Estonia Travel Guides for Backpackers

Viljandi – perfect place for a half-day trip in Estonia

Estonia isn’t the most popular tourist destination. Mostly it’s associated only with its capital – Tallinn, treated as a short gateway destination from Finland, or just skipped as not worth visiting (too small? too expensive?). As someone who loves such small, charming countries, not overwhelmed with tourists, I’ve never understood why people are surprised finding them on someones bucketlist. My visit to Estonia was connected with a short student exchange – summer internship, taking place in of the pharmacies in Tartu in 2016. Although it was a short trip (only 2 weeks), thanks to the country’s small size, I had […]
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Tallinn’s Top 5 Instagram Hotspots

It is midday on a Thursday. I should be wolfing down a quick lunch while scrolling through my friends’ Instagram posts, with a heavy sigh of holiday envy. Not today. Today I am in the fairy-tale land that is Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn. When I told my friends of my latest travel plans, they all looked at me blankly and asked “Where’s that?”, so naturally I have made it my mission to show them what they are missing out on. Do you go for the quirky angle? The artsy filter? Whatever your style, you are sure to find something worth […]
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Hiiumaa: A hidden paradise in the Baltic sea

When talking about Estonia then most people instantly think of Tallinn the capital city with its medieval old town and funky vibes. But Estonia is known to have more than 1500 islands. Yes, that’s right! And even though most of these islands are small and no one lives there, we can find ones which are in fact inhabited but still offer peace, quiet and wilderness. One paradise island amongst the others is Hiiumaa with its 11000 habitants. Most of them live in the capital Kärdla which has schools, small shopping centres and supermarkets, as well as libraries and cinema that […]
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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 […]
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Tartu: guide from a former student

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 […]
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5 things you can not miss while in Tallinn

Here I present you an extraordinary guide that's going to make your stay in Tallinn the best trip you've ever had in your life entire life. Here we go! STEP 1: GETTING AROUND WITH THE VERY SPECIAL GUIDED TOUR I've never been much of a sightseeing lover even despite my interest in history and arts and I believe the big part of you isn't one as well. We all though feel quite ashamed not doing a proper sightseeing, especially when in Europe where in each city there's probably more museums than grocery shops including those located in a room on […]
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Tallinn: A Medieval Journey

Walking into medieval times Spend your time within the old town walls and go back to medieval times. When walking into Tallin, through it's old old town walls, you truly feel like you are walking straight into the Middle Ages. There are a lot of small streets and alleys that look really magical. On the town square, there is a pharmacy which dates back from 1422. I believe that this pharmacy is still in the same family as it was back then. In here, you get to see what kind of medicine they have sold over time. The pharmacy is still […]
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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. As […]
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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. Estonia is the most northern of the Baltic States with great views for all. You can spend the day on the rocky beaches or hike into the old-growth forests. Not a popular destination for many Americans, but it should be! I arrived there in […]
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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). Capital of Estonia is Tallinn, it is also the biggest city. The population in Tallinn is  around 441000. (Yeah it is a small city compared to most of the cities in the world). Population of Estonia is just over 1,3 million. :) Official language is Estonian, which is very […]
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Tallin – the medieval pearl of Baltics

Baltic states consists of three countries – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Tallin, the capital city of Estonia, lays on the North of the country, near the Gulf of Finland. Filled with testimonies from middle ages, alluring parks and great shopping and business centres, Tallin is a mixture of a little bit of everything, that makes this place suitable for all kinds of travellers and various types of holidays.  Tallin Old City – nuts, munks and Fat Margaret Right – with nuts I mean nuts, almonds with different tastes  -chilli, cinnamon, orange, cherry… Those are traditional nuts for Tallin, which were […]
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Tallinn: A Virtual Tour of the Old Town

Why Tallinn? 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. To be absolutely honest, when my roommate suggested Tallinn as one of the 8 cities on our Euro-trip list, I wasn’t too excited. Not only did I not know of this city- but […]
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