Tallinn’s a lovely medieval town and to remind people of this significant details, there are 26 steepled towers left all around the city, attached to the fortified city walls. Most towers have strange names, and occasionally even stranger histories. One of these towers, for example, is Pikk Hermann (Tall Hermann Tower) – called like this because it is 50 meters high. This is where the Estonian flag is raised every day.
Fondest memory: Then we have other towers: the Epping tower, the Hellemann Tower, the Fat Margaret, the Kiek in de Kok (peep into the kitchen) and the Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala towers. My favourite, however, is the Maiden's Tower, which at some stage was used as a prison for prostitutes.
Tallinnn is the lovely capital of Estonia, a small city with a perfectly preserved medieval centre (it’s on the Unesco list of heritage sites), which is all traffic-free. It got its name from the ancient words taani linnus, which means Danish castle. The Danish Castle was the one built by King Waldemar of Denmark in the 13th century.
Fondest memory: I loved everything in Tallinn, though I must admit that in august it was full of tourists – in particular Italian. Every day there seem to be a handful of cruise ships in town, making it occasionally crammed. Still, I had a great time… I liked the glorious sights and the fact that, being all pedestrian-friendly, my baby could enjoy being pushed about in his stroller without having to breathe nasty fumes.
Estonian is related to Finnish and that's about it, to the rest of the world this language is totally alien. I would like to learn it but that will remain a distant dream.
Anyway, whe it comes to foreign words Estonian is easy but you need some imagination. Spelling is the way these words are pronounced, so reading them aloud helps a lot. What is a "kauboi preerias", for example? - Yes. A cowboy in the prairies.
German speakers, especially German teachers at primary school level, will understand why I fell in love with that sign...
Before coming to Tallinn I recommend to have a look at the following tourist webpage. It includes a virtual map with a lot of information. I think it is really well designed and makes a lot of fun...
---> Virtual Map of Tallinn
Fondest memory: Walking through the Old Town.
Favorite thing: At one point I as eating lunch at McDonalds. And all of the sudden there was this noise from outside. The firefighter, police AND ambulance came along to go to a building pretty close from where I was sitting. Apperently there was a small fire in the building.
Favorite thing: During my visit to Tallinn, there was a lot of construction in both the Old Town and other parts of the city. Now that Estonia has escaped from Communism, they have a lot of catching up to do with their Northern European neighbors!
Favorite thing: It is not so hard to find a phone box in Tallinn, however you have to be aware that you have to buy a phone card to use them. Those working with coins are very hard to find. Phone cards are already available for 50 EEK and can be purchased in many shops.
We visited Tallinn in March, snow crunched underfoot, the weather was freezing and everywhere amazing clusters of icicles hung down from rooftops. It was cold but beautiful!
However, be careful, when the snow and ice becomes too heavy or starts to melt it can crash from rooftops with some force, making a tremendous noise and spreading out like splinters over the pavement and street. Every building had warning tape or temporary bollards stopping people from walking directly underneath the eaves of houses, and we saw quite a number of people leaning precariously out of upper story windows knocking the show and ice off roofs. Both very prudent and sensible measure because if these icicles hit you they could case some damage. It is unlikely but do be careful, if you see overhanging snow take heed of the warning tape, walk into the middle of the street and avoid it, just in case.
In Tallinn there are a few embassies / consults. Here is a list fo countries which have one in this city:
Favorite thing: In every city you will have vagabonds. Allthough you won't see them much in Tallinn, there are a couple of vagabonds in town.
Favorite thing: Depending on the season, there are various happenings throughout the year based on medieval traditions and lore, or inspired by Tallinn’s medieval past.
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