The main attractions of the cities of Estonia: Tartu, pärnu and other
Estonia – a small area of 45 000 square kilometers, the state is on the coast of the Baltic sea.
The architecture of Estonian cities is associated with medieval Europe, but there are all the necessary facilities for the modern traveler, the hotels and resorts of different levels, developed infrastructure, vibrant nightlife.
Estonia is famous for its forests and lakes, beautiful landscapes. Every year the country hosts a number of interesting cultural and historical festivals, regular concerts and exhibitions.
Convenient public transport, a fairly easy visa, no language barrier makes it extremely attractive to all categories of tourists.
What to see?
Tallinn – capital of Estonia and one of the oldest cities in the country, founded in the middle of the XII century.
The oldest area is Old town included in the UNESCO list. The appearance of its streets, it seemed, had not changed since the middle ages.
Inside the Old city are located most of the monuments of history and architecture of Tallinn, town hall, Catholic Church of St. Nicholas, St. Olaf's and the Holy spirit, the Cathedral and Dominican convent and the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Church of St. Nicholas.
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In the shops of the Old town you can buy things in the ethnographic style and original works of the famous Estonian artists. As gifts you can buy various knitted items, linen, leather, stone and wood, kitchen utensils from juniper.
In the centre of Tallinn is the Rotermann quarter is the cultural and business centre with outstanding architecture. Nearby is the Estonian ethnographic Museum under the open sky.
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Tartu – the oldest and the second by population city in Estonia. Its original name – St. George, later the city was called Dorpat. Here is one of the oldest in Europe University of Tartu.
Of the attractions of Tartu note: the Toomemägi hill where there are ruins of the Cathedral of Peter and Paul, Tartu Observatory and the Old Anatomicum; town Hall square and fountain "the Kissing students", Janowska Church, "a falling" house, Angel and devil's bridges, the Botanical garden and the courtyard of St. Anthony.
To visit all 20 of the city's museums not everyone, but certainly worth a look in Tartu citizen Museum of the XIX century, the house Museum of Oskar Luts, the KGB cells Museum, science adventure center AHHAA.
Don't forget to also make time for fun in the water Park Aura Keskus.
Pärnu – the resort town, known in this capacity since the nineteenth century. The story starts in the city since 1251. Since 1996 unofficially recognized as the summer capital of Estonia.
There is a wide variety of festivals, the most famous being the festival David Oistrakh, beach festival Bacardi Feeling and Hanseatic days.
As a health resort pärnu is known since the nineteenth century. Here are some of the best in the Baltic water and mud baths, Spa hotels.
It also has its own yacht club - it was founded in 1906. For lovers of active rest the variety of water sports.
Narva – the third largest city in Estonia. The city is situated on the border of two countries: the Narva river separates the medieval castle in Estonia and to Ivangorod fortress in Russia.
In Narva annually organizes various events inside the castle and beyond. The most famous international music festival. Mravinsky, the Days of Narva Historical festival.
To the North is the resort area of Narva-Eyes, popular among the Russian nobility since the late nineteenth century.
The history of Haapsalu began in the XI century. In 1279, the city became the main residence of the ozel-Vinskogo Bishop's remains to her in the next three centuries.
Haapsalu is considered one of the main beach resort in Estonia. Great beaches, Spa treatments with healing mud andthermal waters attract large number of tourists.
One of the beaches in Haapsalu has been called "the African" ("chocolate") because of the healing properties of the mud Haapsaluskoy Bay, which was smeared to relieve pain in the extremities.
Status of Rakvere acquired at the beginning of the XIV century. Despite a fairly long history, monuments of architecture in the city almost did not survive.
Its main attractions - the ruins of the castle, the Church in the Old town, the old courthouse and the old city barn.
In Rakvere is an international rock festival "Green Christmas." Since the mid 1990s in odd-numbered years held here theatre festival "Baltoscandal".
Kuressaare is a town located on the southern shore of the island of Saaremaa. In Kuressaare is the best preserved of all on the territory of Estonia, a medieval castle, and a number of buildings of the XVII century. Also located here and mud resort.
Of the attractions it is worth mentioning the town Hall of the late XVII century in the Old town and Bishop's castle.
Note and one of the restaurants near the town Hall - it is located in the tower of the former fire station, built in the early twentieth century.
This city is neither ancient history nor medieval architecture. Its main attraction is the house Museum of the Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald. Near võru are the ruins of a medieval castle Neuhaus.
Võru is known primarily as a center of culture and recreation. It is suitable as a place to stay for fans of an active lifestyle.
There are a large number of sports facilities, the area offers health tracks and ski slopes. Here is the starting number of major rally competitions.
The city has a good tradition in the organization of festivals, concerts and competitions, which also attracts guests.
Viljandi is one of the oldest cities in Estonia. He is famous for in the first place, the majestic ruins of the medieval castle, well-preserved buildings of the XIX century and gallery for local artists-primitivists.
The city has long been perceived as a center of Estonian folk music and is associated with a held here every year festival.
There are often a number of other festivals, Hanseatic days, young dance, puppet theater.
Despite its small size, Estonia is a suitable place to stay for any tourist. Here are the seaside resorts with beautiful beaches and a city with well preserved medieval architecture, Spa resorts and places for active rest.
A large variety of annual festivals, rich history and amazing beauty of the landscapes allow you to organize exciting trips throughout the year.