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Castles, Beaches, Hammocks: Summer Towns In Estonia


The Magic of Mild Summer Days: Viljandi

Located between forest and hills in the heart of Estonia, the historic Hanseatic city of Viljandi enchants with parks, fountains, vantage points, a lively cultural scene and relaxed charm. In July, one of the largest Baltic folk music festivals in the Castle Park and the Old Town combines tradition, heritage and a festive spirit - a border crossing between history and the present that is typical for this city.

Crafts and interiors can be seen at the Museum of Domestic Life in a 19th-century school building, while the Ruki Gallery, housed in a historic barn, bridges the gap to postmodernism with its contemporary art collection. Viljandi's creative gastronomy scene ranges from the organic bakery with a cafe to the vegan restaurant. And on hot summer days, the lake Viljandi with its location in a lovely valley, with a beach and cafes offers cooling - as well as the natural pools in the river Kosti.

Nostalgia and Cool Flair by the Sea: Haapsalu

Even the Russian aristocrats loved Haapsalu, the picturesque spa and coastal town in western Estonia, and drew strength from baths in the healing mud . The tsar personally suggested building a railway station to make it easier to reach Haapsalu. With the magnificent promenade and the playful wooden architecture of the 19th and early 20th century, the town of 14,000 inhabitants is also a treat for the eyes - especially in summer, when the sun bathes the historic Kurhaus by the water in golden light until late in the evening .

Then a restaurant with a cocktail bar and a wonderful view of the mirror-smooth sea dotted with islands will open in the sumptuous, gleaming white building. With its lovingly designed interior, Cafe Dietrich takes its guests back to the era of Estonia's first independence a hundred years ago . The kitchen combines past and present - from schnitzel with potato salad from Baltic-German days to freshly caught fish.

Dolce Vita in Pärnu Bay

Estonia's traditional summer capital is the ultimate summer destination not only for the residents of Tallinn, who traditionally shift their lives to Parnu in the summer. Outstanding wellness facilities, a fine sandy beach, restaurants, bars and an 18-hole golf course on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bay of Parnu offer ideal conditions for a varied holiday.

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With historical architecture, the chic marina and a rich cultural program, Parnu has a lot of flair. Gourmet restaurants such as Raimond, located in the historic bathhouse, and cafes such as Supelsaksad, which has won awards for its colorful interior, guarantee the highest quality of life.

Here is also wide range of accommodation. If you want to immerse yourself in nature , you can let the whisper of the wind sing you to sleep in the tents of Seikle Vabaks stretched like hammocks between tree trunks - an unforgettable summer experience.

Weddings and Sunshine: Kuressaare

The capital of the beautiful Baltic Sea island of Saaremaa has two attractive core competencies: weddings and sunshine. In fact, the Kuressaare Weather Service certifies the most hours of sunshine in Estonia. She is supported by numerous sunflowers, which compete with her to shine. So it's no wonder that the island's capital is also particularly popular as a wedding backdrop.

She is also particularly romantic. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, its castle is considered the best preserved in the Baltics and offers a perfect destination not only for wedding photos but also for summertime exploration. The well-fortified fort is now a stronghold of culture. During the opera days, the courtyard is transformed into a stage for top-class opera productions. The historical museum in the castle illustrates what life was like here 1,300 years ago.

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