Top 10 things to do in Estonia

Estonia

The most Nordic of the three Baltic countries, with linguistic connections to Finland.

Estonia is a country.

Estonia (i/ɛˈstoʊniə/; Estonian: Eesti, pronounced [ˈeːsti]), officially the Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti Vabariik, pronounced [ˈeːsti ˈʋɑbɑriːk]), is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). Across the Baltic Sea lies Sweden in the west and Finland in the north. The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), and is influenced by a humid continental climate.

Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic divided into fifteen counties, with its capital and largest city being Tallinn. With a population of 1.3 million, it is one of the least-populous member states of the European Union, Eurozone, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Schengen Area. The Estonians are a Finnic people, and the official language, Estonian, is a Finno-Ugric language closely related to Finnish and the Sami languages, and distantly to Hungarian.

A developed country with an advanced, high-income economy, Estonia is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. It ranks very high in the Human Development Index, and performs favourably in measurements of economic freedom, civil liberties, education, and press freedom (third in the world in 2012). Estonia is often described as one of the most wired countries in Europe.

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Top 10 things to do in Estonia

Tallinn

Tallinn
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia.Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 and has a population of 434,810. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, ...

Valga, Estonia

Valga, Estonia
Valga is a town in southern Estonia and the capital of Valga County. Until their separation in 1920, Valga and the town of Valka in northern Latvia were one town. ...

Saaremaa

Saaremaa
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2,673 km2 . The main island of Saare County, it is located in the Baltic Sea, south of Hiiumaa island, and belongs to ...

Otepää

Otepää
Otepää is a town in Valga County, southern Estonia, it's the administrative centre of Otepää Parish. Town has a population of 2,189 . Otepää is a popular skiing resort, popularly ...

Tartu

Tartu
Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia, following Estonia's political and financial capital Tallinn, Tartu is often considered the intellectual centre of the country, especially since it is home ...

Rakvere

Rakvere
Rakvere is a town in northern Estonia and the county seat of Lääne-Viru County, 20 km south of the Gulf of Finland.HistoryThe earliest signs of human settlement dating ...

Haapsalu

Haapsalu
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Lääne County, and on 1 January 2012 it had a population ...

Kuressaare

Kuressaare
Kuressaare is a town and a municipality on Saaremaa island in Estonia. It is the capital of Saare County and the westernmost town in Estonia. The population, according to the ...

Viljandi

Viljandi
Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia with a population of 17,473 in 2013. It is the capital of Viljandi County. The town was first mentioned in 1283, ...

Paldiski

Paldiski
Paldiski is a town and Baltic Sea port situated on the Pakri peninsula of north-western Estonia. Originally a Swedish settlement known as Rågervik, it became a Russian naval base in ...

Hiiumaa

Hiiumaa
Hiiumaa is the second largest island belonging to Estonia. It is located in the Baltic Sea, north of the island of Saaremaa, a part of the West Estonian archipelago. Its ...

Kunda, Estonia

Kunda, Estonia
Kunda is a town in Estonia, located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. There is a pulp mill , a cement factory and a port. Its population is ...

Laulasmaa

Laulasmaa
Laulasmaa is a village in Keila Parish, Harju County, in northwestern Estonia. It's located about 29 km west of the capital Tallinn, west of Keila-Joa, north of Kloogaranna, by the Lahepere ...

Võsu

Võsu
Võsu is a small borough in Lääne-Viru County, Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Vihula Parish. As of 2011 Census, the settlement's population was 334.1971–1999 Võsu was a borough ...

Sagadi

Sagadi
Sagadi is a village in Vihula Parish, Lääne-Viru County, in northern Estonia, on the territory of Lahemaa National Park.Sagadi ManorSagadi estate was first mentioned in written records ...

Käsmu

Käsmu
Käsmu is a village in Vihula Parish, Lääne-Viru County, in northern Estonia, on the territory of Lahemaa National Park. It's located northwest of Võsu, on the Käsmu Peninsula in the ...

Keila-Joa

Keila-Joa
A small commune with a 19th century manor house

Muhu

Muhu
Muhu , is an island in the Baltic Sea. With an area of 198 km² it is the third largest island belonging to Estonia, after Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.Together with neighbouring smaller ...

Võru

Võru
Võru is a town and a municipality in south-eastern Estonia. It is the capital of Võru County and the centre of Võru Parish.HistoryVõru was founded on 21 ...

Viimsi Parish

Viimsi Parish
Viimsi Parish is a rural municipality in northern Estonia, located north-east and neighbouring the capital Tallinn. It occupies an area of 72.84 km with a population of 16,901 which makes it ...

