8Great: The City of Tallinn
Tallinn. Estonia’s beautiful capital has so much to offer visitors. Gothic architecture and old world charm is well preserved in the beautiful walled old town. Step outside its medieval walls, and travelers will find a vibrant contemporary city filled with chef run restaurants, gastro bars, beautiful parks, and shopping.
- Stay at The Three Sisters Hotel, a melding of merchant houses from 1362 turned into a contemporary boutique hotel. This Relais and Chateaux addition is located in the 16th century walls of Tallinn and within walking distance of many restaurants, the old town, and shopping areas. Each room is uniquely decorated with four-poster beds, claw-foot tubs and fireplaces.
- Mary’s Cathedral inside the old town is worth a stop to see Estonia’s first church, which was built in 1219 by the Danish. Don’t Miss: Tall Herman—a medieval guard tower, and the Russian Orthodox Church.
- Hell Hunt Gastro Pub. A local’s place for gastro-fare, great brews and a festive crowd. Grab a table towards the back for some great people watching.
- The TV Tower and Observation deck is the perfect place to view Tallinn from above. Built for better communications for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics regatta event, it is the tallest building in Tallinn with views to die for.
- Tallinn Edgewalk is one heck of an adventure. Suit up, get latched on, and walk the edge of the TV Tower’s observation deck. Those with acrophobia can sit inside and order up a coffee and watch the adventures unfolding outside on the rim.
- Drop into Eesti Veini MaitsMine and Museum for some Estonian wine tasting in the cellar below. Marvel at the historic objects preserved from the Luscher & Matiesen Company—an important vinter of Tallinn.
- Visit the dozens of antique shops of Tallinn, which boast both pre-war and post-war items. Everything from fine bone china, dolls, to military items can be found at the various booths inside them.
- Tallinn’s hipster area is called the District of Kalamaja—a mix of art houses, off beat cafes—one notable mention is Reval Cafe, a bakery—Mahu Pagarid and trendy shops, such as Dharma Fashion. Street art abounds here, and so does one of the best coffee houses, called Renard Coffee Shop.
For more information: Visit Tallinn