Top 10 Things to do in Estonia

July 22, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Estonia from Europe region, is best know for Neighborhoods. Discover best things to do in Estonia with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Tallinn Old Town

City Center, Tallinn, Estonia +372 5807 4704
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Tallinn Old Town

This jumble of 14th- and 15th-century architecture with its medieval walls, needling spires and twisting, cobblestone streets is also the site of many of the city's important historic attractions and museums including the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, St. Catherine's Guild and the 15th-century Guildhall that now houses the History Museum.

Reviewed By Dairybrook - Houston, Texas

Our second trip to TLL and the Old Town and we've enjoyed them both tremendously. Character actors dressed for medieval Europe by various stores are approachable and answer questions. Lots of interesting history scattered throughout, plus there are apartments and shops and restaurants everywhere. Enough remains of the original city that you can feel like you get a taste of what it may have been like.

2. AHHAA Science Centre

Sadama 1, Tartu 51004, Estonia +372 745 6789
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4.5 based on 429 reviews

AHHAA Science Centre

Science Centre AHHAA is a science theme park for families. We are is the biggest science centre in Estonia and the Baltic states, located in Tartu. The main purpose of AHHAA is promoting science, technology and the scientific approach to solve common disadvantages. AHHAA is open 363 days a year, which means you're always welcome to visit us!

Reviewed By Mikael F - Vantaa, Finland

Science Centre AHHAA is the biggest science center in Estonia and the Baltic states. It offers science, adventure and useful skills. The majority of the exhibits are 'hands-on'. So you can try everything yourself.
Although it is intended for children, adults can also have fun and learn new things. For example, there was an anatomy exhibition which was more for adults than small kids.

3. Lahemaa National Park

Viitna | Laane-Virumaa, Vihula 2128, Estonia +372 329 5555
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Lahemaa National Park

Reviewed By Jellybellydancer - Burscough, United Kingdom

Lahemaa is Estonia's largest national park and includes coastline, forest, peat bogs and large Ice Age boulders. An hour away by car, it makes a perfect day trip from Tallinn, although you easily spend much longer exploring.
We started our visit at the national park visitor centre at Palmse Manor. Although small, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and small maps were available to buy with all the main sights clearly marked. There were interesting displays about the area, but most of the descriptions were only in Estonian so we did't stay long.
The manor looked very impressive from the outside, but we'd been advised that it took a few hours to explore, time we unfortunately didn't have, so we admired it from afar and carried on.
Our next stop was Kasmu, on the coast. We drove to the end of the road, parked up and joined the start of the Kasmu Nature and Culture Trail. It was clearly signposted with plenty of information about the area. We were particularly interested in the erratic boulders which are randomly scattered everywhere.
We had a very tasty lunch at a little cafe that was signposted from the main road in Kasmu before continuing to Tammispea to see an even bigger boulder that's hidden in the forest there. At nearly 8m high, it is very impressive.
As we headed back towards Tallinn on E20, we took a slight detour to follow the Viru Bog Nature Trail, a boardwalk across the peat bog. A nice gentle walk that passed a viewing platform; well worth climbing up for a fantastic view of the area.
Our final stop was Jagala waterfall, not strictly in Lahemaa, but at 8m tall, well worth a visit.
There was so much more that we could have done, but it was lovely to get out of the city and explore some of Estonia's natural charms.

4. Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Lossihoov 1, Saaremaa 93815, Estonia +372 455 4463
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4.5 based on 190 reviews

Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

Reviewed By rfortey - Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

A most remarkalbe medieval survivor, possibly the best preserved castle of this type on the Baltic, and perfectly set against the sea.

5. Oru Park

Mere puiestee 10, Toila 41702, Estonia
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5 based on 81 reviews

Oru Park

The Oru Park and grand palace in the beautiful valley of the Puhajogi River was built by Grigori Jelissejev – one of the wealthiest men in 19th century Russia. In 1935, three industrialists bought the palace and park and presented it to President Pats for his summer residence. The palace was totally destroyed during the Second World War. Today you can walk in the well-marked and well-maintained park, look at various species of trees and shrubs, explore the Silver Spring Cave, as well as enoy the sea view and the sunset from the petrel nest. Interesting fact: the Oru Park Promenade organized annually in August has become a tradition.

Reviewed By Malinka E - Ireland

Once been a park to prosperous Manor of rich Russian owner, long before Revolution of 1917 in Russia, the Park nowadays still keeps its 19th century spirit. Enormous century-old trees, restored castle facilities (but not the castle itself unfortunately - it was ruined down during WW2), good gardening job, a lot of flowers. Walking through the park along the roads, you can get to the pebbly beach and enjoy the seaside.