Elva

Elva
Elva may refer to:PlacesElva, Estonia, town in Tartu County, EstoniaElva, Illinois, unincorporated community in DeKalb County, Illinois, United StatesElva, Manitoba, unincorporated community in the Rural Municipality of ...

Jõhvi

Jõhvi
Jõhvi is a town in north-eastern Estonia, and the capital of Ida-Viru County. The town is also an administrative centre of Jõhvi Parish. It is situated 50 km from the Russian ...

Keila

Keila
Keila is a town and an urban municipality in Harju County in north-western Estonia. It is also the administrative centre of the surrounding rural municipality – Keila Parish.

Estonian National Museum

Estonian National Museum
The Estonian National Museum founded 1909 in Tartu is a museum devoted to folklorist Jakob Hurt's heritage, to Estonian ethnography and folk art. The first items for the museum were ...

Toompea

Toompea
Toompea is a limestone hill in the central part of the city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The hill is an oblong tableland, which measures about 400 by 250 ...

Palmse

Palmse
Palmse is a village in Vihula Parish, Lääne-Viru County, in northern Estonia, on the territory of Lahemaa National Park.Palmse manorPalmse estate belonged to the convent of St. ...

Tartu Toy Museum

Tartu Toy Museum
Tartu Toy Museum is the biggest toy museum in the Baltic States, located in Tartu, Estonia. It displays over 5000 toys from its vast collection and has several interactive toys ...

Raekoja plats, Tallinn

Raekoja plats, Tallinn
Raekoja plats is a town square beside Tallinn Town Hall in the center of the Tallinn Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia. It is a venue for numerous small festivals or ...

Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn

Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn
The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It developed as a major centre ...

Naissaar

Naissaar
Naissaar is an island northwest of Tallinn in Estonia. The island covers an area of 18.6 km². It is 8 km long and 3.5 km wide, and lies about 8.5 km from the mainland. ...

Toomkirik

Toomkirik
St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn is a cathedral church located on Toompea Hill in Tallinn, Estonia. Originally established by Danes in the 13th century, it is the oldest church in Tallinn ...

Kohtla-Järve

Kohtla-Järve
Kohtla-Järve is a city and municipality in north-eastern Estonia, founded in 1924 and incorporated as a town in 1946. The city is highly industrial, and is both a processor of ...

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral in the Tallinn Old Town, Estonia. It was built to a design by Mikhail Preobrazhensky in a typical Russian Revival style between ...

AHHAA

AHHAA
Science Centre AHHAA is the biggest science centre in Estonia and the Baltic states, located in Tartu. The main purposes of AHHAA are establishing positive attitude towards science and technology, ...

Rapla

Rapla
Rapla is a town in central Estonia, the administrative centre of Rapla County and Rapla Parish. It has a population of 5,618 . ...

Tallinn TV Tower

Tallinn TV Tower
The Tallinn TV Tower is a free-standing structure with an observation deck, built to provide better telecommunication services for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics regatta event . It is located ...

Tartu Cathedral

Tartu Cathedral
Tartu Cathedral , earlier also known as Dorpat Cathedral is one of the landmarks of the Estonian city of Tartu . The building is now an imposing ruin overlooking the ...

Põlva

Põlva
Põlva is a town in southeastern Estonia, it's the capital of Põlva County and the centre of Põlva Parish.Põlva is home for the Intsikurmu Song Festival Grounds, which regularly hosts ...

Estonian Open Air Museum

Estonian Open Air Museum
The Estonian Open Air Museum is a life-sized reconstruction of an 18th-century rural/fishing village, which comes complete with church, inn, schoolhouse, several mills, a fire station, twelve farmyards and net ...

Estonian Literary Museum

Estonian Literary Museum
The Estonian Literary Museum , is a national research institute of the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia. Its mission is to improve the cultural heritage ...

Narva-Jõesuu

Narva-Jõesuu
Narva-Jõesuu is a town in Ida-Viru County, Estonia, located on the country's northern Baltic Sea coast near the Russian border. The name of the town in Estonian and Russian means ...

Kadriorg Palace

Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg Palace is a Petrine Baroque palace built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great in Tallinn, Estonia. Both the Estonian and the German name for the palace ...

Supilinn

Supilinn
Supilinn is a neighbourhood of Tartu, Estonia. It is located just north of the city centre, on the right bank of Emajõgi River. Supilinn has a population of 1,863 . ...

Võrtsjärv

Võrtsjärv
Lake Võrtsjärv is a lake in southern Estonia with an area of 270 km² . It is the second largest lake of Estonia. The shallow lake is 33.7 m above sea level. ...

Ahja

Ahja
Ahja is a small borough in Ahja Parish, Põlva County in southeastern Estonia. Named after the Ahja River, it is located 191  km  southeast of Tallinn and about 16  km  ...

