For millennia, Tallinn has been a gateway between East and West. Sokos Hotel Estoria is like a key that opens up phenomenon called Estonia. It is a unique and cosy business class hotel that provides high-quality service, opportunity to rest, relax, and learn something interesting about Estonia at the same time.
As the name implies, this hotel is here to tell you stories about amazing Estonia. We have 93 unique rooms – every room has a different theme, its own story. Pick your favourite topic from the Storybook and explore epoch-making Estonia!
Did you know that a 16th-century theme park operates at Rakvere Castle year-round? In 2013, it was visited by more than 100,000 people.
At Rakvere Castle, you can have a horseback ride, practice archery, order mediaeval feasts, or hold corporate summer events, weddings or birthdays.Read more
Did you know that you can come across a bit of Venice in Tartu?
In the City of Tartu, more than anywhere else, glass goblets with high-level enamel paintings, so-called Venetian goblets, have been found.Read more
Impressions about Estonia from Erasmus programme and degree students – opinions forwarded to Study in Estonia.
Godswill, Nigeria: Estonia was so awesome, good friends, good people, caring, loving and helpful. Every day was a plus towards my career goal.
Carlos, Bogotá: Fascinating. Interesting, challenging. Demanding. Enriching. Time-consuming. Culturally aware. Multicultural.
Adrienne, USA: The benefits of studying in Estonia for me are difficult to summarise. I changed as a student but, even more so, as a human being.Read more
Did you know that Tallinn was one of the major trading and harbour sites in all of Northern Europe and on the Baltic Sea as early as the Iron Age, linking the broad expanses of Russia with Scandinavia and Central Europe?
The trade route passing through Tallinn ran all the way to the Black Sea from the time before the Hanseatic League. It is thanks to the sea lanes and trade routes that a port evolved there and the Old Town of Tallinn sprang up. Historically, Tallinn has been closely linked to Europe since the 13th century, belonging in the Hanseatic League (1285) and having close ties to the Lübeck, the capital of the League.Read more
Did you know that a mediaeval sepulchre may be visited in Tartu?
It all began in 2008, when archaeologist Martin Malve was investigating the cultural layer amongst the ruins of the Dome Cathedral and found a mediaeval tombstone.Read more
Did you know that the oldest continuously operating café in Tallinn is Café Maiasmokk?
In 1806, the Swiss confectioner Lorenz Caviezel set up his confectioner’s workshop and shop front in the same location. In 1864, the business was bought by the Baltic German confectioner Georg Stude, who joined it to the building on the adjacent lot. It began to produce hand-crafted marzipan figurines and chocolate sweets and cakes, and a café was opened. It is like that to this day.Read more
Did you know that the oldest capital city in the Baltic Sea region was in fact mostly inhabited and ruled by foreigners – Danes, Germans, Swedes, Russians – from the 13th to the 19th centuries, and Estonians could only begin to claim Tallinn as their own city from the 1920s?
There were most likely earlier Estonian settlements during the 11th and 12th centuries on the present day location of Tallinn – Estonian clans used the area of what is now the Tallinn as a marketplace, and they utilised the natural harbour and maintained a wooden fortress on Toompea hill. 1154 – Tallinn is first mentioned in historic records by Arab cartographer al-Idrisi (Tallinn as Qlwr, Kolyvan, Koluvan, Kalewen by Lindanäs/Lyndanise)Read more
Study in Estonia@studyinestonia:
International students ask us why they should study in Estonian universities. What would you say? #whystudyinestonia #interestingtoknowRead more
Did you know that Estonians’ traditional housing is unique in the world?
The mighty building, merging with nature, accommodated nearly the entirety of a farmer’s household under the one roof; it is not without reason that the popular designation of a farmhouse was multivalent: elu (life). Outside Estonia, this kind of distinctive dwelling is only common in the areas of the former Governorate of Livonia, in North Latvia.Read more