Tallin, the beautiful capital of Estonia, is a great getaway. Here the past meets the present. The buildings and cobblestone streets found in the old town date back as far as the 11th Century, whilst in just minutes you can walk to a modern city center offering a huge selection of hotels, restaurants and marvelous shopping experiences.
How to get there
You can fly directly to Tallin airport from many European cities or arrive by rail, bus or car. As an old port town it is also accessible by sea and, for something a little different, daily helicopter flights are available from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. However you choose to travel, remember that it is important to check cover on your annual travel insurance if you have one.
Where to stay
You will find a range of hotels that will suit every taste and budget. From romantic boutique hotels in the old town, to ultra modern hotels offering gym, spa and conference facilities, you will find something to suit your requirements. For those on a budget, you can stay in a working convent where rooms are comfortable and inexpensive; alternatively, if you are looking for something really special, there are many luxury hotels available in Tallin.
Where to eat
As you would expect from a European capital city, here you will find plenty of restaurants serving food from around the world, as well as those serving more traditional Estonian cuisine. Cafes, bars and pubs also serve a range of tasty meals and snacks.
What to do
There really is something for everyone in Tallin. Those who like to shop will not be disappointed with the fantastic shopping opportunities. Don’t forget the outdoor summer and Christmas markets where you will find a range of unique gifts.
Take in some culture with a visit to one of the many museums and galleries. There are plenty to choose from, including a Theatre and Music Museum, a Car Museum and even a Puppet Museum.
Of course no trip would be complete without a visit to Toompea Castle, home to the Estonian Parliament (The Riigikogu). This castle, which was completed in 1773, stands on the site of a 13th Century fortress.
If you are on a budget you can take a free tour of the old town. Tour guides are happy to show visitors their home city, and entertain them with colourful stories of Estonian history.
Tallin has plenty of green space and you can spend many a happy hour at the beautiful parks. Kadriorg Park is one of the finest and is home to Kadriorg Palace and the art museum. For the more active, you can take a cycle tour, or even enjoy kayaking along the coastline.