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Estonia

If you've ever wanted to live in a fairytale, Estonia is your next destination. Don't believe us? Check off this bucket list to discover Estonia's medieval past, present beauty and bright future. 

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Wander through the streets of Old Tallinn

 

The medieval city of Old Tallinn really does look like it's jumped out of a fairytale. With over 1600 streets to choose from, set off on a relaxing stroll across the cobbles, spotting the uniquely preserved medieval structures around you. 

 

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Go kiiking 

 

When you were young and went to the playground with your friends, did you ever try to get the swings over the top of the bar? If so, kiiking is for you. An extreme form of swinging, kiiking is a distinctive Estonian sport aiming to swing right over the bar. Suitable for families and adrenaline junkies alike, this is a great new sport to try. 

 

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Try a smoke sauna, Võru County

 

So you've tried a traditional sauna in Finland, but have you ever tried a smoke sauna? In Võru County in south-eastern Estonia, smoke saunas are an integral part of life. These are saunas without a chimney, meaning visitors benefit from the germ-reducing properties of smoke as well as the usual heat. Don't worry, they're designed so you can still breathe!

 

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Visit the Patkuli Viewing Platform, Tallinn 

 

For the best views across Tallinn's Old Town, head up Toompea Hill to reach this popular viewing platform. It might be crowded, but the view is worth it: a Disney-esque landscape of red turrets and white spires. This platform is completely free to use and is open 24 hours a day, so get creative with when you visit!

 

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Return to the Middle Ages with Kiek in de Kök, Tallinn

 

When you see Tallinn's skyline, your eyes might be drawn to some distinctive red-roofed towers. Visit the Kiek in de Kök museum complex to visit these medieval towers, such as Kiek in de Kök, the Maiden's Tower and Tallitorn Tower. Then, head down to the underground passages to discover more of Estonia's medieval past. 

 

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Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn 

 

Do you hear those bells? That's the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, located just below Toompea Castle. With its rich red exterior and elaborate architecture, this is the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Estonia. Walk all the way around it to truly admire its beauty. 

 

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Dress up at Rakvere Castle

 

Who doesn't love a chance to dress up? At Rakvere Castle, it's time to become a knight or maiden of the 16th century. Wander around the complex, visiting the shops, main street, wine cellar and tavern, and get involved with medieval activities such as archery. We hope you're good with a bow!

 

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Visit the Kaali Meteorite Crater, Saaremaa  

 

Did you know that Estonia is home to a meteorite crater field? On the island of Saaremaa, you can visit nine craters caused by a meteorite crashing to Earth around 7,500 years ago. You can stay the night if you dare...

 

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Admire art at Kadriorg Museum, Tallinn 

 

Tallinn's art museum boasts an impressive collection of Western European and Russian art, set within a beautiful Baroque palace. Take the time to wander around the palace grounds, and don't forget to check out the Japanese garden!

 

Paddle in Pärnu 

 

Pärnu sits on Estonia's Baltic sea coast and is a dreamy beachside destination for tourists and locals alike. Showcasing colourful buildings, mud baths and adventure trails, Pärnu is a brilliant place to brush off your worries. If you're travelling with your partner, make sure you walk the entire length of Pärnu beach: legend says that if you do, you'll stay together forever! 

 

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