Estonia boasts stunning views of nature, rich history, and everything in between. This country is in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It shares a border with the Gulf of Finland to the north and the Baltic Sea to the west. Latvia is south, and both Lake Peipus and Russia are east. The country is a mainland and 2,222 islands and islets in the Baltic Sea. Both Latvia and Lithuania are here as well. These three countries share a similar history under the Soviet rule.
The official language is Estonian. The majority of the population understands Russian, due to the Soviet history of the country. However, the younger people understand and speak English much better, than Russian.
The official currency is Euro. You can easily exchange all major world currencies in banks and bureaus de change. Credit cards are widely acceptable. Also, ATMs are available in all cities and large towns.
Taxis are plentiful, however, it is better to order a cab in advance. If you hire a cab in the street, you should negotiate the price, before getting in. Also, renting a car in Estonia is rather simple. Driving is safe and convenient, roads are generally in good condition. Cars drive on the right side of the road here.
In Estonia, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.
Architecture is also a significant tourist attraction of Estonia. The long history of Christianity has left the country with many examples of Gothic architecture. The major sites include the Valjala church on Saaremaa, the Cathedral of Tallinn, St. Olaf’s church and the church of the Holy Spirit.
There are also numerous castles of the Teutonic and other crusading orders. The most significant examples are the Hermann Castle in Narva, Toompea Castle in Tallinn and Kuressaare castle on Saaremaa. On the other hand, many castles were destroyed during the Middle Ages and the later wars, so Estonia is filled with ruins of the castles as well.
The major sites of the capital city are Tallinn Town Hall, the city wall of Tallinn and the buildings of former city guilds. Also, the old town of Tallinn is one of the world’s best preserved medieval architectural ensembles. It is even listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list.
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