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Take a tour to Estonia and discover a country ready to enchant you with its varied mix of medieval cities, pine forests and deserted coastlines.
Located in Northern Europe, where the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland meet, Estonia has a deeply forested interior and a coastline adorned with more than 1,500 islands. It’s a place of contrasting natural landscapes and medieval architecture with a long and fascinating history.
From historic Russian Orthodox churches to medieval walls and turrets, this charming country is dotted with hidden cultural treasures, and wonderfully diverse architecture. And nowhere is that more evident than in the capital, Tallinn, Estonia’s architectural treasure-chest. The UNESCO-listed heart of Tallinn is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval gems, and its ancient buildings have made this city the “medieval pearl of Europe”. See the impressive Gothic Town hall that dominates the main square with its octagonal tower. Stroll down bustling Viru Street, the heart of the city, see the religious art now on display in Niguliste Church, and marvel at the crowning glories of onion-domed, gilded Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle, which watches over the Old Town. Take the chance to visit Peter the Great’s magnificent Kadriorg Palace, an 18th-century Baroque palace that now houses the stupendous collection of the Estonian Art Museum.
Beyond its captivating capital, Estonia is home to some of the most stunning wilderness in Europe and has plenty of untouched nature waiting to be discovered. Nature-lovers on a Estonia tour can explore its pristine countryside, and perhaps visit the wetlands of Sooma National Park, discover the nation’s rural culture in Karula National Park or go birdwatching in Matsalu National Park. For a more relaxed getaway, take a holiday to Estonia in the summer and enjoy unspoilt sandy beaches and laidback atmospheres in elegant summer capital, Pärnu.
Whether you are interested in the natural world, history, architecture or simply want to be bewitched, Estonia is waiting to be explored.
With its medieval architecture, unspoilt national parks, forests and museums, Estonia has plenty to offer its visitors. Although small, the country’s diverse landscape makes it a unique place to visit. Here are some of our top things to do on your holiday in Estonia.
Much of the cooking in Estonia blend flavours from neighbouring countries: Scandinavia, Germany, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. As you’d expect from somewhere so northern, the cuisine changes seasonally, with fresh vegetables, fruits and freshly caught fish featuring in the summer months, while winter sees more hearty meals, especially stews.
That said, most dishes in Estonian gastronomy include potatoes, meat, and fish. You’ll find pork and rye bread on most menus, with rukkileib (black rye bread) accompanying almost every savoury food, though you’ll also find several other varieties to try, many studded with seeds, raisins and berries.
One staple in Estonian cuisine, mulgi kapsad, is particularly popular during the colder months. This soup dish consists of pork, sauerkraut and barley, and can be served on its own or with boiled potatoes. Roast meats and slow-cooked casseroles with elk, roe deer and wild boar are also popular during the winter months and are served in many restaurants around the country.
Finally, for those with a sweet tooth, kohuke is a must-try. This sweet pressed curd covered in caramel or chocolate is a popular snack and can be found in any supermarket. And if sweet and boozy is your thing, try Vana Tallinn – a syrupy liqueur that’s sometimes served with iced milk as a mixer.