What to see in Estonia?
Estonia is probably best known for its capital, Tallinn, which is one of the top eastern European cities to visit due to the beautiful old town.
Having said this, stunning architecture isn’t the only thing that Estonia offers visitors; you’ll also find breath-taking landscapes and beautiful beaches such as the ones in the beach town of Parnu.
In fact, Parnu is one of the top 10 eastern European destinations to visit in the summer, and a great destination if you’re looking for cheap summer destinations in Europe.
Below you find some of the must-be-seen attractions and places to visit.
Tallinn is an excellent starting point for a first time vacation in the country.
There are many things to do and one of the most interesting places to visit is the beautiful medieval Old Town from 15th century.
Tallinn Old Town has charming beautiful cobblestone streets, gabled houses with fascinating architecture and landmarks such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dominican Monastery, Helleman Tower and Toompea Castle.
Other places worthwhile visiting is the Estonian Maritime Museum to learn about traditional ship building techniques and maritime navigation aids used.
Hellemann Tower is also a great attraction due to amazing views of the Old Town.
If you’re traveling to Tallinn for the first time, you can take a self-guided walking tour of the Old Town, and if you are visiting Tallinn for a few days, you may want to follow a guided tour to make the most of your visit.
If you are basing your holiday in Estonia in the city of Tallinn, you might want to explore other places. The town of Tartu is an excellent place for a getaway escaping the crowds in Tallinn.
Tartu has many green areas where you can take an enjoyable hike, and it is one of the best places to feel real Estonia.
Tartu is a rural town; however the architecture and buildings found here are simply outstanding.
Tartu also hosts some of the most interesting places to visit in Estonia such as the National Museum of Estonia and the Estonian Folk Museum. Here you learn about Estonian people, culture and art.
Haapsalu is a popular seaside resort during the summer months. Haapsalu is another excellent relaxing getaway for a day trip from Tallinn.
Haapsalu also has a lovely medieval town square with interesting architecture like the Haapsalu Castle, as well as a few museums worthwhile visiting; the Estonian Swedes Museum and the Laanemaa Museum both of which show art.
Hiiumaa Island is Estonia’s second biggest island, and another interesting place to visit.
If you are planning on visiting Haapsalu, you can easily add a side trip to Hiiumaa Island to explore the island’s great beauty. You will find attractions like; Kopu Lighthouse, Kassari Church, and Soru Museum.
Hiiumaa Island is easily reached by ferry from Rohukula port, and it takes approximately 45 minutes.
Saaremaa Island is Estonia’s largest island and the home of Kuressaare Castle, which is the best preserved medieval fortress in the Baltic region.
Kuressaare Castle is located on the beautiful town of Kuressaare where you will also find the Town Hall. This is a popular attraction because of massive ceiling paintings.
If you love nature, exploring Saaremaa Island’s cliffs and the many meteorite craters scattered throughout the island is a must.
Check out some of Europe’s most unspoilt countryside in Estonia’s three national parks. In Lahemaa, Soomaa and Vilsandi parks you’ll find never-ending forests, deserted beaches, lakes, fishing villages and plenty of wildlife. Just watch out for bears!