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Visiting Estonia

Known for its centuries-old struggle against Soviet occupation, Estonia emerged from the Russian shadow to build its own national identity. Capital city Tallinn’s old town has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, establishing this country as a top destination for the intrepid European trekker. Known for its centuries-old struggle against Soviet occupation, Estonia emerged from the Russian shadow to build its own national identity. Capital city Tallinn’s old town has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, establishing this country as a top destination for the intrepid European trekker.    Close

Stories and Tips Estonia

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Tallinn with the Tallinn Card

Written by koshkha on 08 Mar, 2010

I usually like to prepare really well for any trip away, spending ages looking up all the attractions, working out how to get around the city and planning out my visit but time ran away from me and on the day before we were due…Read More


An Introduction to Rakvere - a Load of Old Bull?

Written by fizzytom on 01 Mar, 2009

My guidebook described Rakvere as "set with a magnificent castle - and very large bull sculpture". That's good enough for me. Those were not the only factors in choosing to visit Rakvere. I was looking for a simple bus ride from the capital, Tallinn, and,…Read More


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An Overview of Haapsalu

Written by fizzytom on 01 Mar, 2009

Situated just under 100 Kilometres from the Estonian capital, Tallinn, Haapsalu is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a charming little Baltic seaside town straight out of the days of the Tsars, a kind of Nordic Yalta, if…Read More


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The Tallinn Songbowl - Where Freedom Was Won

Written by fizzytom on 30 Oct, 2008

Known in Estonian as the Lauluväljak, the tallinn Songbowl is one of the most important (if not THE most important) locations tied up in the fall of Communism in Estonia. Singing is hugely popular in the former Baltic coast Soviet States and the Tallinn bowl…Read More


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The Lower Town's Quiet Half

Written by Owen Lipsett on 27 Dec, 2004

The quiet streets north of Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square) contain most of Vanalinn’s finest museums. These institutions are primarily located on Pikk tanav (Long Street) and Vene tanav (Russian Street), which run north-south. The area’s greatest charm, however, lies in the lanes…Read More


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Curious Cosmopolitanism on Toompea

Written by Owen Lipsett on 27 Dec, 2004

There aren’t many national capitals that can be visited from another national capital as an easy day trip in the way Tallinn can be from Helsinki. Then again, few capitals derive their names, as Tallinn does, from that of another country. "Tallinn" derives…Read More


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Medieval Architecture and Breathtaking Views

Written by marif on 20 Dec, 2004

Medieval Tallinn is a fairy tale of narrow walkways, alleys, winding cobbled streets, tower ramparts, church spires and 14th-century buildings. Kept effectively hidden from the eyes of the West for more than half a century, it has finally reappeared as one of the most picturesque…Read More


No Longer Derpt

Written by dangaroo on 13 Jan, 2009

Basics=====Tartu is Estonia's 2nd biggest town, with a population of around 100,000 it's hardly Tokyo though! What it is though, is a very pleasant country town with nice buildings and a calm atmosphere. 185km South east of Tallinn, it's relatively close to the Latvian border…Read More


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(Not) Validating Your Ticket

Written by EsslingerBrian on 28 Oct, 2006

Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice I can give anyone riding the public buses in Tallinn is that you must validate your bus ticket once you board the bus. Sounds easy (and obvious) enough, but if you make a mistake, you probably won't…Read More


Shopping on the cheap

Written by marif on 20 Dec, 2004

Estonia is the cheapest of the Baltic countries and when compared with nearby Helsinki, it comes less than half the price. That's why in summer so many Finns flock to the ferry terminal in Helsinki's harbour on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings to take one…Read More


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