Old Town in Tallinn, the ancient capital, is considered one of
Europe's most well-preserved.
the tiny former part of the Soviet empire is today a proud member
of the EU and thriving as a prime Eastern European travel destination.
Western visitors will also be glad to know that Estonia usually ranks No. 1 in surveys of most liberal Internet nations in the world, (just behind the US) for its non-restrictive Wi-Fi web access from border to border.
both climate and location (with Finland
lying north and Sweden
directly west) Estonia combines a richness of medieval architectural
gems with an admittedly short-lived yet spectacular summer season
along its Baltic Sea coast.
Any time of
year, Estonia's main draw is its capital city of Tallinn
with most of its medieval Old Town designated as a UNESCO World
preserved city wall, medieval towers and churches are a part of
Tallinn's living history, also featuring old manors dating to
the Middle Ages, a number of which are still in active use or
carefully restored to their 14th century grandeur as popular tourist
Top Estonia attractions include (from left to right) Tallinn's medieval Old Town, a summer trip to
Parnu for a dip in the Baltic Sea, or exploring around Saaremaa, Estonia's largest coastal island.
is the Kadriorg district, a throwback to the Russian Tsarist period,
while a walk around other parts of Tallinn reveals a starkly contrasted
glimpse of Soviet-era life. Popular day trips from Tallinn include
the short ferry ride to nearby Helsinki or a scenic trip
the largest of the islands off the Estonian coast.
summer season in July and August, join the hordes of Estonians
who head for the summer capital, Parnu,
or take advantage of the pristine beaches and breathtaking scenery
of any one of the other 1,500 islands that dot the coast.
More about Estonia travel & tourism around the Web:
Travel - Lonely Planet World Guide - Good overview of
major attractions, when to go, how to get there plus maps, typical
travel costs, photo galleries, with separate guides to Tallinn,
Lahemaa National Park, and more.
Tourism - The official travel site offering information
on major attractions, restaurants and shopping guides, event calendar,
map, photos and related resources.