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  • Tallinn Card

    Tallinn Favorites

    If you will be in Tallinn for 24 hours or longer and wish to see as much as possible while there, consider a Tallinn Card. The card is available at Tourist Information Centers, but also at the airport, hotels, travel agencies, etc. The card can be purchased for periods of 6 hrs. up to 72 hrs for a very reasonable price (check the website for...

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  • Tourist Info

    Tallinn Favorites

    Here are links for the two official tourist information offices in Tallinn (As of April 2012). Tourist Information Office in the Old Town and Tourist Information Office in Viru Keskus in the Main Centre Tallinn Tourism website

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  • Soviet History & Cars

    Tallinn Favorites

    These days Estonians prefer BMWs and Mercedes, but it's still a good place to discover the unusual and hidden world of Soviet and East European cars. Some are so well loved that they are kept in pristine, almost new, condition, despite their age, like this shiny, waxed green Zaporozhets ZAZ-968 in the photo. The Zaporozhets was the most popular...

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  • Medieval Streets

    Tallinn Favorites

    Tallinn old town makes an impression as medieval city. Firstly, it is because its castle, defensive towers and walls around. Secondly, it is because some buildings left almost unchanged from medieval times. Third - all that planning of streets (they are narrow, labyrinth plan) and cobbled. Maybe the best example of medieval architecture is town...

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  • Internet

    Tallinn Favorites

    You can get information while in Tallinn from the tourist info as well to collect information on-line in advance. Tallinn city has a nice official web site, there is general information about the city and also including lots information for visitors. The site is available also in English & Russian Links: Tallinn Official Direct link to the...

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  • Architectural Detail

    Tallinn Favorites

    The thing, that I have seen almost from first moment when I entered Tallinn's old town was nicely decorated and colorful doors. Almost in every street it is possible to see such doors with different wooden carvings and intensive colors. It could be possible to make a photo gallery just of old town doors.

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  • Panoramas

    Tallinn Favorites

    We spotted this sign at the airport next to the baggage roundabouts. It is actually an advertisement for a nearby shopping centre but the description of Tallinn and its surroundings is rather funny... Photos 2-4 have some enlargements of the big picture so you can read and see details better. Some famous buildings - Olai church (or is it the...

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  • Walls-Gates-Towers

    Tallinn Favorites

    In the past the Old Town (Vanalinn) of Tallinn was surrounded by a 4 km picturesque but strong medieval wall with more than 40 turrets. Nowadays about 2.5 km of the wall and 26 turrets are still existing. Some of the turrets can be visited and house museums or cafes.

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  • ATM/Money

    Tallinn Favorites

    UPDATE: March 20, 2014: Horscheck has informed me that this tip is out of date and that the Euro is the currency now in use in Estonia! The Euro was adopted by Estonia in 2011. At the time of our visit the following information was correct but it is no longer the case: (2005) When you visit Scandinavia and the Baltic, you will find that you may...

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  • Churches

    Tallinn Favorites

    Old Town Tallinn is one of the best retained medieval towns in Europe. All the most important state and church buildings from the Middle Ages have been preserved in their basic original form, as well as many citizens’ and merchants’ residences, along with barns and warehouses from the medieval period. Further information about the history of Old...

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  • Museums & other Buildings

    Tallinn Favorites

    under construction 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...

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  • History & Legend

    Tallinn Favorites

    The mascot of Tallinn is Vaana Toomas, or old Thomas. The ledgend is that he was a young poor boy who wanted sneaked in on an anual competition between knits. It was a shooting competition held every may in the Parrot's garden. he competitors had to shoot down the wooden parrot placed on top of a high pole. The little boy shot the parrot down,...

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  • Drink

    Tallinn Favorites

    Tallinn has many smaller and a couple of larger parks. On sunny days, it is a common sight to see people sitting on the grass to relax or chat. Some of them are drinking beer, but unfortunately that is not allowed. Police might not be as strict as in Riga, for example, but to avoid an unnecessary unpleasant experience, enjoy your beer or wine in a...

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  • People

    Tallinn Favorites

    While not the most outgoing people in the world, the people of Tallinn are very friendly and kind. Also, most of the local people that I met spoke pretty good English. This is especially true of the young people because English is a mandatory subject in the schools.

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  • Upper &Lower

    Tallinn Favorites

    Toompea is the hill citadel in the middle of Tallinn, and a great place to explore. Sadly no-one seems to go up there at night, so its lovely to wander around in the moonlight, but not the place to go to eat. We did visit one restaurant one evening, and although the food was delicious the restaurant was more or less empty - which does put a...

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  • Kadriorg

    Tallinn Favorites

    Hats are a necessity not a fashion statement and muffle sound already muted by the thick ground cover of snow. A sudden avalanche of noise penetrates the stillness as snow and icicles crash onto the street, don’t cross the tape or markers put out on the pavement to help people avoid being hit. Making your way up icy streets to Toompea feels as...

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  • Culture Kilometre - walk, run or cycle...

    The cukture Kilometre, It starts from Tallinn Harbour area and ends at the end of Kalamaja park. You´ll see wooden houses with it´s bohemian charm.., Seaplane Harbour and much more..http://www.reisijutud.com/node/2914

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  • Estonian flag

    The flag of Estonia is coloured blue, black and white. These 3 colours are stripes.The first interpretation of the colours was:BLUE is for the air, the lakes and sea of Estonia & symbolises the nationalist ideas of the country.BLACK is the colour of the earth of the home.WHITE is for the attempt of the population for happiness and light.

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  • Money

    The currency of Estonia is the Kroon. It is also written as EEK.For banknotes there are EEK 1, EEK 2, EEK 5, EEK 10, EEK 25, EEK 50, EEK 100 and EEK 500.For coins there are EEK 0.05, EEK 0.10, EEK 0.20, EEK 0.50, EEK 1 and EEK 5.

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  • Brochures and guides from Tourist Office

    The following are excellent brochures and guides where you can obtain from the Tourist Information Office in the Old Town of Tallinn for free:-Photo 1 - Tallinn This Week which is a free guide with map (city guide since 1989),Photo 2 - Welcome Tallinn, best illustrated guide includes city map in three languages, i.e. English, Finnish and Russian,...

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  • What to wear ?

    If you are planning to come to Estonia you definitely have to reckon with weather. In summer it could be +30°C but in winter -30°C. Estonia is very liberal, so you can wear almost what ever you want, pretty everything goes. In summer time I recommend.. (for example)Women: knee-length skirt, light blouse or top and flatsMen: knee-length shorts,...

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  • Sunset at Tallinn

    Our fondest memory of Estonia was the lovely sunset across Tallinn before boarding our cruiseship back to Stockholm in Sweden. If you happen to be in Tallinn at dusk in spring or autumn, make it a point to watch sunset. You may be fortunate enough to see some beautiful sunsets across the skyline of Tallinn Old Town.

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  • Tallinn Tourist Information Centre

    Tallinn Tourist Information Centre is located at Niguliste 2 and/or Kullaseppa 4 in the heart of the Old Town of Tallinn. Beside enquring about the popular tourist spots in the city from the information centre, you can also obtain numerous booklets and maps on Tallinn such as the Tallinn City Break as depicted in our hidden photograph on the...

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  • What to buy while you're in Estonia

    When you're in Estonia and looking for some goods to bring home or to your friends, you have to buy some traditional estonian things: "Kalev" chocolate, "Vanna Tallinn" liqueur (I was told that the real Vanna Tallinn should have 50% ;) ), "Viru valge" (popular vodka in Estonia) or "Saaremmaa vodka" poured into very nice small bottles.

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  • Some facts

    Language: Estonian. Like Finnish, Estonian is a Finno-Ugric language. It's a very Nordic-sounding language with lots of deep 'oos' and 'uus'.Religion: 23% Christian (Lutheranism and Orthodoxy).Capital city: Tallinn.Dialling Code: 372.Currency: The national currency of Estonia is called the Kroon. The Kroon is abbreviated as EEK. The smaller unit is...

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  • ATM - Cheat Sheet

    Although ATM machines are to be found all over, the transaction is always in local currency. BE PREPARED. For example, do not go up to an ATM and think you'd like to withdraw $500 worth of local currency. You first must know the amount in local currency that $500 will buy. I always carry a currency cheat sheet when travelling. In addition to ATM...

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  • Working, studing in Estonia, getting...

    If you want to come to study or work in Estonia, for sure you should visit Citizenship-and Migration Board web page. Ther you can find info about getting visa, identity documents,residence permits...etc. Page is in English and also in Russianhomepage addresshttp://www.mig.ee/est/

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  • Tallinn

    I enjoyed a step back in time. The 14th- and 15th-century architecture with its medieval walls, needling spires and twisting, cobblestone streets is a memory that will inbed itself in my mind forever. Tallinn also houses the site of many of the city's important historic attractions and museums including the House of the Brotherhood of the...

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  • The lovely town hall square

    It simply cant be missed...or wont be missed because its right there in the middle and you would have to do a lot work not to find its location Beautifal old medevil buidings

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  • Lovely Medieval City - Tallin

    I really enjoyed this little town. It's so pretty and I wish I had longer there. We onlyhad a day as we were on a cruise ship, but it's somewhere I want to return to.

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  • Useful links

    Weather in Estonia: http://www.weather.ee/Ekspress Hotline (very informative): http://www.1182.ee/eng/Estonia Wide Web:http://www.ee/www/welcome.htmlEnglish-Estonian Dictionary: http://www.ibs.ee/dict/Interactive Map of Estonia, I-kaart: http://www.ikaart.ee/ikaart.php3?Lang=engRepublic of Estonia: http://www.riik.ee/en/Estonian Tourist Board:...

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  • Facts about Estonia

    Population in Estonia is around 1.366.723.The highest point in Estonia - and the Baltics - is Suur Munamägi (318m) in Viru County.Estonia is a fairly ethnically diverse country. The largest minority inEstonia is by far the Russians, at roughly 26% of the total population. Other Slavic ethnic groups, primarily Ukrainians and Belarusians, often get...

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  • Sightseeing

    Although you can pick up a free, detailed map of the city and go it alone, I'd recommend using a guide to explain what you're looking at. We decided to do it on our own with just the map, and regretted it later.

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  • Highlights

    Here are just a few highlights from Estonia that I feel especially recommending:- Old Tallinn- Parnu seaside resort- Tartu city centre- Lahemaa National Park- Islands Saaremaa Hiiumaa- Trip to a local farm

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  • Culture

    If you are here, and looking for some cultural activities, check out the web-page:www.culture.eeHere you can find all the information about current and on-going concerts, art exhibitions, theatre performances, movies, anything at all, concerning culture in Estonia. You can also book and buy tickets over the internet.

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  • More detailed info on the internet

    For more detailed information about Estonia - culture, economy, nature, geography, history, anything you need, go to the web-page: www.estonica.orgAlos look at other links on that page, which may be rather useful to make your stay and travelling in our country more interesting and fulfilling.

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  • Estonica - web introduction to Estonia

    WEB ENCYCLOPAEDIA Estonica at http://www.Estonica.org - is a bilingual web publication, compiled by the Estonian Institute, with the aim of offering a compact and systematic overview of Estonian society, culture, history, nature, education, science, state administration and economy, and of the connections between these fields.

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  • Beautiful countryside

    Beautiful country and friendly people. I never saw a stork's nest until I came to Estonia. Here's a stork nest atop the chimney .

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  • Big surprises, big contrasts...

    Coming recently from the old soviet style, anyway …- Actually : with a small population (less than 2 million of inhabitants) has one of highest modern lever life of all the east countries.- Actually : is an oriented country for the tourism and the eco-tourism.- Actually : is one of the countries with more connections to internet per inhabitant all...

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  • Phone numbers in Estonia

    The overall emergency number in Estonia is 112. It's free from all the pay-phones and regular phones of course.There are several information numbers, if you need some advice on how to get somewhere, the schedules of buses, trains, planes etc, phone numbres and locations of hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. and everything else you may think off. Some...

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  • Shop till you drop!

    Everything is so much cheaper than in Finland! Food, clothes, art... Everything! And the funniest thing is that they have now Finnish shops also in Tallinn, like SOKOS! Had one of my best dinners ever in a small restaurant in the old town of Tallinn.

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  • People

    First time in Estonia? - take your time to get to know us - theres so much more hidden behind our calm faces. So, those who have the patience to wait long enough find estonians to be easy-going conversation partners, generous hosts and faithful friends. Language! - Estonian might be difficult to learn, but it is a very softly spoken, melodious...

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  • Money

    You can use Estonia Kronor to shop in Estonia. You can exchange money at customs when you leave the ferry.

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  • The most prfectly preserved 14th-century...

    The Old Town is surely the most famous and crowded place in Tallinn. This is a unique place, which tempts tourists. There are lots of art galleries, museums, souvenir shops, boutiques, restaurants from different nationalities and lots of pubs with live music

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  • The Song Festival Ground

    An amphiteatre on Tallinn Bay.Regardless to the conqurors Estonians began to rediscover Estonian own culture in the 19th century.In 1869, the first nationwide festival of folk songs were held.When the Baltic states were trying to gain freedom in Septembre 1988,a third of the population came to sing at the Song festival Grounds.These were very...

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