a slightly offensive Eastern European equivalent of the Yellow Brick Road from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It’s actually a 30-kilometre-or-so stretch of road spanning the southern coast of Lake Peipus, inhabited by Russian Old Believers who are famed for growing beautiful golden onions. The Russian Old Believers – starovery – have been following their religious traditions rigorously for more than a 1000 years. There are 11 congregations of Old Believers with approximately 15,000 members in Estonia.
We also visit Kolkja Museum of Russian Old Believers. You can see the traditional clothes, everyday items, handicrafts, tools, photos, books and many other items associated with the Old Believers.
The bus trip lasts about 5 hours and costs 70 EUR/per person.