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Estonia Travel Guide - The Best Natural Estonia Attractions   by Isabella Olsen

Estonia is the smallest of the Baltic countries. Still, the country offers spectacular scenery, particularly magnificent castles, a picturesque countryside and charming seaside town. The best Estonia attractions, though, are its natural wonders, which make Estonia one of the best travel destinations for nature lovers.

Lahemaa National Park - This park located in North Estonia covers an area of over 70,000 hectares, which makes it the country's largest national park as well as one of the most popular natural attractions in Estonia. While there, you can take a hike on one of its nature trails so you can truly appreciate the beauty of the park. You can also go cycling or choose to spend the night in one of the camping areas.

Vilsandi National Park - While the Vilsandi National Park may not be even close to the size of the Lahemaa, it still gains recognition as the oldest nature reserve in Europe, as well as one of the top Estonia attractions. The park is especially a good destination for bird-watchers since it is a place where thousands of migratory birds stop and nest each year.

Matsalu National Park - This park is another treat for bird-watchers, particularly since it is home to almost 300 bird species. Aside from bird-watching, you can go on a botanical tour in one of its meadows, too, or even go canoeing.

Soomaa National Park - The Soomaa National Park is the youngest of the Estonia national parks but is still one of the most popular Estonia attractions particularly because of its bogs and dunes that allow for an exciting outdoor adventure. It also covers an area of approximately 39,000 hectares, making it second to the Lahemaa in terms of size.

Jagala Falls - Located in Haapsalu, the Jagala Falls is the highest waterfall in Estonia with waters cascading from a 7.8 metre-high limestone edge. It is especially spectacular during winter when it is frozen or during summer evenings when it catches the last glints of sunlight.

Parnu Beach - If diving, swimming or simply strolling on sandy shores while watching the waves is your idea of being one with nature, then head out to Parnu Beach, the best beach in Estonia. Aside from enjoying the beach, you can have a good time at one of the beachside bars, too, or take a walk in town to admire the museums and churches in Parnu.

You can also visit the Tallinn Zoo, which is home to various birds, polar bears and snow leopards, as well as the Tallinn Botanical Garden. The Kuressaare Castle is worth seeing, too. Indeed, there are many Estonia attractions that will make your stay in Estonia surely unforgettable.

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About the Author - Isabella Olsen is a travel writer who has toured major destinations worldwide, including Estonia. To book your car rental Estonia or learn more about car rental worldwide, visit www.zencarhire.com.
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Things to do and see in Tallinn, Estonia
Estonia is a lowland country situated in North Eastern Europe. It borders on the Baltic Sea, and the gulf of Finland in the north, Latvia to the south and Russia in the east. Estonia has a flat, unharmed landscape with more than one thousand lakes and has over seven thousand rivers and streams. Nearly half of its landscape is covered by woodland and forest.... read more
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Hotel Schloessle Tallinn
In the heart of the Estonian capital, steps away from one of the oldest squares in Europe, discover the medieval architecture, vaulted cellars and limestone stairways of the Hotel Schlossle. Blossoming trees in the sun-dappled courtyard and the glow of the fireside combine to impart an inimitable sense of luxury and charm.
Radisson Sas Hotel Tallinn
Newly built upscale full service hotel situated in the heart of the city adjacent to business & shopping district. 280 well-appointed rooms & suites. Facilities include: conference & banqueting, health club with sauna and 2 restaurants.
Reval Hotel Central Tallinn
Located conveniently in the very heart of the city, this modern but quiet courtyard hotel welcomes all Tallinn visitors to its spacious, well-equipped rooms and different dining facilities. Guests enjoy attentive service and home-like atmosphere
Reval Hotel Olümpia Tallinn
First Class choice for business, conference and leisure. Located in the heart of Tallinn, Reval Hotel Olympia offers most up-to-date business and conference facilities, excellent cuisine, friendly service and a wide range of leisure amenities to meet your every need. 
St Petersbourg Hotel Tallinn
Hidden in the beautiful Estonian Old Town of Tallinn, amid cobbled streets lined with medieval turrets, lies the opulent yet intimate haven of the Hotel St Petersbourg. A wealthy Russian merchant commissioned this magnificent building in the 15th Century for entertaining guests in lavish style.
Viru Inn Hotel, Small Luxurious Boutique Hotel, Tallinn
Small luxurious boutique hotel, housed in a 14th century merchant's house, located in the main street of historical Old City of Tallinn - just 200m from one of the most famed symbols of Tallinn - more than 600 years old Town Hall. All the main tourist attractions and business centers are within a short walking distance.  Tallinn airport 6 km.  There are 15 rooms of different sizes with various interior decoration, antique furnishings, wooden beams. Non-allergy and non-smoking rooms available.  There is a café, a restaurant and a wine-cellar, additioned by a summer terrace in the courtyard. The guests can also relax in an enormous jacuzzi and two different types of saunas (traditional and steam) - complimentary to the hotel customers during morning hours.
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Travel to Tallinn, Estonia.   by TJ Tierney

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Things to do and see in Tallinn, Estonia.

Estonia is a lowland country situated in North Eastern Europe. It borders on the Baltic Sea, and the gulf of Finland in the north, Latvia to the south and Russia in the east. Estonia has a flat, unharmed landscape with more than one thousand lakes and has over seven thousand rivers and streams. Nearly half of its landscape is covered by woodland and forest.

For someone who enjoys skating or ice fishing, Estonia in the winter can be a great place to visit. Its winters can get very cold, but thanks to the North Atlantic Gulf Stream the summers remain quite mild. The best time to visit Estonia is during the months of May through to September, July usually being the warmest month of the year.

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and is well suited to all travellers needs. Tallinn is situated on the north coast of Estonia along the Gulf of Finland. It the largest city in Estonia and is an important industrial, political and cultural centre. It is also an extremely busy seaport with regular ferries to the Scandinavian countries.

Estonian Air is the national carrier and offers special weekend packages for tourists. The main international airport of Estonia is about four kilometres from Tallinn centre, with a local bus connection between the airport and the edge of the city centre.

Tourism accounts for fifteen percent of Estonia's GDP - mainly due to people visiting Tallinn.

For anyone interested in shopping in Tallinn, the local currency is the Estonian Kroon. The main shopping centre is located in the Kristiine district - here you can shop 'til you drop at very affordable prices. The centre also boasts a large number of cafes and restaurants. Good bargains can also be got in the department stores in the city centre.

Travelling around Tallinn is easy with a great bus, tram and rail service. The city operates a wide-ranging bus system to all districts of Tallinn. Fares are reasonably priced and tickets are easily purchased through street-side kiosks.

For anyone interested in visiting the main attractions of Tallinn a single card can be bought from the local tourist office which allows entry to most attractions - this card also allows free public transport around the city. The card is called the Tallinn Card.

The main attractions are in the old part of the city, which should be explored on foot. Local walking tours offer a great understanding of the citys culture and architecture. Two kilometres east of the city centre is the former palace of Peter the Great, which now houses the National Art Museum of Estonia and is also the presidential residence.

There is a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars in the city of Tallinn as well as dynamic nightclubs, which attract parties from all over Europe. The Estonian speciality is smoked fish, particularly trout. Veal is also a very common dish in Estonia, it is normally served roasted and is well accompanied with the local beer: Saare beer. Restaurant bills usually include a tip, but extra tips should be added when the service is special.

Tallinn is a beautiful medieval city that offers terrific value. It has all the modern comforts of Western Europe at Eastern Europe prices.

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About the Author - TJ Tierney is an award winning photographer and a freelance writer. To find out more information on Estonia visit his travel guide or his travel directory.

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