12 Best Places To Visit In Estonia

 


I would like to introduce you first on why I want to go to my 12 best places to visit in Estonia. Estonia has little trouble in identifying a difference: it’s entirely special. It shares a common geography with Latvia and Lithuania, but it is cultural. Finland is his nearest racial and linguistic buddy and, although you would like to nude in a sauna, the two have been divided for 50 years by the Soviets in Estonia. Estonia has been associated with Russia for the past 300 years, but both countries share a barn swallow and a bear (their respective national symbols).

Underneath the soviet blanket with a new belief, singular Estonia jumped into Eu Timer’s arms. The affair of lust is reciprocal. The charms of Tallinn and its UNESCO-protected Old Town have brought Europe down head-over-heels. In short, Tallinn is one of the most thrilling cities on the continent. And Estonia’s sparsely settled agricultural landscape and vast swaths of land offer spiritual support for lovers of nature in overcrowded Europe.

1-TALLINN


Tallinn would be happy to prove you wrong if you are working under the misconception “old Soviet” means dull and grey and all the tourist pits are soulless. This town has magic in its bucket load, which blends the modern and mediaeval to create an all-round lively atmosphere. It is a blend of antique churches, glass sky scrapers, baroque buildings, enticing restaurants and sunny squares with some Soviet throws in the mix, sparkling shopping areas, driven over a stretch of wooded houses and cafés – for extra flavor.

Tallinn also maintains the charms of its two-tiered Old Town, one of Europe’s most beguiling wall-country towns, amid the boom of the 21s century develop reserve population. This has not always been the case. For a while she seems ready to sell her soul in order to return to the Baltic Sea Bangkok: attracting the appeal of cheap booze and crampy prostitution from young men. This is a little quiet, and while sleepiness is still there, it seems that the city has come to understand that it makes more money by being stylish rather than brassy.

2-NORTHEASTERN ESTONIA


Lahemaa, the crowning glory of Estonia’s national parks, plays a huge role when talking about North-East – practically and figuratively. Lahemaa features a variegated, roughly stunning coastline, green, sleepy village extending over the lakes, streams, and inlets of land forests abundant in nature. The park is approximately one third of the route from Tallinn to the Russian border. The bucolic ground, which travels east of the park, turns the countryside into a ragged, industrial city.

In towns like Kunda, home to a gigantic cement factory; Kohtla-Järve, the ecological Centre for oil-shell mining in the region; and Sillamäe, formerly home to Estonia’s own uranium processing plant, the soviet scars continue to become evident. There are some worthwhile places to take the time, including the youthful town of Rakvere and the picture calcareous cliffs around Ontika, and the curi luxury exhibition of the seaside town of Sillamäe. Narva, with its magnificent castle from the 13th century, is the most striking city of the area.

North-Eastern Estonia offers a pocket-sizing alternative to those who want to taste Russia with a problem of visas and border crossings. Most of the people here are ethnic Russians, and in shops and restaurants you can hear Russian spoken on the highway. You would be able to take images of stunning Orthodox churches, the high-rises communist bloc and other legacies left by the eastern neighbor of Estonia.

3-Lahemaa National Park


The biggest rahvuspark in Estonia is 725 sq km, which makes it a great country resting place in the surrounding capital, the ‘Land of Bays.’ A microcosm of the natural beauty of Estonia, the Park is situated in an extension of a deeply coated coastline with many bays and peninsulas and 475 square kilometers of cool hinterland, surrounded by forests, wetlands, rivers and peat bogs, historical and cultural areas. Mostly flat and straight, the countryside is at just 115 meters above sea level. The highest point.

Stone fields, very thin topsoil areas called alvars, and huge rocks called erratic boulders are all usually Estonian. In the park, there were almost 840 species of herb, 34 of them rare. There are 50 species of mammals, including brown bears, lynx and wolves (none without any expert assistance). Approximately 222 bird types – including silent swans, dark storks, black-throated di-negative and cranes – were nestled here, with 24 fish species being sighted. Salmon and trout breed in the ponds, celebrates in the summertime a plethora of mos da quitos (pack insect repellent).

