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  • 1 Kreutzwald Memorial Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F.-R.-Kreutzwaldi 31 EST - Võru

    Doctor and writer Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald (1803-1882) continued the work of Friedrich Robert Faehlmann to compose the epic poem Kalevipoeg which is the very foundation of the nation's literature. The museum is located in the house where he live..

  • 2 Suur Munamägi Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Haanja

    The highest peak in the Baltic (318m), Suur Munamägi is topped by an observation tower accessed by steps. From here, visitors have splendid views over an unspoilt landscape in which lakes punctuate vast expanses of forestry extending into the distanc..

  • 3 Pärnu Resort Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Tammssaare Puiestee EST - Pärnu

    The resort quarter lies to the south of the old town. The bay of Pärnu is fringed by a long strip of splendid sand which understandably attracts hordes of holidaymakers in quest of relaxation, seaside pleasures and boating. The district also has some..

  • 4 Island of Kihnu Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Sääre

    Ferries depart from the port of Pärnu and head to the port of Sääre on the little island of Kihnu (7km by 3km). This is a world apart, inhabited by around 500 people who are proud of their individualistic identity and assiduously guard their traditio..

  • 5 Island of Saaremaa Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Kuressaare

    Saaremaa is Estonia's largest island, but it does not owe its renown exclusively to this distinction. Its landscape is expansive and unspoilt, dotted with windmills redolent of bygone days. There is also a remarkable natural phenomenon in the form of..

  • 6 Meteorite Crater Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Kaali

    Reached along a signposted path, the meteorite crater (in the base of which lies a lake) is nicknamed the "tomb of the sun". Roughly circular with diameter of 110m and depth of 22m, it was created by the impact of a meteor weighing between ..

  • 7 Saaremaa Regional Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    EST - Kuressaare

    The rooms of this castle (a veritable labyrinth!) house a remarkable regional museum covering the natural world (dioramas recreating natural habitats), history (dealing with the series of occupations that took place during the 19C-20C) and everyday l..

  • 8 Palmse Manor Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    EST - Palmse

    Its current appearance dating from the late 18C, the two-tone façade of this fine Baroque country house stands in extensive parkland. This is a pleasant spot for walks, especially by its lake where stands a folly on piles. Formerly home to the Von de..

  • 9 Lake Peïpous Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Alajõe

    Gazing across this expanse of water forming a natural frontier with Russia, it is difficult to tell whether one is looking at a lake or sea... Lake Peïpous is Europe's fourth largest lake, covering 3 550km2, and a seaside resort atmosphere prevails o..

  • 10 St John's Church, Tartu (Jaani Kirik) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Lüübeki EST - Tartu

    Built in the 14C, this Gothic, brick church was very damaged in 1944, but has retained a number of the 2 000 terracotta figurines for which it is famous. These sculptures are thought to have been based on Tartu's citizens. The original sculptures are..

  • 11 Tartu University (Tartu Ülikool) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ülikooli 18 18 EST - Tartu

    The seat of the university is a neo-Classical building with colonnades and a pediment dating from 1809, and houses a sculpture museum (copies of antique arts). But don't miss the Aula: the large, sumptuously decorated assembly hall. In the attic, a l..

  • 12 Ramparts Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Gümnaasiumi 3 EST - Tallinn

    Running along the left of Gümnaasiumi (and the two successive streets Kooli and Laboratooriumi) is a long section of the medieval ramparts which once encircled the lower town. In total 1.8km of walls survive, together with around 20 of the 46 towers ..

  • 13 Estonian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lai 17 EST - Tallinn

    This museum covers this expansive subject of decorative arts and design in Estonia since the early 20C. It houses over 13 000 objects including works in leather, textiles, porcelain, ceramics, glassware... With objects by designers completing the pic..

  • 14 Museum of Estonian History Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pikk 17 17 EST - Tallinn

    This museum is a must for those wishing to understand Estonian history from the prehistoric period to the late 18C... models, artefacts from archaeological excavations and other informative exhibits are on show in the prestigious setting of the Great..

  • 15 Art Nouveau Buildings Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pikk 18 18 EST - Tallinn

    While Riga is undoubtedly the great Art Nouveau city of the Baltic, Tallinn is justly proud of two remarkable buildings typifying this early 20C architectural movement. The creators responsible for them were Riga-born architect Jacques Rosenbaum and ..

  • 16 Alexander Nevski Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Lossi plats EST - Tallinn

    The Orthodox cathedral of Alexander Nevski dates from the end of the 19C, and dominates the city from the summit of Toompea hill. Very much Russian in inspiration, its imposing dimensions are in stark contrast to the medieval surroundings of the old ..

  • 17 Toompea Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lossi Plats 1 EST - Tallinn

    This castle presents two separate frontages. On the west it is a medieval fortress, built in 1224 by the Danes, at the time new masters of Tallinn. On the square it is an 18C palace with a pink façade... Each is an expression of power. It is today th..

  • 18 Kiek in de Kök Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Komandandi tee 2 EST - Tallinn

    This defensive tower was built in the late 15C to withstand the fiercest attacks. At a thickness of 4m and a height of 38m, its walls constitute a bastion of unparalleled strength. It owes its name, literally "look in the kitchen", to the f..

  • 19 Museum of the Occupation Interesting

    Museums and art

    Toompea 8 EST - Tallinn

    This up-to-the-minute museum has models, objects, uniforms, documents and audio-visual presentations recalling the different occupations endured by the country between 1940 and 1990, as well as resistance movements like the Forest Brothers. An essent..

  • 20 Kadriorg Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Narva Maantee 77 EST - Tallinn

    Among the Estonian capital's numerous parks, this is easily the most famous. The aesthetic delights of a stroll in its vast gardens of flower beds and avenues which vie with each other in elegance is matched by the cultural pleasures of a splendid Ba..

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