Located in the Baltic region of Europe, Estonia is a country with a developed economy and an advanced global level. Tallinn is the largest city as well as the capital of the country. Despite the fact that the country’s total population only tops a couple of millions, Estonia is deeply integrated amongst the top nations. Energy production, telecommunications, textiles, and agriculture are major contributors to the ever-growing economy. Tourism is also establishing its roots as the scenic islands, pre-medieval cities with magnificent structures, national parks with wild-wonders that attract throngs of traveling enthusiasts to the Estonian shores.
10) Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Tallinn
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral dedicated to the famous Saint Alexander Nevsky. Crowning the hills of Toompea, the cathedral is the largest and grandest of its kind in the whole of Estonia. Its construction began in the late 19th century and went through rigorous renovations after independence from USSR. The church is marvelously decorated with granites, onion domes, several casted bells and altars across the beautiful interiors. Religious mosaics and historical paintings are posted on the stained glass windows and traditional bricked walls.
9) Sooma National Park
Sooma National Park is a fascinating destination in a south-western part of Estonia. It was initially developed to protect tall bogs formed as a result of low-lying glaciers. The site encompasses flooded grasslands and rolling dunes that oscillate colors between lush-green and light brown. The recent establishment of a Visitor Center has boomed ecotourism in the region as media guides bring more tourists. Canoeing and kayaking in the rivers that cut the park is a very common practice as well as hiking along the meadows to explore the wooden farmhouses and crooked cranes/lighthouses.
A small municipality established in southern Estonia, Viljandi is a medieval town boasting a rich history. It is sometimes recalled as the cultural capital of the country due to its immense historical importance. It still features some of the ancient architecture and structures such as the Viljandi Order Castle. The annual folk music festival is the greatest tourist attraction here and tourists participate in all concerts held around unimaginable venues across the snowy town.
Saaremaa is the largest Estonian island located on the shores of the Baltic Sea measuring a staggering 2700 square kilometers of area. The island has an 8,000-year old history according to archaeological finds and was ruled by several foreign parties. The landscape is enthralling that includes breezy, lush-green meadows along with grove windmills at specific spots. Tourists can explore the castles and their parade grounds in Kuressaare. Apart from that, hiking through meteorite craters, spas in hot springs and enjoying the deep Saaremaa folklore are popular activities for travelers.
Parnu is the fourth largest city of Estonia nestled on the coastal inlets of the Gulf of Riga. It boasts some of the best stretches of Baltic’s pearly-colored sand. The shoreline city is a popular summer resort town and bustles with a large number of tourists during those times. The gorgeous sandy dunes, beach promenades and babbling fountains along Parnu River banks offer wonderful leisure spots. The town has an art deco, world-class restaurants, an indoor water park and it also hosts the Weekend Festival: the largest dance fest in Scandinavia.
5) Narva Castle
Straddling the Russian border in the easternmost part of the country, Narva has an altogether different feel about it, relative to the other urban areas. Since World War II, the township has developed into a beautifully organized mainland. Narva was home to several Danish Kings and the magnificent Narva Castle, proud in its whitewashed bulwarks, still stands its ground. The castle boasts the Narva Museum, where numerous exhibits are displayed relating to prehistoric handicrafts and skill-developing workshops from primeval eras.
Encircled by a miscellany and hodgepodge of dreary coves and thick woods, Hiiumaa is the second-largest island in Estonia situated in the Baltic Sea. Tourists usually take airplanes or ferry rides to reach the isolated island in the extreme north. The journey pathway is peppered with historic lighthouses that date back to several centuries. Hiiumaa is a place equally loved by hikers, sailors, adventurers, and thrill-seekers as it boasts utmost tranquility and natural aura about it. The inner part of the island consists of crooked farmhouses and creaking windmills that are still used to date.
Situated in the southeast of the financial and political capital of Tallinn, Tartu is Estonia’s 2nd largest city and considered the intellect hub of the nation. Estonia’s oldest and most highly esteemed university, University of Tartu, is also situated within this city’s perimeters. Scholars hailing from this region have received prestigious recognition on international platforms. The Tartu Cathedral and the historic citadel of Toomemagi stand in the centerfold of the city amongst all of their grandeur and haunting magnificence. The soup neighborhood is also a popular tourist attraction in the town.
Toompea is a mighty limestone hill rising magnificently in the midst of Tallinn, the great Estonian capital. It soars in a medley of domes and historic onion-colored bulwarks through which the snowy alleyways run. Toompea is of extreme national and historical significance to the Estonian community as it currently houses the government as well as the parliament offices. The Toompea Castle and Tall Harmann Tower have also situated up above on the hill. Other tourist destinations include an art deco and a science academy.
1) Lahemaa National Park
Covering a whopping area of 700+ kilometers, Lahemaa is the most popular national park in Estonia. It definitely is the largest conserved natural territory in Europe and its sandwiched location between the salty Baltic and highways out of Tallinn make it an ideal place for daytime leisure trips. The pine-studded backcountry woods and swampy grounds offer tranquility and perfect picnic spots. For efficient exploration, winding boardwalks have been introduced that meander through the dense thickets and purified marine bodies. Sagadi Village is situated right in the middle of the park where travelers can ponder over the fascinating cultural heritage of the region.