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Viru Hotel KGB Museum

Viru Hotel KGB Museum (Viru väljak 4, Tallinn) – at one time, there was a local hotel named the Viru. The year was 1972, and there were still two decades or so until the fall of Communism and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Any hotel that was appropriate for foreign visitors also had to […]

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Vao Towers Fortress

Vao Towers Fortress (22, Vao küla, Väike-Maarja vald, Lääne-Viru maakond) – built with local limestone, this tower-fortress goes back to the 14th century. In 1986, the fortress was restored under the leadership of Vao sovkhoz. An exhibition on the 1st floor introduces the history of Vao Tower-Fortress and Manor, and the surrounding villages. The 2nd […]

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Vääna Manor

Vääna Manor (Vääna küla, Harku vald, Harju maakond) – this manor is said to go as far back as 1325. Until 1919 it used to belong to von Stackelbergs who constructed there one of the most peculiar late Baroque manor buildings. Since 1920 the manor has housed a nursery-primary school and during the last two […]

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Toompea Castle

Toompea Castle (Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn) — Ever since the German Knights of the Sword first built a stone fortress here in 1227-29, every foreign occupier that ruled Estonia used the castle as its base. The tower is a vital national symbol: tradition dictates that whichever nation flies its flag over Pikk Hermann, also rules […]

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Stenbock House

Stenbock House (Rahukohtu tn 3, Toompea Hill, Tallinn) – this is one of the most impressive structures within the Estonian capital (completed in 1792, using the designs of architect Johann Caspar Mohr). It was originally intended for use as a court, but with insufficient government funding, it instead became a private residence.   During the […]

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Palmse Manor y Museo al aire libre

Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum (Palmse küla, Vihula vald, Lääne-Viru maakond) — Palmse Manor is one of the impressive baroque mansions in Estonia. The mansion and open-air museum was the first fully restored manor complex in Estonia. They are surrounded by the beautiful natural environment of Lahemaa National Park and provide an overview of Estonian […]

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Narva Castle

Narva Castle (Peterburi maantee 2, Narva) — In the seventh decade of the 13th century, the Danes established a castle as a residence for the Danish King’s vice-Regent. The Narva Castle is the most diverse and best preserved defense structure in Estonia. The area of the castle is 3.2 hectares, and the highest point is […]

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Museum of the Coastal Swedes

Museum of the Coastal Swedes (Sadama tn 32, Haapsalu) – this museum introduces the thousand-year-old settlements of the coastal Swedes in Estonia. Within this structure, inaugurated by the King of Sweden, you can acquaint yourself with their unique cultural heritage and see a 20-metre embroidered rug that depicts the life of the Estonian-Swedes. There is […]

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Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour – this is another museum that highlights Estonia’s connection to the sea. Its highlights include seaplane hangars that were initially built as part of the naval fortress of Peter the Great in 1916-1917, the Lembit Submarine (the world’s only surviving mine-laying submarine from the 1930s), a full-size replica of the British seaplane […]

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Laiuse Fortress Ruins

Laiuse Fortress Ruins (Laiusevälja küla, Jõgeva vald, Jõgeva maakond) – this fortress was originally built by the Livonian Order during the late 1300s, for defense of Estonia’s eastern border. The first defensive structure in Estonia to be fitted with firearms, it gained its definitive appearance in the late Middle Ages. Cannon towers were added to […]