Tallinn is the largest city and capital of Estonia, a beautiful picturesque city with stunning architecture, located in the northeastern part of the Baltic Sea with a population of almost 395,000 (2019).
WHAT TO SEE:
- There are many reasons to join a free walking tour. I have joined several free walking tours around Europe and I simply love the idea. The Tallinn Free Tour is a popular initiative providing walking tours in the city of Tallinn based on tips, organizing as well day excursions, bike trips, and food gatherings. Tallinn free walking tour is based on ‘Pay what you feel” philosophy. My day started in a lovely way when I met Helen, our tour guide and a bunch of friendly people from Europe, USA, and Australia. Helen, a knowledgeable individual provided us with lots of historical information about the city, a lovely girl with a great sense of humour. Tours start daily all year round every day at noon (also during holidays). From 15th of April-30th of September every day at 10:00, at noon and 15:00. Check it out here: http://www.traveller.ee.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Alexander Nevsky, located in the Old Town, opposite the Estonian Parliament building, in proximity to Toompea Castle, was built in 1900. An imposing building, inspired by Russian architecture, well worth a visit! Free entry.
The Kohtuotsa viewing platform is one of the sights I enjoyed the most, during my stay in Tallinn. Kohtuotsa offers an amazing panorama of the city, is usually full of tourists and free to visit. The quote, ”The Times we had”, painted in platform’s wall, attracts the majority of tourists. Not to miss the view on sunset, if you visit early to beat the crowds and get a nice photo.
- Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek), located in the center of Tallinn, has a long history, as the oldest pharmacy in Europe that has continuously been in business in the same building, since before 1422. Raeapteek celebrated on 8 April 2019 it’s 597th birthday!!
I love top on top of the views, therefore I couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit St Olaf Church. St Olaf, the tallest building in Europe between 1549 and 1625, has a lovely interior and offers great views all over the city. A lovely church to visit and a challenging, steep and narrow, staircase to climb, 232 steps to the top and the viewing platform (3€).
Worth visiting some of the most important historical sights of the city centre, as St Mary’s Cathedral, Oleviste Church, Town Hall, Town Hall Square.
St Catherine’s passage, a long and narrow, medieval architecture, passageway, connects Vene and Müürivahe streets. Very scenic district with lots of history and art – craft shops nearby. Tallinn City Gallery, established in 1934, is an art gem in the heart of the city. Exhibitions are displayed in Tallinn Art Hall (Vabaduse väljak 8), the Art Hall Gallery (Vabaduse väljak 6) and Tallinn City Gallery (Harju 13). It was a lovely evening, joining the Open Day of the spring exhibition, a lovely gathering full of modern artwork, artists talks, and press. Contemporary art at its finest!
What locals suggested? Coffee and traditional cakes in Rukis!! Rukis, located in centre of the city, a lovely coffee shop, offers great quality of coffee, delicious desserts and exceptional customer service. Reasonable prices, absolutely worth a visit. Rukis is ideal for breakfast as well, serves wide variety of omelettes, salads with fresh berries, pasta with mushrooms, salmon toasties and croissants, yummy cakes and sandwiches (10€).
- Poobel, a great cozy restaurant, located in a welcoming and relaxing environment. One of the most delicious salmon soups I ever had!! Great selection of dishes from vegetable or chicken salad, a salmon burger served with chips, chicken fillet marinated in kvass served with stewed carrots, starters as a cod liver salad or beef tartar, potato skins, garlic bread and coffee, fresh lemonade, pints, wine e.tc. (10€).
Pierre Chocolaterie is a hidden chocolate gem in the heart of the city. Located in a courtyard , this lovely ”choco paradise” offers a wide variety of choco beverages as hot chocolate with marshmallows 😋 Russian hot chocolate with chilli and ginger, orange, tequila, raisins, ice cream with chocolate and mango, milkshake with mango and orange, dark, white and mocha, caramel chocolate cakes, hot cheese- chorizo – salami sandwiches, quiche Lorraine e.t.c. What impressed me the most is the nostalgic old fashioned 20’s – 30″s style and French music. Quite a different experience!!
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