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Travel Guide for Estonia

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Estonia that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Estonia Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Republic of Estonia
Short form: Estonia

National Day: Independence Day, February 24. Estonia declared it's independence on this day in 1918.
Estonia became a NATO member state on 29 March 2004
Estonia became a European Union member state on 1 May 2004.

Capital: Tallinn (2003, population 405 562. It's 29.3% of total population).

Other large cities and population:
Tartu - 101.200
Narva - 67.800
Kohtla-J ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Tallinn - medieval capital first mentioned in 1154
Tartu - university town since 1632
Pärnu - summer capital of Estonia
Türi - spring capital of Estonia
Otepää - winter capital of Estonia
Narva - frontier town with magnificient castle
Haapsalu - lovely resort town on coast
Viljandi - in the center of estonia
Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and other islands off the western coast

Official Touri ... more

Maps

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Interactive map of Estonia with address search capabilities.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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Getting there and away

Air
Tallinn International Airport (TLL) at
Lennujaama 2, Tallinn 11101 (ph. +372 605 8701), just 4 km from downtown Tallinn
Daily flights: 9 from Helsinki, 4 from Stockholm, 4 from London, 6 from Frankfurt, 2 from Berlin etc.

Kuressaare Airport (URE) at
Roomassaare tee 1, Kuressaare 93 815 (ph. +372 45 30 313, email kassa@eeke.ee), 3 km from Kuressaare town in Saaremaa
Daily flights to Tallinn. Flights to Ruhnu ( ... more

Accommodation

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www.balticbackpackers.com

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food,

Local Specialities
If you're in Estonia you simply must taste Kama. It's flour-like thing which you mix with kefir or buttermilk and add sugar to taste. It can vary from drink to porridge-like food, just as you prefer. Estonian traditional liquer is Vana Tallinn, which is sold either pure and strong (vol. 40, 45 and 50) or as cream liquer (tastes somewhat like Baileys)


Supermarkets
There are lot ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency
Local currency is Estonian kroon (EEK), 1 EEK = 15.65 EUR.
Euro (€) is also accepted in some places, but they don't have to accept it.

Exchanging Money
Money can be exchanged in all banks free of charge.

Credit Cards
Debit and credit cards are widely used and are accepted almost everywhere. There are lots of ATMs in Estonia.

Tipping
Tipping is not common in Estonia, but you can always tip for extra good ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Nationals of the member states of EU and EEA are free to enter Estonia.

In addition the nationals of following countries do not need a visa for stays of no more than three months:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Japan, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, USA, ... more

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Here you can include photos that are hosted somewhere on the internet. As with maps, you have to make sure that it is ok for us to use the photos here (so they should be either your photos, or you should ask the owner), and that it is allright to call them up from here. www.saaremaa.ee

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Estonians tend to portray themselves as hard-working, reliable, smart, innovative and friendly.

In attempt to avoid being seen as obtrusive or aggressive, Estonians (even service staff) keep to themselves and wait for you to make the first move. Once there, you will be greeted with an honest and kind attitude. Compliments given by an Estonian are genuine, handshakes are valid and invitations heartfelt.

The Estonian sense of humour is dry, sarcastic and quite often politically i ... more

Language and Useful Phrases

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Although you can really do everything with the basic english (maybe not in the little towns so much), nevertheless here are some general expressions (pronouncing like you read):

Hello - tere
Good bye - head aega
Thank you - aitäh
Please - palun
Excuse me - vabandust

Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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In general they are atheists

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official Country Website: www.riik.ee
Official Tourism Website: www.visitestonia.com/en/
Official Tallinn Website: www.tallinn.ee/eng
Estonia at Wikitravel: www.wikitravel.org/en/Estonia
Travel and Tourism: www.viroweb.ee/estonia/

Transportation:
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Offtopic Messages

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