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  • 1 Toy Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lutsu 8 EST - Tartu

    The perfect place in which to unleash one's inner child. A profusion of toys on display, including fine antique dolls. There are also toys to actually play with, in a room set aside for the purpose. A good spot to spend a pleasant hour or two; while ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Old Riga or the Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kalku Iela LV - Riga

    The delights of the old town of Riga lie between the Daugave and the Pilsetas canal, bordered to the north by K. Valdemara Street and to the south by 13. Janvara Street. In its maze of little streets are fine restored houses recalling the city's hist..

  • 11 The Three Brothers Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Maza Pils Iela 17-19-21 17-19-21 LV - Riga

    These three adjacent houses recall the Hanseatic history of the city when Riga's merchants prospered. The narrowest of them, n°21, is also the youngest, dating from the 18C. The next was built in 1646 and is embellished by a Baroque doorway added a c..

  • 12 Latvian National History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pils laukums 3 LV - Riga

    An unmissable atraction, this museum has nearly a million objects, tracing the nation's history from its origins to the Soviet era. There is so much to see, it is hard to focus on any one object: archaeological finds from 9000BC; a rich collection of..

  • 13 Riga Museum of History and Navigation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Palasta Iela 4 LV - Riga

    Located in the old cathedral chapterhouse which has undergone significant remodelling down the years, notably in 1779 when architect Christoph Haberland designed the column room, this museum deals with the history of the capital and its port in chron..

  • 14 Museum of the Occupation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ratslaukums LV - Riga

    This museum deals with the periods of foreign domination experienced by Latvia's capital, largely to the city's detriment. Gulag deportations of political opponents, the extermination of the Jews, purges of Baltic nationalists in the late 1940s... Th..

  • 15 Mentzendorff House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Grecinieku Iela 18 18 LV - Riga

    This house bearing the name of its last owner was built in 1695 for a master glazier called Jürgen Helms, and subsequently long occupied by a pharmacy. Following restoration works which have revealed wall paintings, it has been furnished using pieces..

  • 16 Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Brivibas Iela 440 LV - Bukulti

    Covering 87ha of pine forest, this museum founded in 1924 succeeds in reconstructing the prevalent conditions experienced by the various populations living in Latvia's four main regions. In order to do so, it has amassed a collection of 121 buildings..

  • 17 Salaspils Memorial Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    LV - Salaspils

    In these woods near the mushroom centre of Salaspils, the Nazis ran a concentration camp of 39 barrack buildings which from 1941 to 1944 housed thousands of inmates. Jews and resistance fighters from Riga and elsewhere in the occupied areas were mass..

  • 18 Gauja National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LV - Sigulda

    Lying northeast of Riga, this 90 000ha national park encompasses the varied topography of the Gauja Valley. It includes forests, prairies, rivers, lakes and marshland, punctuated by impressive rock formations and caves, not to mention numerous histor..

  • 19 Lake Ezezers Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LV - Ezernieki

    Known for its bays, 69 sandbanks and islands covered in silver-birch brush, this lake is superb. Several saunas on its shores instil the urge to dive into its waters. A wood is the setting for a designated picnic area. If nobody else is around, walki..

  • 20 Rundale Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    LV - Pilsrundale

    A fine French-style garden is the backdrop for this palace (1735-1765) where the elegance of the exterior is matched by the richness of the interior. The east wing was the setting for public events, while the west wing housed the private apartments o..

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