Medieval Streets, Tallinn
Favorite thing: 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 hall building, especially the tower of it.
Favorite thing: It gets dark early in Tallinn in December - not quite as early as we thought it might, but by four o'clock, night had well and truly fallen. It didn't bother us a bit. We felt quite safe walking around the town, even though the streets weren't very brightly lit and were, for the most part, quite empty. Tall church spires disappearing into the darkness, the painted houses glowing softly in the dim light, light and warmth spilling out of cafes and shops, hot cider in the Town Hall Square, hot chocolate in a cosy little cafe while the snow fell outside so we came out into the silent, white world of the small courtyard - all added to the pleasure of being here at this time. I'm sure summer has its charms, but I'm very glad we were there right out of the tourist season.
Whether wandering through the narrow streets, past old merchant's houses and tall churches, in the Old Town (All-Linn) or making your way around the elegant, aristocratic houses and government buidlings of Toompea with their classical architecture and grand facades, you cannot help but be charmed by the colour and variety of the buidings here. Every street and square has some gem of a house or a church, often side by side with several others. Even if you have only a few hours here, do take the time to explore some of the small side streets, and if your time is longer I'm sure you'll find yourself discovering new delights everytime you walk down a street.
Fondest memory: The way turning a corner or looking through a window gave a new perspective of a building or a street you had seen many times before. Catching sight of a tall spire over the top of other buildings. The colours of the houses standing out against the grey skies. There seemed always to be something different to look at as well as favourite buildings to see anew.
Tallinn is really nice. Although friends of mine said the city to very small, I was impressed by the size and things to do. Also here I recommend to explore the city by bike - there are bike-lanes almost everywhere. Because of the national holidays I could not get a bike, so I had to travel with the very inefficient and busy buses and trams.
Highlights are ofcourse the medieval town, although it is full of German Tourists. And this means the price-level in the innercity for restaurant is also german. I was surprised to see that the city was completely full of tourists, but when I saw the prices of eating and drinking I knew why; the typical citizen of Tallinn cannot afford to be there. By walking around I found some other places where young Tallinn was going to; mainly street bars or small shops where you can buy drinks to drink somewhere outside in the park.
Linnahallen, Song bowl and Kadriorg castle are some things not to miss in Tallinn, but for planners I found Osmäe; a soviet planned neighbourhood; big round pond in the middle and semi-high rise in big circles around it. It is about an hour walk from the city centre (you will pass the zoo and Christiine Shopping mall on your way). The bus takes about 20 minutes (and is more comfortable after walking around the neighbourhood for about an hour) Another interesting area is the part north of the train station / west of Linnahallen. Loads of typical wooden houses, some renewed, some really old. The trees lining the streets give it a very special atmosphere for making pictures.
Fondest memory: Because I was there at Midsummernight's: I went to the party for that in the open-air museum; very special to be there, seeing the folkloristic dancing, singing etc. But also to see people in parks, just sitting everywhere with friends or family making small fires, drinking and singing.
The old city of course.
Tallinn is very friendly small city
The tourism there just started to grow
and a lot of small businesses as cafes, restaurants, pubs, souvenirs shops etc just starting to develop.
Fondest memory: Not for public eye.
Favorite thing: The whole centre of Tallinn has been inscribed upon the UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1997. The well-preserved medieval character of the buildings, the powerful defensive walls, wooden buildings and cobblestone streets make you feel like being back in time.
wander around through the streets of the old town. It´s so beautiful with all these old houses and it´s also very colorful, cause each house has a different colour...
Fondest memory: It was a sunny and wonderful day I spend here! I loved the flair of the old town...it´s really open minded and there are a lot of pubs and cafes where you can sit outside and watch the people go by...
Favorite thing: It is a joy to walk the lovely steets of Tallinn's Old Town. There are wide throroughfares, big town squares, and narrow, winding steets. Bring your walking shoes and explore!
Take a walk around. there is some new (old?) around every corner.
Fondest memory: Here is Irwin walking around Old Town
Favorite thing: Wander around the old town and feel like in a different century. All the old buildings, houses, churches... with all their colours. Beautiful!