The smallest country of the Baltics in Northern Europe, Estonia shines brightly with its cities, immense forests and wetlands. The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, has a UNESCO world heritage listed Old Town with beautiful medieval buildings still standing, along with the old city walls. Explore the cobbled streets and atmospheric churches, as well as the more recent, darker, history of this small nation in the excellent museums. Enjoy a coffee in the main square of the old town and bask in the sunshine of a short Estonian summer. Head out of the city centre to see the Kadriorg Palace, an imperial Russian summer residence built for Peter the Great in the 1700s, or the Rottermann district which boasts many Art Nouveau buildings. For a taste of rural Estonia, visit the Lahemaa National Park which includes 14 lakes, four waterfalls and eight rivers. In the winter months, Lahemaa changes into a fairytale land of frozen lakes and snow-clad trees. Saaremaa, the largest of the Estonian islands to the west of the country, has been owned in turn by Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Russia and has a unique culture stemming from its diverse influences. Explore the picturesque towns of Kuressaare and Kihelkonna or stroll along the sandy beaches to get away from it all.