Estonia Quick Guide

The Estonia travel guide is full of interesting information, advice and attractions that will delight and inspire you. You can visit this small country in the Baltic Sea on one of its two peninsular islands. You can enjoy a relaxed holiday or an active one, depending on your interests.

Here you can enjoy a cruise around its islands, experience its architecture, shop for unique souvenirs, and take part in thrilling water sports such as snorkeling and wind surfing. If you are looking for outdoor activities in order to relax, then try hiking, biking or rock climbing. Also, don't miss the tulips and other flower gardens featured in every picture and every day of the year. The flower garden of Tallinn is open to visitors all the year round. This is also the perfect time to visit the beautiful pebble beach that makes up the city's western coast.

Shopping is a must in every tourist destination. In Tallinn you can enjoy both traditional and modern shopping experiences. If you are a lover of fine art and antiques, then you will certainly enjoy antique shops and museums. There are also a lot of beautiful and attractive furniture stores in the capital of Tallinn, where you can choose a piece of furniture that will fit in perfectly with your home or apartment.

You can also enjoy the cinema. Tallinn has more than 40 movie theatres and a great number of highly acclaimed cinema halls. The Tallinn Film Centre is a favourite tourist destination. Here you can watch award-winning films, family movies, documentaries, comedy shows and more.

If you are more interested in culture, then a visit to the National Museum of Estonia is a must. Here you can see a complete collection of paintings and sculptures by Eero Aarnio, Estonia's foremost modern artist. In addition to that, you can also learn about the life and works of Estonia's greatest poet, Estonia Sveetelli.

You can also participate in a range of cultural events in Tallinn. One such event is an annual programme of street shopping. Here you can find unique items including traditional national dishes, local handicrafts, original works of national and international artists and a variety of different goods. The street shopping is not limited to the area around the capital but includes other cities like Horseshoe and Tartu.

If you are a lover of nature then you should definitely see Estonia's Lapland region. Here you will find the splendid landscapes of birch-lined meadows and fields awash in flowers. There are also beautiful beaches and picturesque fishing harbours. Nature lovers will enjoy the numerous summer festivals held in Lapland including the popular 'Estonian summer' festival.

If you are planning a visit to Estonia or plan to spend more time in Tallinn then the best thing you can do is to book a package tour. These tours generally include a guide to take you through all the tourist attractions. They usually run between two and four day tours. You get to see the sights, try out some eating establishments and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Estonia. Many of these package tours also include accommodation in hotels. But the best thing about them is that they provide for all your needs and ensure that you explore all the tourist attractions in Estonia without any problems.

You can always opt for a bus tour which covers most of the tourist attractions in Estonia. The buses have well-planned stops so that you do not get tired to see so many places. These buses also offer tourists with free sightseeing. But be careful while deciding on a bus tour operator, make sure that he or she is not a fraud.

If you are looking for more adventure in Estonia, then you should go sailing. Sailing on the Tallinn ship is an amazing experience in itself. It has been around since 17 Baltics and it is one of the oldest sailing boats still operating in the area. You can also hire a driver who can take you around the various tourist attractions in Tallinn.

The Tallinn city is also an exciting place to visit and there are many different interesting buildings and monuments here. There are also many museums in this city that house important historical documents of the country. The Bureaus of Entrepreneurs and Specializations are some of the best tourist attractions in the country. There are also several theaters and clubs here, where you can enjoy the performances of local artists and bands.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Estonia are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

May through to the end of August is the best time to visit Estonia if you want to make the most of its Baltic beaches, inland lakes and offshore islands. Winter has a magical charm of its own though, with fairytale forests covered in snow.

Do I need a Visa?

If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don't need a visa to enter Estonia. If you're planning a stay of longer than 3 months contact the Estonian Embassy if you have further questions.

See which forms you may need for entry into Estonia.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Estonia is the Euro (EUR). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Estonia you can grab amazing Euro deals via (GBP to EUR).

What about the wildlife?

Roe deer is the most numerous of large mammals in Estonia (more than 55,000). European hare and mountain hare occupy the second place as to numerousness. There are more than 20,000 animals of both species. Wild boar, moose and brown bear are also characteristic of Estonian forests.

What is the traditional food?

Estonian food? Verivorst is a traditional Estonian blood sausage and the country's national dish. It is a typical winter meal, usually served during the Christmas festivities, when piles of verivorst sausages are roasted together with potatoes and pork. The sausage consists of barley, onions, allspice, marjoram, and blood.

What Languages are spoken?

Standard Estonian is the official language of Estonia. You can learn some basic Estonian before you travel to Estonia and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Estonia is the Euro (Tipping in Estonia operates on a very casual basis so you are unlikely to cause offence by not tipping enough or at all. However, if you have been satisfied with the service you received in a restaurant, it is customary to tip around 10% on top of the bill.).

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