• The medieval marvel of Tallinn…

    by  • May 14, 2013 • City Breaks, Tallinn • 0 Comments

    As one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, this Baltic gem has thrown open its doors to tourism with vigour. Tallinn is a beautiful blend of medieval and modern, with narrow, cobbled streets and an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafés, boutiques, malls and throbbing nightclubs.

    The biggest attraction of course, is the perfectly photogenic medieval old town, compact and contained within a mostly intact city wall sprinkled with towers, it has a fairytale charm.

    Tallinn Old Town

    Tallinn Old Town

    Tallinn’s café culture is hard to match. Art-Deco patisseries, cosy, candlelit alcoves or sunlit patios are the perfect setting for strong coffee, mouth watering pastries & confectionery and people watching.

    The city is packed with restaurants serving up sumptuous cosmopolitan cuisine. Old-world dining rooms, charming wine cellars and super stylish bistros provide the backdrop to exquisite dishes. Sample some local specialties such as Baltic Herrings, spice salted sprats, smoked hams and fresh baked rye bread.
    After dinner, head out to the string of brightly lit bars and pubs that line the idyllic streets. Estonia’s best beers are served in abundance, try a Saku or Saaremaa.

    Not to be missed…
    Town Hall Square
    The focal point of the Old Town. Originally a medieval market, this square is now lined with cafes, bars & restaurants. It’s splendors also spill into the narrow alleyways branching off in every direction.

    Pikk Street
    This street boasts a great many of the tall, pointy roofed merchant’s house that add to Tallinn’s Gothic character. Also a great place for souvenirs as it’s crammed shops selling handmade chocolates, marzipan and local crafts.

    The City Walls
    Twenty towers and gates remain today and a few have been restored and opened to visitors.

    Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky
    A flamboyant array of domes and towers, housing 11 mighty bells. Its size dominates Toompea.

    Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky

    Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky

    Museum of Occupations
    An informative and moving account of Estonia’s experience of Soviet rule.

    Kadriorg Palace
    Built by Peter the Great, a simply stunning baroque masterpiece surrounded by idyllic gardens and woodlands. The exquisite interior is home to a wonderful collection of old masters.

    Kadriorg Palace

    Kadriorg Palace

    KUMU Art Museum
    A recent addition, opened in 2006 and designed by Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori. KUMU presents permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. The main collection covers Estonian art from the 18th century onwards. Temporary exhibitions include both foreign and Estonian modern and contemporary art.

    Olde Hansa Restaurant
    The best-loved medieval themed restaurant can be found in the Old Town. It offers historical ambience, theatre, hearty food and traditional beverages.

    But don’t stop there,  you’ll discover so much more in this vibrant city.

     

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