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. Now, a journey through the tiny nation is unlike any other.
Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed old town is reminiscent of Prague, with gothic buildings like the iconic St. Olaf’s Church setting the architectural tone. In addition to these beautiful old structures, colourful wooden houses and stark, soviet-era buildings line the same streets, hinting at Estonia’s past. For those seeking a rural experience, the coastal town of Haapsalu is painted pastel and truly picture-perfect.