Originally Posted by Dylanzesz
If I were to visit Estonia, what sightseeing/activities would you recommend?
I would say Old Town in Tallin
(I guess it takes at least a day)
Estonian Song Festival
- its held every 5 years.
As for nature - we have swamps and forest and Tuhala Witch's well
- I have no idea whos video this is. The well starts to "boil" in spring, because there are some underground rivers and melting snow somehow affects them and well you get the picture (wikipedia said that it can go up to 100 liters per second - I think its a bit much, but I have not seen it yet, maybe next year.).
I would say Sauna is one of our traditions, but I think that everyone has tried sauna (maybe smoke sauna would be something new to try).
There is also something about a ghost appearing in Haapsalus castle, but it will only appear in August (when its full moon and the moon needs specific position). Its a silhouette of a lady (the "ghost" is called White Lady) so many people go to watch it as it appears. Story goes like this - bla-bla-bla prohibited love bla-bla-bla the girl get bricked in ( I guess its not correct wording - in was practiced in medival times basically means that someone was put into a room and they built a wall so she/he would not get out). Legend says that she begged and cried for days until she finally died and from there on she appeared on the window on those full moon August nights. Some say it is more to do with moon making a specific shadow - seems to make more sense. In the end of a day - no one is really sure what is going on.
On the people who were "bricked in" they discovered some man (I mean skeleton) in Kuressaares castle but now I dont rememeber if they replaced it with model or do they have a real skeleton in there (I seem to remember that the skeleton was so old that it collapsed to dust when it was touched so there might be a real skeleton sitting on that chair). And there is a story about why he was "bricked in" I dont remember. And there is some place where they used to throw people to the lions (I dont think lions make much sense so maybe it was wolfs or very hungry dogs). I guess the last one might be a bit "standard" - I mean what bishop's castle would not have this kind of things.
And while you are camping in forest (and please take a GPS and fully loaded mobile and compass with you) you might find bunkers where men were living - to escape from military turning (and after) WW2.
Oh and TV tower in Tallinn.
There are a lot more - I find it a bit hard to say where someone should go, some want to see history, some want to see nature and some want to see "mystical" places and some just want to relax and shop (okey, I cant see anyone coming to Estonia for shopping, unless its for alcohol - at least our alcohol used to be cheap - talking about that try out "Vana Tallinn" liqueur).
There are a lot folklore and myths so before visiting (or while visiting) you should try to search more info about those attractions you want to visit - somehow for me it makes even a rock interesting when I know its been used for sacrifice. My parents own a forest and while I was there I saw that there were pile of rocks around trees ( I found it really weird so I asked why has someone put rocks like that - found out that few hundred years ago there was a battle and those rocks are actually warrior graves - needless to say that I could not stop staring at those rocks and I began to imagine that war that took place.