Best Places for Backpackers in Estonia.

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STEP 2: DISCOVER THE LOCAL ESTONIAN TRADITION

There are two extremely joyful, communicative and knowledgeable students from the local University who’ll walk you around and provide you the real local experience. STEP 2: DISCOVER THE LOCAL ESTONIAN TRADITION

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The joys of river Emajõgi

I spent three and a half years living in Tartu during my studies at the University of Tartu and found countless places that I still like to visit every time I manage to make my way back there. This article gives a brief overview and some useful links regarding my favorite spots and activities. How to get around? Walk, walk, walk! The first thing you should probably know about Tartu is that it is very pedestrian friendly. Most places of interest are at your arm’s length and in fact, a lot of the streets are one-way, making it not the easiest city to navigate by car (I still struggle sometimes). Renting a bike makes sense only if you need to go to the edge or out of the city as the center has quite many hills and you would probably end up pushing the bike, not riding it. One day is quite enough to walk all around town and see most of the sites worth seeing. What to do? The joys of river Emajõgi The city is divided into two by one of the biggest rivers in Estonia – Emajõgi. There are seven bridges crossing it and some of them are for pedestrians only. You may come across fishermen and boats offering a little trip on the river for a small fee. The most famous vessel in Tartu is a barge called “Jõmmu” and it takes people on different types of trips such as stargazing, sailing or trips for listening to bird songs. The schedule can be found on their website and the season lasts from April to November. The river is usually frozen during the rest of the year. If you follow the river in the opposite direction of which it is running, you will quickly find yourself walking out of town and straight into nature. You will find beaches, picnic tables, benches, volleyball fields, running tracks and more. Botanical Gardens I would also suggest walking through the Botanical Gardens of the University of Tartu. The outside area is free for all visitors and if you are lucky, you may even find a concert happening there. You can walk on many small paths, sit down to read a book in the beautiful surroundings or stop on the little bridge to watch fish, ducks, and swans. The greenhouses can be visited for a small entrance fee.

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Overview of Tallinn

Estonia is a small country which is located in Northern Europe in the Baltic Region. It has borders with Latvia from the South, Russia from the East, Finland from the North and Sweden from the West (Finland and Sweden are across the Gulf of Finland and Baltic Sea).

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Tallinn: A Virtual Tour of the Old Town

Most people these days are so obsessed with cities like Paris, London or New York, that traditional and beautiful cities are often forgotten. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia – a country in the European Union, located to the south of Finland and to the north of Latvia. I was in Tallinn only for 1.5 days and I honestly wish I could spend much more time there.

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A short roadtrip through Estonia: Viljandi, Taagepera and Pärnu

Most tourists who visit Estonia, usually stay in or around Tallinn, and even though Tallinn is a beautiful city, they miss the chance of seeing our small towns, villages and beautiful nature. So, when we had to drive someone to Taagepera on the other side of Estonia, I saw it as a great opportunity for a short road-trip through my country. Because the distances between towns in Estonia aren’t long, I did the whole trip in a day and was back in Tallinn the same night. But of course, you can choose to spend a night (or few) in any of those places and take as long as you want. I started my trip in the morning from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and started driving towards our first stop, Viljandi. The drive to Viljandi takes about 2 hours or a bit less, depending on the road you choose to take. If you have some extra time and you wish to see more of Estonia, you can also make a stop in Paide or Türi, which are both towns situated in the center of Estonia. The drive itself is very scenic too – the nature varies a lot from season to season. In summer you can see a lot of beautiful green forests and yellow rapeseed fields. In winter all the trees and fields are white and covered with snow. On your way, you will also pass through plenty of cute small villages and if you have more time, you can explore, look around and discover some old churches and manors.

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Naissaar Island: Kingdom of Sand and Mines

Have you ever dreamed of the place where you could hide from the world, yet still have a city life at your fingertips? I bet you have, and I have a good news for you. You don’t have to climb the mountains, neither you have to walk the long hours in the rainforest to find such a place. All you have to do is to hop onto car, bus, or even a plane, come to the Estonia capital Tallin, and let the boat take you to Naissaar island. After an hour on the sea, you will find yourself in a completely different world, in the world of pines, tides and sand.

