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  • 1 Estonian National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kuperjanovi 9 EST - Tartu

    It is worth the journey away from the city centre to see this museum. Its permanent exhibition "country, people and culture" is, as the name suggests, a comprehensive insight into the Estonia of today and yesteryear, the daily life of Eston..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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 gorgeous sand, which understandably attracts hordes of holidaymakers in quest of relaxation, swimming and boating. But the area also has some superb ..

  • 5 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 Kihnu (7km by 3km). This little island is like another world, inhabited by around 500 people who are proud of their different identity and jealously guard their traditions, which ..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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 ..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Tallinn Open-Air Ethnographic Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vabaõhumuuseumi Tee 12 EST - Tallinn

    The Estonian countryside in miniature... It features traditional houses rescued from around the country to be reconstructed on this site, and costumed actors recreating daily life from bygone days. There is something here to delight children and adul..

  • 10 Tallinn's 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 ..

  • 11 Estonian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lai 17 EST - Tallinn

    Estonia in general is proud of its position as a major hub of European design - and Tallinn even more so. The museum provides an illustration of this, with two floors charting the development of decorative arts and design in Estonia since the early 2..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Art Nouveau Houses, Tallinn 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 ..

  • 14 Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Tallinn 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 ..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 Tallinn Zoological Gardens Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Paldiski mnt 145 EST - Tallinn

    Polar bears, elephants (in the tropical house) and Siberian tigers are among the 5 000 animals representing over 300 species awaiting visitors of all ages at this pleasant zoo, located in the leafy surroundings of the Veskimetsa park. It is renowned ..

  • 20 Pärispea Peninsula Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Pärispea

    A narrow but well-maintained road runs between the forest and shoreline; note the hundreds of rounded boulders, on the shore or half-immersed, dumped here by glacial movements. Fine wooden houses are sited among the trees, notably on the outskirts of..

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