Estonia does not have to struggle any more to find a point of difference: it is completely unique.

It shares much of its geography and history with Latvia and Lithuania, but culturally it is distinctly different country. Its closest ethnic and linguistic relative is Finland, and although they may love to get naked together in a sauna, 50 years of Soviet rule in Estonia have separated the two countries.

Tallinn, Domes Of Alexander

Tallinn, Estonia

For the last 300 years Estonia’s been tied to Russia, but these two states have as much in common as a barn swallow and a bear (the respective national symbols of their country’s).

With a newfound confidence, a singular Estonia has emerged from under the cover of the old Soviet Union and leapt into the arms of Europe with vigor. The love affair between the two is mutual. Europe has fallen for the charms of Tallinn and its UNESCO-protected Old Town. To put it simply, Tallinn is now considered one of the continent’s most captivating cities. And in an ever increasingly overcrowded EuropeEstonia’s sparsely populated countryside and extensive swathes of forest provide a welcome spiritual sustenance for nature-lovers all over the world.

The Hanseatic League shaped the economies and politics in the North Sea and Baltic Sea for over 400 years. Today you can still explore the legacy of this medieval trading route, dating back to the 13th century. Tallinn, Tartu, Viljandi and Pärnu put on annual Hanseatic festivals to reimagine these early hey days.

To the south east you find the University City of Tartu , explore its compact Old Town, where you will see the Town Hall Square , visit The Kissing Students Fountain  and have your mind twisted by the Leaning House of Tartu and then walk among the ruins of the Dome Church.

Tallinn City Wall

Tallinn

“A GEM IN THE BALTIC”

Historic Skyline, Tallinn

Viljandi is a sleepy small town amid national parks. Here you’ll find green parks, wooden houses and small art galleries and the ruins remain of what used to be a home to the Livonian Order.

Pärnu is best known as a summer holiday destination. This small town located in the mouth of the Parnu River. The Red Tower in the old town remains with an addition of a number of remarkable Baroque houses and churches.

Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian chefs draw some of their inspiration, as well as their sustainable approach, from neighboring Scandinavian cuisines – dark rye bread, Kiluvõileib – Sprat Sandwich, beetroot salad – Rosolje,  cumin seed cheese, all sorts of sausage, game meat, seafood and fish, craft beverages.

Delicious food

Vastlakukkel – Semla an Estonian sweet-roll, cut in the middle and filled first with some almond paste and then with plenty of whipped cream, and marzipan – a sweet made of almonds and powdered sugar are some of the traditional dishes that used to be simple peasant made get-it-all-together, types of food, are all to be sampled and enjoyed.

So, welcome to Estonia!