Think of Estonia and nothing seems logical. Tiny when it comes to territory but grand on the inside; long held in the Soviet grip but luckily, almost totally devoid of glorious, box-shaped remnants adorning the cityscape of other post-communist states; bustling on the one hand but on the other surprisingly cozy; charming and diverse but, we get the impression, slightly underrated (if you don't count hordes of Finns dropping in for the weekend and tumbling out of discos in their Saturday night revelries).
The very Tallinn deserves a separate guidebook. Its Old Town included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is a city on the move, where splendid sightseeing is just a part of the overall experience alongside good dining, posh shopping, wild party-making, and fine self-educating. Sipping frosty beer in an outdoor pub, surrounded with most exquisite sites, you can't help but feel the medieval Old Town is a living organism that balances the historical and contemporary forces, both making for its unique quality. Save some time for KUMO Art Gallery, a romantic walk in Nõmme, feeding swans in Kadriorg Park, and a laid-back beach afternoon in Pirita. Leaving Tallinn is truly a heartbreaker but the riches awaiting off the urban track are well worth stepping out.
Wherever the wind rose sends you, you'll bound to embark on no mean a voyage. In the northeast, tramp the woods and swamps of Lahemaa National Park and rock the boat at the Rakvere festival. In the south, dance the nights away with students in Tartu or find your secluded refuge ashore Lake Peipsi-Pihkva. In the west, climb the bird-watching towers and hike the trails of Haapsalu, savor the maritime ambience of Saaremaa, where the windmills and lighthouses clearly mark the skyline, get into a saddle in Tori, and give your body a heavenly treat in Pärnu, a health resort of international stature and a member in the European Spas Association.
Is there anything else you could possibly have time and desire for?