Estonia Off The Beaten Path

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    Tallinn - Beit Bella Synagogue
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    Tallinn - Beit Bella Synagogue
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Estonia Off The Beaten Path

  • Parks, Statues & Memorials

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    My granddaughter went up into this park which was near the Viru Gate and took some photos of some of the statues there. It is a park in Tallinn City Center which has a statue dedicated to a famous Estonian writer Anton H. Tammsaare. The park was established in 1948 on a former bombsite, and was originally called Stalin Square. After Stalin's...

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  • Architecture

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    A narrow street which runs just inside the seaward walls, not over-visited, not on the main tour group paths.....rather run-down in parts, and very atmospheric. And along Laboratooriumi is a teeny-tiny church in a very obviously Medieval building. It's onlt been a church for a few years, being acquired by the Ukrainian-Greek Orthodox Catholic...

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  • Open Air Museum

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    About seven kilometres away from the city centre is the Estonian Open Air Museum (Vabaohumuuseum). Its also known as “Rocca Al Mare”, This name was given by the former major of Tallinn, Girad de Soucanton, who loved Italy, when he built his summer residence here in the mid 19th century. The museum is built in a large 73 ha area in the forest. More...

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  • Day Trips

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    Traveling to Tallinn in winter you can feel that you want to do something but cold winter Tallinn doesnt offer activies... It is a reason to do a trip to place called Kohtla-Nomme to the Centre of winter sports. Mountain activities offered there are mountain skiing, snowtubing, snowboarding. The ticket, equipment rental is not expensive. Slopes...

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  • TV Tower

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    In the lobby at the base of the TV Tower take the time to admire the fine stained glass windows which run the length of the outside wall. Each pane features a snippet of life and work in the socialist state. The lifts from the lobby take you to the observation deck/restaurant at 170m in a very short time (sorry didn't have my stopwatch with me).

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  • St. Bridget's

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    Saint Bridget’s nunnery was founded in the 15th century and housed both as monks as nuns. But more than century later it was destroyed by Ivan the terrible leaving from the building only some part of the façade and some walls. As it was said the stones from it were used in all Estonia. There is also legend that there is secret underground way from...

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  • Kadriorg

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    The angel gazing out to sea on top of the tall monument that stands by the Baltic shore at Kadriorg commemorates the the sinking of the Russalka, a Russian military ship that went down in these waters in 1893. It was to be 90 years before the wreck was found, near the coast of Finland,

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  • Pirita

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    In addition to the beach along the Baltic Sea, the Pirita section of Tallinn has a large path on which you can walk or ride a bike. Since my visit was in late October (not in the summer), the Pirita area was fairly deserted when I was there. I have been told that it is a popular outdoor spot in the summer months.

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  • Olympic Sailing

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    Rather a nice one, this, set up in honour of the Tallinn Sailing Regatta in the 2002 Olympics. It's called 'Merineid, by Edgar Viies, and is placed to the side of the huge Viru shopping centre. It's on the left as you look at the centre from the Vana-Viru gate. Nothing spectacular really, but its complexity is intriguing.

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  • Museums

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    ....serves a new purpose today, housing the Estonian Art Museum's collection of works by foreign artists. There are some nice works here -but the real star is the palace itself. It's a really beautiful little building - well, little in terms of being a palace. The grace and proportion of the building is just about perfect. The central hall is a...

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  • Song Grounds

    Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

    One of the stops on the city bus tour was the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. The primary purpose of the Grounds is as a place for song festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other cultural and sports events. The Grounds have also been the location for concerts of international music stars such as Bryan Adams and Metallica. For Estonians, the Song...

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  • Hiking on Southern Estonia

    Major part of the Estonias forests are belonging to the Government. They take care of the forests and offering people a possibility to spend timein there by offering accommodation ( usually renovated abandoned houses - very spartalike facilities ) and creating hiking trails.The organisation who take care of that is Riigi Metsamajandamise...

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  • Lighthouses

    These are photos of lighthouses taken from the ship. The first one is the Front Range light of Katharinenthal which was started in 1806, but probably not lit until 1839. It is active, with a white or green light, depending on direction. It is a red octagonal pyramidal wood tower mounted at one end of a 2-story rectangular keeper's house. The rear...

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  • Cruise from Tallinn to Stockholm

    While you are in Estonia for a long holiday, take the opportunity to visit Stockholm in Sweden and a wonderful cruise onboard excellent cruiseships across the Baltic Sea. You may take a three day and two night cruise to Stockholm from Tallinn via M/s Romantika or Victoria I of Tallink Line. There are several classes of overnight cabins to suit...

