Patarei – International Museum for the Victims of Communism opens it’s doors on 15 May, 2019

One of Tallinn’s most majestic buildings with long, dark history will open again to the public presenting an exhibition “Communism is a Prison”.

Patarei – International Museum for the Victims of Communism opens it’s doors officially on 15 May, 2019. Visitors can once again see the authentic prison interior of this former naval fortress built in 1829. On display, you can see more about communist and Nazi ideology and the crimes of its implementer in different countries.

Patarei is one of the largest completely preserved classical style building ensembles in Estonia and the surrounding area. So it’s worth the visit for that reason only. Patarei is just a short walk away from the Old Town. Nearby is another architectural wonder the Seaplane Harbour.

During our Soviet Legacy Tour we will make a photo stop at Patarei, so to see and hear more about the prison book you private tour with us here: Tallinn Private Stories of Soviet Legacy Tour.

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Cool Facts About Estonia- from bog lakes to e-government and fairy tale castles


Some say there is something magical about this small country of 1.3 million inhabitants, who speak in an elvish sounding language, think wireless internet access is a basic human right and consider singing their religion- meet the Estonians.

Here is a great introduction to Estonia and it´s people, culture, country and more. A must read before your trip over to the Baltic Sea pearl of Tallinn, the enchanting capital city.

Estonia connects the dots between Scandinavia, Central Europe and what lies to the east

Hop over!

You can fly, sail, ride or drive to Estonia from anywhere in Europe. Located in northeastern Europe, this small coastal country is a short ferry trip away from Finland and Sweden, a coach ride away from such European capitals as Warsaw and Berlin, and an overnight train from Saint Petersburg will land you at the heart of Tallinn.

Photo by: Toomas Volmer, Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau

Estonia’s capital Tallinn is the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe


Estonia’s UNESCO world heritage capital city Tallinn was granted city rights in the 13th century by the King of Denmark. Since then, the streets of Tallinn have seen many world powers, from the Danes and Swedes to Germans, and tsarist and Soviet Russia. Tallinn Old Town is filled with medieval houses and alleyways and is still protected by the remnants of the city wall. The wealth of architecture in Tallinn means that there are many legends and stories to explore.

Photo by: Erik Peinar

Estonia speaks Estonian…as well as English, Russian, Finnish and German

No barriers…

Estonians tend to be at least bilingual, and according to recent studies, are among the best English speakers in Europe. Many visitors tend to think that Estonians speak elvish. This magical sounding language is in fact Estonian, belonging to the Finno Ugric branch of European languages.

Photo by: Nieminen

Estonia is about 50% forest

Where the wild things are

Estonians love their forests, bogs and all the creatures that live there such as lynxes, brown bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and deers. It’s right to say that Estonians come with a tree hugging trait.

Photo by: Sven Zacek

Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million but is larger than Denmark and Holland

Stretch out and relax

Being among the least densely populated countries in Europe, Estonia makes for a great nature and city break destination for those looking to stretch out their limbs and enjoy some peace and solitude.

Photo by: Kristjan Lust

Estonia has over 2000 islands

Roots deep within

Although mostly uninhabited, Estonia is the only Baltic country with far-stretching and deep rooted island culture. Estonian islands are mostly rural, some holding traces of local Viking, traditional and medieval culture.

Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Estonian Song Celebration dates back to 1869, attracting thousands of singers in every 5 years

The singing nation

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is the local signature event and a reason why Estonians are often referred to as the “singing nation”. The uniqueness of this mesmerising event has even earned the song and dance celebration a place at UNESCO’s prestigious list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Photo by: Kaarel Mikkin

Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world

Architectural heritage

While Estonia has a great range of historical churches, only over a quarter of the population are affiliated with a particular religion, with Lutheranism being most prevalent among Estonians in particular.

Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Estonia is a digital society


From voting to signing documents online, Estonia implements hassle free and modern approach to running one’s errands. This means less bureaucracy, while adding more transparency and efficiency in some vital sectors such as healthcare and education.

Photo by: Kaarel Mikkin

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Estonia is Europe’s Most Underrated Country by New York Post

After all, no one knew anything about the European country — which is three times smaller than New York state — so it was a plausible home for the mysterious exchange student.

Larger than both Denmark and Holland, but with a population of just 1.3 million, it’s easy to take advantage of both city and country — especially since about 50 percent of the country is uninhabited forest. Twenty-five years after the film’s release, Estonia still seems off the beaten path. (Even though the now ubiquitous phone-imitating app Skype was founded in Estonia, and most locals won’t let you forget it!) But it’s well worth a visit.

Less obvious to visitors is the country’s continued tech savvy: Residents use a coded government identification card to pay bills and taxes — and even cast all votes in elections — from home.

Flights from New York to Estonia start at about $800 round-trip on Finnair via Helsinki this winter. Here are the Baltic nation’s four major cities worth exploring, especially for first-timers.


The fairy-tale capital of Estonia is the best-preserved medieval city in northern Europe, with winding cobblestone streets and incredible architecture. Once was home to wealthy merchants from neighboring countries, Tallinn’s historic center — called the Old Town — is now filled with restaurants, bars, museums and galleries, with a healthy mix of locals and visitors.

Though keen observers will notice a wide array of handsome historic churches — practically one on every other corner — only about a quarter of the population is affiliated with any religion, making Estonia one of the least religious countries in the world. (Don’t let that stop you from enjoying Tallinn’s multitude of gorgeous Gothic spires.)

Read the full article here: A guide to Europe’s most underrated country


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