A Melting Pot of Cultural Influences
Estonia sits within the Baltic Sea EU macro-region, which also includes Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that Estonia’s culture features Balkan, Western European, Scandinavian and Eastern European influences. And as a former member of the Soviet Bloc, it is no surprise that Russia, which borders the country to the east, has left its mark here too.
Historic attractions abound in Estonia, from medieval castles out in the middle of nowhere to graceful town centres lined with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. While tourists often visit Estonia in search of the quaint, traditional image promoted on the international stage – where peasant customs are kept alive – Estonia’s urban population is extremely forward-looking and tech is highly important here. On Estonia’s two cultural routes, you can venture back hundreds of years to the Hanseatic period, or discover a mix of old and new design in the country’s atmospheric cemeteries.
How to get there?
You can reach Estonia by car, bus or plane. Taking the ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki or Mariehamn (Finland) or from Stockholm (Sweden) is also a popular choice. Tallinn Airport is the main international airport, but some flights from Helsinki also come into Tartu Airport. Estonia is generally fairly flat and there are dedicated cycling paths in many areas. EuroVelo Route 10 runs around the scenic Baltic coastline for 981km.