Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and a perfect holiday destination if you want to combine the comforts of modern world, versatile nightlife and luxurious adventures with rich cultural scene in the local historical setting.

Tallinn never fails to amaze visitors with its historical charm. First established in the early medieval era, today’s Tallinn is an exciting mix of old and new. Here’s the good news: with Tallinn being such a compact, green capital, you can cover a lot in just a weekend and enjoy short scenic strolls while at it.

The Medieval Old Town, an area of cobblestone streets, gabled houses, churches and squares that developed here from the 13th to the 15th centuries when Tallinn boomed as a key Hanseatic commercial hub. Tallinn Old Town is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world.

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POINTS OF INTEREST
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)
    The medieval church that stands at the centre of Toompea hill is one of the country’s most fascinating historic attractions. Established sometime before 1233 and repeatedly rebuilt since, the church displays a mix of architectural styles. Its vaulted main body dates to the 14th century, while its Baroque tower was an addition from the late 1770s.
  • Katariina käik (St. Catherine’s Passage)
    Easily the most picturesque of Old Town’s lanes, this half-hidden walkway runs behind what used to be St. Catherine’s Church. It connects Vene street with the Müürivahe street where the town’s famous knit market operates.
  • Kadriorg Palace – Kadriorg Art Museum
    This grand, baroque palace built for Peter the Great in 1718 now houses the Art Museum of Estonia’s foreign collection. A trip to Tallinn isn’t a trip to Tallinn without a visit to the northern Baroque palace.
  • Kiek in de Kök
    This massive, 38m-high cannon tower houses an extensive museum of the town’s fortifications, weapons and medieval-era life. Anyone interested in walls, towers, cannons and the like should drop into the tower-turned-museum.
  • Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas’ Church)
    Exquisite altarpieces, medieval burial slabs and other works of religious art can be seen in this 1230-era church-turned-museum.
  • Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)
    Picturesque Town Hall Square has been the undisputed hub of Old Town for the last eight centuries. Surrounded by elaborate merchant houses and, in summer, packed with café tables, it’s a natural magnet for tourists.
  • St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
    This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral. It’s also by far the grandest, most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn.
  • St. Olav’s Church and Tower
    Make the vigorous climb to the top of Tallinn’s iconic, Gothic church, once the tallest building in the world. Once upon a time, from 1549 to 1625 to be precise, this Gothic church was the tallest building in the World. Nowadays its smaller, 124-metre spire still dwarfs most of Tallinn’s buildings and remains an important symbol of the town.
  • Estonian History Museum – Great Guild Hall
    Films and hands-on displays at this extensive museum show how Estonian-dwellers lived, fought and survived through 11,000 years. The museum covers Estonia’s history from prehistoric times’ right up to the end of the 20th century.
  • Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square)
    This open area at the edge of Old Town is a place of national symbolism and civic pride, as well as a favourite gathering spot.

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