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Estonia
Estonia Travel Guide
Ever wanted to eat blood sausages washed down with a syrupy liquor of unknown origin, check out abandoned Soviet military installations, or go bog walking then get flogged with birch branches in a scorching hot sauna? You can do it all in Estonia, the small territory which packs in some charming quirks without ruining your budget.
Festivals Place to Visit Fast Facts
Old Town Days
Taking place each June in the heart of this historic city, Old Town Days is a great medieval festival which sees the streets filled with participants dressed in the traditional clothes of that period. Events include a traditional street market, authentic medieval food and drink stalls, street entertainers, folk music and traditional dancing

Opera and Ballet Festival:
Each year the Estonian National Opera holds its "Summer Night Stars" - a week of performances of its most popular works. The event is always popular with sell-out performances that welcomes guest soloists and conductors

Midsummer's Night:
Celebrated throughout Estonia, Midsummer's Night is the celebration of the Summer Solstice which marks the longest day of the year. It is an ancient practice which dates back to pre-Christian times and has many rituals that are closely associated with nature and the hope for a good harvest in the autumn. It is a time to be with friends, family and loved ones and is usually celebrated with a big meal during the day before heading out to one of the many public parties which involve traditional dances and more eating, drinking and singing. Bonfires are also lit which is a ritual that links back to the old tradition of cleansing and warding off evil spirits

Ollesummer Festival:
The largest beer festival in the Baltics, the annual Ollesummer Festival takes place in the heart of the historic old city of Tallinn. Asides from copious amounts of beer, there is also a great programme of live entertainment including Estonian national music, rock, jazz, reggae and hip-hop. Bands and musicians perform on a number of different stages and there is also a separate Youth Zone (POP Arena) with performances by Estonian youth bands and a skate park and a Children's Zone (Summimaa) with a special programme for the youngest festival visitors including aerobics sessions, children's shows and a disco

Tallinn Christmas Market
Helping to get visitors in the festive spirit, the annual Christmas Market turns the historic Old Town into a Christmas shopper's paradise. Amidst the many stalls selling everything from traditional foods and drinks to locally-made handicrafts, choirs and musicians keep crowds entertained with regular performances of seasonal music and singing.