Estonia Travel Guide


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Estonia

 

Estonia (Republic of Estonia) is a Baltic country in Northern Europe, bordered by the Gulf of Finland to the north, Lake Peipus and the Russian Federation to the east, Latvia to the south and the Baltic Sea to the west. 

 

Estonia has miles of coastline with many bays and hundreds of islets and islands. The land is fairly flat with the highest point Suur Munamagi in the southeast of the country. It is a land of much water, with many rivers, as well as fenland and bogs. There are also hundreds of lakes in the country, the largest, Lake Peipus  the southeast of the country receives considerable snowfall during winter.   The main international airport is Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. 

 

Estonia, and Tallinn in particular, has become popular as a city break and spa destination, and for its many music festivals of all genres. The many Museums and galleries in most major cities provide opportunities to explore Estonian history, which includes encounters with Vikings and invasions and influences by countries such as Russia, Germany and Sweden.

Estonia is a member of NATO and the European Union and currency is the euro.  Estonian is the official language, although many older Estonians speak Russian (Estonian is related to the Finnish language). 

 

The picturesque capital city of Tallinn (chosen as a European Capital of Culture in 2011) is situated on the north coast on the Gulf of Finland. The city has retained part of its medieval wall and towers. Most visitors head straight for the Old Town and Town Hall Square to browse the shops and narrow alleys. Rotermann Quarter is also a popular place for shopping and dining.  The square in the centre of the Rotermann Quarter is used as an open-air market and craft fair as well as for cultural events and also host to a Christmas Market.  The baroque Kadriorg Palace and Art Museum is a must-see.  Looking out over the city is the imposing Toompea Castle, which is the seat of government and a popular tour for visitors.

 

Popular outdoor activities during summer include cycling, golf, and sailing in Tallinn Bay. Tallinn is popular for spa breaks with its many luxury spa resorts.

 

Estonia offers a wealth of outdoors activities in summer and winter.  In summer enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and sail, swim, or scuba dive.  (Estonia is a great destination for wreck diving).  Estonia’s lakes, rivers, national parks and forests offer activities such as cycling, hiking, and horseback riding, camping and canoeing.  For something different take a tour to visit the famous Kaali meteorite craters on the island of Saaremaa.

 

In winter the mountains of South Estonia come alive with winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing.   Elsewhere, in flatter regions of the country, cross-country skiing is a popular winter sport as well as tubing, sledging and ice-skating. 

 

European Health Insurance Card

 

Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.

 

 



 

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