The city of Tallinn is not just the capital city of Estonia, but it is also the largest city with a population of just over 400,000 permanent residents. The city is located along the Gulf of Finland coastline. Tallinn is considered to be the oldest capital in the entire European Union.
The city of Pärnu can be found in the southwestern portion of the country, nestled along the shorelines of the Pärnu Bay and along the river which shares its name. Known as the summer capital of Estonia, the city of Pärnu sees many visitors from all over Europe every single year.
The second largest city in Estonia is that of Tartu. Tartu is known by many as being the intellectual center of the nation as a result of the many universities in the city. Tartu is situated southeast of Tallinn, along the banks of the Emajõgi River. Because of the school crowds, there is always something to do in the city.
Located along the Gulf of Riga coastlines, one will find the sleepy city of Kuressaare. The city of Kuressaare is known for the Kuressaare Castle which was built back in the 14th century using lumber and has since been restored on a number of occasions throughout the centuries. The most recent restoration of the castle was back in the mid 1960s.
In the southernmost portion of Estonia you will find the winter capital of the nation; Otepää. The city is a popular winter destination for many people from all over the country. Many visitors make their way to Otepää Castle which is the most popular attraction in the city. Otepää is also home to the FIS Cross-Country World Cup which occurs every year.
Along the western coastlines of Estonia is where you will find the resort town of Haapsalu. The peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of Haapsalu has attracted countless visitors every year. Many insist that Haapsalu is the Baltic Venice. The name itself comes from the many groves of aspen trees located just outside the city limits.
The city of Narva is considered to be the third largest in the country. It is situated along the banks of the Narva River in the easternmost portion of Estonia. The city is known for the picturesque waterfalls and the castle which was built back in the 15th century. The Long Hermann Tower dominates the skyline of Narva.
The small town of Narva-Jõesuu can be found close to the Russian border, nestled snugly along the shores of the Baltic Sea, at the mouth of the Narva River. When it comes to one of the top eco tourism destinations in the whole of Estonia, the town of Narva-Jõesuu is at the top of the list.
In the southern portion of the country, you will find the small city of Viljandi which has grown to become a popular destination hotspot in the country. The town is rich with cultural heritage. The awe inspiring views in and around the town have attracted countless tourists over the years.
Every year, thousands of people make their way in and out of Latvia through the border crossings in Valga. Crossing the borders between the Estonian city of Valga and the Latvian city of Valka has been made easier thanks to the Schengen Agreement. Countless visitors to the country have entered through the city of Valga
In the northwestern part of the country, you will find the small town of Keila. Situated along the Keila River, the city was first established back in the tenth century. However, an earlier prehistoric settlement of the city has been unearthed in the area which has been dated back to 3000 B.C.
Located along the Gulf of Finland coastline in the southern most portion of the country, you will find the city of Sillamäe. Resting along the banks of the Sõtke River, the city has grown to become a very popular destination in Estonia in recent years. The city’s growth was stunted throughout the cold war era as a result of the uranium mining in the city.
The village of Palmse can be found along the edges of the Lahemaa National Park in the northern part of Estonia. The city is known as the home of Baltic royalty and as such, there are quite a few manor houses within the city that has attracted countless visitors every single year. The Palmse Manor is the number one destination in the village.
The tiny village of Martna has less than a thousand residents, but it is none the less a very popular destination in the western portion of the country. Here you will find 18 different manor spread out throughout the village. Many visitors from all over the country make their way to Martna every single year.
The sleepy little town of Koluvere is most well known for being a 13th century water fortress. The castle was home to Russian nobility during the turn of the 20th century. It has survived a number of wars and skirmishes over the centuries and today is a very popular destination in the country.
%0QThe tiny borough of Alatskivi can be found in the eastern border county of Tartu. The number one attraction in Alatskivi is that of the Alatskivi Castle which features some of the finest gothic architecture in the area. Known as a fairy tale castle, Alatskivi Castle has drawn countless visitors to the city every year.
The sleepy village of Kuusemäe can be found in the northern part of Estonia. It is a very popular eco tourism destination in the country and as such has attracted countless individuals each year. If you are looking for a place to become one with nature, than the village of Kuusemäe is the perfect choice.
In the eastern part of Estonia, you will find the small village of Pangodi. The city is the gateway to the Pangodi Nature Reserve which is one of the most popular reserves in the country. There are four different lakes in the nature reserve; the largest of which is that of Pangodi Lake which dominated the vast majority of the area.
Located along the northwestern coastlines of Estonia, where the land is met by the Baltic Sea, you will find the bustling port town of Paldiski. Throughout the years under Russian control, txe town of Paldiski was a naval base. However, today it is one of the more popular destinations in the country.
The town of Abja-Paluoja can be found nestled along the banks of the Halliste River and the lake which feeds the river. The picturesque rural town borders Latvia is a popular stopping point for those passing across the borders between Estonia and Latvia. Countless tourists come to Abja-Paluoja to enjoy the peace and quiet afforded them by the Estonian countryside.
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