Estonia: what should you know about this Baltic region?
Estonia is located in northeastern Europe. On the map, to the left of Estonia we find the Baltic Sea, to the east is Russia, Latvia to the south and the Gulf of Riga to the southwest. In addition, its extension is slightly larger than the state of Rio de Janeiro, totaling 45,227 square kilometers. The Estonian history is rich and diverse. Nevertheless, the Estonian people have been occupying the Baltic region for at least 5,000 years. This country was once ruled by Germany, Denmark, Poland and, later, Russia. However, this country declared its independence after WWI since the Russian collapse. Soon after, Estonia declared to join the Soviet Union, becoming the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, Estonia once again declared its freedom, holding presidential elections on September 20, 1992.
How to get to Estonia
You must be wondering how to get to this discreet country, right? First, you need to know that there is no direct flight there. Therefore, to visit Estonia you will have to make connections with nearby capitals, such as Stockholm, Moscow, Copenhagen, and others. Another alternative is to take the bus trip from Saint Petersburg, Russia, lasting 8 hours. You can visit even by sea, via ferries connecting the capital Tallinn to cities such as Stockholm (Sweden) and Helsinki (Finland). Once you get there, there will be no shortage of options to enjoy Estonia a lot.
What to do in Estonia
Let us start with Estonia’s capital, which is pure history and culture. The 13th century city has many bridges, castles, ruins, walls and towers. The most famous places in the city are – Estonian Maritime Museum, Epping Tower, Masters Courtyard, City Hall Square, Church of St. Nicholas, etc.
Another city worth visiting is Haapsalu, which is located on the Baltic Sea on the west coast of Estonia. In addition to the rich architecture, we also have beautiful and enchanting beaches. Be sure to take a walk through the city. You will contemplate beautiful wooden houses, countless houses by the sea that enchant. Still, you can enjoy yourself in a cafe or restaurant of excellent quality.
It is so close to the neighboring country that you can have a panoramic view of Russia, in some points of Narva, amazing is not it. In addition, there is one of the most admirable viewpoints in Estonia: Narva Castle, built in the 13th century on the banks of the city’s eponymous river. On the other side of the shore, we find the Fortress.
Kuressaare is home to great architectural value, vast green areas and monumental castles. It is worth visiting the Kuressaare Castle, where the Saaremaa Regional Museum and the City Hall are located, where you will find much of the Baroque and Classical style. In addition to all this, there are still many spas and cozy hotels there.
Facts about Estonia
By law, pedestrians and cyclists must use safety reflectors. Public transport has been free for Estonians. Internet and Wi-Fi are available nationwide. Tallinn is the preserved medieval city in the world. The country has very small cities. It is considered the least religious country in the world.