When you buy some suvenirs make sure that they are estonian, unless you're looking especially for Russian products. Many of the products are actually made in Russia. So if you're looking for some really estonian products take a close look at them to be sure that theyære not made in Russia or some other countries.
Many many souvenir shops near the main tourist traps sell souvenirs, that are not Estonian things. If You want some authentic handicraft or estonian souvenirs, please select carefully. matrjoskas are not Estonian, but Russian souvenirs. If You want them - OK, buy them, but if they are printed like "Tallinn souvenirs" - they are fake. Soviet-time staff and russian-language dishes or cups are not Estonian souvenirs, too. usually, most handicraft shops sell Estonian things, like wool, cotton etc. Amber is not typical Estonian material, too, it?s more latvian and Lithuanian souvenir, but, You can say, okay, it?s Baltic souvenir :)
Keila Joa waterfall is very popular among Just Married couples, who come there to put a padlock on the bridge across the river.
Unique Suggestions: We usually visit Keila Joa some times a year, and in different seasons, in summer, winter, autumn, and spring. We put our padlock on 16 August 2002, when we got married with my husband.
usually many rourists want to see some old soviet military bases. It´s real trap: first You can find many ruins on north or west coast not very spectacular (soviet military forces had destroyed many beautyful nature places) and second - they may be real traps with ruin collisions, land pollution, old and dangerous metal constructions.
Unique Suggestions: Visit Paldiski Town, ask guide to show most spectacular military objects (like Pentagon, one of the biggest military buildings in Baltics).
Fun Alternatives: Want to know more about soviet military history in baltics? Visit the Occupation Museum in Tallinn, Toompea (at the end of Kaarli Boulevard) and ask there for soviet time expositions in Estonia more.
In the island Saaremaa you can find Kaali Lake that ancient Estonians considered to be holy.
It's a meteorite crater, which dates back to 2600-7000 years. Kaali Lake is the biggest crater from total nine. Relatively late crash means that people could actually see the catastrophe and as former Estonian president Lennart Meri writes in his marvellous book H6bevalgem it is reflected in Estonian folklore. "Famous" Estonian god Tarapita should have flew from Ebavere Mountain (Northeast Estonia) to Saaremaa at the crash day.
When one looks for famous Phytias' Ultima Thule should check out his only left quotation and think about the possibility to discover their dreamland in Saaremaa. Anyway, as Kaali is the only crater that situates in so accessible place overall it is worth to visit.
Estonia has lots of tourists (more in Tallinn), in July and August.
If you want to feel the soul of the country, do not select those months for your staying. I think the better is from April to June, or September.
There isn´t a way to sell things in the middle of the street and chaseing you - if someone does that, don´t buy.
Be careful and watch your wallot in the city.
It´s safer to order a cab when you´re far from your hotel and don´t let them to pull you. Find out the taxi rates when you arrive Tallinn and usually let someone to order you one.
As usual, the easiest way to get ripped off is cabs. If you get to Estonia on a ferryboat and are at the harbour you dont need to get a cab to go downtown (it is a ten minute walk). You may be charged around ten dollars for that short ride!!!
Estonian sweaters are extremely good, and they are for sale just about everywhere in Tallinn in a variety of patterns. Buy one, by all means, but look carefully for the small, out of the way shops (where I bought mine). There are cheap versions in the market and super-expensive ones in the best stores - both a waste of money. A good sweater should cost no more than $40-$50 - find a good one and it'll last you for years.
In Estonia a place is called as 'tourist trap' if it is full of Finnish tourists. One such kind of place is Kadaka market place at Mustamäe in Tallinn, where You can find Estonian clothes and copied products like clothes, watches and CDs.
You might still find some Soviet Union military stuff at the market place (but nowadays higly priced).
The postcards are really very expensive, and in case you buy them to the street sellers will be even more.
Fun Alternatives: : Don’t buy postcards, at least buy in a no-tourist shop or at the post office.
Well probably Kadaka Market... all tourists want to go there but actually there is nothing good to buy.. and many things have bad quality.
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