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Tallinn – the Capital City of Estonia

Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and an ideal holiday destination if you want to combine the comforts of modern world, versatile nightlife and luxurious adventures with rich cultural scene, historic settings and making the most of you travel. The vast majority of travelers come to Estonia through Tallinn, the capital city , either by plane, train, bus or driving, making it the most international city in Estonia.
With half a million citizens, Tallinn is hardly a world metropolis. However: short distances and low traffic are advantages to cherish. Whether you have only few hours or few days, you get to experience a lot. Medieval Tallinn Old Town, one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world, is just a short walk away from the city business centre with its skyscrapers, modern hotels, luxurious restaurants and shopping malls.


Tallinn Old Town

Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is known around the world for it’s authentic Hanseatic architecture. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and houses dating back as far as to 11th century, visit few of the local galleries and museums, indulge in small cosy cafés or restaurants and buy travel memorabilia from summer or Christmas open air Hanseatic fairs.


Modern business city of Tallinn

Just a 5 minute walk from the medieval Old Town is the thriving business centre of Tallinn: modern glass and steel skyscrapers, high-tech hotels and conference centres, hundreds of restaurants and bars, banks and shopping. Here is everything you would expect from a modern European capital, within an easy reach and for a friendlier price.





Seaplane Harbour

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Region's biggest sea centre and maritime museum in architectually unique seaplane hangars boast life size submarine and replica seaplane. 

With the help of modern multimedia, the Seaplane Harbour in the wooden architecture suburb Kalamaja tells exciting stories about the Estonian maritime and military history promising a “sea full of excitement” for the whole family on an area that would take nearly 2 million A4 paper sheets laid down side by side. The museum’s display, that comprises of more than a couple of hundred large exhibits, revitalizes the colourful history of Estonia.


Toompea Hill and Castle

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It’s not every day you get the opportunity to visit an 800 year old castle, so make sure you head over to the Toompea Castle & Tall Herman’s Tower while you are in Estonia.
Toompea Castle, situated on a crest on the edge of the Old Town, was built in 1219 by Danish invaders on the site of an ancient wooden fortress, dating from sometime in the ninth century. The castle served as a seat of succession of foreign powers for seven centuries and since 1922 have housed the Riigikogu, Estonia’s parliament. 
The Estonian national flag flies from the 150-foot Pikk Hermann tower on the southwestern corner: tradition dictates that whichever nation flies its flag over Pikk Hermann also rules Estonia. Each day at sunrise the Estonian flag is raised above the tower, accompanied by the national anthem.


St. Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral

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This onion-domed, Russian Orthodox Church was built in 1900 and named after the Russian hero who defeated the Teutonic Knights in the thirteenth century.
This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. Built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire, the cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over this increasingly unruly Baltic territory. It's also by far the grandest, most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn. 
Now with the controversy long since faded, what's left is simply an architectural masterpiece. Designed by respected St. Petersburg architect Mikhail Preobrazhenski, the church is richly decorated in a mixed historicist style. The interior, filled with mosaics and icons, is well worth a visit.
The church's towers' hold Tallinn's most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes. You can hear the entire ensemble playing before each service.


Kadriorg Park and Palace & Mikkel Museum

BUS STOP: red line 7, green line 2

Measuring nearly 250 scenic acres, this urban park features the symmetrical Swan Lake and a promenade leading to the Kadriorg Palace.
A trip to Tallinn isn’t a trip to Tallinn without a visit to this magnificent northern Baroque palace, built by Peter the Great for his wife, Catherine I, in 1718. Designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the grandiose palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance. While here, don't miss the decadent, two-storey main hall, with its elaborately painted ceiling and stucco work, or the room used as an office by Estonia's head of state before the nearby Presidential Palace was built.

Art Museum of Estonia Kumu

BUS STOP: red line 7, green line 2

The Kadriorg Art Museum displays hundreds of 16th- to 20th-century paintings by Western and Russian artists, as well as prints, sculptures and other works.
Kumu, which opened in 2006, is the new and grand headquarters of the Art Museum of Estonia, which attracts everyone that is interested in Estonian art and culture. Both Estonian art classics as well as the works of artists that cultivate modern trends are on display at Estonia's largest museum. In 2008, the Kumu Art Museum was recognized as the best museum in Europe and the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award.The Award is presented by the European Museum Forum,the activities of which are supported by European Commission.


