Top things to do in Estonia

Top Choice Castle in Kuressaare

Kuressaare Castle

Majestic Kuressaare Castle stands facing the sea at the southern end of the town, on an artificial island ringed by a moat. It’s the best-preserved castle in the Baltic and the region’s only medieval stone castle th…
Top Choice Museum in Tallinn

Estonian Open-Air Museum

If tourists won’t go to the countryside, let’s bring the countryside to them. That's the modus operandi of this excellent sprawling complex, where historic Estonian buildings have been plucked and transplanted among…
Top Choice Museum in Tartu

University of Tartu Museum

Atop Toomemägi are the ruins of a Gothic cathedral, originally built by German knights in the 13th century. It was substantially rebuilt in the 15th century, despoiled during the Reformation in 1525, used as a barn,…
Top Choice Gallery in Kadriorg

Kumu

This futuristic, Finnish-designed, seven-storey building is a spectacular structure of limestone, glass and copper that's nicely integrated into the landscape. Kumu (the name is short for kunstimuuseum, or art museu…
Top Choice Square in Old Town

Town Hall Square

In Tallinn all roads lead to Raekoja plats, the city's pulsing heart since markets began setting up here in the 11th century. One side is dominated by the Gothic town hall, while the rest is ringed by pretty pastel-…
Top Choice Museum in Tartu

Estonian Print & Paper Museum

A treat for word nerds, design hounds and print junkies alike, this interactive museum focuses on the history of printing and paper-making. Machinery from across the ages is on permanent display, and there's a galle…
Top Choice Museum in Tartu

Estonian National Museum

This immense, low-slung, architectural showcase is a striking sight and had both Estonian patriots and architecture-lovers purring when it opened in late 2016. The permanent exhibition covers national prehistory and…
Top Choice International in Pirita

NOA

It's worth the trek out to the far side of Pirita to reach this top-notch waterside restaurant, which consistently backs up its elevated reputation. Housed in a stylish low-slung pavilion with superb views over Tall…
Top Choice Museum in Kadriorg

Kadriorg Art Museum

Kadriorg Palace, a baroque beauty built by Peter the Great between 1718 and 1736, houses a branch of the Estonian Art Museum devoted to Dutch, German and Italian paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and Ru…
Top Choice Estonian in Old Town

Leib

Leib (Estonian black bread) is a thing of great beauty and quiet national pride, and you'll find a peerless rendition here: dense, moist, almost fruity in its Christmas-cake complexity. Thick-sliced and served with …