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Dear Readers,


Welcome to Visit Estonia's September newsletter for the travel trade!


The autumn equinox has come and gone. The trees have begun their seasonal shift into red, orange, and brown. The weather has been great for hiking, mushrooms fill the forests, and the birds are heading south for the winter. September is the beginning of a magical season in Estonia, and of course, Christmas is just around the corner!


We've got tips for an autumn family getaway — check out our favorite kid-friendly hiking trails and interactive museums or find the perfect spa to visit with children. On the heels of June's great news—Estonia became the first Baltic country to legalize gay marriage—we've got an LGBTQ travel guide which highlights popular nightlife options. 


For industry news in between newsletters, check out trade news on our website.

Happy browsing!


Sincerely yours,


The Visit Estonia Team


Explore Estonia with the whole family!

Family holidays in Estonia

Relaxed vibes and natural beauty make Estonia a perfect destination to enjoy with the whole family. Estonian towns never get hectic, and the countryside has many safe and exciting activities for children. Estonia is small enough to go berry picking in the forest, visit interactive museums and child-friendly restaurants all within one weekend. 


Start by exploring these family-friendly options:

For more on family travel in Estonia, check out the link below!

Plan a family holiday

Upcoming events for the final quarter of 2023

Top events of the season

Autumn is sometimes called an "off" season — but these events are definitely "on" and make for a great reason to visit Estonia outside the busy summer months. Plus, there's something for everyone, from the horse show for animal lovers to restaurant week for foodies, and the biggest film festival in northern Europe for the film buffs!

Check out the season's top events

LGBTQ travel guide to Estonia

LGBTQ travel guide to Estonia

In June 2023, Estonia became the first country in the Baltics to legalize same-sex marriage. Even though the Estonian LGBTQ scene is still relatively small, Tallinn has several bars and nightclubs with regular events that attract a trendy crowd. As a university town, Tartu also has an LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere.

Explore the travel guide

Tallink's Baltic Queen back on the water

Ferry travel to Tallinn

After an upgrade, Tallink's Baltic Queen serving the Tallinn-Stockholm route has become more comfortable for passengers and more energy efficient for the environment.


The interior Grill House, the ship's popular restaurant, now has new furniture and décor. Among other maintenance work, the ship's carpeting was replaced in public areas, and passenger cabin bathrooms were renovated.


In addition to routine hull cleaning and maintenance work, the ship's propeller blades were replaced with new modern blades, making the ship even more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The Baltic Queen's hull was also painted with a unique graphene-based paint as a pilot project. This is expected to reduce hull resistance and reduce the ship's negative environmental impact.

Read more about ferry travel to Tallinn

Where to find relaxing spas in Estonia

Where to find relaxing spas in Estonia

Estonia has been a spa and health resort destination for hundreds of years. Estonian spa hotels and health resorts are located along the coast, in the remote Estonian countryside, or deep within verdant forests, as local culture is so closely tied to the natural world.


Spas take advantage of the surrounding nature by using local ingredients, such as mineral-rich mud, juniper leaves and berries, natural spring water, and peat for their treatments. No Estonian spa experience is complete without a sauna, a tradition so deeply rooted in Estonian culture that the smoke sauna ritual is on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Estonian spas welcome travelers of all types: couples, families with children, and solo travelers. Explore the link belong to check out spa destinations all around the country.

Plan a spa holiday

Estonia in the media

green corridor

Lonely Planet highlights long-distance hiking trails in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.


The Telegraph calls Saaremaa the cool island escape you've probably never heard of!


Tallinn's green corridor—the Pollinator Highway—gets noticed by Scottish Pollinators.


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