A couple of weeks ago I visited Estonia, a beautiful country, just a 2 hour flight with Estonian Air away from Amsterdam. There are only 1.5 million people in Estonia, of which almost one third live in the capital Tallinn. This city is even on the Unesco World Heritage List. And rightly, because I’ve fallen in love with the Medieval city. Check out my personal Tallinn guide and you’ll understand why!
The best way to discover Tallinn is by foot. The city is not that big, so the walking distances are more than perfect. Moreover, the town is best accessible by foot. If you want to visit something more far away than a bicycle taxi, normal taxi, tram or bus are fine solutions. And cheap as well!
There is so much to see in and around Tallinn, that I selected some of the highlights, which you can also find in the map below:
1) Viru Hotel KGB Museum
The small KGB Museum in the Viru Hotel is a special place. A tour guide tells you the most peculiar stories about the history of the KGB. You’ll find out some of the strangest (and funny) details about the KGB in the Viru Hotel. Very, very nice history lesson.
2) Tallinna Teletorn
For this must see take the bus to Pirita. Here you’ll find the television tower of Tallinn (Tallinna teletorn). The teletorn is the tallest structure in Estonia (314 meters) and was important for the radio and television broadcasting during the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980. With a high-speed elevator you go to a great height where you can enjoy a stunning view!
Tallinn is a beautiful medieval town that will enchant you right zway. The medieval-feeling is further emphasized by the various activities offered by the city, such as archery. For 20 Euro you can shoot 20 arrows and you feel like a real Robin Hood. Not cheap, but worth it.
4) Telliskivi shopping street (Kalamaja)
The neighbourhood Kalamaja is also called ‘hipsterville’, and not without a reason. The former industrial complexes of the historical wooden townhouse district now attracta (creative) young ones. Bars, restaurants, galeries… You name it, you can find it here. As wel as the Telliskivi shopping street. It’s a nice and creative indoor ‘street’ where you can find affordable small boutiques and Estonian design shops. Go here if you’re looking for vintage-, design-, eco-, beauty-items and good coffee.
5) Balti Jaam Market
Flea market right by the central train station. In the context of the bygone Sovjet times, the market could be considered as an entrepreneurial experiment of sorts (from fruit to old Sovjet second clothes, you can find it here). What makes visiting it even more worth is that you’ll be visiting something truly historical.
6) Roof of Linnahall
The Sovjets built Linnahall for the Olympic regatta of 1980 set to take place in Tallinn. The roof of the building is a very popular place among the local youth for enjoying the sunset and freerunning. Amazing combination of lots of concrete, history and also the young, new and modern generation!
– Kohvik Must Puudel
Sovjet nostalgia meets vintage meets meets modern… Great, cosy interior, beautiful little courtyard and great food. Also good place for drinks at night.
Müürivahe 20, Tallinn
Located in the popular Kalamaja area. You’ll get the best bruschetta in town here and with some sunshine it’s a perfect spot to relax on the terrace all day long….
Telliskivi 60, Tallinn
Located just outside the old town, overlooking the sea. Ideal place for a beer at sunset.
Kalasadama 8, Tallinn
– Vegan Restoran V
This restaurant shows hat vegan food certainly can be delicious! An interesting menu, super-friendly service and romantic setting in an old small building in downtown Tallinn makes the culinary experience complete. A real vegan-gem!
Rataskaevu 12, Tallin
Grab a coffee here and go and lie down in the in the grass just outside this bar. And well, just enjoy…
Tatari 9, Tallinn
– Pan Y Vino
Best place for a late night glass of delicious wine. You do have to be lucky, because there are only 4 tables inside!
Lai 35, Tallinn
WHAT MADE ME SMILE MOST
– the super-friendly Estonian people
– the healthy food you can get everywhere (there’s a large vegetarian selection)
– dancing till early in the morning in one of the many going out spots
– the beautiful women (wow, impressed by them!)
Wanna see even more travel tips for Tallinn? Go to Daily Cappuccino or watch (of course) the short video I made of my trip: