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30 August

Five places to explore in Estonia

Since July 2017, Estonia holds the Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers making it the perfect time to highlight some of the most beautiful places in the country.

1) Kadriorg in Tallinn

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Before going to explore the Estonian countryside, you might want to make a short stay in the capital and check out Kadriorg. It is a quiet area within easy walking distance of Old Town, built by the Russian tsar Peter the Great in the early 1700s. He named the area Ekaterinenthal (Catherine’s Valley, or Kadriorg in Estonian) after his wife, Catherine I.

The area also played a role in the early development of Estonia's spa culture as it was there that Doctor Benedikt Georg Witte established what would be the first seaside resort of the Russian Empire. Today, it is the Estonian president’s residence and many foreign embassies are located in the area.

The Kadriorg Park continues to be one of Tallinn's favourite spots for a stroll. It's remarkable for its diverse landscape architecture, which is showcased by the various smaller gardens on the estate, such as the Japanese Garden.

2) Endla Nature Reserve

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Endla Nature Reserve is a nature reserve situated next to the city of Jõgeva, in central Estonia.

The Endla nature reserve protects a fresh-water system of mires, bogs, springs and rivulets. It plays an important role in recharging the waters of the Põltsamaa River. Several threatened species of orchid can be found in the nature reserve. Rare or threatened birds also use the area as breeding ground making it a perfect holiday trip for bird watchers.

3) Rõuge lakes & Ööbikuorg (the Nightingale Valley)

Located in the south of Estonia, there are seven lakes at Rõuge primeval valley : Kahrila, Tõugjärv, Ratasjärv, Kaussjärv, Rõuge Suurjärv, Liinjärv, and Valgjärv. The lakes are connected by the River Rõuge, which starts from the valley Tindiorg. Tindiorg, Külmorg, Mõhkorg, Ööbikuorg, Tinopeetri, Hinni, Sikasoo, and Järveotsa are the tributary valleys of Rõuge primeval valley. Ööbikuorg (Nightingale Valley), which borders the ancient hillfort from the North, is the most well-known. The valley is 300 m long and 12–15 m deep. It got its name from the singing nightingales who stay there during the springs. 

4) Ontika Limestone cliff

Ontika cliff is Estonia’s highest limestone cliff. Approximately 55 metres high, Ontika Limestone cliff is the highest section of the over-1,100 km-long Baltic limestone bank, starting on Sweden's Island of Öland and ending in Russia near Lake Ladoga. The cliff is almost like a stone book, opening to the viewer to reveal the layers of its various eras. Visitors have an observation platform, close to the Valaste cascade, in order to get the best place to view the cliff. Hikers can also discover the limestone cliff's unique forest.

5) Kärdla to Tõrvanina beach

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If you find yourself on the Iland of HiiumaaIf and in the mood to hike near the seacoast, then this hiking trail is for you!  Starting in Kärdla, it is close to 7 km in length, crossing over a diverse and varied landscape. Indeed, the trek includes wet and dry wooded environments and offers a unique chance to visit paludified areas.

Marked with signposts and information boards, the trail also has three places for bonfires, two observation platforms and a boardwalk over the wetter spots of the trail.

Arriving at Tõrvanina beach, you will experiance white singing sands. 

For more information about what you can do in Estonia, visit


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