Estonia is where the atmosphere and feeling of the 14th and 15th centuries still survives. It is as intact as it was in those ancient times. Tallinns old town is a mishmash of chivalric walls and towers and paved streets. All the same, the capital of Estonia is so fashionable it has been dubbed as the suburb of Helsinki.
Toompea offers a huge amount of attractive sights, which include the Lutheran Cathedral Toomkirik, the 19th-century Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Estonian Art Museum and Kiek-in-de-Kök, a tall and solid tower built in 1475.
Tallinn is no doubt one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the north Europe. The city of today has become an important port on the Gulf of Finland and a well-liked stoppage for cruise ships.
You can take your tour to Estonia either through a guided bus or on a horse-driven carriage. Enjoy a ride along the meager and paved streets of Old Town. A must see of Tallinn is the well-preserved 15th-century Guild House and its Great Guildhall. Also, there is the Olaeviste Church, Fat Margaret, which is the widest defense tower in the city walls and Tall Hermann that is the citys highest defense tower.
Close by is Pirita Beach this has one of most beautiful views of the Gulf of Finland. Kloogaranna is one of the unscathed beaches in Estonia and the Rebala Farming History Reserve. There is also one of the most fascinating sights, the Sliding Rocks. There is a well-known story that women who slide bare bottomed down the rocks will be cured of infertility.
If Tallinn is Estonias political and medieval capital, then Tartu is Estonias academic capital. It is the University Town and second city of Estonia. Tartus magnetism lies in its informality, down-to-earth spirit, and more sensible than its loud rivals.
Tartu is listed amongst the oldest university towns in Europe. Opened by Swedish King Gustavus II Adolphus the Academia Gustaviana in 1632, it has had many of the Estonia´s VIPs study here. Thousands of students are currently enrolled at the university, from all round the world. This fact influences the life and culture of Tartu, heavily.
Tartu is an imperative place for Estonia, as this is where Estonia gained its statehood. In Tartu, only Estonia signed the Peace Treaty with Soviet Russia in 1920. Russia surrendered the territorial claims on Estonia forever.
Tartu is a great place to walk at peace on its paths and bridges, to take pleasure in a drink or a coffee in the lovely pub and also to holiday at the museums and galleries and feel within you, the peaceful pulse of the university town of Tartu.
Pärnu is considered as the Summer Capital of Estonia. It is a town that is particularly designed for leisure, relaxing or for entertainment. It magnetizes the tourists by the beauty of its pristine beaches and extensive range of enjoyable activities. Tourists cannot fail to appreciate Pärnus pure air, mud baths and tranquil environment. The city draws many crowds for its events and festivals more than the whole of Estonia. The town is better known for its health centres, seaside resorts and yachting harbor.
The twisting, cobbled streets of Tallinns historic centre are the focus for most visitors to the city and the hub of the major tourist attractions, which can all be enjoyed on a walking tour. The walled old town is divided into two parts: Toompea Hill was the residential area of the aristocracy and gentry in days of yore, while the Lower Town operated independently. The Old Town, much of it dating from the 11th century, is tremendously well preserved and complete. Visitors revel in Town Hall Square, ringed by the beautiful Town Hall and its neighboring pharmacy, which is still operating on the site it has occupied since 1422. The Old Town also has many churches.
The Estonian capitals most well-liked family attraction is the zoo, crammed with close to 6,000 animals, from Polar bears to Siberian Tigers, as well as species from warmer climates, like crocodiles and chimpanzees frolicking in the Tropical House. There is also a delightful petting zoo.
Tallinns outstanding Botanical Garden covers 110 hectares and contains more than 8,000 plant species. The flora comes from all around the world, exhibited in arboretums, glasshouses, open fields and thematic gardens. In just a few steps visitors are transported from European meadows to African tundra or from desert to rainforest. Specialized exhibits change every month, and thematic tours are offered all year round, the most popular being the summer night aroma tours, and the rose days. A nature trail traverses the different habitats.
Estonias largest amusement park provides plenty of family fun with 18 different rides and more than 100 video and carnival games. Different shows are listed daily with performances in the main tent. The park is located on the sandstone banks of the southwestern coast of Tallinns Kopli Bay, near the zoo.
The beautiful pink baroque Kadriorg Palace was the summer residence of Russian Tsar, Peter 1, and today stands proudly in the centre of its namesake seaside resort suburb of Tallinn, where the streets are lined with gracious villas and summer estates. The Palace today houses the Estonian Art Museums overseas collection, featuring thousands of western European and Russian works from the 16th to 20th centuries, ranging from prints and paintings to sculpture and furniture. The palace is also the venue for concerts and theatrical performances, lectures and receptions. The park surrounding the palace is a popular recreational spot for visitors and locals alike, consisting of formal gardens, the symmetrical Swan Lake, as well as meadows and forest groves crossed by paths.
Estonian Open Air Museum is found on a picturesque expanse of forest parkland on Kopli Bay it is a preserved collection of historic Estonian buildings, transplanted from around the country to symbolize rural life throughout the centuries. Exhibits consist of various farm buildings, windmills, watermills and other country clutter offering pleasant and informative escape from the racket of the nearby city. Handcrafts are on sale, horseback rides on offer, and a Village Inn caters for visitors keen to taster local fare. Folk music and dancing displays are scheduled regularly, and most national holidays are celebrated here in grand style.