Estonian History Museum

Estonian History Museum
The Estonian History Museum is a museum about the history of Estonia in Tallinn. It was initially established by chemist Dr. Johann Burchard who ran the town hall pharmacy known ...

Vormsi

Vormsi
Estonia's fourth largest island, Vormsi , is located between Hiiumaa and the mainland with a total area of 92 square kilometers. It is part of a rural municipality Vormsi Parish.

Estonian Maritime Museum

Estonian Maritime Museum
The Estonian Maritime Museum is located in the Fat Margaret tower in the old town of Tallinn. The museum presents history of ships and navigation in Estonia and related to ...

Alatskivi Parish

Alatskivi Parish
Alatskivi Parish is a rural municipality in Tartu County, Estonia.SettlementsAlatskiviAlasoo - Haapsipea - Kesklahe - Kõdesi - Kokora - Kuningvere - Lahe - Lahepera - Linaleo - ...

Kiek in de Kök

Kiek in de Kök
Kiek in de Kök is an old Low German nickname for towers, mainly those that formed parts of town fortifications. They gained the name from the ability of tower occupants ...

Toila

Toila
Toila is a small borough in Ida-Viru County, in northeastern Estonia. It's located about 10 km northeast from the town of Jõhvi, on the coast of the Narva Bay . Toila ...

Niguliste Kirik

Niguliste Kirik
St. Nicholas' Church is a medieval former church in Tallinn, Estonia. It was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors. Originally built in the 13th century, ...

Kiviõli

Kiviõli
Kiviõli is an industrial town in Ida-Viru County, Estonia. The settlement was founded in 1922 and became a town in 1946. The main industry is oil shale mining, which gives ...

Kumu

Kumu
KUMU may refer to:KUMU , an art museum in EstoniaKHKA, a radio station licensed to Honolulu, Hawaii, United States formerly known as KUMUKUMU-FM, a radio station licensed to Honolulu, Hawaii, ...

Sillamäe

Sillamäe
Sillamäe , known also in Germanized version as Sillamäggi or Sillamägi , is a town in Ida-Viru County in the northern part of Estonia, on the southern coast of the ...

St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn

St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn
St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn is a cathedral church located on Toompea Hill in Tallinn, Estonia. Originally established by Danes in the 13th century, it is the oldest church in Tallinn ...

Virtsu

Virtsu
Virtsu is a small borough in Hanila Parish, Lääne County, Estonia. It lies on the Western coast of continental Estonia, and a location of the main port for traffic to ...

Museum of Occupations

Museum of Occupations
The Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, Estonia, is located at the corner of Toompea St. and Kaarli Blvd. It was opened on July 1, 2003, and is dedicated to the ...

Aegviidu

Aegviidu
Aegviidu is a borough in northern Estonia. Administratively it constitutes Aegviidu Parish — a rural municipality within Harju County. The municipality has a population of 838 and covers an area ...

Tallinn Zoo

Tallinn Zoo
Tallinn Zoo is a zoo in Tallinn, Estonia that was founded in 1939. It is the only zoo in Estonia, and as of 2012 it housed 13,336 animals representing 548 ...

Paide

Paide
Paide is the capital of Järva County, Estonia.The town was formally founded 30 September 1291 by Halt, master of the Livonian Order.As of 1 January 2013 the population of Paide ...

Lahemaa National Park

Lahemaa National Park
Lahemaa National Park is a park located on Northern Estonia, 70 kilometers east from capital Tallinn. The Gulf of Finland is to the North of the Park and the Tallinn-Narva ...

Jüri

Jüri
Jüri is a small borough in Harju County, northern Estonia. It's located 12 km southeast of the capital Tallinn, by the Tallinn–Tartu road , directly after the intersection with Tallinn Ring ...

Tallinn Town Hall

Tallinn Town Hall
The Tallinn Town Hall is a building in the Tallinn Old Town, Estonia, next to the Town Hall Square. It is the oldest town hall in the whole of the ...

Kärdla

Kärdla
Kärdla is the only town on the island of Hiiumaa, Estonia. It's the capital of Hiiu County and the centre of Hiiu Parish.GeographyKärdla is located on the ...

Pikk Hermann

Pikk Hermann
Pikk Hermann or Tall Hermann is a tower of the Toompea Castle, on Toompea hill in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The first part was built 1360-70. It was rebuilt ...

Türi

Türi
Türi is a town in Järva County, Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Türi Parish. Since 2000, Türi is known as the "spring capital" of Estonia.History1347 ...

Lake Ülemiste

Lake Ülemiste
Lake Ülemiste is the largest of the lakes surrounding Tallinn, Estonia. Ülemiste is the main part of the Tallinn water supply system, where most of the city gets its drinking ...

