Photo: Kaupo Kalda
Estonia boasts more than 1000 castles and manors dating back as far as the 13th century. Once a home to German and Russian landlords, many of these estates now serve as galleries, luxurious spa hotels and gourmet restaurants.
Whilst touring Estonian countryside, visitors encounter elegant and historical architecture in all styles with dominant motifs featuring renaissance, baroque and art nouveau. While many castles and manors have crumbled in time, some have been beautifully restored and remain open to the public.
Many of these architectural landmarks come with their own manicured gardens and feature an art collection inspired by the establishing family of nobles. For their classy, poetic ambience, mansions are also popular wedding venues among the locals.
There is so much more to discover beyond the capital. A day in the nature is a perfect start.
Places of worship are manmade and natural in Estonia, from chapels to cliffs.