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Estonia Travel Guide
Estonia is officially called as the Republic of Estonia. It is divided into 15 counties and the capital and largest city is Tallinn, Populated by 1.34 million people and their language is Estonian. Ethnic Estonians that were born 70 years ago and witness the time of Soviet era speak Russian. Aside from SSR, many other nations ruled the region such as Danes, Germans, Swedes and Poles.
The best time to visit Estonia is on May through September that has an average temperature of 20-25 degrees Celsius. The coldest months are January and February that has a temperature of -7 to -1 degrees Celsius.
Estonia’s Holidays are on:
1 January – New Year’s Day
24 February – Independence Day (1918)
22 April – Good Friday
24 April – Easter Sunday
1 May – Spring Day
12 June – Pentecost
23 June – Victory Day (Võidupüha)
24 June – St John’s Day or Midsummer Day (Jaanipäev)
20 August – Day of Restoration of Independence
24 December – Christmas Eve
25 December – Christmas Day
26 December – Boxing Day
6 January – Epiphany
2 February – Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty
14 March – Native Language Day
8 May – Mothers’ Day
4 June – National Flag Day
14 June – Day of Mourning and Commemoration
22 September – Resistance Fighting Day
2 November – All Souls’ Day
13 November – Fathers’ Day
16 November – Day of Declaration of Sovereignty
Where to Go?
Old Town – This is actually the Tallinn’s Old Town. The place is actually quite historic since it dates as far back to the 13th century. The town was established after the defeat of the Teutonic Knights. It is quite easy to get a medieval feel once you visit the old town of Tallin.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – This is one of the centers of Russian Orthodoxy in the nation. The cathedral was made in the year 1900 and was designed by Mikhail Preobrzhenski. Mikhail Preobrzhenski is also the same architect of St. Petersburg. This religious building is designed after classical Russian architecture.
Toompea Hill – This tourist attraction is located at the center of Tallin City that has a limestone hill that stands up to 30 meters high. It is one of the major centers of parliament and the government of Estonia. It is commonly believed that the very first castle in the territory was actually built on this hill sometime in the 11th century.
Rocca-al-Mare Open Air Museum – This museum was constructed in 1957 but was opened to visitors only in 1964. This is one of the very few open air museums in the whole of Europe and perhaps even the entire world. Visitors flock to this tourist attraction every year. The scenes depicted here capture how life was back in the 18th century.
What to Eat?
Estonian Traditional dishes are fantastic for the simplicity of their preparation. The same food but has a similarity that has a pleasant unique flavor by threshing barn furnace, and all herbs can not duplicate the effect. The way of placing the food on the table is very simple: soup in a wooden bowl, a large piece of meat on a platter, accompanied by rye bread. At other times, however, in a tub of butter, warm bread with barley cold fresh milk, and stewed pork with sauerkraut mulgi.
Main transportation in Estonia is bus or bus tram, they have tickets that are only accepted as the fare but they usually buy it on the side streets and still show the tickets to the driver.