Travel to Estonia – General information

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Estonia is one of the emerging countries in Eastern Europe. The economic problems of the post-socialist period were overcome more quickly than elsewhere.

The small country, with a population roughly the same as Munich, relied on modern information technologies and hit the jackpot. Hardly any other country has more computers and Internet connections per person than Estonia. According to some statistics, Estonia is, along with Slovenia, the richest country in the former socialist states in Eastern Europe. The country also has a lot of nature to offer. The huge forests are reminiscent of Canada and the north of Scandinavia. Nature lovers should definitely include the islands off the coast and the national parks in their travel plans.

Arrival / connections in the country

There are only a few trains to Estonia. There is a daily train connection to Moscow, at least one train to Saint Petersburg and a few trains to and from Latvia and Lithuania. Long-distance and local trains run within the country.

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The majority of public transport in Estonia is carried out by buses. In every major city there is a larger bus station with a ticket office and information. Many bus connections connect the larger cities in particular. Several buses also run daily to the neighboring country of Latvia. Coaches in the Baltics are usually faster and more modern than trains. The many Finnish tourists from nearby Helsinki mainly use the ferries to and from Tallinn. There are also ferry connections to Sweden and Turku (Finland). At least 10 ferries from 4-5 different ferry companies leave Helsinki every day.

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Sights in Estonia

Tallinn: The capital of Estonia and former German Hanseatic city of Reval is, according to many foreign tourists, the most beautiful city in the Baltics. In any case, Tallinn is the most modern city in the region and an important tourist attraction.

Tallinn sometimes seems very Central European

The Finns and the Estonians feel ethnically and linguistically connected. After leaving the Soviet Union, a lot of money quickly flowed from rich Finland into the Estonian economy. This is particularly clear in the cityscape of Tallin. You might think you are in Western Europe. You should definitely take a look at the old town (Vanalinn), which bears witness to German Hanseatic history.

Tartu: Is the oldest city in the Baltic States. It is the second largest city in Estonia. The modern university town is located in the southeast of Estonia and is a lively city with many young people, which also has many old sights to offer.

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Islands in Estonia:  Most tourists visit the island of Saaremaa. The island of Hiumaa, a few kilometers further north in the Baltic Sea, is also very popular. Hiumaa was a restricted military area during the Soviet era. Nature there is therefore less changed than elsewhere. Many rare plant species occur on the islands. Hikers and mostly younger excursionists come to the islands of Estonia.

Explore the historic town of Rakvere with the impressive Rakvere Castle. Explore medieval fortifications, experience historical reenactments, and visit the Tarvas sculptures, symbols of strength and endurance. The Rakvere Knights Castle Museum offers a fascinating journey into the city’s past.

Visit Tartu, an Estonian university town known for its intellectual atmosphere and historic buildings. Stroll through the University of Tartu, stroll through Toumemazi Park and visit the impressive Tartu Cathedral. Immerse yourself in the cultural scene at the Estonian National Museum and experience the lively atmosphere in Tartu’s town square.

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Viljandi, a town known for its annual folk music festival. Explore Viljandi Castle, stroll along the shores of Lake Viljandi, and experience the lively atmosphere of the charming old town.

Visit Narva, a city on Estonia’s eastern border. The Narva River separates Estonia and Russia. Explore the imposing Narva Castle, experience the beauty of Hermann Castle on the Russian side, and experience the unique mix of cultures in this border town.

Estonia information

Residents of Estonia 1.4 Million
Area of Estonia 45.000 km²
Inhabitants / km² 31 (sparsely populated, many large forests)
Capital of Estonia Tallinn (former German name: Reval)
Language Estonian (official), Russian
religion Evangelical – the majority have left the church
Currency Estonia Euro
gross domestic product 28,000 euros / inhabitant (one of the richest Eastern European countries)

No, an ID card is sufficient, Estonia is an EU member

Area code of Germany 00372
Internet addresses .ee
Vehicle license plate EST

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