Reviewed on 30 Jun 2022
Reviewed on 29 Jun 2022
Reviewed on 30 Jun 2022
Estonia’s location on the edge of Russia and Scandinavia has given it a tumultuous history, and it’s easy to find traces of the Danish, Swedish, German and Russian influences on this country with a modest population of 1.3 million. Book a Estonia hotel and explore the glorious, unspoilt forest covering more than half the country, walk along the vertiginous cliffs on the Baltic coastline and sing along with this nation of songbirds – their independence from the Soviet Union was dubbed “The Singing Revolution” for a very good reason. It’s not all history and nature – “E-stonia” is the most internet-friendly place in the world and almost everything can be found online.
Tallinn — The capital city of Estonia has one of the best-preserved mediaeval towns in the world, with orthodox churches, castle towers and a large portion of the old city wall to capture the imagination of history buffs. There’s more than just this UNESCO World Heritage Site here though – the evidence of the Soviet occupation of Tallinn is all around the old town, and there are plenty of lively restaurants and bars for you to sample the delicious mix of Nordic, Baltic and Russian culture and lots of lush Tallinn hotels.
Tartu — Estonia’s intellectual capital is the country’s second largest city and has changed hands more than 30 times over the last thousand years. The old town is a marvellous, atmospheric place with Estonia’s Supreme Court and university in close attendance. Tartu is proud of its heritage as part of the Hanseatic League and there are plenty of historical sights to pick, while the large proportion of students has produced a thriving nightlife. Whether you’re after culture or a bit of a party, Tartu has the hotel for you.
West Estonia and the islands — With more than 2,000 islands, Estonia has a wealth of wilderness areas to explore. Saaremaa and Hiiumaa are the largest islands, with plenty of ruined forts and lighthouses to see. Check out Kuressaare Castle, an impressive 14th century fortification that has barely been touched by the Swedes, Russians and spa-going tourists that flock to the region.
Wandering the UNESCO-protected streets of Tallinn’s old town is a great place to start your Estonian tour. Here you can find stunning mediaeval houses in the alleyways, jaw-dropping beauty at Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral and the vibrant day and nightlife of Town Hall Square. When you’re ready to roam the beautiful Estonian countryside, head to Lahemaa National Park to sample the trails through forests, swamps and bogs, as well as low-key seaside campsites and guesthouses to stay in and enjoy the beach. Estonia has some fantastic beaches, especially on the northeastern coast, not to mention lakes, rivers and wildlife.
After drinking in the history and heritage of Estonia in Tallinn and Tartu, swimming in the spa waters around the islands, paddling up river, spotting bears in the woods, and singing and dancing in the forests with Estonian folk musicians, you’ll want to relax with a traditional Estonian sauna experience. If food is an important part of a holiday for you, Estonia has plenty to tickle your tastebuds – they have three words for bread, superb smoked fish and meats, pastries to shame the best Viennese chef and tonnes of marzipan – a national favourite. And with everything available to book online, you’ll find Estonia is an easy place to find classical and folk concerts too.
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