Inspire yourself with Estonia Tourism. This small Eastern European Country was until a few decades ago part of the Soviet Union.
Estonia is located between Latvia and Russia bordering the Baltic Sea, Its total area is 45,228 sq km including about 1500 islands in the Baltic Sea.
Its population is about 1.5 million inhabitants and its capital is Tallinn, a gorgeous city with beautiful buildings visited by many cruise ships on their Baltic’s itineraries.
View of Tallinn the Capital of Estonia
There are many attractions in Estonia and particularly in Tallinn its capital. Here we are going to generalize about the country and in another page we are going to write about the Capital of Estonia, Tallinn.
• Jagala Falls
Sometimes called “Niagara Falls of Eastern Europe” is the country’s most impressive and powerful waterfall. The highest is Valaste Falls but again, the Jagala ones are stronger and more impressive for the tourists.
• The Art Museum of Estonia
It was first founded in Tartu around 1909. I was located in several places until after World War II when it was relocated the Baroque Palace in 1946. The museum tracks the history of Estonia, its people and their culture.
It displays a beautiful collection of costumes from all Estonian regions besides an array of handicrafts including hand-woven carpets and linen tablecloths.
Jagala Falls are called the Niagara Falls of Eastern Europe
• Tannenberg Line on Sinimaed Hills
Visit the former battlegrounds of one of the most important battles in Eastern Europe in the year 1944. These battle grounds were amongst the most important in Eastern Europe.
In 1944, after a six-month battle with SS forces in which both sides suffered many casualties, Soviet troops finally emerged victorious. The forces composed of Anti-Soviet Estonians a Germans were able to hold the advance of the Soviets causing those casualties of close to 200,000 wounded and dead.
• The Baltic Clint
This is the largest continuous cliff over the shores of the Baltic countries. It rises up to 60 meters above the ocean and provide breathtaking views from the top.
It runs continuously between the Island of Oland in Sweden, a few Estonian Islands and all the way to the southern shores of the Gulf of Finland.
The cliffs are interrupted by many rivers that because of the altitude form amazing waterfalls like the Valaste Waterfall, the highest of all of them.
This is a seaside resort town famous since the 19th century, located on the western coast of the country. It is known for its warmer waters, curative mud and tranquil atmosphere.
It is the place to go when you want to leave all the problems back and relax for a few days.
• Narva Castle
This is the oldest of Estonian Castles dating from the 13th century. It is located near the Russian border near two waterfalls on the left bank of Narova River flowing from Lake Peipus to the Baltic Sea.
Originally built by the Danes, is is the largest fortification and is the town’s oldest architectural monument. Today it serves as a museum.
Narva Castle is the oldest castle in Estonia near the Russian border
This is Estonia’s second largest island, formed around 455 million years by the explosion of a meteorite, making it one of the oldest islands on the planet. It is ideal for bird watching. Its largest town is Kardla.
You may reach Hiiumaa by ferry from the mainland or by plane. There is a very picturesque way to get to the island in winter, by the Hiiumaa Ice road on the frozen waters of the Baltic. During summers you may enjoy the sandy beaches and quiet villages among the locals which are nice humorous and tolerant
Located on the shores of Lake Peipsi is a place to relax. It has four churches dating to the 19th Century and a museum open during weekends. The premises are adorned by the statues of Neptune and the Virgin Mary and are dedicated to the fallen soldiers of World War II
Is where you may see the only Estonian active convent, the Puhtitsa Dormition Convent. It is a place of worship or just another touristic spot to visit. Constructed on the top of a hill about 90 meters above sea level, it was the work of Kalevipoeg and Estonian national Hero.
Map of Estonia bordered by Russia and Latvia
Tallinn Estonia, the Capital is a magical city of medieval cobblestone streets. Very interesting is the Town’s Center dominated by the Oleviste Church. From there you may climb to Toompea Castle for magnificent views of the city.
Tartu Estonia is the second largest city located on the Emajogi River. Visit the old university, the Vishgorod Cathedral, the 18th century Town Hall and the Botanical Garden.
Wife-carrying World Championships is one of Estonia's most unusual traditions, an ancient Baltic tradition revived in the 1990s and now dominated by Estonia.
Another view of Tallinn, the capital on the shores of the Baltic Sea
National Parks of Estonia
The parks of Estonia occupy over 10% of the country’s territory including natural reserves and five National Parks. They are unspoiled, free and easy to access. They also provide and array of lodging accommodations. Here are the parks:
• Karula National Park is Estonia’s smallest national park, well forested and with 38 lakes, home to many animals including moose, lynx, wild boar, red squirrels plus over 150 bird species.
• Lahemaa National Park is Estonia’s largest and also closest to Tallinn, so ideal for a day trip. It is home to permanent communities of bear, wolf and lynx and edged by deserted beaches and small fishing villages.
• Matsalu National Park is on the Delta area of the Kasari River and includes the Matsalu Bay and about 40 islands on the delta. It is a popular place for bird-watching since the places is a stop for migrating birds flying north to south and back. It is near Tallinn.
For more information visit the Estonia Tourist website
Lahemaa National Park is Estonia’s largest and closest to Tallinn
• Soomaa National Park is Estonia’s second largest national park and a place to spot brown bears, golden eagles and rare orchids.
• Vilsandi National Park contains 160 islands and is a very popular bird watching location and a place to watch grey seals give birth. It’s a great stop on your way to visit Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island.
• Saaremaa is Estonia’s largest island and offers to the visitor stone churches, windmills, fishing villages and a huge crater created by a meteorite
Estonia Tourism is an adventure one shouldn't miss. This is a small country with a long and interesting history.
Image Credits for estonia tourism:
tallinn by gumar bach
tallinn by castagna
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The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.
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