A Journey Through Estonia

Come with us on a colorful journey through the northernmost country on the Baltic Sea and take in the romance of quaint old towns, pockets of serene wilderness and stately homes.

Estonia, the northernmost country on the Baltic Sea, has a diverse and multifaceted beauty: a raw, wild landscape, enchanting architecture and fun-filled traditions.

The lovingly restored old town of Tallinn has stories to tell from its time as the important Hanseatic city of Reval, of life in the late Middle Ages and of later times when it was part of the Russian Empire. Its narrow laneways, cobblestone streets and market traders in medieval dress add to the unique atmosphere.

Some 200 mansions have survived to this day, hidden away in Estonia's dense forests. Their location – close to the sea and to the railway to St. Petersburg, to which the vodka and timber shipments were headed – once gifted the residents of the Baltic-German upper class great wealth and influence. In the interim, many of these manor houses have been carefully restored and today they serve as museums and hotels.

The tiny island of Kihnu in the Gulf of Pärnu is a particular draw. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, because here so many of the traditions of the North are still alive. For example, clothing still indicates the situation in life of the woman wearing them, duties within the family are strictly defined and many small things are still exactly as they were hundreds of years ago – apart from the rickety mopeds with sidecars, which are relics of the Soviet era. The sight of them rattling across the island is always a source of wonder and enjoyment for the visitors from the mainland.