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Tallinn - a gem on the Baltic shore

However you arrive to Tallinn, whether it is a ferry from Helsinki or Stockholm or a plane from somewhere Central or Western Europe, you will find surprises everywhere in here. Firstly – the capital of Estonia – Tallinn – is small. Well, compared to many other metropolitan areas in the world. The port is just 10 minute walk from the city center and the airport is not further either – only 15 minutes by bus. But it’s smallness doesn’t mean it is an uninteresting place. Tallinn, I have found, is a perfect blend of the old and the new.

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Estonia- The Northernmost Balkan State

If you want to start traveling in Europe but don’t want to deal with the expensive prices of Western Europe, why not take a trip to the Baltics? Estonia has some great history, party spots, eateries, and points of interest. Your money will really go a long way once you get to Eastern Europe, especially for Americans.

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Tallinn: A Virtual Tour of the Old Town

Most people these days are so obsessed with cities like Paris, London or New York, that traditional and beautiful cities are often forgotten. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia – a country in the European Union, located to the south of Finland and to the north of Latvia. I was in Tallinn only for 1.5 days and I honestly wish I could spend much more time there.

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Cuisine

Also at this town square, there is a restaurant that is all about giving you the medieval experience. The bowls you get your soup in, the cups you drink your drink from, the clothing of the staff, it’s all in the medieval theme. If you would like to experience this while eating, make sure to visit Olde Hansa. When you sit somewhere and want to eat a small dish, be careful when ordering the garlic bread. It could be that this is not the garlic bread that you think it is. We made this mistake when we were there. It is some sort of deep-fried rye bread. This is also the case in Latvia and Lithuania. There is this really cute café where you can chill and read a book or just relax and listen to music. It’s in one of the town square’s side streets near the old pharmacy. You go down a few steps when you enter and they have nice furniture to chill on. You can choose from a lot of different flavours of tea if you’re into that, there also are a lot of chocolaty treats to choose from. The café is called KehrWieder. At some places in town, there are stands with people selling Estonian nuts. They have about three flavours to choose from. Personally, I really like them. They let you taste them before buying, so definitely do this when you come across one. I bought 3 packs and back home already regretted that I didn’t buy more than that.

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Top 35 hostels in Estonia.

There are 35 awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Estonia.

Karjamaacamping

Karjamaacamping

Karjamaa Camping is located 1,3 km from the center of Pärnu. The local beach is 900 m away from us. We have barbeque facilities and children playground. Free WiFi for our guests. All camping houses have terrace and heating. For free time we have in and outdoor acitivities. Parking is free for gues

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Haaviku Nature Lodge

Haaviku Nature Lodge

Haaviku Nature Lodge is located in Estonia, Tepelvalja village in Lahemaa National Park. Our trademarks are 'nature' and 'privacy'. Three cabins, sauna and summerkitchen are situated on the side of a small river. It is 85 km to Tallinn and 30 km to Rakvere from here. Nearby you can find lot of to

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Projekt-Kodu

Projekt-Kodu

Tucked away in the old growth forest of Lahemaa National Park, Projekt-Kodu Eco-Hostel & Retreat is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Sleep among the flora, sip the crisp air and explore the natural beauty that surrounds us here! We invite you to use and enjoy the incredible sauna, plun

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Terviseks

Terviseks

A Backpackers Bed and Breakfast! Terviseks, found on the main Town Square, is a brand new home away from home for young travellers wanting to experience Tartu and the South of Estonia. You can use our kitchen, relax in our living room and enjoy the view of the town square, freshen up in one of

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Tabinoya Travellers House & Family Apartment

Tabinoya Travellers House & Family Apartment

Tabinoya Travellers House & Family Apartment offers hostel and a private apartment right in the middle of Tallinn old town, 100m away from the town hall square and best restaurants in town. Also we are one of the hostel closest to a hip district Kalamaja and Telliskivi where local people gather.

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The Monk

The Monk's Bunk

*18+ ONLY Do you like to meet other people and do you want to party every night?! Travelling alone or within a group: The Monk’s Bunk is the place for you! Right in the center of town, easy transport links to the bus station / airport and lots of activities. Clean, secure and with friendly sta

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Red Emperor Bar&Hostel

Red Emperor Bar&Hostel

Imagine Tallinn and a bearded Australian. Imagine he creates a hostel with a community, an experience, and an atmosphere bursting with creativity, excitement and fun... Then imagine having a public bar attached to the hostel so you can socialize, drink on the cheap, meet locals as well as other trav

