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The Great Swedish Tour

1. The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn 2. Noarootsi Church 3. Museum of the Coastal Swedes 4. St Olav’s Church in Vormsi 5. Hill of Crosses 6. Kuressaare Episcopal Castle 7. Swedish St. Michael’s Church

  • 5 days
  • 7 sites
  • 570 km

You can see the influence of the Swedish rule all around Estonia, but this great tour will take you to the regions and islands where the Coastal Swedes used to live. You should check the ferry schedules before setting off.

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Sites along route

The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn

Attraction

The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn (also known as the Dome Church) was first mentioned in records in 1233. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary seven years later. Worthy of attention…

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Noarootsi Church

Attraction

Noarootsi Church in late-Gothic style was built around 1500. You will first notice the Falu red plank roof – the church is one of the three plank-roof churches in Estonia. In the medieval times the…

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Museum of the Coastal Swedes

Attraction

This museum in Haapsalu introduces the thousand-year-old settlements of the coastal Swedes in Estonia. In the house inaugurated by the King of Sweden, you can acquaint yourself with their unique…

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St Olav’s Church in Vormsi

Attraction

Vormsi church which dates back to the 14th century and is the main memento of its history and culture – is located in the centre of the island, in Hullo. The church was unused for a long time after…

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Hill of Crosses

Attraction

The Hill of Crosses is an area on the highway covered with crosses, the development of which is related to the expulsion of the Reigi Swedes in August 1781. Tsarina Catherin II signed an order that…

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Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Attraction

Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, also known as Kuressaare Castle, was built in the 14th century. Today, the Castle houses Saaremaa Museum with its permanent exhibition and sundry temporary exhibitions…

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Swedish St. Michael’s Church

Attraction

The New Almshouse that was built for the city poor became the church for the Swedish congregation after the Great Northern War. The restored church, which was used as a gymnasium during the Soviet…

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