Travel Guide to Estonia
Estonia is the smallest of the three Baltic states, it is mostly low lying with a coastline on the Baltic Sea and the Gulfs of Riga and Finland. There are also two major islands and many smaller ones. Estonia is a land of low lying hills, lots of lakes and some interesting cities which are a mix of medieval and modern architecture.
Places to visit in Estonia
Tallinn - the capital has its own page Tallinn
Tartu - is Estonia's second largest city with a population of around 100,000 located in the south east of the country. An attractive town square of 18th century buildings and town hall of the same era. The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 and there is a large student population in the town. Visitors should also see the KGB Museum - with details of Estonia's past under Soviet rule. There are numerous churches and ancient buildings to visit as well.
Parnu - Known as the summer capital of Estonia Parnu is located on the south west coast overlooking the Gulf of Riga. The city is famous for its spas, shallow white sandy beach and beautiful parks.
Haapsalu - is a major seaside resort around 100 km from Tallinn, it dates back to 1279 and has several good sandy beaches; and mud baths!
Saaremaa - Estonia's largest island - low lying and unspoilt landscape covered in pine forest. Kuressaare is the capital with around 15,000 people, there are several hotels but these can be pricey.
Lahemaa National Park - is located on the northern coast and has many bays and headlands covered with thick pine forests. There is plenty of accommodation in small towns such as Vosu and Kasmu and several camping grounds. Forest trails are popular for cycling and hiking.
Soomaa National Park - is located in the south of the country - 'soomaa' translates as 'land of bogs' - it is a low lying wetlands area criss crossed by several rivers. The area is home to over 200 species of plants many of which are rare and protected. There are also many bird species present and several large mammals breed in the area including roe deer, elk, and wild boar, beaver, lynx, and wolf.
Lake Peipus - is a large lake on the border between Estonia and Russia. It is a popular destination for fishing and general recreation. There are three villages on the lake, Mustvee, Kallaste and Gdov where you can find a limited amount of accommodation.
Skype - the internet video system, and probably Estonia's most famous product - it was developed here in 2003 by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. Apart from Carmen Kass of course!
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