How to Plan your Trip?
If you are planning your first visit to Estonia, it might be a question what could you do in this charming northern country? This small country is so variable and multidimensional, that it’s impossible to choose only one or two activities or destinations. Is it better to visit modern Estonian cities, or tranquil picturesque villages? Get acquainted with its medieval history, or have a day of active biking and cycling? Travel to Estonia in summer and enjoy its splendid sandy beaches, or have a trip in winter for Estonian Christmas markets and outstanding ski resorts? Estonia offers a great pastime for all tourists all year round, and we could only suggest you to examine this country from different sides. To get the most positive impressions from visiting Estonia, enjoy our Miracle Travel Guide.
Why should you visit Estonia? First of all, it’s a country with the greatest natural resources and richest cultural heritage, with deep history and outstanding national traditions. At the same time, Estonia is a modern country with well-developed IT technologies, high level of safety, convenient infrastructure and transport connection. It makes Estonia one of the most popular tourist destinations and attractive for the travelers from all over the world.
How to get to Estonia?
Estonia is very well-coming and safe for travelers. It has a comfortable transport connection with almost all countries. You could get to Estonia be plane, by train, by bus, by ferry or by your own car.
As a part of the EU and Schengen zone, the visa is not required for the EU travelers, as well as for tourists from the USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. For any additional information, you could contact the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
National currency in the country is the Euro. Almost everywhere payment cards are accepted.
Domestic transport facilities in Estonia are excellent as well. You could use a public transport for short trips or rent a car for long rides. The system of local transport is very extensive. It includes domestic flights, train routes, bus routes, and ferry connections between islands. You could buy all the tickets online and be sure that your trip will be comfortable, safe, and exciting.
First tip: Rent a Car
If you want to rent a car you should have a driving license, passport or ID card. This service is available only for people over the age of 21 years with a driving experience not less than 2 years. Car rental rates vary by company, the average price is 50-80 euro per day.
Please, notice, that Estonia is a country with the right-hand traffic. The speed limit is 50 km/h for cities and 90 km/h outside the built-up area.
For all tourists, it’s recommended to have a medical insurance which is accepted in Estonia.
For your safety, pedestrians all over the country are obligated to have light reflectors at night, while the drivers should fix their seatbelts and switch the car headlights on the all-day round.
Hotels and Cheap Hostels
Estonia offers a great variety of accommodations. It has a lot of hostels, hotels, small private cottages. The price depends on the region and season. Surely, in Tallinn, the price will be higher than in the countryside.
The average price:
- for the 3-star hotel in Estonia is about 40 EUR,
- the 4-star hotel will cost about 90 EUR.
- The price for the 5-star and luxury hotels starts from 150 EUR.
There are a lot of touristic farms and campings all over the country where you could stay and enjoy fresh air, tranquil untouched nature, and traditional food. The price for such service will be about 10 EUR.
Second tip: Save our Miracle List of Tourist Places
Even though Estonia is northern of three Baltic states, it’s worth to mention that the climate in the country is mild and comfortable. Hot summers or chill winters are not usual for this region.
So, you are in Estonia. This country offers a great variety of pastime. The most popular tourist hotspots in Estonia are Tallinn, Tartu, Saaremaa and Kuressaare, Parnu, Narva etc. What to do first?
A good idea for the first acquaintance with the country is to visit its capital. The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe.
You will be charmed by Tallinn’s stunning architecture, cozy cafes, narrow cobblestone streets, and magnificent Estonian language. It’s a city where an ancient culture and modernity fuse to create a true magic. The best way to experience Tallinn is to take a sightseeing or bike tour with our professional guide. You will get known with the history, culture, and everyday life of the city; visit the most popular tourist places as well as reveal the main secrets of its medieval castles.
The favorite tourist place in Tallinn is a charming, unforgettable Old Town, listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Old Town is consists of huge towers, impressive churches, wonderfully preserved medieval buildings and ancient narrow streets. Handcraft shops and sunny cafés will make your day in Old Tallinn the most delightful one.
It’s also worth to visit The Tallinn Maritime Museum (Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour), which is one of the most popular museums in the country. It’s an interactive museum, dedicated to the maritime history of Tallinn and Estonia; it has a lot of activities for adults and children. The most popular items of the exhibitions are the icebreaker, the submarine, the biplane simulator etc.
Kadriorg park with its beautiful baroque palace, shadowed alleys, swan lake is a perfect place for delightful rest from the bustling city life.
Another popular tourist destination in Estonia is Tartu. This city is considered to be the main center of science and education in Estonia. Tartu is also famous for its medieval architecture, as well as for the modern sculptures and scientific museums. The most convenient way to visit Tartu is to take a one-day guided tour from Tallinn.
The place which is surely worth to visit during your trip to Estonia is Saaremaa Island, which is the largest Estonian island and the most significant one. The main attractions here are an ancient Kuressaare city with a medieval castle, 4-thousand-year-old Kaali meteorite craters, windmills in Angla etc. You could explore all the main Saaremaa attractions during one of the guided tours.
As a country of splendid nature, Estonia offers a great opportunity for active outdoor pastime. Almost half of its territory is covered with forests; it consists of more than 1500 islands and has more than 1000 lakes. Estonian people are very active and sporting. Hiking, cycling, horseback riding, wildlife tours, and adventure parks are very popular and widespread. The easiest way to explore rural Estonia is to visit its gorgeous parks. National parks were mostly created to preserve the natural resources of the country and to promote an ecological lifestyle. That’s why in Estonian national parks you could enjoy square kilometers of unspoiled pine forests, beautiful lakes, and stunning boulders. It’s a home for rare and endangered species of birds, mammals, plants.
One of the most popular parks in Estonia is Lahemaa National Park, located not far from the Tallinn. It’s a great place for short outdoor recreation or family picnic. Soomaa National Park is famous for its bogs, untouched forests and beautiful meadows.
Due to the 3000-kilometers coastline in Estonia, you could try yourself in watersports as well.
The best way to feel the atmosphere of the country is to try its cuisine and traditional food. Contemporary Estonian cuisine comes from the old peasant traditions, that is why it’s simple, natural and extremely tasty. The most popular features of Estonian cuisine are cottage cheese and curd; white fish and Baltic herring; pork with potato and roasted goose; vegetables and mushrooms. Estonian forests are rich for berries and herbs which become a part of the national cuisine. True food lovers have an opportunity to taste real medieval dishes and such delicious food as wild boar meat, elk and bear meat etc. The price for street food is about 8 EUR; average bill in a restaurant is about 30 EUR for two persons.
Estonian people are very good at dance, music, leisure, and joy. Whenever you visit Estonia, you would be able to participate in at least one festival. They take place all over the country and all the year round. The most popular of them are Hiiu Folk Festival, Kihnu Violine Festival, Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Seto Culture Week etc. There are also a great amount of such unusual festivals as Street Dance Festival, Türi Apple Festival, Tallinn FoodFest etc. To visit such festival is the best way to get known with local customs and traditions, folk dance and music, local food and culinary traditions.
Trip to Estonia is like a travel in time, or like a travel in a fairy tale. Its magic is made by outstanding nature and welcoming, friendly people. This country couldn’t be compared with any other because it’s one of a kind, unique and unforgettable.