The fairytale spires of Tallinn’s old town attract thousands of visitors, many from cruise ships that dock for the day and fill the cobbled streets with tourists. The capital offers a heady mix of history, from medieval origins to grisly Soviet repression, told through countless museums.
In the evenings costumed peasants will try to tempt you into themed restaurants to try the local ales and mince stews, but stand your ground. Instead, slip away from the crowds and head to Kalamaja, a former industrial area now dotted with modern eateries and bars in former factories, where you can try quality Estonian food for a snip. The area is emblematic of Tallinn’s more recent identity as the Silicon Valley of Europe: stats show the city has more startups per person than anywhere else on the continent.
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Updated 18 August 2017
Photo: Kadi-Liis Koppel
Steeped in Medieval charm, yet always on the cutting-edge of modernity, Tallinn
offers today's travelers plenty to see. The city is big enough and interesting
enough to explore for days, but also small and compact enough to give you the
full Tallinn experience in just a few hours.
Town Hall Pharmacy
Open since as far back as 1422,
this curious little shop on the
corner of To...
Tallinn Town Wall
With 1.9km of its original city
wall still standing, Tallinn boasts
one of E...
Perched on a limestone cliff and
towering over the rest of the
St. Catherine's Passage
What makes this easily the most
picturesque of Old Town's lanes
Explore this sturdy, 14th-century
tower, sip coffee in its swank
caf or wal...
Cathedral of Saint Mary th...
The Medieval church that stands
at the centre of Toompea hill is
one of the ...
Estonian History Museum - ...
This extensive museum presents
Estonia's history from
prehistoric times' rig...
Kiek in de Kk
The name of this massive,
38m-high cannon tower and
museum of the town's def...
Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform
On the east corner of Toompea
hill sits quite a spacious viewing
Town Hall Square
From this spot, with a little
stretching and bending, you can
see the tops o...
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Tallinn's pride and joy is its historic Old Town, an
enchanting neighborhood of centuries-old
streets, houses, towers and squares that looks
like it was torn right from the pages of a
storybook. On the other hand, threaded through
that same Old Town and its environs are
cutting-edge restaurants, cafs and clubs that
give Tallinn its energy and buzz.
Old Town Where Tallinn's heart beats
lanes and iron street
lamps. Gothic spires and
Cappuccino and Wi-Fi