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Kalda Talu Puhkekeskus

Kalda Talu Puhkekeskus

Kalda Farm is a holiday centre located in Iigaste village on the bank of Emajõgi river in Valgamaa county. We are members of 'Eesti Maaturism' - Estonian Rural Tourism - and 'Eesti Noortehostelite Ühendus' - Estonian Youth Hostels Association - and offer accommodation according to their high standar

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Viru Backpackers

Viru Backpackers

Viru Backpackers offers ten private rooms as a peaceful retreat from the tourist hustle. Perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing, designed for those who prefer a chilled, stylish atmosphere and rather party outside. Run by Tallinn Backpackers - voted No.1 Hostel in Estonia 2010, 201

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Euphoria

Euphoria

2 minutes walk from ‘Freedom Square’ next to the old town, center of Tallinn. Euphoria Hostel is known immediately by the colorful graffiti on the front door by infamous Baltic artist SAKI. Quick access to public transport, supermarket and attractions make it a perfect location for your holiday head

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Knight House

Knight House

Don't miss out on the unique chance to sleep in an UNESCO listed historic monument in the center of the Old Town of Tallinn! With only 10 rooms we are cozy, central, and full of character. Located on a quiet street, but still sociable, our staff will do their best to make sure you have a great t

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Hommiku Hostel

Hommiku Hostel

A pleasant and secure place to stay at in the centre of Parnu. The Hommiku Hostel is located near Rtli Street , only 10 metres from 'George', a fast food restaurant and 50 metres from Mirage nightclub. In the hostel opened in 2004 there are: 7 double rooms, 1 rooms for three people in the

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Looming Hostel

Looming Hostel

Looming Hostel is one of the first and only environmentally friendly boutique hostels in Estonia. 'Looming' in Estonian means 'Creation or artwork' - that's why everything is in constant change here. Looming Hostel offers a new artistic style of accommodation in Tartu, close to the train sta

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Rixwell Old Town Hotel

Rixwell Old Town Hotel

The Rixwell Old Town Hotel in Tallinn is the only hotel in town, which is built into the original medieval city wall. The hotel’s 41 comfy rooms offer an authentic taste of the Old Town at a reasonable price. This hotel is located in the heart of Tallinn Old Town’s restaurant, museum and shopping

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Academic Hostel

Academic Hostel offers perfect budget accommodation for students, backpackers and tourists who wish to enjoy an inexpensive but comfortable stay in Tallinn. We have 108 twin rooms (216 beds). Every two rooms share a kitchenette, shower and toilet. We can accommodate individuals, families as well

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Old Town Backpackers

Old Town Backpackers

Tallinn Old Town Backpackers is a small, cozy place for travelers to call home for a short time, to drop their backpacks and recharge their batteries before continuing on their voyage of discovery. The hostel is located in a remodeled 17th to 18th century building. A small hostel, ideal for indiv

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Tallinn Backpackers

Tallinn Backpackers

!!! Voted No.1 Hostel in Estonia hostel for 2013 and 2014 !!! The right choice for individual travelers. Top Old Town location, fun and friendly atmosphere, access to activities organised by our sister hostel, and a chill vibe. Clean, secure, relaxed environment for individual travelers in ad

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Old Town Munkenhof

Old Town Munkenhof

Old Town Munkenhof is situated in the heart of Old Town, Tallinns medieval centre. The guesthouse is 100 meters from the Town Hall Square on a quiet street, which means you are just steps away from the citys best restaurants, cultural attractions and nightlife. We provide quality accommodati

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United Backpackers Hostel

United Backpackers Hostel

United Backpackers hostel is located in Tallinn city centre, right by the Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) and on the verge of famous Tallinn medieval Old Town. Our address is Kaarli puiestee 11 (Kaarli Road 11), easily accessible both by car, bus, as well as by foot. What makes our location tru

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Nooruse Majutus

Nooruse Majutus

Nooruse Majutus offers comfortable family-run accommodations near the sea in Kuressaare, a short walk away from the downtown core and the castle park. The Nooruse Majutus is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and surrounded by ample greenery. Nooruse Majutus is the ideal stopover for vi

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Old Town Alur Hostel

Old Town Alur Hostel

The Old Town Alur Hostel is one of the best located hostels in Tallinn, as it is just around the corner of the Town Hall Square but still in a quiet street. All of our rooms are clean, with comfy beds, free bed linen and all guests get a key for their room. Being the biggest hostel in Tallinn, w

