Want to explore Estonia off the beaten track? Come and tour in Estonia's untouched nature and take a look at the many cultural treasures yet to be discovered. The following sustainable nature holiday destinations and attractions carry the EDEN label of approval.
EDEN - Estonia's hidden treasures
This vast bog boasts ancient heaths descended from the Ice Age. Visitors can wander through the park on a plank road or by using snowshoes during the winter. In the summer, you can take a scenic river trip in a dugout canoe and even build one on the spot.
The park is a great example of how architectural monuments conform to their natural surroundings. The three neighbouring estates – Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula – introduce you to the life of the 18th-century Baltic German nobles, and provide a great place for a relaxing spa holiday.
The lake area is surrounded by ancient fisherman villages, displaying traditional kaleboats. Võrtsjärv area is known for its pipe music and the place is the home to Estonia's only museum dedicated to local freshwater fishes.
This romantic seaside town and spa resort attracts visitors of all ages who come here for a relaxing city break. The town's beautiful promenade offers picturesque views of the calm sea, while Haapsalu's cosy Old Town hides a range of tasty cafes residing in cute old wooden houses.
Located by the scenic coast of western Estonia, the park offers some great nature views as well as historical landmarks to be explored by the whole family. Matsalu's unique landscape covers beautiful meadows and extensive reed beds and is also a home to many species of animals.
A real pearl of the Nordic landscape, Vilsandi and its 150 small islands is the home for over 30 species of orchids and is a great place for seal and bird watching. Curious visitors can also look for fossils and fossilised corals.
The history of Hiiumaa stretches back 455 million years when the island emerged from a volcanic eruption. These days, the island is most well-known for its lighthouses. Visitors can explore Kõpu, one the oldest continuously working lighthouses in the world.
The shores of Peipsi, fourth largest lake in Europe, is the meeting point for Estonian, Baltic German and Russian Old Believers' traditional cultures. Visitors can enjoy fishing trips on the lake, as well as taste and learn about the local cuisine.
Decorated with terra cotta details, Tartu's St. John's church (Jaani kirik) is considered a prime example of European Gothic architecture. The nearby St. Anthony's Court (Antoniuse Õu) acts as a marketplace where Estonian craftsmen sell a range of goods from pottery to cloth art.
The centre is great for exploring the conditions and life during the Ice Age in Europe. A life-size replica of a mammoth and other creatures from the era are on display as well as information providing insights to the nature of Earth's climate change.
Viljandi is an ancient hilly city in South Estonia topped by impressive ruins of a once-powerful Livonian Order castle. Cobbled streets, ancient oak trees and a beautiful lake conjure up a very special atmosphere.