What To See and Do in Tallinn

5 Oct 2017

We recently flew to Europe with Finnair, After a few days in Helsinki, we headed over to Tallinn in Estonia.

We departed Helsinki for Tallin in the early hours of the morning onboard a Tallink Ferry (which was more cruise ship than ferry boat). Tallinn is an easy 2 hour ferry ride from Helsinki, or a 30 minute flight with Finnair.

Tallink terminal, Port of Helsinki.

Tallink terminal, Port of Helsinki.

Here’s our top reasons to include Tallinn in your European holiday.

Explore the Old Town

Tallinn’s old town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage listed site since 1997. Explore The Old Town with a guided tour¬† to learn about Estonia’s fascinating history.

Toompea Castle, now the home of Estonian Government.

Toompea Castle, now the home of Estonian Government.

Cobblestone streets of Tallinn.

Cobblestone streets within Tallinn old town.

Catherine's Passage, Tallinn

Catherine’s Passage, Tallinn

Small Ukranian-Greek Church alongside the town walls of Tallinn.

Small Ukranian-Greek Church alongside the town walls of Tallinn.

 

Get a Birds Eye View of Tallinn

From the lookout at the top of the Old Town, take in the winding streets of the old town and the new business district beyond.

Get a birdseye view of Tallinn Old Town.

Get a birdseye view of Tallinn Old Town.

Views of Tallinn including the Town Wall built in 1265.

Views of Tallinn including the Town Wall Turrets built in 1265.

Have Lunch in Telliskivi Creative City

Born from a tumultuous history, Estonia only achieved full independence in the early 90s. The past 30 years have seen the rise of a young bohemian culture best seen in Telliskivi Creative City where Soviet era buildings have been repurposed as design studios, shops, cafes, bars and outdoor markets.

Telliskivi Creative Centre.

Telliskivi Creative Centre.

Old Soviet buildings are repurposed as design studios, bars and cafes. in Telliskivi creative centre

Old Soviet buildings are repurposed as design studios, bars and cafes.

Old factory turned cafe in Telliskivi Creative Centre.

Old factory turned cafe in Telliskivi Creative Centre.

 

Take a Bike Tour Around the Sites of Tallinn

Tallinn is filled with beautiful gardens, historic buildings and museums. Join a city cycling tour to get a true sense of this city.

Catherine's palace built by Alexander The Great, now an The Art Museum of Estonia.

Cycling to Catherine’s Palace built by Alexander The Great, now The Art Museum of Estonia.

Dine in Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square is the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town,¬† and it is surrounded by restaurants for you to take your pick from. Enjoy an afternoon drink, and dine on modern classic dishes such as smoked Elk.

Enjoy a drink in the restaurants of Town Hall Square, Tallinn, Estonia.

Enjoy a drink in the restaurants of Town Hall Square.

Tallin's Town Hall Square at night.

Restaurant’s lit up around Tallin’s Town Hall Square at night.

Dine on Estonian classics with a modern twist such as smoked Elk with berries at Restaurant Kaerajaan.

Dine on Estonian classics with a modern twist such as smoked Elk with berries at Restaurant Kaerajaan.

 

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Our review of Finnair’s A350 business class
Our review of Finnair’s business class inflight food
Our review of Finnair’s Helsinki Business Class Lounge
Our tips on a Helsinki Stopover
Our Helsinki Airport Guide

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