Estonia, Tallinn and the University

Estonia is situated in northeastern Europe on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is bordered to the east and southeast by Russia and to the south by Latvia. As the northernmost of the three Baltic States, Estonia offers visitors the chance to see a country that is both part of the former Soviet Union and a proud member of the European Union. Buildings from the Middle Ages, beautiful natural parks, unspoiled beaches and many islands just off the coast are just some of the attractions that Estonia has to offer.

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a historic city dating back to medieval times and was first mentioned in 1154. On the very first encounter, Tallinn emerges as a place of lights, colours, shadows and reflections, living in an almost magical Middle Ages milieu. The jewel of the crown is its medieval city, otherwise known as the Old Town. At its historic heart is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and buildings from the Middle Ages along ancient alleyways.

The Old Town is in magnificent condition – with the ancient city walls complete and fairytale towers, visitors can still stroll through the streets of the Old Town, wandering past the same churches, squares, towers, and rows of peaked and gabled houses as people did centuries ago.

In the centre of this old city centre a modern university is located – Tallinn University. Tallinn University’s main strengths lie in the fields of the humanities and social sciences, but it also has a strong and constantly growing component of natural and exact sciences, as well as a notable tradition of teacher training and educational research. The university’s summer school has achieved a notable reputation and has become the academic highlight of the Estonian summer. In 2010, the university has launched Tallinn Winter School.

Learn more on the Visit Estonia website.