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Lutepää is located in Estonia
Coordinates: 57°54′59″N 27°42′40″E / 57.91639°N 27.71111°E / 57.91639; 27.71111Coordinates: 57°54′59″N 27°42′40″E / 57.91639°N 27.71111°E / 57.91639; 27.71111
Country  Estonia
County Põlva County
Parish Värska Parish
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Lutepää is a small community on the Värska to Saatse gravel road in southeast Estonia. At first sight, just like a thousand other villages in the lake and forest landscape of this region where the Russian - Estonian border twists and turns in a manner that defies the logic of everyday life.

But Lutepää and neighbour villages Saatse and Ulitina are utterly unusual for it is one of the few villages in the European Union which can only be reached by travelling through Russia. The one and only road through Lutepää cuts, on either side of the village, through Russia, the Saatse Boot area, making Lutepää a practical enclave. No Russian visa is required to drive the road to Lutepää, but those in transit by car though the territory of the Russian Federation are not permitted to stop en route.

Lutepää, small hamlet as it is, is scarcely featured in many maps and guides, but a note about this diminutive community can be found at the web-site Hidden Europe