In winter, the park becomes a magic place with icy beaches, freezing seas and black trees. There are comfortable guesthouses, restored manors and restored picnic areas, and a large network of woodland paths for hikers, riders and even neo-Knights on horseback, and visitors are well looked after.

4- Lake Peipsi


Lake Peipsi is the fifth biggest lake in Europe (3555 square kilometers) at the border of Estonia and Russia, but just a depth of 15 meters. On its sandy, 42km long northern coast there are some nice, unpopulated beaches. During the Soviet era, this region had popular holiday resorts, but many were left to crumble and few new developments took place.

At the north-east corner of the lake is the remote fishing village Vasknarva, a hundred-strong village, with an evoked ordeal monastery, which some people say once housed a radio-monitoring Centre. The River Narva begins here, drains the lake and forms the boundary between Russia and the Baltics. The meagre remains of the castle of the Teutonic Order remain on the shore in Vasknarva, too. There is the main orthodox church in the village of Alajõe. The most beautiful and famous beach is Kauksi, where the main road leads from the north to the shore.

5- Tartu


Tartu claims to be the spiritual capital of Estonia, where the local people speak of a special Tartu Vaim, built by the timeless atmosphere of the wooden houses and stately buildings, and by the beautiful parks on the banks. Tartu is Estonia’s first university district, with students representing about seventh of the population, small and regional with the quiet Emajõgi River.

This injection a vivid energy into the historical and leafy landscape and offers a lively nightlife for a big community. On the hill behind the Town Hall, those pupils who have not left the town for the beach can be seen flirting and partying through long summer evenings. Tartu was the birth of the national renaissance of Estonia in the 19th century and it was more than Tallinn, which was the capital of the Soviet city. Its lovely Centre is surrounded by traditionally-designed buildings from the 18th century, many of which have been revolutionary. Tartu provides a handy portal for visiting southern Estonia, aside from its own attractions – including several fascinating museums and galleries.

6-Setomaa


The politic land of Setomaa, which stretches over the frontier into Russia, is located at the extreme southeast of Estonia. It is very different from the rest of Estonia, in terms of culture, and it is an interesting location for a quick stop. Inhabited has been populated for 5000 years, Värska is the largest city in Estonian Setomaa (1170 population). It’s known for its minute water and its soothing clay, which is sold all over Estonia. A picturesque stonecast of 1907 and a leafy cemetery surround it are plenty of rural beauty here.

Once loosely related to the Seto village of Kulje, which is located in what is now Russia, the small village of Podmotsa, situated at the end of a peninsular northeast of Värska. From the shoreline, as is the border guard, the lovely Orthodox church of Kulje, formerly the parish church of Pod-motsa, is clearly visible. It’s a weird feeling to look through the sea, with Russia on three sides of you, and wonder if you’re watched. Three ancient stone crosses were found in the Podmotsa ceme alley; the holy grove stood by in pagan times.

7-Otepää


A picturesque park, lakes, and river region is situated 44 km south of Tartu, at the tiny top town of Otepää. Estonians are fond of the area because of its natural beauty and its many cycling, biking and swimming possibilities in the summer, and in winter cross country skiing. It is also called the winter capital of Estonia, and winter weekends are busy and full of fun. Some people have even called the region the ‘Estonian Alps’ (language squarely within cheek), not its cliffs, but its great ski slopes. Every month of February, the 63km Tartu Ski Marathon begins, but even in summer professional athletes and enthusiasts will hurry on roller skis.

Otepää is mostly situated in the Tartu-Võru-Valga road intersection, where the main square, shops and many beautiful residential streets are located. A tiny part of the forest sits on a lake bank, 2 km southwest from a smaller settle.

8-Viljandi


Viljandi overlooks a picturesque gorge, with a calm lake in its middle, one of Estonia’s most charming cities. In the 13th century, the Sword’s Knights built a castle here. The town around him eventually entered the Hanseatic League, and consequently the Swedes, Poles and Russians came and went there. It’s now a relaxing spot with some suggestive castle ruins, old houses and lots of greenery. It’s great to fly in time. Visit the Viljandi Folk Music Festival at the end of July and make sure that your lodging is ranked – it’s Estonia’s largest annual music festival for four days.

