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  • 1 Manor of Sagadi Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    EST - Sagadi

    Built in 1753, this fine building has a Rococo-style central façade flanked by two slightly later neo-Classical wings. Renovated and refurbished, Sagadi now hosts regular concerts.

  • 2 Vihula Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    EST - Tiigi

    Although not perhaps the most imposing country house in the region, Vihula's verdant setting by a lake and river (the Mustoja) certainly makes it the most romantic. In the neo-Renaissance style, it was built in the 19C, replacing an earlier wooden ho..

  • 3 Rakvere Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    EST - Rakvere

    Despite a tumultuous history which has seen the local population experience highs and lows, the castle of Rakvere retains a proud allure, all the more so if the corrugated iron structures can be imagined away. These house various activities for young..

  • 4 Narva Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Peterburi 2 EST - Narva

    The museum is well worth visiting, especially on account of its displays dedicated to the city's history from the 16C Livonian War to the Red Army bombardment of 1944. Objects, models and furniture are displayed over several floors of the castle keep..

  • 5 Kohtla-Nõmme Mining Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Jaama 1 EST - Kohtla-Nõmme

    A section of the now disused Kohtla mine's tunnel system has been transformed into a museum. Groups guided by former miners tour the galleries to get a feel for life underground. The numerous slag heaps around the town bear witness to the importance ..

  • 6 Kuremäe Convent of the Dormition Interesting

    Religious buildings

    EST - Kuremäe

    Dominating the village, this convent is a bastion of Orthodox Christianity and its community still numbers over 100 nuns. It was built in the late 19C by Mikhaïl Preobajenski, who also constructed Tallinn's Orthodox cathedral. Of the six churches on ..

  • 7 Tartu City Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Narva mnt 23 EST - 51009 Tartu

    Tucked away behind a petrol station, this pleasant 18C residence houses a well-presented museum dedicated to the city's history. The highlight of the exhibits is a 3D visual recreation of the medieval town.

  • 8 Cathedral Hill Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    EST - Tartu

    Dominating the town, Cathedral Hill is a haven of peace. Bearing witness to the ravages of history, the fine brick ruins of the cathedral stand in the middle of a park, the ideal spot for a romantic stroll. A restored section of the building now hous..

  • 9 KGB Cells Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Riia 15b EST - Tartu

    This grey building evokes some dark chapters in history. Victims of the repression orchestrated by the KGB - and the Nazis - were held here in these cells (unchanged from those black days), prior to deportation or execution. The grim reality presente..

  • 10 Võrumaa Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Katarina allee 11 EST - Võru

    This museum has a remarkable exhibition on regional history and archaeology on its second floor. Historic costume, reconstructions of interiors (peasant dwelling, manor house, etc), prints and old photos of Võru, and other evocative exhibits recallin..

  • 11 Pärnu Old Town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nikolai EST - Pärnu

    Pärnu's historic heritage in the form of old houses and churches is concentrated in the old town. Once finished on the beach, tourists tend to head for the cafés lining its little streets, making this a lively place. The main street, Rüütli, is pedes..

  • 12 Island of Muhu Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Liiva

    Muhu is reached by ferry across the Great Straits from the port of Virtsu (30min). A good prelude to visiting its big sister Saaremaa, Muhu has fine sandy beaches and characterful villages (Koguva and Livia with the amazing church of St Catherine of ..

  • 13 Sõrve Peninsula Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Sääre

    Extending southwest of Kuressaare, this long peninsula (32km long and 10km wide) is fringed by low cliffs. Beyond Salme, the road follows the west coast as far as the Sääre lighthouse, in a wild location overlooking the southern tip of the island. He..

  • 14 Mikhli Rural Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    EST - Viki

    Composed of a variety of 19C buildings, this open-air museum takes visitors back in time to experience peasant life during that period. Sights include the farmhouse, outbuildings, a workshop where wheels for agricultural machinery were made, a forge,..

  • 15 Old Haapsalu Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lossiplats EST - Haapsalu

    Around the bishops' castle lies the old town of Haapsalu, a network of charming little streets lined by wooden houses set in pleasant gardens. Stroll on the banks of the town's own lake, Väike viik, from where a pedestrian path leads on to the Kursaa..

  • 16 Bishops' Castle Interesting

    Religious buildings

    EST - Haapsalu

    Started in 1279, this was the residence of Bishop Gottfried of Ösel-Wiek diocese. The walls of the bishop's castle are still standing, and give an idea of the scale of this building when it was completed in the 16C. It still continues to shield the C..

  • 17 Island of Hiiumaa Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    EST - Kärdla

    Two hours by boat from Haapsalu, Hiiumaa is Estonia's second largest island. Taking the road round the island anti-clockwise, visitors will first reach the village of Lõpe (farm museum), before reaching Kärdla, the main town. Hiiumaa has two peninsul..

  • 18 St John's Church, Tallinn 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Estonian Natural History Museum

    Museums and art

    Lai 29 EST - Tallinn

    All the flora and fauna exhibits one might expect in a natural history museum are present here, with reconstructions of wildlife scenes depicting animals in their natural environments. One section in particular is dedicated to the fauna of the Baltic..

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