Steeped in tradition with a modern, vibrant energy, Estonia is a country of contradictions. From the juxtaposition of heritage and hedonism in its capital Tallinn to the slow-paced magic of its more than 1,500 islands, this nation — poised between Scandinavia and Central Europe — holds so many surprises.

What’s so special about Estonia?
Jutting out into the Baltic Sea, Estonia’s natural landscapes are incredibly diverse. From fairytale forests to scenic lakes, cliff-top trails to idyllic islands, it’s an adventure lover’s dream destination. The country’s unique culture, cuisine and personality have been influenced by neighbouring cultures.

things to know
about Estonia

  • Population: 1,331,700+
  • Capital: Tallinn
  • Currency: Euro
  • Major airports: Tallinn and Tartu
  • Language: Estonian
  • Timezone: EEST
  • Fun facts: Estonia boasts more than 1,400 lakes; the area surrounding the largest, Lake Peipus, is home to a religious minority called the Old Believers. Adept fishermen and keen onion cultivators, they are known for their distinctive cuisine and beautiful choral music.


Estonia: you’ve never experienced anything quite like it before. Truly unique, its story winds its way through the centuries with many twists and turns — leaving a rich cultural mélange to explore. With ethnic and linguistic links to Finland and over 300 years of political ties to Russia, modern Estonia is a proud EU member and boasts both cultural treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes. 

Today, Estonia’s unique cultural identity retains both western and eastern influences, while a nationwide passion for singing and folk music is deeply embedded in its psyche. Capital city Tallinn is a thriving digital epicentre while second city, Tartu, is set to become European Capital of Culture in 2024.


From classical Renaissance proportions to Baroque grandeur, Estonia’s castles are true gems of history. More than 1,000 castles and manors, some dating back to the 13th century, are waiting to be explored — whether as romantic crumbling ruins, or lovingly restored public attractions. Along the way, you’ll encounter formal gardens, gourmet restaurants and magnificent art galleries that help illuminate Estonia’s unique personality.


From national parks to waterfalls, valleys to lakes, Estonia is a land of spectacular natural beauty. Getting off the beaten track is easy thanks to the country’s low population density; forest and bog envelop three quarters of the land and give rise to a wealth of immersive tours. Examples include hiking trails through bog and mire, cycling experiences, horse-riding and birdwatching tours. A 3,000km coastline provides countless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing.



Visit Tallinn, capital city of Estonia, to fall in love with medieval towers, sandy coastlines and buzzing nightlife. Soak up fairytale vibes in Tallinn Old Town, saunter through romantic Kadriorg Park (built by Tsar Peter the Great as a symbol of his love) and sample restaurants, craft beers, art shows, alternative theatre and vintage wares in trendy Telliskivi Creative City. As a compact capital, scenic strolls around Tallinn will take you where you need to go.


Arts and culture find a natural home in Tartu, East Estonia. The prestigious 17th century University of Tartu is a focal point, while a wealth of museums (more than 20!), quaint cafés and leafy parks give rise to Bohemian vibes. Spend an evening in Aparaaditehas Creative City, a “cultural factory” that hosts artists, designers, restaurants and bookstores before heading out on the town to sample local brews at community bars like Barlova and Möku.


The magnificent Hermann Castle is perhaps the most well-known attraction in Narva, Estonia’s easternmost town on the border with Russia; tours of the museum explore the building’s 13th century origins and craft workshops take place in the northern yard. Those in search of rest and relaxation can travel further on to the nearby Narva-Jõesuu resort, where the sandy beach and numerous spas are known for their restorative qualities.


Summer holiday vibes are strong in Pärnu, a medieval city in Southwest Estonia and the largest resort in the country. It boasts an impressive array of spas, from small, historical bath houses to large family water parks. Pärnu was voted the most sustainable destination of the Baltic Sea countries in 2020 and every year, visitors flock to its welcoming restaurants, cocktail bars and adventure activities.


There’s something magical about stepping off a ferry to embark on an island adventure. With over 1,500 islands to choose from, Estonia is the perfect destination for island-hopping. The largest island, Saaremaa, is known for the medieval city of Kuressaare (complete with the beautifully restored Kuressaare Episcopal Castle) and the Kaali meteorite crater field, a breathtaking natural wonder. Whichever islands you choose — from sleepy Muhu to seafaring Kihnu—you’ll discover a different side to Estonia


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North Estonia: a rich tapestry of forest, medieval towns and fishing villages, all enlivened by the warm, welcoming communities found along the way. Glorious Tallinn is the access point for most international visitors, but those who stray beyond the Old Town walls find much to captivate. Medieval forts and charming manors await exploration, while short boat trips connect the mainland with the many tiny islands sheltering off the rugged coastline.

South Estonia

With its wandering rivers and breath-taking valleys, South Estonia is the perfect place in which to take a deep breath. Deep lakes and rolling hills are purpose-built for adventure activities (much of which can be arranged from the towns of Otepää and Võru), while heritage towns and historical monasteries invite discovery.

West Estonia and its Islands

The western edge of Estonia is dominated by forest-draped Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, Estonia’s largest islands, dotted with traditional wooden windmills and 19th century lighthouses. These peaceful spots offer many mysteries to uncover, from ruined fortresses to crumbled churches, while on the mainland, the resort towns of Haapsalu and Pärnu offer sandy beaches and summer festivals. Visit seaside villages and Soomaa National Park for an unforgettable taste of Estonian culture and wildlife.

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