04:06Tallinn

ALL THREE LINES START FROM VIRU SQUARE (VENUS CLUB). IT IS ALSO END POINT OF ALL THREE LINES.

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Red line

The Red Line is ideal if you want to see how past rulers of Estonia lived. The line starts at Viru Square, which is the starting point for all lines, and takes you up Toompea Hill, where the rulers of Estonia have been based since the beginning of time. On the hill stands Toompea Castle, which is rather young at just 200 years of age. The Estonian parliament or Riigikogu still runs our country from here. You will also see the ancient, 800-year-old castle next to that belonged to the German Order, and its tower, which is called Tall Hermann. The flag flying on the tower tells you who rules Estonia.

After our visit to Toompea we pass the vast Estonian National Library built at the end of the 1980s, Freedom Square with its recently erected Victory monument, the headquarters of the Bank of Estonia where the Republic of Estonia was proclaimed on 24 February 1918, and the Estonian National Opera, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and is one of the cornerstones of our national culture.

The icing on the cake on this line is picturesque Kadriorg Park, which is the largest park in Tallinn and located close to a luxurious residential area with lovely wooden houses. These homes are a couple of hundreds of years old and used to belong to the noblemen and rich merchants of the Russian Empire. When Peter I established a park in this valley, he dedicated it to his second wife, Catherine. The park's name, Kadriorg or "Katariina's Valley" originates from her name. In addition to the romantic park adorned with beautiful ponds, Peter I also established his summer residence there. He even laid three stones in the building's wall with his own hands.

Today Kadriorg is known for its museums, like the one located in the palace established by Peter I and the Estonian Art Museum ('Kumu'), which is one of the most modern of its kind in Europe.

Kadriorg is a great place to see, so hop off the bus and take a look around. Once you've seen the park, you can continue discovering Tallinn by hopping back on the same Red Line or on the Green Line, or ride back to Viru Square via the port and then get on the Green or Blue Line.