The inland resort town of Viljandi, 80 mi/130 km southeast of Tallinn, lies by a small lake and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The ruins of a massive 13th-century castle are perched above the town on a hill. The suspension bridge over the castle's moat makes a nice stop for a photograph if you happen to be passing through.

West of Viljandi is the beautiful wetland area of Soomaa National Park. With alluvial meadows and forests, rivers, pristine lakes and raised bogs, it's a perfect place for hikers. Don't worry about wet feet: Boarded tracks bridge swampy areas.

Viljandi has been recognized by the European Commission as one of the most exciting tourist destinations in Europe because it stands out with its innovation while valuing its historical heritage.

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