A Baltic gem but not renowned for warm weather, visiting Estonia in Northern Europe during winter offers intriguing and moody glimpses.
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Lose yourself in Tallinn’s wonderful old town founded in the 11th century, with 13th century buildings steeped in Medieval history, glorious architecture, cosy inviting pastry shops, and numerous restaurants.
Spend days just wandering around in the cobbled streets stumbling across ancient buildings, which is a contrast to the modern areas of Tallinn.
Check the little pharmacy shop that dates back to 1422 and is the oldest continuing-running pharmacy in Europe. Wander to the Photo Museum housed in the Town Council’s former prison with a 14th-century stone spiral stairwell.
2. Kuressaare – Saaremaa Island
Kuressaare is the westernmost town in Estonia on the island of Saaremaa, which is renowned as the largest island in Estonia – remote Saaremaa Island is not on the tourist route.
Saaremaa’s territory has been inhabited for about eight thousand years. In the past, the people of Saaremaa have been ruled by Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Russia, so, have seen many battles.
Leave half a day to visit the lovely stone Episcopal Castle, built at the end of the 13th century, containing labyrinths of corridors, stairs, chambers, and small rooms. The beginning of the 20th century restored the castle as a Saaremaa Knighthood residence.
3. Angla – Saaremaa Island
The tiny village of Angla is around 55 minutes from Kuresaare and is famous for its wooden windmills built at the beginning of the 20th century.
Picturesque to photograph, the windmills are a part of the Angla Heritage Culture Centre, which hosts differing workshops, although not during the winter months as everything was closed.
Around 186 kilometres southeast of Tallinn and lying along the Emajõgi (Mother River) connecting the two largest lakes of Estonia, Tartu is the centre of southern Estonia.
The first permanent settlement on the site of modern Tartu dates to as early as the 5th century. By the 7th century, local inhabitants built a wooden fortification on the east side of Toome Hill (Toomemägi). A university town, English is widely spoken in Tartu.
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Would you like to see more photos of Estonia or read more about the three weeks of independent travelling in Estonia? Check out these posts on Estonia for free travel tips. Wintery and bitterly cold but a wonderful country to visit and lovely hospitable locals.
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