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Estonia, the smallest country in the Baltic, boasts a natural paradise of deserted beaches, lush forests, countless quaint islands and unique wildlife. Embracing Nordic traditions and influenced by the Germans, Russians and Swedes, Estonia is also the place to see mediaeval castles, strong defence towers and opulent manor houses saturated in history.
Estonia has been settled for about 11,000 years, but its history is painted with a series of invasions and occupations that have shaped the country today. In the 13th century, the country was invaded by the Christians and occupied by the Teutonic Orders and the Danes. The 16th century saw the rise of the Swedish Golden Age, when Sweden took over the country, until the early 18th century, when Russia defeated Sweden in the Great Northern War. Germany then occupied Estonia in the early 20th century until Estonia won independence shortly after. However, in the mid-20th century, the Germans once again occupied Estonia, and the Estonians were later deported by the Soviets.
Today, a free country and part of the United Nations, Estonia is filled with influences from the nations that have occupied it in the past. In the mediaeval capital of Tallinn, stroll the cobbled streets of the Old Town and you’ll encounter historic churches, old defence towers and walls, and colourful houses, all well preserved from the past. Stop off at the Town Hall Square and delight in the al fresco cafes, mediaeval markets and artisan stalls vying for your attention.
The beautifully preserved town walls and mediaeval fortifications in Tallinn attest to the historical stronghold of the city. Today, 26 of the city’s original 46 defence towers remain. You can even climb some of them to soak in breathtaking views of the Old Town and Toompea hill, a limestone hill in the heart of the city. On this hill stands Toompea Castle, another testament to Estonia’s history of invasions and occupation.
Estonia’s historical charm is not all that draws its tourists in. The country is also a natural haven of vast forests perfect for hiking, quiet beaches for lounging and botanical gardens dripping with colour. The wildlife in Estonia is diverse, so keep your eyes peeled for wolves, flying squirrels, brown bears and rare birds.
With lush forests and spectacular coastal vistas mingling with mediaeval towns, Estonia offers a treasure chest of natural and man-made wonders to digest. With so much to explore, don’t delay in planning a visit to this jewel in the Baltic crown.
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