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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 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 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 buildings have been plucked and transplanted among the tal…
Top Choice Castle in Viljandi

Viljandi Teutonic Order Castle

Set within a lush park, the scant remains of Viljandi's hilltop castle form a picturesque set of ruins and offer sweeping views over the valley and the lake below. Built in 1224 by the German Knights of the Sword on…
Top Choice Gallery in Tallinn

Kumu

This futuristic, Finnish-designed, seven-storey building (2006) is a spectacular structure of limestone, glass and copper, nicely integrated into the landscape. Kumu (the name is short for kunstimuuseum or art museu…
Top Choice Square in Tallinn

Town Hall Square

Raekoja plats has been the pulsing heart of Tallinn since markets began here in the 11th century. One side is taken is taken up by the Gothic town hall, while the rest is ringed by pretty pastel-coloured buildings d…
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 Cathedral in Tallinn

Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

The positioning of this magnificent, onion-domed Russian Orthodox cathedral (completed in 1900) at the heart of the country's main administrative hub was no accident: the church was one of many built in the last par…
Top Choice Palace in Tallinn

Kadriorg Art Museum

Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great between 1718 and 1736, now houses a branch of the Estonian Art Museum devoted to Dutch, German and Italian paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and Russian works f…
Top Choice Beach in Pärnu

Pärnu Beach

Pärnu’s long, wide, sandy beach – sprinkled with volleyball courts, cafes and changing cubicles – is easily the city’s main drawcard. A curving path stretches along the sand, lined with fountains, park benches and a…