Estonia is among Europe’s greenest countries, with about 52 per cent of forest area. It is home to nearly 2,222 islands and thousands of lakes. This heavenly country lies in Northern Europe’s Baltic region, with Tallinn being the capital city. It is known for high-quality education, tech startups, and a free public transport system. The Old Town of Tallinn is Northern Europe’s fairytale-like, well-preserved medieval city, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plan your next holiday to this Baltic gem, to experience nature’s magic.
Best time to visit
The summer season from June to September is the best time to visit Estonia when you can explore the country to the fullest. It is ideal for outdoor activities, beach holidays, as well as popular summer festivals and events like Pärnu Music Festival, Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day, electronic dance music events, etc. April to May is springtime when you can enjoy the lush greenery and colorful landscapes. If you are a cross-country skiing fan, the winter season from December to March is best for you.
How to get there
Have a memorable flight to your destination via major domestic and international airlines, such as British Airways
, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa
, Vistara, Air India
, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways
, etc. There are many connecting flights from India to Tallinn every week, at convenient flight schedules. Tallinn Airport is the largest and major airport of Estonia, connecting the country with major cities of the world. It is located about 5 km from Tallinn and there are regular public transport services, like city buses, shuttle buses, railway, taxis, and car rentals for easy conveyance within the city.
Places to stay
Estonia offers all kinds of accommodation, right from budget hotels, beachside stays, campsites, Bed & Breakfasts, and farm-stays, to holiday villages, cottages, hostels, luxurious hotels, villas, apartments, etc. The hotel tariff for one night varies from INR 2,000 to INR 10,000, approximately. You can opt to stay in the major areas of Tallinn, such as Kalamaja, Dunkri, Ravala Puiestee, Vabaduse Valjak, and Tallinn Old Town area; as well as the city of Parnu and Saaremaa Island.
Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Parnu, Saaremaa Island, and Hiiumaa Island are the most important places in Estonia, featuring popular tourist attractions. Major attractions include the Tallinn Old Town, Kadriorg Palace, Town Hall Square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Oleviste Church, Kumu Art Museum, Pirita Beach, Town Wall, Viru Square, and Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour in Tallinn; Parnu Beach Promenade, and Narva Castle.
Get a glimpse into the Medieval period at the beautiful Tallinn Old Town, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Toompea Hill offers breathtaking views of the red roofs and beauty of the Tallinn Old Town. The Kadriorg Park is an outstanding urban park, with flower beds, ponds, and amazing museums. The Tallinn TV Tower is the tallest building and a popular leisure and cultural center of Tallinn. The Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum is a very interesting museum that exhibits the Estonian way of life.
Shopping in Estonia
Choose from a plethora of Estonian souvenirs and handicrafts like carved wooden mugs, rustic jewelry, hand-knitted woolen socks, juniper coasters, Linen fabrics, Kalev chocolates, Vana Tallinn (most popular Estonian drink), and much more! They are all available in the shopping streets of Tallinn Old Town, such as Väike-Karja, Müürivahe, Kullassepa, Viru, and Suur-Karja.
Estonian cuisine is primarily based on potatoes, meat, and fish. The cuisine is also influenced by Germany, Russia, and Scandinavian countries. However, the staples here are pork and rye-bread. Vodka and beer are also consumed by the locals. Try the Estonian delicacies like kiluvõileib (Fish Sprat sandwich), Mulgipuder (Potato and Groats Porridge), Karbonāde (Pork Schnitzels), Sült (Jellied Meat), Borscht (Cold Beet Soup), Verivorst (Black Pudding), Kohuke (curd and chocolate snack), Vana Tallinn (a run-based liquor), and Kama desserts (made with the ingredient ‘Kama’).
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