Europe’s Economic Tiger
Like its Baltic neighbors, Estonia endured multiple invasions and almost nonstop hardship during the twentieth century. But the future now looks extremely bright, and this new economic tiger is looking to make up for lost time. Savvy European travelers have been coming to this part of the continent for years, and thankfully, westernization has not diminished its charms (yet). Tallinn, the capital, can be reached by air, overnight ferry, or bus. Despite the region’s history, the medieval old town remains remarkably intact, and exploring its winding streets can take days. Prices are low compared with most of Europe, so fill up on savory meat crepes to keep you going. When you want to get out of the city, take a bus to Lahemaa National Park, with 100,000 hectares of bays, peninsulas and forests the largest of its type in the former Soviet Union. You’ll sleep in rustic cabins, dine on hearty local cuisine, and enjoy the silence as you walk among ancient glacier-carved hills and lakes.