Estonian Open Air Museum

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Enjoy themed fairs, visit old farm houses and rustic churches and roam acres of forest as part of this trip into the past. 
This museum lets you travel back in time to the rural Estonia of old. The vast, forested park is filled with thatched, 18-20th-century farm buildings, windmills, a wooden chapel and a village school, with staff demonstrating how people lived and worked in times past. 
The museum is outside of the city and its hectic hubbub in Rocca al Mare area, an ideal place for families to take a picnic and escape from city life. Fun family-oriented theme fairs take place where traditions are passed on to the younger generation through games, songs and dances. The vast open space is ideal for outdoor pass time for families with children at all ages. 


Tallinn TV Tower

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It is no exaggeration to say that the renovated 1980s era television tower, now a museum, restaurant and venue, will take you up into the heavens, to right beneath the clouds.
Visitors to the 314 metre tower will start the visit with a 3D film about the tower, get to enjoy an interactive exhibition on the greatest achievements of Estonians through the ages and a fascinating overview of the history of the tower itself before heading up to the viewing platform and café at the 170 metre level – the highest in the country. A special panorama programme magnifies the view by a factor of ten. Visitors can record video greetings in the tower’s television studio and broadcast them globally. 
The landmark building is host to concerts, performances, exhibitions and open air events at different times throughout the year.


Tallinn Song Festivan Ground

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Site where the All-Estonian Song Festivals have been held since 1928 along with concerts, festive ceremonies, exhibitions, open-air performances and other cultural events throughout the year.
Completed in 1960, Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepmann and Uno Tölpus. Their design took into account the nature of the land they were to be built on: audiences would be seated on the slope of the hill, so the song arch would need to echo sound to them. A copy of the song stage was later erected in Vilnius.
The Song Festival Grounds are a popular venue for events. It is best known as the place where every 5 years the Song Festival is held, in which nearly 25,000 singers take part, attracting an audience of nearly 100,000. Anyone interested can climb to the top of the tower, which is 42 metres high and from which you can see all the way out over the city and bay. And if you have binoculars with you that are powerful enough, you should be able to see far out into the Gulf of Finland!


St. Olaf´s Church

BUS STOP: red line 11,  blue line 9


Originally built in 1250 and considered the tallest building in Europe during the Middle Ages, this city landmark is now used by both Baptist and Methodist congregations.
St Olaf's Church in Tallinn, the city's biggest medieval structure, took its name from the sainted Norwegian king Olav II Haraldsson. The church was first mentioned in 1267. It became one of the main churches in the Lower Town and formed its own congregation, which at first mostly comprised Scandinavian merchants and craftsmen and few Estonians.
The evangelical preachings of the then chaplain of the church, Zacharias Hasse, led to the start of the reformation in Tallinn in 1523.


Tallinn Botanic Garden

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In addition to a broad collection of greenhouse plants, this garden features five extensive outdoor collections including the Arboretum, the Rose Garden, perennials, bulbous plants and annuals.
The garden host specialised exhibits of beautiful, sensual, flagrant and exotic flowers. There is a difference theme every month covering such themes as; medicinal and poisonous plants, exotic fruits, taste and smell, mushrooms, various cutting flowers, and much more. With over 4 500 plant species and 123 hectares of space this is a perfect family friendly complex for summer picnics or occasional outdoor concerts. 


Estonian History Museum / Maarjamäe Complex

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The story of the Estonian History Museum begins in 1802, when Tallinn’s town hall pharmacist, Johann Burchard (1776–1838), started a collection called Mon Faible (My weakness, in French). The inspiration for collecting came from one decoratively marbled Easter egg. The first exhibit was a Chinese opium pipe. 


More information: http://www.ajaloomuuseum.ee/


Kiek in de Kök and Bastion Passages

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Take a peek into the kitchens from the battlements of this Medieval defensive tower or tour around the Bastion Tunnels.
Those interested in walls, towers, cannons and the like should drop into this museum of the town’s defences. Visitors of this museum will see examples of Medieval fire power, displays detailing how the city's system of fortification walls and towers developed through the centuries and an exhibit on crime and punishment in old Tallinn.
The name of this massive, 38m-high cannon tower literally means “Peek into the Kitchen.” It was so high that Medieval guards joked they could see right down the chimneys and into the kitchens of the houses below. 

Kiek in de Kök is also the starting place for visitors interested in the fascinating system of hidden tunnels (Bastion tunnels) that run underneath the old bastions of Toompea hill. Make sure to pay a visit to the top floor café for beautiful Old Town views.