Settled at the Baltic seashore, the history of Estonia dates back to 9000 BC. There are nature reserve parks where some of the unique species of flora and fauna are found. Russian style palaces and cathedrals, ancient lighthouses and buildings surrounded by modern lifestyle in the main cities, things to do in Estonia are vibrant and colourful. The culture of this Baltic state is rich in music, art and literature while cuisine is simple but changes with the seasons. Enjoy fresh vegetables, berries or dairy products with pickles and jams in a traditional tavern. Here are some colourful things to do in Estonia.
Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn
This 18th century Petrine Baroque palace has now become an art museum displaying the artworks from 16th to 20th century. Exquisitely decorated baroque hall is the main attraction while the palace is surrounded by lush green gardens with flowerbeds and fountains.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn
This large Russian Orthodox cathedral is abundantly decorated with icons and mosaics. Built in 1900 on Toompea Hill, this Russian and mixed historicist style architecture has 11 bells, the largest one weighs 16 tonnes.
Estonian Open Air Museum
This open air museum displays rural lifestyle of the 18th, 19th and 20th century. The museum spreads over an area of 79 hectares having 68 farmhouses that are grouped into 12 farmyards. As well as there are mills, an inn, a school house, church, fire station, tavern, shop and fishing sheds.
Kõpu lighthouse, Hiiumaa Island
In the Baltic Sea this 16th century lighthouse is one of the oldest in the world, which is still in use. It is 67 m above the sea level and considered as the highest lighthouse in the Baltic Sea.
The waterfall is almost 8 m high and 50 m wide where large trouts and salmons are found in abundance. This wonderful fishing spot is the highest waterfall in Estonia that looks amazing in winters.
Vilsandi National Park
Almost 100 small island, islets and boulders make this 12.9 km² picturesque park. Home of above 247 bird-species, this park is also a stop over for different migratory birds including barnacle geese and Steller’s eider.
Toompea Hill, Tallinn
This is a limestone oblong tableland hill and a worth seeing place. Covering an area of 17 acres and almost 30 m high from its surrounding, there are so many iconic edifices found here. They include Toompea Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral (Dome Church), Kiek in de Kök (15th century cannon tower) and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Pirita Convent (St. Birgitta’s Convent Ruins), Tallinn
Constructed with limestone in the 15th century, it was the largest nunnery in Old Livonia. The floor space of this magnificient architecture was almost 1360 m² and had 13 alters.
Kuressaare Castle (Kuressaare Episcopal Castle)
This well preserved decorative castle was built in the 14th century. Constructed with stone, this Gothic, convent style architecture has now become a museum. It is a popular tourist attraction in summers as archery events and concerts are held outside the castle.
Town Hall Square, Tartu
This trapeze-shaped heart of the city is surrounded by classical buildings and adorned with famous Kissing Students fountain. Also, there lies a modern building the Town Hall that has 18 bells that ring thrice in a day.