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  • Estonia is off-the-beaten-path - enjoy...

    Basically, most parts of the country except Tallinn are off-the-beaten-path. Tourists are sometimes met in Tartu, but most even miss that. This means that Estonia is a great place to go exploring! It has a wonderful landscape, consisting of forests, lakes, swamps and meadows. It is really tranquil outside the towns (and even there, life is not...

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  • Ash hills in East-Estonia

    Ash hills in Northeast Estonia are the result of oil shale mining and energy production. Two semi-coke mountains near the northern border of Kiviõli, known as the old (about 100 m high) and new (about 115 m high) mountain, are the most notable among the artificial landforms of North-East Estonia. A group of five larger semi-coke mountains and...

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  • Estonian bogs

    There are many bogs in Estonia you can visit. The most accessible of them have good wooden boardwalks. Good examples are for example Kakerdaja bog and Viru bog in North-Estonia and Endla bog in East-Estonia. You can use prepared trails to go through the bog without getting your feet wet, but still see the unspoiled nature. There are also two...

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  • aegna and co

    aegna, off the beaten path; but really. actually aegna picture qare about coming...some tallinn here

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  • Vormsi Island

    this small quiet island is beautiful. not much to do but explore the beaches, graveyards, lighthouse, forest, and relax. peaceful, picturesque, less traveled getaway. our visit was in September.

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  • Simple and wild...the nature in Estonia!

    In Estonian we have 4 seasons: winter from dec-feb, when its snowing and its cold arround -10...+3, march-may is spring when nature will get colours agen and flowers will rise and sun will shine; june-august is summer arround +13...+30 degrees; sept-nov is autumn...little windy but perfect sea weather, sometimes stormy..my favorite season ;)The...

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  • Geocaching and geodashing

    Some GPS games to reach somewhere people usually don ´t travel are popular in Estonia.For instance, geopeitus or geocaching is a game when someone has hidden a cache to some place, published geographical coordinates of it on the web and others will search for it then. This game may took You to comletely off the beaten paths, because there are 300...

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  • Sheep-Water Pump

    Rouge is village far away from almost everything, In Estonia. Almost...it is near some wonderfull nature as the lakes where you can go for a swim in the Summer! In Rouge you can also get acquainted with the vesioinas or, in English, Sheep-Water Pump, a kind of water pumps that I have only seen in Rouge!If you want to relax and get away from...

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  • The Uni City

    I am not aware if it is a city usually visited by tourists but as I far as I could check by myself I spotted no other foreigner but me! Tartu is a small city in the middle of Estonia known by the prestige of its University. The city is very charming along the river and near the University Central building there is a park very refreshing for a walk...

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  • Kuremäe nunnery

    The orthodox nunnery, situated near the banks of the lake Peipsi in Eastern Estonia is a remote destination definately worth a visit. A mysitcal and quiet place, creating a weird holy feeling. It's a world of its own, unlike anything else you ahve experienced. that is - unless you are a common visitor in orthodox nunneries :)Pay attention to your...

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  • Ostriches in Northern Europe

    If you wish to see/eat/buy something exotic, go to the ostrich farm on Muhu island. Besides looking at and feeding the funny 'birds', you can also buy several cool items made from ostrich skin, feathers or egg shells. You can also buy an orstrich egg, which will be more than enough to feed about 10-15 people (been there, done that :)Although the...

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  • The highest hill in the Baltics

    The view that you get from the top of the highest hill in the Baltics - The Big Egg Hill, in Southern Estonia will take your breath away. A great way to see how much untouched nature - forests, fields, meadows etc. we actually have. Our tiny little vast country :) Although only 317 meters above sea level, the view is truly magnificent.

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  • Taevaskoja

    A really nice piece of nature. One of the best-loved Estonian movies - 'Viimne reliikvia' ('The last relic') was shot there, among other places. This is a truöly magnificent scene and a great place for picnics and camping.

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  • Sand caves in the banks of the Piusa...

    Definately an off-the-beaten-path site worth visiting. The sand caves look really great and magnificent. It's an even better view when you are canoeing :) But for less athletic types it's worth the short hiking trip in the nice forest-park to see the cool caves.

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  • Don’t lost the very nice capital -...

    Tallinn is a very cultural city, so as Estonia is a very cultural country. In this country the tradition is very well preserved in all roots of the identity of the people, since the very nice architecture till the music the dance other performances. So, there are a lot of events in almost months at each year. Many of them are in the lovely Old Town

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  • Remote places worth visiting

    Some of the place that are definately worth a visit - the city of Paldiski (on the northern coast of Estonia), the island of Vormsi (besides the more touristy Saaremaa and Hiiumaa it is a truly unique small island off the west coast of Estonia), river Piusa (with its amazing caves in the banks), the northern coast of Estonia (with wonderful remote...

