Estonia may be less famous than its neighbouring countries, but its lovely seaside towns, quaint country villages, lush forests (which cover about half the country) and vast marshlands make it a destination worth exploring. Aside from all its natural splendour, Estonia has grand architecture such as magnificent castles. It’s clear Estonia will not be Europe’s best kept secret for long.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of the oldest cities on the Baltic Sea, founded in 1154. Its Old Town has remained remarkably unchanged for the past 600 years, making it one of the most attractive cities in Europe, with its incredible architectural treasure of guild houses, steepled churches and the hallowed halls of Toompea Castle. Today's Tallinn is also a thoroughly modern capital filled with parks, museums, sports centers, hotels and cafés - a city certain to suit almost every traveller's tastes.
- The well-preserved medieval quarter of Tallinn, which still bears the influence of the old Hanseatic League. Its old walls, narrow cobble stone alleyways and buildings date back to the Middle Ages.
- Toompea Castle, in the upper part of the Old Town. Dating from the first half of the 13th century, the castle has undergone much reconstruction and is now fronted by the pink Parliament House built in 1773.
- Kadriorg, an English garden founded by Peter the Great. There, you'll find Kadriorg Palace, built in 1718 as one of his summer palaces.
- Roca al Mer Museum, an open air museum, which displays ancient rural buildings from the 18th and 19th century.