So this post is our light-hearted view of TallinnIt has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on this picturesque Baltic city.
Let’s start with the Truths about TallinnTallinn is in the northern Harju County of Estonia, nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. Just the thought of the Baltic Sea makes me shiver
The LocationThe Three C's
Estonia certainly has had a mixed heritage over the centuries, with various Kingdoms and Empires taking control, including Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Russia.
Tallinn was known by its historical German name of Reval from the 13th century until 1918 when it regained its independence.
Tallinn's Old Town is one of the most beautifully preserved medieval cities in Europe. Incredibly 1.9km of its defensive walls still remain, along with many of its ancient watchtowers.
With Tallinn located at such a strategic point in the Baltic Sea, it became a major trading hub. This then led to Tallinn playing an important role from the 14th to the 16th centuries and became part of the Hanseatic League.
The Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997.
Tallinn was a European Capital of Culture for 2011.
Where's Tallinn in the world?
Tallinn Up Close
Tallinn makes an ideal location for a mini-break. Centuries of history encircling you, the stunning architecture around every corner.
Tallinn is easily negotiated on foot, although to get the heart racing a bit head up to Toompea Castle and catch the wonderful view across the city rooftops.
It’s good to talk
So, what’s this Tallinn Trivia then?Regarding Tallinn, a city of culture, bustling town squares and all with a little dash of romance.
Did you know?
- The sun shines in Tallin for around 19 hours a day in the summer to around 6 hours in the winter.
- Talking of sunshine, Tallinn has a sandy beach, just around the bay from the Old Town in the Pirita District, you can enjoy 2km of golden sands, with magnificent views across the Baltic Sea.
- The Oldest café in Estonia is in Tallinn, named Maiasmokk. It was established in 1864 by the Baltic German confectioner Georg Stude. Though from 1806 a bakery was in the same location.
- Tallinn passenger port is one of the busiest cruise destinations on the Baltic Sea. If you don’t like crowds, you may want to check out when the ships are in town.
- Tallinn clearly takes its art very seriously; the city has a population of under half a million; yet, has 44 art museums.
- The Marina at the coastal region of Pirita was built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, to stage the sailing events.
Food and drink
If you've yet to discover the incredible history, Medieval wall and fascinating architecture in Tallinn, you're in for a treat.
I found this DK Top 10 Pocket Travel Guide invaluable, they're extremely informative, easy to follow, and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
What to see & do in Tallinn
Music & Culture
Where we stayed in Tallinn
The hotel is located in the historic Old Town and is just a short stroll to the charming town square, Raekoja Plats.
We booked Hotel Telegraaf as a treat for my birthday; the peaceful hotel had wonderful spa facilities. They include a sauna, a hot tub, a steam bath, and beauty treatments.
Value for Money
Our value for money index.
Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
Getting around town
What's it like discovering the city? Is it walkable? do you need to use public transport? did we leave with weary feet?
In the heart of the old city, it is very easily walkable, which is how we navigated Tallinn. Although there is a bit of a climb up to Toompea Castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Nonetheless, it’s worth it.
To visit the Pirita beach or Kadriorg Palace jump on public transport for a short ride.
Janis's Hi's & Lo's
Gary's Hi's & Lo's
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