Rummu

Rummu
Rummu is a small borough in Vasalemma Parish, Harju County, northern Estonia. As of 2011 Census, the settlement's population was 1,088, of which the Estonians were 288 . ...

Pirita Convent

Pirita Convent
Pirita Convent was a monastery, for both monks and nuns dedicated to St. Brigitta, in the district of Pirita in Tallinn, Estonia.The idea of founding the monastery dates to merchants ...

Jõgeva

Jõgeva
Jõgeva is a small town in Estonia with a population of around 6000 people. It is the administrative centre of Jõgeva County.It is known as the coldest place in Estonia ...

Tallinn Botanic Garden

Tallinn Botanic Garden
Tallinn Botanic Garden , is a botanical garden in Tallinn, Estonia. It is located on the right bank of the Pirita River, in the Kloostrimetsa forest in Pirita district. With ...

Kuremäe

Kuremäe
Kuremäe is a village in Illuka Parish, Ida-Viru County in northeastern Estonia. ...

Kolu kõrts

Kolu kõrts
The Kolu kõrts is a relocated authentic inn originally built in the Estonian vernacular style in the village of Kolu, Harjumaa in 1840 and currently exhibited and operated as a ...

Saue

Saue
Saue is a town in north-western Estonia. Administratively it constitutes a separate urban municipality in Harju County.The territory of Saue is 3.50 square kilometres and population about 5,600. Closest centres ...

Matsalu National Park

Matsalu National Park
Matsalu National Park is a nature reserve and national park situated in Lääne County, Estonia. Matsalu National Park spans an area of 486.1 km2 , comprising Matsalu Bay, the Kasari River ...

Saku Parish

Saku Parish
Saku Parish is a rural municipality in Harju County, north-western Estonia.The administrative centre of Saku Parish is Saku; a small town with population of 4,618 . It is situated 10 km ...

Karula National Park

Karula National Park
Karula National Park is national park in southern Estonia. It was established in 1979 as a protected area and in 1993 became a national park.Karula National Park is characterised by ...

Jägala Waterfall

Jägala Waterfall
The Jägala Waterfall is a waterfall in Northern Estonia on Jägala River. It is the highest natural waterfall in Estonia with height about 8 meters. ...

Valaste Waterfall

Valaste Waterfall
Valaste Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Estonia and neighboring regions situated between Ontika and Valaste in the Kohtla Parish of the Ida-Viru County and formed by a stream as ...

Aegna

Aegna
Aegna is an Estonian island in the Bay of Tallinn in the Baltic Sea. Administratively it is part of the city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia and is a ...

Suur Munamägi

Suur Munamägi
Suur Munamägi is the highest peak in Estonia , reaching 318 metres above sea level. It is located near the village of Haanja, in Võru County in the south-eastern corner ...

Põhja-Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve

Põhja-Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve
Põhja-Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve is a protected area in Harju County, Northern Estonia, some 50 km east of Tallinn. With an area of 130.9 km2, it is the third largest nature reserve in ...

Soomaa National Park

Soomaa National Park
Soomaa National Park is national park in south-western Estonia. Soomaa protects 390 km², and is a Ramsar site of protected wetlands. The park was created in 1993.GeographyThe national ...

Architecture & Arts Centre of Estonia

Architecture & Arts Centre of Estonia
Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as ...

City Bike

City Bike
A utility bicycle is a bicycle designed for practical transportation, as opposed to bicycles which are primarily designed for recreation and competition, such as touring bicycles, racing bicycles, and mountain ...

Lake Peipsi

Lake Peipsi
Lake Peipus, , German: is the biggest transboundary lake in Europe on the border between Estonia and Russia.The lake is the fifth largest in Europe after Lake Ladoga and Lake ...

Pühavaimu Kirik

Pühavaimu Kirik
The Church of the Holy Ghost or Church of the Holy Spirit is a medieval Lutheran church in the old town district of Tallinn, Estonia.HistoryBuilding of the ...

Sts Peter & Paul’s Cathedral

Sts Peter & Paul’s Cathedral
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Paks Margareeta

Paks Margareeta
The Estonian Maritime Museum is located in the Fat Margaret tower in the old town of Tallinn. The museum presents history of ships and navigation in Estonia and related to ...

Rocca al Mare

Rocca al Mare
Rocca al Mare is a subdistrict in the district of Haabersti, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It is mostly covered by the Estonian Open Air Museum. Besides the museum there ...

Museum of New Art

Museum of New Art
The Museum of New Art, better known as MONA is the first popup museum, founded in 1996 and run by artists since then. The museum's locations have varied from the ...