Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and is the hub of culture, tourism and history. From the impressive nightlife to it medieval history, it has it all covered and that is why it is popular among tourists all year round. Neatly positioned on the Gulf of Finland and on the Baltic Sea, this is a destination that has a lot to offer including a charm and vibe that captivates. The cobblestoned roads of the Old Town and the many other landmarks ensure that there is plenty to do.
The Old Town of Tallinn
The Old Town is small and charming but many tourists choose to spend so much time here, despite there being so much to do outside of this Medieval town. Still, this is a place that is well worth a visit because taking a stroll around the old town will give you a feeling for that the place used to be like and how it has evolved through the years. It is a real treat and often there are activities taking place and because it is so small, you will find that every corner will leave you breathless.
This is a must-see attraction in Tallinn, especially during spring where you can embrace nature as it comes back to life across this 700-hectare park. It was constructed in 1718 following the orders of Russian tsar Peter I but the design of the park incorporates elements from the 18th, 19th and 20th century. The Swan Pond is surrounded by wonderful flowers and colours while the promenade leads to the presidential palace, providing a tranquil place to take a stroll. There are museums and monuments scattered around the park such as the Estonian Art Museum, the Kadriorg Art Museu and statues of cultural figures such as Jaan Koort and Amandus Adamson.
The Bastion Passages are one of the top attractions in Tallinn and these earthwork fortifications can be found in the Old Town where they have remained since the 17th and 18th century. The aim of the passages was to prevent the movement of enemies and work equipment such as ammunition but they were also used to monitor underground enemy movement. Military camps were removed from the passages in 1857 and the trains in the passages can take you on a real journey back to the 17th century.
Kumu Art Museum
KUMU is considered to be the headquarters of the Art Museums of Estonia and this is where they showcase many different art shows that display works from local artists as well as international artists. It opened its doors in 2006 and now, millions of tourists flock here from around the world every year. This is the largest museum in Tallinn and it brings with it a wide range of artistic styles including classic and modern trends. In 2008, it was recognised as the best museum in Europe which is no real surprise given the scale and works that are on display here.
Tallinn Television Tower
You can spot this tower from many different areas of the city and standing at 314 metres tall it is clear to see why. The Television Tower is impressive and is the tallest building in the country but it is also a tourist hotspot. While it might be a work of art from the outside in terms of the sheer size, you might wonder why it is a place that tourists embrace but the tower can offer your sensational views of the city while you can explore a TV Studio, Gift Shop and a restaurant on the 22nd Floor.
Estonian Open Air Museum
Move away from the Old Town for a while and take in one of the top attractions in Tallinn which is just a 15-minute drive from the city. The Estonian Open Air Museum brings you the countryside and exhibits that relate to the rural architecture of the country. There are 14 farms on display where you can explore the social life of people across the 18th to the 20th centuries. There is a church, fire station, tavern, mills and a fishing shed also located here.
St. Catherine’s Cloister
Originally built in 1246 but Dominican monks, it is often known as the oldest building in Tallinn and it is clear to see that this is the case. In 1524, the monastery was lit by the Lutherans and remained out of action until it was partially restored in 1954. This barren church is worth a trip, even if it is just to see the cloister lines with carved tombstones.
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