City Guides - Estonia
Find interesting places to go, entertaining things to do and a bunch of surprises in this Estonian city guide section.
Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and an ideal holiday destination if you want to combine the comforts of modern world, versatile nightlife and luxurious adventures with rich cultural scene in the local historical setting.
The university city of Tartu sits on the Emajõgi river. The large student population and wealth of museums means that the city is always alive with interesting and new events to entertain you.
The Hermann Fortress, which looks across the Narva River to the Russian castle on the other side, is the best-preserved castle in Estonia. Narva is largely populated by Russian language speakers and the city has fine examples of Soviet architecture.
Pärnu is a historical beautiful resort seaside city with a small harbour in the South-Western part of Estonia. White sandy beaches, shallow waters, rich cultural scene and numerous cafés, restaurants and nightclubs – there is plenty to see and do.
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.
Rakvere is close to the north coast and Lahemaa National Park.
It is dominated by a medieval castle and by a giant statue of 'Tarvas' the bull. It's a small, attractive and developing city and hosts a growing number of art events.
Haapsalu is a major seaside resort famous for its range of spa hotels and fine beach. The old town is popular too and Haapsalu Castle, haunted by a white lady, hosts many events including various music festivals.
A small city it might be but in winter, hilly Otepää is the winter capital of Estonia and attracts skiers, snowboarders, snowmobile riders, snow tubers and sledgers from all over Estonia and beyond.
Kärdla is the only town in Hiiumaa, located in the north-eastern coast of the island. Known for it’s cosy islander atmosphere, Kärdla is a lovely destination for laid back travellers.
Valga is the southern-most town in Estonia and despite its small size, the town straddles two countries. So it has two languages, two currencies and two cultures. Valga also has a rich history and a versatile cultural scene. Valga town is a pearl waiting to be discovered.
Kuressaare is the only town on Estonia’s largest island Saaremaa. It offers visitors a medieval fortress, cosy cafés, a rich cultural scene, plenty of spa and wellness centres, a unique island atmosphere and it has beautiful beaches: in fact, it’s an ideal destination for a laid back holiday!
The hilly landscape of South Estonia has shaped the little town of Võru. Võru is known for its settle wooden architecture, beautiful lake beach promenade, unique dialect and sports centres and is a beloved destination among nature and sports lovers.
Paide town is located right in the centre of Estonia, earning it the nickname of “the Heart of Estonia”. A long historic background, beautiful surroundings, a colourful fair and festival life and an unique relationship with the limestone – come and experience the cosy feel of Paide.
The small town of Jõgeva town is located on the eastern side of Middle-Estonia. You won’t find large buildings or breathtaking architecture here, but an overwhelming sense of togetherness and plenty of cultural events, the majority of them geared towards younger people.
The small town of Põlva is the county centre of Põlvamaa. It is known for its versatile and unspoilt nature, unique landscapes and plenty of wildlife, both local and visiting camping enthusiasts enjoy the scenery alike.
The small town of Rapla has only around 10 000 inhabitants and is a rural idyll. You won’t be greeted with crowds and noise, but for those looking for a quiet holiday with culture and beautiful nature, Rapla has a lot to offer.
Põltsamaa, the centre of Estonia’s wine-making industry, is famous for its parks, its island of roses and its red church tower. Come and discover the jewel in the crown of central Estonia for yourself!
An historical crossroads of transport routes, Jõhvi today is the cultural heart of the region, enchanting visitors with its lovely churches, multicultural atmosphere and festivals. Nearby you will find some dazzling natural sites, and you can also unearth the secrets of oil shale mining.