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  • Bow Sports

    You can make sporty bow hunting near Tallinn, about 20 km to South in Kajamaa village. Not real animals, they have nice and interesting sports route in the woods to try to hunt by bow an animal pictures.

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  • estonia is a land of sea. no...

    estonia is a land of sea. no mountains, not much sunshine, no good soil for agriculture. just sea. so, to get to see our country's real spirit, you'll have to see the small centuries-old fishermen villiages in the Läänemaa and the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. There's hundreds of those. the one on the pic is Topu near Haapsalu.More pics from...

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  • Keila Health Centre. Address :...

    Keila Health Centre. Address : Paldiski mnt. 17 , Keila. Tel : +372/ 6 737 637 ; Fax : +372/ 6 737 630www.keilasport.ee ; Open 07.00 - 22.00, Sat,Sun 08.00 - 20.00.It cituates in the small city called Keila ( about 20 km from Tallinn ).The center has its own sports hall and cafe, there is even a conference room for a rent. Star attraction is...

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  • Käsmu lies 78 km East of...

    Käsmu lies 78 km East of Tallinn, on the seaside-territory of Lahemaa National Park.Käsmu is a little fishermen´s and shipbuilders´ village

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  • there are many beautiful...

    there are many beautiful little ports in estonia where you can enjoy yachting.compared to western aurope or scandinavian countries prices are lower.Exclusive sports such as sailing,riding and motor sledgeing are more afordeable

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  • NatureThe coastline of...

    NatureThe coastline of Vormsi is 100 km long and indented by many coves and peninsulas at northern and southern coast of island, about 30 small islets can be found in shallow coastal sea. The highest point of Vormsi is 12.8 m above the sea level at the western part of Island, near Huitberg coral reef – outcropping of bioherm limestone.

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  • Vormsi island, with area of 93...

    Vormsi island, with area of 93 sq km is Estonia’s fourth largest island. Vormsi is situated in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea, the shortest distance from the Estonian mainland is 3 km to Noarootsi peninsula. The Swedish coast lies about 250 km to the west and Finnish coast is about 90 km to the north. There is ferryboat connection to the island...

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  • there are over a hundred dred...

    there are over a hundred dred riding stables in estonia which offer horse riding in training field or a landscape,cart rides or sleigh rides.A riding lesson costs from 6 euros to 9 euros.

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  • Kuressaare Episcopal Castle ...

    Kuressaare Episcopal Castle The most important sight in Kuressaare is the episcopal (bishop's) castle. Among the medieval castles in the Baltic countries this is the one that has survived best. The castle was built of chiselled dolomite blocks in the late 14th century. The basic plan of the building is a square with sides 43 metres.

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  • South-Estonian national and...

    South-Estonian national and ethnic peculiarities can certainly be taken as a great value. Russian Old Believers living along the shores of Lake Peipus settled on their present living places in Estonia at the beginning of the 18th century after they started to be persecuted in Russia. Their communities live in peculiar villages where houses form a...

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  • South-Estonia is above all...

    South-Estonia is above all known for is natural richness. You find picturesque forests and low hills here, varied with rivers, creeks and beautiful lakes. One gets here an opportunity to enjoy virginal nature in numerous national parks and reserves. From the architectural angle the churches, manor houses and ancient castles are certainly worth...

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  • fishermen in vormsi island in...

    fishermen in vormsi island in west estonia.fishing is allowed on all public water bodies,but only with one rod nd in places and at times not prohibited by relevant regulations.Salmon,trout,pike,pikeperch,perch,turbot,bream,ide,roch,curcian carp,etc can be caught

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  • Soomaa National Park - The...

    Soomaa National Park - The best way to explore the natural treasures of Soomaa is certainly along the river ways, maybe by canoe or perhaps by using the Finno-Ugric ancient one-log boat carved out of Aspen which has been used against the flooding adversity through the centuries. http://www.soomaa.com/eng.htmlpic: Estonian ministers

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  • Visit Naissaar island, a nice...

    Visit Naissaar island, a nice place for a picnic. Check out my travelogues too. Photo: Erik Prozes, Äripäev

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  • If you enjoy fishing - Estonia...

    If you enjoy fishing - Estonia is a place to be. If you want a trout - Loksa (about 50 km from Tallinn) - place named Kotka Forell. You will get a fish, pay about 100 EEK per 1 kg and get in 30minutes-1hour grilled, salted or smoked fish. delicious!Or just try on a wild river's bank :) Ahja river for example

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