Estonia (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 15 Jul 2007
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"A thoughtful and well-written introduction to the country." The Lady "A wealth of practical information." The Yorkshire Post "This guide provides the essential information to prepare a successful trip." Reference Review "A must-have as it covers not only the country, but also offers fascinating information on short trips to the neighbours." The Baltic Times "Excellent on culture and history." Escape Routes "Bradt's Estonia is best - detailed, reliable, and pleasantly opinionated." Conde Nast Traveler, USA
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A guidebook really has many authors even if only one name appears on the title page. To be good, it needs to be supported regularly by travellers passing on up to date reports and views. I fortunately have the chance to visit Estonia about four times a year but there may be many developments, particularly outside the larger towns, of which I am unaware. I would welcome further comments to add to the one that is already on the site, and perhaps ideas for places and buildings to include in future editions that were neglected in the current book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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One has a sense of being with the man, with his wry and witty comments on all things Estonian. 'Pleasantly opinionated' is how one of the book cover comments describes the book, and that really hits the mark. It is precisely because Taylor gives opinions that the book is such a good read, and gets beyond the usual bland guidebook routine.
This is a country with a fabulously complicated history, and the fact that Taylor manages to unravel that in manageable terms is much his credit. That he even succeeds in lots of details glossed over by other guidebooks is remarkable. There really are several strands of Orthodox belief in Estonia: the Old Believers, the mainstream Russian Orthodox and the Estonian Orthodox. Taylor (with a talented team of guest contributors) probes these details, and generally gets them right.
The book is at its best in its coverage of rural areas of Estonia - and, in my view, entirely eclipses the English language competition once you get outside the capital. But it's good on Tallinn too, and I'd certainly highly recommend it for city break visitors just jetting into Tallinn for the weekend, as well as for those bent on more serious explorations of this most engaging of countries.
Of course the book deals well with the brick and mortar of modern Estonia, but I also found it excellent in its handling of the intangibles: issues of social mood, cultural identity and popular belief.Read more ›
This is very much a book for the discerning traveller. The 40-odd pages about the general history, economy, geography and culture of Estonia are excellent. No other guide covers these subjects so extensively. The practical information is always up to date (important in a country where so much is changing so fast) as Neil Taylor visits regularly and has good networks `on site'. The travel information is scattered with interesting texts and quotes from such Estonian luminaries as Ants Oras and Lennart Meri, the Welsh/Estonian MP Lembit Opik (who gives an apt 1-page guide to Dos and Don'ts) and British travellers of the 1930's. In addition I can recommend the well planned suggested tours.
This is the only guidebook in English that concentrates on Estonia without lumping it together with the other two Baltic States. This is very much to Bradts credit as the States are far from homogenous and deserve a volume all to themselves. Bradt's Latvia and Lithuania are also recommended.
Bradt's is always growing and changing so, if you're heading for Estonia and want reliable information about the country's natural beauty, turbulent history, what to see, what to do and how much it will cost, don't go without it!
Hilary Bird, Vanemuise, Tartu, Estonia
I have been a regular visitor since 2000 and have travelled extensively around Estonia and cannot fault this book in any of its details, whether on history, recommended destinations or the ambience of hotels.
Whereas some guides tend to concentrate mainly on the capital Tallinn, this one goes on to give extensive detail on the regional towns. To anyone contemplating their first visit to Estonia they should plan to venture beyond Tallinn because that is where the true beauty of the country lies, in the forests and lakes and fields of wildflowers; and this book makes excellent reading on where to go.
The substantial entry on Estonian history is also essential to give an understanding on how extraordinary its current progress is and how a modern Scandinavian democracy has risen elegantly from 50 years of oppression and colonisation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A useful guide although now slightly out of date.and I would have liked a slightly longer descriptions of places of interest.Published on 2 May 2013 by penny
This is a clear, well illustrated guide which will be useful to the general traveller. I have yet to be able to check its accuracy- I'm looking forward to that bit. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2011 by J. oconnor
Neil Taylor has written the best guides to each of the three Baltic States in English, and this new edition of the Estonia guide is masterly - detailed, very good on the historical... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2010 by Anna D
This Bradt guide to Estonia is informative and readable, and overall the best guide book to the country I have come across. Read morePublished on 30 July 2010 by Angus M
This is an excellent n depth guide! It has some real meat in it, and the information is carefully researched and lovingly updated, I have travelled in Estonia on and off for the... Read morePublished on 16 July 2010 by Bernhard
This is the second time I've used a Bradt guide while traveling, and each time I've found them good for two reasons; firstly they cover places the other guides haven't done in this... Read morePublished on 13 July 2010 by David Thompson
Estonia is a country that gives up it secrets only to those who are prepared to search for them. For the visitor who wants to see more of the country than the capital Tallinn,... Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2005 by Mr R P Gent