The first written mention...
The first written mention about the town was in 1154, so Tallinn has a fascinating Old Town - Vanalinn. Old building and churches were built in 13-16 centuries and are still good-looking. The Old Town consists of two parts: Toompea (Upper Town) and All-linn (Lower town). There are two streets between these parts: Pikk Jalg (Long Leg) and L?hike Jalg (Short Leg). We have a legend ?Why does Tallinn have a limp?? Because it has one leg short and another long:)))
Identifed Buildings Tallinn Which Aren't TO DO
he Estonian Parliament is housed in the Toompea Castle.It is one of Estonia’s oldest and grandest architectural groupings. Built in the 13th to the 14th centuries, the castle is situated on the steep limestone coast, 50 meters above sea level. It is one of the most potent symbols of reigning power, conquered over the centuries by various nations
The Toompea Post Office is also located in the Old Town, at Lossi plats 4, and is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 17:00. UNDER CONSTRUCTION
There aren't many cinemas in Tallinn (four to be precise!), so that heavens for the Kino Soprus, a veritable champion of the arts. From behind it's Corinthian-columned facade, the Soprus is responsible for some of the most independent and artistic screenings in town, with a particular bent towards Scandinavian and homegrown talent. It recently won the Europa Cinemas award for 'Best Young Audiences Activities, and also hosts the Sleepwalkers’ Student Film Festival - an integral part of the prestigious Black Nights Film Festival or Poff.
The Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonian: Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, EKA) is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in art, design, architecture, media, art history and conservation.
According to the Statutes of EAA the main objective of activity of the Estonian Academy of Arts is to promote creative and research activities, to enable acquirement of contemporary higher education basing on integrated study, creative and research activities and meeting the standard of higher education in the field of fine arts, design, media, architecture, art history, conservation and teachers' training
City Hall Square
The square in front of Tallinn's Town Hall functioned as a marketplace for centuries. Through the years this served as a place of celebrations as well as executions. Today the square remains a cultural point for the city. Guidebooks say, In winter, an annual Christmas Market enchants the crowds on the square, as does the town's Christmas tree (a tradition whose roots stretch back to 1441), which stays up for a month or more.
Buy a Tallinn Card
This is the cheapest way to see the city if you plan to visit a few museums and landmarks. Depending on the type of card you purchase you will also be able to jump on a city sightseeing tour, use public transport and obtain freebies- a copy of Tallinn In your Pocket (an incredibly informative publication) and a selection of Tallinn postcards. You have a choice of 6 hours (which does not include the city sightseeing tour) – 90EEK (6 Euro), 24 hours – 250EEK (16 Euro), 48 hours – 300EEK (19 Euro) and 72 hours – 350EEK (22.5 Euro). You can buy the card at the Tourist Information Offices, Tallinn Airport, various travel agencies and some hotels.
Free guidebook "Tallinn this week"
There is always useful to have travel guide of places you go. I used to do such way - when coming to place I try to find free guide and free map at tourism information office or any more famous hotel\hostel\bar. This time I found "Tallinn this week" at Radisson SAS hotel, where I managed to go to see panorama of Tallinn as well. I should say this one guide book is quite good and no need to buy others, let say, from "In your pocket" series.