Tallinn Travel Guide

  • Tallinn
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  • View over the old town
    View over the old town
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  • Tallinn Old Town from Upper Town
    Tallinn Old Town from Upper Town
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Tallinn Things to Do

  • Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Old Town of Tallinn is not to be missed. This was our favourite part of Tallinn. We love history, and to see the well preserved Old Town was delightful. We stayed in Tallinn three nights, and we came to the Old Town each day and each night. The Old Town is small, and can be seen in a short time on foot. It really ought to be seen at both day...

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  • Toompea

    Tallinn's old town can be divided into the upper town on Toompea Hill with its castle, Russian church and viewing platforms; plus the lower town with its city walls, town hall, churches, towers and squares. The Kohtuotsa and Patkuli viewing platforms are on the edge of Toompea Hill from these you get great views across the red tiled roofs, church...

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  • Alex Nevsky

    The Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is situated on the hill of Toompea, opposite the Estonian parliament buildings and Toompea Castle.It is dedicated to the Russian hero St. Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod, who saw off German invaders at the 13th-century Battle of the Ice at Lake Peipus. The cathedral, which is Tallinn’s largest,...

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Tallinn Restaurants

  • Olde Hansa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I think "Olde Hansa" is one of the most unique restaurants I've had the pleasure of seeing. I could not help but peek inside to see for myself though we did not eat here -- the dishes were a little more rustic and filled with game than I knew I would enjoy. The building it is housed in was originally the home of a wealthy merchant. The twist is, it...

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  • Peppersack

    4 out of 5 stars

    Peppersack restaurant offers local cuisine in a Medieval atmosphere. We had any sort of appetizers (meat, cheese, fish, fruits and vegetables) and beef with baked potatoes, everything was absolutely great. The restaurant medieval style is also made by medieval music and by the waiters costumes. There was also a funny show going on while we...

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  • Vanaema Juures

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Vanaema Juures (grandmas place) We were lucky to get the last seat in this tiny cellar restaurant for dinner. It's a very popular place. It's real cute with a friendly wait staff. pats wild boar dinner with a nice sauce was delicious ...so was my roast pork with cabbage ....huge servings ..Drinks salad and dinner for Two...46 euro

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Tallinn Nightlife

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  • Nimeta Baar

    Found this place really friendly, easy to get a beer and the music was decent aswell. The bar had all kinds of nationalities including the locals. Didnt have a problem with anyone except the Russians bounce around on the dance floor like monkeys, elbows flying in ya face...strange people hahaha Dont think it is strict on clobber, one night one of...

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  • Beerhouse

    We tryto visit all brewerys we can in our trips, and also brewery pubs. These are places you can taste something you wont have at home. They had about 6 to 8 own beers, and you could take a small tasting clas of each by ordering a tasting plate. We did that at our first visit. Next time we took what we found best at first time. The place is really...

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  • Club Havana

    Yes, you guessed it, a Cuban theme bar. Located just off the main square, this place is a must visit. Not only is the music great (range of pop classics and dance music), but it is always busy, and usually with women, if that is your intention. The best thing here is that it is a permanent happy hour. 2 for 1 all day everyday. NOTE: THIS BAR...

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Tallinn Transportation

  • Ferry Helsinki

    There are many ferries from Helsinki to Tallin served by several companies. From our hotel, the closest one was Linda Line at Makasiiniterminaali. We went to the terminal and bought the tickets a couple of days before the trip. Return ticket cost 29 euros. It takes about 90 minutes and the journey was very nice. Desde Helsinki hay varias compañias...

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  • Tram/Bus

    We used Tallinn’s bus system on the day we went to Nõmme. We took the number 36 from near Tammsaare Park to Nõmme and back, a journey which took 20 minutes or so. It is possible to buy, for 2€, a pre-loadable smartcard with which you pay 1.10€ per journey, but if like us you're only in town a short time and not planning on taking a lot of trips,...

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  • Airport

    I left Tallinn on an Estonian Air flight to Stockholm (and on from there with SAS to Heathrow). And I was so impressed with this little airport! It was clean and bright, with just enough shops and cafés to be useful but not so many as to be overwhelming. There is free wifi throughout (unlimited) and plenty of comfortable places to sit and relax...

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  • Malls

    Walk out of the old town through the Viru gates towards the white tower of the Viru Hotel, and you will find Tallinn's most central shopping centre. Very modern, very new, very clean and filled with the best European shops, this is the place to go if you want some easy shopping, with everything under one roof.

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  • Souvenirs

    Scattered throughout Upper Town and Lower town are various SOUVENIR - SUVENIIRID shops. I really liked how many of them decorated the fronts of their stores. One even had an Armored figure hanging near the door. I loved to browse in them as you can find postcards, ornate coffee mugs, t-shirts, Baltic Amber jewellery and beautiful Estonia...

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  • Clothes

    Heaven is well designed baby and children store in De La Gardia mini shopping center near the old town gates towards to the city centre. The store occupies most of the third floor -- but as there is not enough tenants, the rest of the floor is empty. The selection of the store is laid out nicely and it is not crowded at all. They sell clothes,...

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Tallinn Local Customs

  • Alcohol

    Estonian beer proved to be really good, even from the point of taste of a spoilt German tongue. I learned that the Purity Law we Germans are so proud of (beer may contain hop, malt, water and yeast, and no other ingredients) is also valid in Estonia. The two biggest brands are Saku and A. Le Coq. The standard beer is a light, not too bitter...

