Estonia is a country on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the northern part of Europe. Estonia shares land borders with Latvia and Russia while Finland and Sweden are our other neighbours who adjoin us from across the Baltic Sea. From Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, any point in Estonia can be reached within no more than a three-hour car ride.
Tallinn is a city that pleasantly mixes both the old and the new. Tallinn’s Old Town is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the best-preserved medieval town centres in Europe. For a time in its medieval past, Tallinn was an important city in the Hanseatic League, and, as a symbol of this importance, one of its churches was the tallest building in the world for half a century. Tallinn is now once again a dynamic city on the move with a new business district with modern high rise skyscrapers, hotels and modern shopping centres just outside the Old Town district with its own medieval church spires, winding cobblestone streets and ancient fortification walls. The culture of Tallinn is characterised by European traditions, mainly Scandinavian and German, but also a Slavic influence is perceptible. Everything that you see while travelling around Estonia is inseparable from history.
Estonians, as a national group, are among the oldest continuous inhabitants of their current European homeland and were already living on the coasts of the Baltic Sea at the time when the first pyramids were erected in Egypt.
The climate in Estonia is temperate, characterised by warm summers and fairly severe winters as befitting a northern European country. Due to its long coastline with the Baltic Sea, Estonia’s weather is often breezy and humid.
Tallinn is easily accessible by air by a number of direct connections from many of the principal cities of Europe. The airport, which was recently expanded and modernized, is uniquely close to the city centre and is only a short 15 minute taxi drive from downtown Tallinn.