10 Best Places to Visit in Estonia

Many people love to spend their vacations close to their loved ones, away from the city chaos, where they can find a peaceful spot to discover themselves or fall in love with nature. For those who love to engage in the historical background of a place and explore diverse cultures, Estonia is one of the places worth visiting. 


Estonia, a beautiful country in northern Europe, is full of history and culture. It has a rich cultural heritage, and you can experience the traditional and modern aspects of Estonian culture in its festivals, workshops, and museums. This historical country is completely unique from all other European countries due to its connection with nature and its extra-friendly and accepting people. 


For Estonia, nature is king. You can experience untouched, easily accessible, and wild nature if you visit this country. If you're planning a trip this year, Estonia is the choice. It is very sparsely populated many people don't even consider Estonia for their trip they like the city's chaos more than spending time with culture and nature it is also one of the safest countries in the world. The best time to visit this place is during late spring or summer when the weather is perfect to make your visit mesmerizing.  Here are the Top 10 Best Places to visit in Estonia. 





10 Best Places to Visit in Estonia


1. Tallinn 


As a coastal town in the Gulf of Finland, the capital of Estonia, Tallinn grew up as a hotspot for trading and cultural exchange and it keeps the medieval legacy of the country as present as it can be. Start from the Tallinn Town Hall building which rises in the center of the city dating back from 1322, and next to it you will find the town square, which is known as Raekoja Plats. 


Raekoja Plats has been the epicenter for political and disruptive events, The Tallinn Christmas Market Town Hall is a must-visit to experience holiday shopping from vendors featuring their handmade wares and cuisine in a picturesque setting. Don't miss Kalamaja the creative district of Tallinn. It is located in the north of the capital city and has been functioning as its fishing harbor since the 14th century. 


By the 19th century, an industrial expansion took over the city, resulting in the construction of wooden houses that will mesmerize you when visiting today's picturesque Kalamaja. Balti Jaama Turg is a hotspot for trading and selling anything and everything. It includes nearly 300 traders on three floors! There you can find an eclectic mix of street food, fresh products with antiques, vintage clothing, and handcrafted goods. 


Don't leave Tallinn without visiting Telliskivi Creative City the hippest neighborhood of the city, with tons of restaurants, and cafes, and plenty of street food trucks. Experience and enjoy its street art and cultural events. 


2. Viimsi Open Air Museum 


The museum exhibits old coastal farms in the area and gives information on how the coastal people of Estonia lived back in the 19th and 20th centuries: doing farm work, fishing, relaxing participating in market days, and celebrating holiday traditions. 


They have a lot of theme-oriented educational programs and organized traditional events. Kids or even grown-ups will surely enjoy farm animals. Visitors rave about the spectacular view from the seashore of the historic coastal village with the skyline of the city of Tallinn in the distance. 


3. Tartu 


The second biggest city of Estonia is just as charming an old town as Tallinn. It's very vibrant, neat, and full of cafes . However, Tartu is mostly recognized as the intellectual capital of Estonia. Here you will find many of the most impressive cultural and architectural achievements of the country such as the University of Tartu whose main building was constructed in 1804 and 1809 and is a gem of classical architecture. Also visit Noora, where the national archives of Estonia rest, The Estonian National Museum, and the Tartu Old Observatory. 


4. Viljandi 


Almost hidden in the exuberant forests of Southern Estonia is the town of Viljandi. The area boasts a remarkable castle ruin, which was once counted among the largest castles in the Baltic region. Nowadays there is an open and warm community with scenic views of the nearby Lake Viljandi and wooden architecture. 


If you visit Estonia during the summer season, you can enjoy several of the most realistic medieval fairs and entertaining folk music festivals! Just beside the charming town of Viljandi, you will also find Soomaa National Park which is absolutely worth a visit. 


5. Rakvere 


The fifth most extensive city of Estonia, Rakvere is located close to the scenic coast and picturesque Lahemaa National Park. It is also the place where urban comforts, 13th-century ruins, and dynamic nightlife mix for the enjoyment of its locals and visitors. This city has quite an edgy character, So after visiting the must-see Rakvere Castle, enjoy some quirky punk or rock music at one of the many events and festivals. 


6. Pärnu 


Pärnu town is full of spas, relaxing spots, and picture-worthy historical landmarks. The red Pärnu tower from the 15th century, one of the main features of Pärnu is its extensive and sandy beach where the best sun in Estonia makes you forget that you are in the Baltic Sea. The Pärnu Seawall built in 1864 is a promenade of piled up boulders that goes from the Parnu Beach to the open sea for over a mile. 


If you are an architecture enthusiast, you will love the Estonian Art Nouveau and the charm of the majestic Ammende Villa. The history of this building goes back to 1904 and acted as headquarters for business, and served as a WWII clinic and a city library while remaining as a walk-in piece of art! Presently, it functions as an upscale hotel. 


7. Kihnu Island 


Close to Parnu, this seventh largest island of Estonia is known for its rich singing and musical traditions that date back 1000 years and nowadays are part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Singing and dancing are important parts of life for the locals who are mostly women who function as a close family and are passionate about keeping Kihnu's ancient heritage living on. 


You will be surprised by bursts of cheerful colors in local clothes, handicrafts, and even farmhouse walls. There are home visits, truck car tours, and fishing trips offered in Kihnu, and you will also find the Kihnu museum and the Metsamaa cultural farm, where you can witness the daily life of Kihnu for yourself. 


8. Hiiumaa Island


The Hiiumaa Island is famous for its untouched nature and historical lighthouses. Its 500-year-old Kopu lighthouse is the world's third oldest in continual operation. The island is a perfect gateway equally for those looking for peace and quiet, But also for surfers, sailors, and hikers. If you are hungry, remember that Hiiumaa is also famous as a food tourism destination. Try gastronomical marvels such as the fish-based sandwich Kiluvoileib, which is a smoke herring on buttered rye bread. 


You can't really leave Estonia without trying Vana Tallinn a sweet alcoholic liquor that is really nice on extremely cold winter nights. Although the days when sailors used to party loudly in peaceful Hiiumaa are long gone, this rum-based liqueur navigates proudly among locals and visitors. 


9. Saaremaa Island 


Exuberant Flora, meteor craters, and Viking legacy are the features of this Baltic island located 200 km from Tallinn. Kuressaare is the capital city of Saarema. The impressive Kuressaare castle built in 1654 is the best-preserved fortification in Estonia. Kuressaare is perhaps the most relaxing town in the world. or at least it has the infrastructure to be just that. 


With a spa for every ten inhabitants, it tops the world list of resorts per capita! You'll be able to take amazing pictures from the viewing platform of the Saare lighthouse which is the tallest lighthouse in the Baltic Sea. When in Saaremaa, you can't miss the Kaali meteorite crater. 


10. Haapsalu 


It is a small seaside town on the west coast of Estonia. Famous for its wooden buildings, narrow streets, restaurants, spa culture, and mud spas, which were opened in the early 1800s. The Haapsalu mud spas have created medical tourism in Estonia that brought lots of tourists not only to Haapsalu but also to Estonia's other cities. 


While some visitors will come to stroll down the seaside promenades as the sun sets over the Finnish Gulf, others will weave between the elegant timber architecture, and gaze upon the haunted turrets and bulwarks of Haapsalu Castle. A visit to Haapsalu would not be complete without a purchase of some of the famous handwoven shawls.


Conclusion


From its many lakes, medieval castles, national parks, and old-world charm, this northern European country seems to have it all. So, on your next trip to Europe, visit Estonia and experience the ultimate adventure.


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