9-Pärnu


Local friends, teenagers with hormonal sozzles, and German, Swedish and Finnish holiday-makers unite to walk through the beaches, broad parks and the picturesque Pärnu historical Centre, Estonia’s finest seaside destination. Pairnu is a joint prize for sunny weather. In these parts the word Pärnu stands for fun in the Sunday; it’s identified to us by one hyperbolic local as ‘Estonia’s Miami’ but is generally named ‘the summer city’ of the nation by its somewhat more prosaic witness.

In fact, most of Pärnu has leafy streets and wide parks which blend with villas in the turn of the 20th century to reflect the trendy and more decorative past of the town. Older tourists also visit Finland and the former URSS for relaxation, rejuvenation, and the praised Pärnu mud therapies.

10-Saaremaa


Saaremaa is synonymous with space, spirit, fresh air, bottled water, vodka and the killer beer for Estonians. Saaremaa is simply ‘Insel Territory.’ The island’s largest (about Luxemburg’s size) continues to be substantially surrounded by pine woods, spruces and juniper, with the passing of time largely unbroken its mountains, lighthouses and small towns. Throughout the Soviet era, the whole island was free to tourists, including to the “mainland” Estonians who required permits for visits (due to an early radar system and a rocket base. This led to minimal industrial accumulation and unwitting preservation of the rural charm of the island.

This unusual old-time environment covers the extinct pride of Saaremaan. Saaremaa has always been the last part of Estonia to be invaded and has a different sequence. The traditions, songs and costumes of their people. They do not reverence the legendary son of Kalew, who fought the island against demons and fiends. Saaremaa has his own hero, Suur Töll.

Kuressaare, the Saaremaa capital, is a natural tourist base on the South Coast (75 kilometers from the Muhu Ferry Terminal). Here you can see the island of ‘Sparemaa’ among the top-of-the-line hotels. Once long days come, the Finns and Swedes also join the Estonian urban escapees in the jostling for the beach and sauna field.

11-Haapsalu


This quaint town resort (100 km from Tallinn) is located on a bifurcated peninsula stretching into Haapsalu Bay. It is a great stop on the way to the islands. Haapsalu has some museums, galleries, and some pretty small spa hotels, but its striking castle is the city’s main attraction. A little rough on the banks, Haapsalu’s historic town is rustic, with wooden buildings set on a slender promenade along the bay and several hidden places to see the sunset. The old town is rustic rather than commercial.

Those looking for mud and spa treatments might choose Haapsalu for Pärnu or Kures-saare, although the centers are a little more proletarian. However, Haapsalu claims that the health centers in all of Estonia are using superior mud.

12-Hiiumaa


Hiiumaa, the second largest island in Estonia, has a surface of 1,000 sq km and is a calm and sparsely inhabited area with some nice stretches of coastline and woodland. The island has less tourism than Saaremaa and significantly less options for accommodation and restaurants. There is less to do and see, but most people come here and just chill in the fresh sea air.

Hiiumaa is a place scattered around which panoramic lighthouses, ancient Soviet bunkers, empty beaches and a nature reserve with over 100 different species of birds can be found. Many that wish to do a little more will cycle, riding or enjoy different water sports. The positive thing is that the microclimate of the island is much colder than in the mainland, which is 22 kilometers away.

Final thoughts:

Estonia Today:


Behind Estonia are the long, grey days of Soviet rule. The taste with which the world welcomed the capitalist system is astonishing today for the first time. Enterprise is common, and since 1991 the economy has diversified significantly. Estonia has stood out in the modern world and has earned it the moniker “e-Stonia” in the engineering world.

Several developments came from Estonian software designers, particularly Skype, which enables free online voice and video calls. Citizens of Estonia can vote, lodge their taxes and apply digital signatures to online records, and Estonia was the first country in 2014 to give non-residents virtual “e-residency.” Estonia has been praised as the former USSR’s remarkable economic performance. It joined the EU, NATO, OECD and the eurozone. It has been part of the EU.


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