6. Rakvere Castle

Vallimagi, Rakvere 44307, Estonia +372 5333 8160
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Rakvere Castle

Medieval adventure! If you come to visit us you will arrive to the 16th century! We have a thematic park where children and grownups can enjoy the day, wear knight and warrior clothes, play games and study the life of medieval people. One of the main reasons to come and visit Rakvere Castle are the Chambers. Torture Chamber, Chamber of Death and HELL. Worth of visit is also Red Lights street, Medieval Brothel, Barber shop and Alchemic room. Quests are welcoming also different animals and the gloriest of them al is a Donkey called Mickens!

Reviewed By Jaana J

Was surprised to see a lot of effort put in the area: a medieval fair with people dressed up as medieval people and you were allowed to climb and go almost everywhere. However, the minus comes from listening all of the explanations (e.g. torture chamber) in Estonian but not even available in English - which is weird since the entrance fee is relatively high for locals. Our Finnish skills helped us to say on board with the info but I can only imagine what the other nationalities were getting out of it.

7. Narva Castle

Peterburi mnt 2, Narva 20308, Estonia +372 359 9230
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4.5 based on 237 reviews

Narva Castle

The Narva Castle is one of the main attractions of the city. In the seventh decade of the 13th century, the Danes established a castle as a residence for the Danish King’s vice-Regent. The Narva Castle is the most diverse and best preserved defence structure in Estonia. The area of the castle is 3.2 hectares, and the highest point is the Tall Hermann Tower (51 metres). Today you can visit the museum in the castle, were the displays explain the history of Narva and the castle. There are handicraft workshops in the northern courtyard, where you can try your hand at various techniques and handicrafts.

Reviewed By EeroE - Helsinki, Finland

The Narva Castle and its bastions have been a huge fortification and are still avesome. The fortress has been at the forefront of the East/West border for centuries, and still is!
The first castle was built in the 13th century and gradually strengtened by the Livonian Order and the swedes, as the area changed hands during the times. Sweden expanded the castle with a ring of bastions to a formidable defence system. During russian rule the town wall was demolished.
The fortress was badly damaged during the second WW and rebuilt by the soviets. It was not accepted to the Unesco world heritage, as the reconstructed castle is too much chaged.
The Narva fortress and the russian Ivangorod castle look at each other across the Narva river as they have done during 500 years. The border bridge from Estonia to Russia crosses the river beneath both fortresses. The estonian side riverbank has been recently nicely renovated (with EU support) to enable a walking tour along the water.

8. Prison Escape

Sillutise 1, Parnu 80013, Estonia +372 5552 8376
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5 based on 60 reviews

Prison Escape

In 2007 a actual prison in Parnu was closed. Now it's reopened as the biggest escape rooms complex in Scandinavia. Are you capable to escape from an actual prison?

Reviewed By Harli K

From the moment you walk in from those gates, the game manager is deep in his/her role and everything seems so real, which makes the game a lot more exciting, enjoyable and interesting. There's not just one room you have to escape from but rather...MoreThank you, Harli, for the detailed feedback. We´re glad you liked it! :)

9. Saaremaa Museum

Lossihoov 1, Kuressaare, Saaremaa 93815, Estonia +372 455 4463
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Saaremaa Museum

Reviewed By Film G - Aurora

The castle was in much disrepair, but has been carefully restored. There is not much historic stuff like medieval swords, but the exhibits on the Soviet occupation and late 1800s and establishment of Estonian independence are very good, with some (not all) in English. Simply a Must Visit place. Be sure to walk around the ramparts.

10. Tartu Toy Museum

Lutsu 8, Tartu 51006, Estonia +372 746 1777
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5 based on 123 reviews

Tartu Toy Museum

Located in an old wooden building in the heart of Tartu’s Old Town, the Toy Museum transports its adult visitors back to their most joyous childhood days and offers children plenty to see and do. The permanent exhibit displays toys that children in Estonia have played with throughout the ages. The display also includes artist-made dolls, souvenir dolls from around the globe and traditional Finno-Ugric toys. The museum has play and workshop rooms, and the exhibit rooms also offer plenty to keep one busy. Alternating exhibits and children’s activities are organized at the museum. In Theatre House there is a theatre stage, Children’s Studio, and theatre puppets museum. Theatre House is a unique theatre which gets its inspiration from the Toy Museum, childhood, games and memories.

Reviewed By Alenka N - Tallinn, Estonia

Very-very nice museum with lots to see and pleasantly nostalgic items exhibited. Many rooms, plan for an hour visit. Price was 5€ per adult, but offers discounts for students and seniors. There's a large kids playroom there. Definitely worth a visit.

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