A Map of Estonia
This is a Map of Estonia which may be useful if you also want to visit other cities. I would suggest to visit Parnu Estonia's summer capital and Tartu which is and was very popular for its university!
And from Tallinn, if I'm not wrong, you can reach St. Petersburg Russia in about 6 hours by bus..
Don't miss your VT notices!
A good and central place for a quick mail check is the little coffee bar in this (rather posh) shopping centre. Prices seem to vary winter and summer; the most I paid was about 60 krooni/hour around midsummer.
At the corner of Viru and Vene, computers are under the stairs.
Estonian is one of the smallest languages in Europe, with only around a million speakers. It isn't even dominant within its own borders, with a large minority of ethnic Russians who often don't, or won't, speak Estonian. It's also not an easy language to learn, being a member of the Uralic language group that includes Hungarian and Finnish, and not a lot else.
The language may share the difficult and complex grammatical rules of Hungarian and Finnish, but thankfully, due to Estonia's diverse history, it has taken on many loan words from other languages. The strongest influence has been Germanic, which makes it much easier for speakers of those languages, like the English and especially Germans, to pick up a little Estonian.
About 25% of Estonian language is directly or indirectly related to English, coming from Low Saxon and High German. Words like pannkook (pancake), ruum (room), salat (salad) and paber (paper) will be immediately understandable to English speakers. If you understand some German you'll feel very much at home.
Many Estonians speak English, especially those who come into contact with tourists, but a few words of Estonian will make a good impression on anyone. It also shows respect to make an effort, and not assume people speak English (a sin I am often guilty of). Here are a few common examples:
tere = hello (teh-reh and roll the r)
palun = please (pa-lun)
tanan = thanks (ta-nahn)
ja = yes; ei = no (ya/aye)
vabanda = excuse me (vah-bahn-dah)
tsau = goodbye (like Italian ciao)
Some Estonian words sound very rude in English. If you want some fun, and aren't easily offended, you can ask an Estonian, preferably a woman, to say "12 months" or "1002" in English.
English is widely understood in Tallinn.
It seems that Tallinn is really marketing its medieval past and heritage rather than it's Russian one, trying to make a clean break, as it were.
This picture is of the Kiek in the Kok museum about Medieval Tallinn.
The Botanical Gardens
The Tallinn Botanical Gardens are located near Pirita beach. The entrance to the park is free, if you want to go in and see the more exsotic plants you need to pay smth around 20 EEK. It's a gorgeous place, especially in the summer time. You can take a bus near Viru hotel, bus nr 1A for example.