"Tallinn - medieval spirit city" Top 5 Page for this destination Tallinn by Raimix

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I wanted to visit Estonia and firstly capital Tallinn for maybe already 5 years, but I always changed it to other travel destinations. Finally I visited it in 2007 July - explored Tallinn in 3 days. I should say it was enough to feel Tallinn and see main sights as whole old town, Kadriorg Park with buildings here, Pirita monastery ruins and beach.

First day I have explored Kadriorg park and some parts of old town, second day I went to see Russalka monument, visited more old town and the third (and last day) I went to Pirita monastery ruins, beach and Tallinn new town with some newer Lutheran churches, skyscrapers and Radisson SAS hotel panoramas of Tallinn.

It is medieval feeling city, still having old town defensive walls and towers left, bigger part of Toompea castle, unique old town hall and much residential houses from medieval times. Most long spire Lutheran churches in old town dates back to 13th century.

Tallinn has rich history. It could be a mix of history, architecture, religions and cultures of Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Russia and Estonia. The name of Tallinn means "Danish city", as in 1219 Danish forces occupied Tallinn. In 1346 Denmark have sold Tallinn to Teutonic Knights. At the year of 1561 Sweden occupied Tallinn and in 1710 Tallinn was taken by Tsarist Russia. So, Tallinn belonged to Estonia is only in first independence times (1918-1940) and now from 1991.

Tallinn is the main port of Estonia and it is a good place to continue traveling to Finland (Helsinki) and Sweden (Stockholm) by ferries, St. Petersburg in Russia, Latvian capital Riga and other parts of Estonia (Tartu, Parnu, Narva, Saarema island) by buses. Tallinn is a very popular travel destination for Finns, who come here for weekend to relax, buy some cheaper things and have some alcohol.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Medieval feeling, colourful, historical city
  • Cons:Touristy, expensive in old town territory
  • In a nutshell:Great mix of very old and very new things
  • Last visit to Tallinn: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2007
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  • JulieJueletha's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Really enjoyed reading about Tallinn and LOVED the pics!

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    A documentary on TV about Tallin made me curious about the city. Excellent page, Raimix! Love the little Armenian church in front of the tall, modern Radisson SAS hotel. Picturesque medieval old town overall, with lots of churches, as mentioned previously.

  • Turska's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Expensive?? Not if you are a Finn ;o) Everything is half free for us :)

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    Nice pictures of Tallinn, I hope to visit next year.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Hi you asked me once to let you know when Ive made my Tallinn pages - well theyve slowly got together - you might enjoy a look!Still got Riga pages to get up to scratch yet though!Uve got an xlnt pg here!Hope all is well with you!

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    Superb, very comprehensive page. Bravo. You have captured the history & architecture very well, eg 3 Sisters, Kumu, Armenian church, etc Darshan

  • FinnFrode's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    That is correct. Some of the street vendors charged 15 EEK (1 Euro) for an ordinary postcard, which could be bought for 5 EEK at the post office just next to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the old town. And the post-lady was helpful too with stamps.

  • a5floor's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2007 at 3:08 AM

    Hi Raimis, this is a great page. Hope to go to Tallinn next year. :) Very usefull tips up here.

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    many recollection of your page. nice city, isn't it? :-)

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Beautiful informative page! I liked pictures. Great job. Greetingz:)

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