"A Tale of Three Cities" Tallinn by spidermiss

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Tallinn goes back to the 13th Century and since then has been occupied by Swedish, German and Russian occupants. After World War I, Tallinn became the state capital of Estonia and after World II was annexed to the former Soviet Union. Estonia became independent in 1991.

Tallinn offers so much to see and do for the visitors and residents alike. Tallinn is know for its song festivals and 'Tallinn Old Days'. Tallinn hosted the yachting events for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Tallinn during the summer is popular for the 'White Nights' where it doesn't get dark. The city is also renowned as a tale of three cities with the old town, ancient citadel (Toompea Castle) and the modern city.

Please check out the official website to find out what is there to see and do.

Sights not to miss: Toompea Castle, Pik (long) Hermann, Kiek in de Kok, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Tallinn Cathedral, Pikk (long) Jaig (leg street), Church of St Nicholas, Town Hall, Magistrates Hall, Apothecay's shop, Church of the Holy Spirit, Great Guild Building, House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, St Olaf's Church, Stout Margaret.

Nearby excursions are possible: Kadroig Palace, Rocco al Mare, Lahemaa National Park

*I'm hoping to scan photos from my 2003 trip to Tallinn at some point in the future*

  • Last visit to Tallinn: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Thanks for sharing some very useful information. I wish I had known about the Tallinn card when we were there several years ago!

  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Dawn, some good tips here. I also found the Tallinn Card good value for money and the combined bus and walking tour seems like a good idea to see the city if you are short on time.


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