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Welcome Hostel Rotermann

Welcome Hostel Rotermann

Welcome Hostel is a new innovative concept hostel in the center of Tallinn, located in the trendy Rotermann City. The hostel has 26 rooms, most of which are 2-5 person rooms, but there are also larger rooms for groups of 8-11 people. It is possible to buy both private rooms and bed in a room. All ro

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Strangers in the Night

Strangers in the Night

Strangers in the Night / Võõrad Öös, a small, cozy hostel within an 18th century building in the very heart of the Old Town of Pärnu, is the perfect place for travelers wishing to stay close to all main attractions the town has to offer, for the most budget-friendly price. Strangers in the Night

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Fat Margaret

Fat Margaret's

Friendly Fat Margaret's hostel can be found in the very centre of Tallinn. It is located just at the gate of Tallinn's medieval old town - a minute's walk away from the busy port of Tallinn. Fat Margaret's is a perfect place to stay for ones keen on exploring the Historical Tallinn with its narrow

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Dorell Hotel

Dorell Hotel offers 30 rooms of different categories. Dorell is situated in central part of Tallinn, near famous sights like Old Town, Kadriorg Palace, a monument to 'Mermaid' and others. Nearby are shopping centers, banks and many restaurants. The historic part of the city about 1 km to get to it i

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Tartu Student Villa

Tartu Student Villa

Tartu Student Villa near Tartu University main house. Students, individuals, artists, world-travelers, families, small groups max 15 person are welcome. Tartu Student Villa located between city-centre and Festival Arena in an interesting Souptown. Tartu Student Villa have 6 private apartments with a

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Hektor Design Hostel

Hektor Design Hostel

Hektor Design Hostel is a unique option for accommodation in Tartu with special quality in both service & surroundings. In addition to the friendly staff and comfortable newly-renovated premises, the hostel provides multiple options for leasure activities - a sauna, gym, yoga room, communal kitchen,

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Hostel Louna

Hostel Louna

We offer comfortable private rooms with private bathrooms on the ground floor. On the first floor, there are cozy private rooms and dormitory rooms with shared bathroom and a kitchen, where you can prepare coffee and tee and cook your own meals. Private as well as dormitory rooms got a beautif

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Old Tallinn Y Hostel

Old Tallinn Y Hostel

Located in Tallinn’s picturesque Old Town, about 400 m from the Town hall Square, Old Tallinn Y Hostel offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi. All the main tourist attractions are within walking distance. Old Tallinn Y Hostel is a friendly hostel that has an ideal location – right in the heart of t

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Zinc Old Tallinn

Zinc Old Tallinn

Zinc Old Town Hostel is situated in the heart of the Old Town of Tallinn, with a great location next to the main cultural sights, exclusive shopping, fabulous restaurants and night life hot spots only a few steps away. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover the popular Town Hall Square just ar

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Lillekula Hotel

Lillekula Hotel

Lillekula Hotel is situated in a quiet area in the center of Tallinn. We have 28 double or twin rooms and 3 family rooms to choose from. All rooms are provided with WC or shower, TV, telephone and internet connection. Additional beds are possible. Breakfast is included in the room price. Th

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Kohver

Kohver

'Kohver' is a little hostel right in the very heart of Tallinn's center. Run by two locals, it has dorm, twin and double rooms, each with its individual design, new comfortable beds and vintage furniture. Kohver's guests like its renovated historical building and warm atmosphere. Many details ac

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Maria Farm Guesthouse

Maria Farm Guesthouse

The Maria Farm is a wonderful place to enjoy a real, rural idyllic setting. Scenic surroundings offer a variety of opportunities for adventure in the forest, in the ancient bog landscape and on the sea, being a great place to rest as well as for conducting seminars and training courses. The faciliti

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Economy Hotel

Economy Hotel

Economy Hotel is a cozy hotel with very good location and modern-furnished rooms. Varied European and Russian specialities are served in Restaurant Gulfstream. There is a free parking in a closed courtyard for the guests arriving by car. Pets are allowed. Extra charge will apply. Economy Hotel i

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City Hotel Tallinn by Uniquestay

City Hotel Tallinn by Uniquestay

City Hotel Tallinn by Unique Hotels is a fresh new value concept hotel - The hotel is located only 5 minutes walk from Tallinn Old Town comprises of 17 modern single, double and triple rooms all with private bathrooms including wc and designer walk-in showers and floor heating, and free of charge WI

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