The quaint country of Estonia has remained under the tourist radar for decades, but with its old-world charm, medieval cities and immense forests, it’s a travellers paradise. Having been occupied many times throughout history – from the Swedes to the Polish, Germans and Soviets – independent Estonia is less than 30 years old, yet its culture has been evolving for thousands of years.
Tallinn’s UNESCO listed old town is reminiscent of Prague, with gothic buildings like the iconic St. Olaf’s Church setting the architectural tone. Beside these beautiful old structures are colourful wooden houses and stark, soviet-era buildings, hinting at Estonia’s fascinating past. For those seeking a rural experience, the coastal town of Haapsalu is painted pastel and truly picture-perfect.