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  • Food & Drink

    Estonian Food My Estonian girlfriend doesn't like spicy food, not even food with garlic or onion. This is just the way Estonians take there food: plain, but hearty. Typical dishes involve lots of meat, typically meat and two vegetables. But being a coastal country, with a harbour capital, fish is also popular, and the tiny Sprat in particular....

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  • Festivals

    Our trip to Tallinn coincided with the Old Town Days festival, one of the city's most popular events, held annually on the last week of May. For visitors and locals this means free entertainment in the streets every afternoon and evening plus a huge buzz of excitement and festivity. It's a pleasure to walk round Tallinn's Old Town at any time but...

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Tallinn Warnings and Dangers

  • Drinking

    Hello! I got quite worried when visiting Tallinn recently then I saw in the Old Town around street Viru group of young guys carrying another one on their hand to the car, the one carried was screeming. I hope it was just a friends game though... Jitka

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  • Taxis

    We were warned and told to use only Tallink taxis (which are mainly yellow) because some other taxis propably will cheet you. So when we needed a taxi we took a Tallink taxi from a station nearby Viru Hotel to Tallink Spa hotel. The price was 9,20 Euros. Other people took a taxi from another company at the corner of City Portus Hotel near by...

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  • Areas to avoid

    Tallinn seems to be a quite save destination for travellers. You need common sense like every else in the world; and like in many other places of our world there are sick people. West of Toompea Hill in Toompark there is an old, declining sports field. This seems to be a favourite place for the local junkies to satisfy their addiction. Be...

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Tallinn Tourist Traps

  • Prices Old Town

    Raekoja plats is the place to be if you want to grab a beer, relax and watch people pass by. Unfortunately, the pubowners have understood this, so they charge ridiculous amounts for drinks that elsewhere is cheap. So, if you can avoid it, do. If you still have to go here, try to ignore the prices and enjoy your company and the beautiful buildings...

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  • Taxis

    Taxi company have different fares, be sure to chose TALLINK taxis to get honest prices! On our first day in Tallinn, we chose the first available taxi outside the hotel, and paid 33€ to go to the office. We asked our colleagues, and they told us we paid 3 times the correct fare! The suggest to call Tallink taxis, and in fact we paid 10€ for the...

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  • Souvenir Shops

    I was hoping to purchase a commemorative silver coin from Estonia. However, the prices in the local coin store in the Old Town were very expensive. As a result, I decided against making any purchases.

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Tallinn What to Pack

  • Shoes/Boots

    Duty free on the Helsinki-Tallinn ferry so dont buy more than you can carry. Bring some decent shoes. You can get an excellent pair of boots for about €30-40 in Tallinn, that would normally cost about €65 in the British Isles.

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  • Warm Raingear

    We were on a cruise ship so we didn't have to worry with luggage. But I have heard that one reason that cruise ships don't leave from Estonia is because the airport is not able to handle the luggage of cruise ship pax. So don't bring a lot of luggage Do bring warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes. Even though it was mid June, my granddaughter did...

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  • Guidebook

    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...

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Tallinn Off The Beaten Path

  • Parks, Statues & Memorials

    My granddaughter went up into this park which was near the Viru Gate and took some photos of some of the statues there. It is a park in Tallinn City Center which has a statue dedicated to a famous Estonian writer Anton H. Tammsaare. The park was established in 1948 on a former bombsite, and was originally called Stalin Square. After Stalin's...

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  • Open Air Museum

    In Estonian open-air museum (Eesti Vabaohumuuseum) one can enjoy life as it was some centuries ago. There can be seen 12 old village houses and their inhabitants trade and belongings. You can enter the houses to catch that time view. Not mentioning village houses there are also some windmills and a church and school house. In one of houses there’s...

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  • Architecture

    A narrow street which runs just inside the seaward walls, not over-visited, not on the main tour group paths.....rather run-down in parts, and very atmospheric. And along Laboratooriumi is a teeny-tiny church in a very obviously Medieval building. It's onlt been a church for a few years, being acquired by the Ukrainian-Greek Orthodox Catholic...

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Tallinn Sports & Outdoors

  • Le Coq Arena

    Le Coq is a bit away from Old Town, but it's the main stadium in not only Tallinn, but all of Estonia. With a capacity of just around 10,000, it certainly isn't an imposing stadium, but it's still worthwhile to catch a game here if you can. Besides hosting all of Estonia's international matches, it's also the home to FC Flora, one of the biggest...

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  • Mountain ski in best slopes in Estonia

    If you (being in Estonia) want to do some extreme sports like mountain skiing, snowboarding or another activity (in summer) and you want to do that in the best extreme sport centre in Estonia - you have leave Tallinn and move to town of Kiviõli.In february 2013 Mountain extreme sports centre was opened on oldest Kivioli artifical mountain. Highest...

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  • splashing... and spa

    Inside the Tallink Hotel, on the ground floor by the lobby, there's a large spa complex offering several swimming-pools, fidderent types of saunas and spa tratments. Excellent to relax, have a drink in the main pool and spend a rainy day with your family.

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  • Tallinn Card

    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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  • Internet

    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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  • Tourist Info

    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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