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Find Estonia Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Estonia.

About Estonia

Estonia was formerly the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic. There are more than 1,500 islands belonging to Estonia, the largest being Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.


Countries neighbouring Estonia are: Latvia and Russia, and Finland by ferry.

Map of Estonia

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The capital of Estonia is located on the Bay of Tallinn; an inlet of the Gulf of Finland.

Tallinn is divided into three zones that quite clearly show its historical development: the upper town, with its 13th-14th century citadel, built on a steep hill; the lower walled town, built between 14th-16th century; and the newer district.

In 1219 Waldemar II of Denmark established a fortress on the site.

The town gained commercial importance by the turn of the century, and in 1346 was sold by Denmark to the Teutonic Knights.

Sweden acquired Tallinn 215 years later, and it was annexed by Russia in 1710.

The Russians used the city as a naval base for the  Baltic fleet, but lost it for a while to the Germans during World War II.

Digital Tallinn:
Take a virtual tour of Tallinn through high-quality panoramic images.

The best preserved of the old Baltic cities.

Tallinn Tips:
Ideas of what to see and do in Tallinn from the In Your Pocket guidebook series, as well as other useful information for travel to Estonia.

Tallinn Tourism:
The official tourism site for Tallinn.

Getting to Estonia

By Air

Air Baltic:
The Latvian carrier flies 8 times a week between Riga and Tallinn.

Getting To The Airport

The downtown bus-stop is located on the street corner next to the Estonian Art University, 100 metres from major department store (Kaubamaja) and 300 metres from Viru Hotel.

Estonian Language

The Estonians are ethnically and linguistically close to the Finns, speaking a non-Indo-European Finno-Ugric language.

Estonia News

Baltics City Paper:
A good resource for news from the Baltics along with city guides to Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.

The Baltic Times:
Based in Riga, The Baltic Times covers current events, business, finance and culture in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The City of White Nights

Estonia is a wonderful historical country and White Nights in the summer are only one reason to visit the region..... as if that's not reason enough!

A pleasant coach trip takes you along the northern Estonian coast to the border town of Narva, which has for centuries been the historical gateway between East and West.

Trade routes passed through Narva, a link between the Baltics, Russia, the Mediterranean and even as far as the Orient and until World War II, visitors enjoyed the wonderful Old City.

The architecture, combining local traditions of building and elements typical of the Baroque style, was almost completely destroyed during the war.

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If you visit this part of the Baltic coast, you'll be joining the Saint-Petersburg aristocracy who used Narva-Jesuu as a relaxing resort in the 19th century.


Accommodation in Parnu.

Known as the summer capital of Estonia, the City of Parnu is located on the shores of the Gulf of Parnu in South-West Estonia, 128km from Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and 180km from Riga (the capital of Latvia).

Visit Parnu.

Located on the Via Baltica highway (E67), Parnu is just a few hours drive from the international airports in Tallinn and Riga.

Comfortable buses depart regularly from Tallinn and Riga, and Tallinn port receives ship passengers from Helsinki.

Parnu has a small marina for visitors sailing their own yacht, and the local airfield is available for light aircraft.

Soomaa by Canoe:
Soomaa (Land of Bogs), in south-western Estonia, is a large complex (370 km2) of four extensive bogs, located in the catchment of one of the longest rivers in the country; the Parnu River.

Tartu is the oldest town in the Baltics and the second largest town in Estonia. It is probably best known for its famous university.

Virtual Viljandi:
Viljandi is situated in South Estonia, 164 km from Tallinn, on Sakala upland in a picturesque place near Lake Viljandi. The symbol of Viljandi is the ruins of the Order Castle dating from the Middle Ages.

Getting to Viljandi

By Train

Three trains a day to Tallinn take about three hours.

By Bus

The buses to and from Tallinn are generally quicker and there are more of them. (Also: To Tartu - 1hr 30mins; To Parnu - 7 a day).

Estonia Tourism

Estonia Travel Tips

Visitors to The Baltics should explore the small islands of Estonia - Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, Ruhnu and Prangli. In summer they are like quiet little paradises where you can enjoy a peaceful holiday in pure nature, away from city stress.

Meta-Travel Members By Kaili Ratsepp.

Visit Estonia:
The Estonian Tourist Board present their country superbly, with further links to other towns and regions away from their server.

Estonia Tours

Private Tours in Estonia:
Ahti Arak's private tours offer travellers the opportunity to discover Estonia, learn about its past, and become familiar with its present through the eyes of an historian.

Tallin Sightseeing

The Upper Town (Toompea)

Toompea Castle, Tall Herman (Pikk Hermann), Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Cathedral School, Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, Estonian Nobility House, Town Mansions of the Nobility, Von Stenbock Residence, Viewing Platforms, Long Leg (Pikk Jalg), Danish King's Garden, Kiek-in-de-Kok and Short Leg (Luhike Jalg).

The Lower Town

Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Town Hall Pharmacy, Guild Buildings, Church of the Holy Spirit, St. Nicholas's Church, Town Wall and Its Towers, St. Olaf's Church, Dominican Monastery, Great Coast Gate and Fat Margaret.

The Fringes of the Old Town

Vabaduse Valjak, Viru Valjak and the Rotermann Quarter.

The Eastern Outskirts of Tallinn

Kadriorg and Pirita.

The National Park of Estonia (Lahemaa) and the Open-Air Museum of Rocca-al-Mare.

Touring The Baltic States

Combing a tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is a great way to discover The Baltic States.

Once hidden behind the Iron company, all three countries are now in The European Union.

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