As well as being a favourite call for cruise ships, Tallinn is a popular weekend break destination with its maze of cobbled streets, tiny shops, pavement cafes and stylish restaurants.
Tallinn is said to be the quickest growing Baltic Capital. Although formerly part of the USSR, you are reminded more of its medieval past when you enter the town. It still retains 20 of its original 46 towers built in the middle ages and many sections of the old wall are still intact.
The main square is Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats) where executions used to take place; on one side of the square lies the imposing town hall with its vaulted halls. Avoid the cafes and restaurants in the square (they have these annoying vendors plying for trade – the first and only I saw in the Baltic). There is a good craft Market in the square. Take one of the streets leading to the upper town up towards the beautiful Alexander Cathedral, here you will find other more suitable cafes and restaurants.
Places to Visit
Notable Places to visit within walking distance of one another are:
St Mary’s Cathedral, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, St Olaf’s, St Nicholas, Holy Ghost Churches – Toompea Castle – Tall Hermann Tower – Town Hall – Kiek in de Kok Tower – Catherine’s Passage – Museums, Tallinn City, Estonian National Art, and Estonian History. The Estonian capital has a spectacular new museum, The Seaplane Harbour.
Estonia is covered with forests and remote offshore islands. A paradise to those who love hiking and cycling. Windmills, wooden churches and lighthouses of the Saaremaa Islands are best explored by bicycle. Trails take you past winter forests, and lakes along the rugged coastline of Lahemaa National Park. For a relaxing few days stay at the historic spa town of Parnu, with its sandy beaches and quiet leafy streets that come alive on summer evenings.
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Photo: Alexander Nevski Cathedral (Upper Town) RG 32