Just as it is something straight out of a fairytale in summer it is beautiful in the wintertime as well. Estonia is beautiful and definitely a must-see travel destination for your travel bucket list. It offers picturesque buildings and architecture as well as stunning photo opportunities everywhere. It is definitely worth a visit and definitely one of the world’s best travel destinations in Europe.
Situated near Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, and Denmark, with Latvia only a stone through away, it is a fabulous stop to add to your travel itinerary. Bordering the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland as well as Latvia and Russia, the people here does not only speak English but also Finnish, German, and Swedish. Furthermore, Estonia includes more than 1,500 islands, and you might find some pretty special beaches and lakes to explore.
Getting to Estonia, you might want to fly direct to the capital of Tallinn.
Tallinn Airport – TLL (also called “Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport” or “Ülemiste Airport”) has many bus and taxi options as transport. However, do check with your hotel if they offer airport transfers. If not, you might want to book a private transfer or get a car hire, as some taxis can be quite expensive (especially for tourists).
Port of Tallinn is also the stop for many of the big Cruise ships. You can book a ready-made cruise holiday on a beautiful ship and enjoy the view.
There are 2 ferry routes operating between Estonia and Sweden. You can travel easily between Tallinn and Stockholm while enjoying the fabulous scenery. There are also ferries from Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn Port.
Traveling from the USA? Arrange travel insurance for your trip.
Domestic bus schedules: Tpilet.ee for updated info and prices
When traveling by bus, you need an Ühiskaart: this is a smart card where you can load money to buy tickets. (Available in R-Kiosks). These cards work on the trams, buses and trolleybuses and when you leave Tallinn, you can return your card and get your deposit back. The tram and busses cover the whole of the city center.
The Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti Vabariik) is a pretty special place filled with museums, castles, beautiful churches, hilltop fortresses and in Tallinn, you’ll find the beautifully preserved ‘Old Town’.
In my opinion, the ‘Old Town’ in any European destination is always the part that draws me in. If the city has an “Old Town” I’m in: Ready to put my walking shoes on and explore.
And that is exactly what you must do. Put on your walking shoes and explore. The old town can easily be explored on foot. Book a few guided tours and emerge yourself in the history and beautiful architecture, as the historic old town of Tallinn is after all a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can also make use of the ‘hop on hop off busses available within the city.
However booking a guided tour gives you so much more info and insight into the history and legends of the city, that it is definitely worth your money.