Few were those who believed that Baltic Republics (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), which belonged to the URRS until 1991, were to have such rapid growth after becoming independent from the absorbing power. However, these three countries have opened up to the world proud of their history, their culture, their landscapes and, of course, their people. As a result, the growth of tourism in the area has been considerable.
Today at Hard Hobbit To Break we want to focus on Estonia, a small country in extension but full of possibilities for sightseeing. Located in the northeast of Europe, this republic offers spectacular natural corners and cities that are worth knowing. Next we are going to talk about the most important ones, based on the number of inhabitants. Would you like to join us?
How could it be otherwise, we will start by talking about Tallinn, the capital, which is by far the largest agglomeration Estonian city. In fact, about 40% of the country's population is found here. It is the political center of the country and is home to many points of interest, with its main medieval attraction being its main attraction.
The second most populous city in Estonia is Tartu, which is considered to be the center cultural from the country. Beyond the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Saint Peter, the University stands out, inaugurated in 1632 by King Gustav II Adolph of Sweden. In fact, it is the oldest university in the country.
On the northern border with Russia we find Narva, the third most populous city in the country, where more than 90% of the population is Russian. Much of the city was destroyed during World War II, but some monuments are preserved, such as the fortress, the Town Hall or the Alexander Cathedral.
The fourth most populous city in Estonia is Kohtla-Järve. As in the previous case, most of the inhabitants are Russian-speaking. It is a highly industrialized city. In addition, it is important to note that it is located in a strategic place, since it is located next to the highway and the railroad that connect the capital with Narva and Saint Petersburg.
We also have to talk about Pärnu, a city located on the shore of the eponymous bay, which is part of the Baltic Sea. It is a very popular tourist destination and in fact has many hotels, restaurants and Beaches. We must highlight its sanatoriums and rest homes. As for monuments, the most notable is the Town Hall built in 1797.
We continue our tour of the most important Estonian cities in Viljandi, known for its landscapes and its rich cultural life. The Viljandi Folk Music Festival deserves a special mention, a music festival held every year by the Estonian Traditional Music Center in the ruins of the castle and in churches, among other corners of the city.
The seventh most populous city in Estonia is Rakvere, known for its historic stone castle, which sits on a hill. Of course, it also attracts many visitors for the culture of the spa and for its contemporary square. On the other hand, it is important to note that different punk music events and festivals are held here.
Finally, we have to talk about Maardu, which is part of the Tallinn metropolitan area. In fact, it is the gateway to the capital from the road that connects Tallinn with Saint Petersburg. Its main attraction is located on the outskirts, where one of the houses is located stately Baroque oldest and best preserved in the country.
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