Tallinn is the capital as well as the largest city of Estonia. It is currently populated by close to 450,000 residents and it occupies an area of approximately 160 square kilometres. The city itself was first spoken of by historians in 1219 although it is estimated that original settlements can be dated as far back as 5,000 years from the present. The city is also famous as possessing one of the best-preserved mediaeval towns in Europe and UNESCO recently designated this location as a World Heritage Site. Tallinn is frequented by innumerable tourists every year and naturally its popularity is continuing to grow. Let’s take a look at a handful of its most prominent attractions before providing advice on when to visit and flight suggestions.
Tallinn: The Main Sights
As mentioned within the last paragraph, you should always make it a point to visit the Old Town of Tallinn. This area is actually divided into two separate sections. The Upper Town is known as Toompea and it is known for its heavy fortifications (this area tended to be the seat of power for past rulers). Toompea Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Dome Church tend to be the most popular sights. The Lower town (All-inn) is a bit more open in nature and this location is the sight of the Town Hall. Many of the original city walls are still in place; these were used to defend against potentially aggressive invaders in the past. St. Olaf’s Church is a very famous mediaeval church which can be visited and masses are still held here on Sundays.
Kadriorg is another location worth checking out. It is found approximately two kilometres outside of the city centre, so it could be a great way to take a break from the throngs of tourists. This location is most famous for a palace that was initially constructed by none other than Peter the Great (Kadroig Palace). It now houses the Art Museum of Estonia and it is definitely worth a closer look.
Pirita is a coastal district and it was famous for hosting the 1980 Moscow Olympics. While this is not a particularly large port, it is still possible to access boat rental services. These are excellent methods to wile away a lazy summer afternoon while they will also provide you with unforgettable views of the nearby coastline.
Tallinn is also famous for its craft beer breweries as well as its unique cuisine. While there is no particular location which will stand out from the others (this will depend upon your tastes), it is always wise to visit the Old Town to experience the plethora of options at your disposal.
When to Visit
The winters here can be quite cold at times. While visiting the Christmas market found within the Old Town is always an attractive option, please be sure to base your reservations off of the time of the year. Anyone who is looking to enjoy a more temperate climate is advised to arrive between the months of May and late September.