Tallinn, the coastal capital of Estonia, is one of the most popular destinations in northern Europe. Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Tallinn Estonia has reclaimed its reputation for enchantment. This immediate return to desirability, as a result of the city's beautiful fourteenth-century architecture, cobbled streets, and unspoiled natural parks, means that Tallinn travel isn’t cheap. Compared to other countries that have declared independence from the Soviet Union, Estonia is considerably more expensive, especially in the capital city. Tallinn Estonia isn’t prohibitively costly, however, and many travelers find that the experience is worth the cash.
Since the early 1990s, both air and sea transport has made Tallinn travel an easy journey. An airport outside of the capital receives flights from more than twenty European destinations, and budget airline EasyJet makes connections from London or Berlin. A wide range of ferries and hydrofoils are available from Finland and Sweden, and buses are also available from cities throughout Europe. However you travel to Estonia, the attractions in Tallinn are sure to impress. From the UNESCO World Heritage site that is the old town, to the buzzing nightlife, you won’t be sorry you ventured to this Baltic country.
Of all the attractions in Tallinn, the most popular is the cobbled streets of the old town. The spires of fourteenth-century churches will have your eyes glued to the skyline, while shops, cafés, and restaurants will tempt them back down to Earth. The old town is divided into two sections: upper town and lower town. Each area is home to different attractions in Tallinn. The upper town has the beautiful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a nineteenth-century Eastern Orthodox church, and the onion domes and strong architecture are sure to evoke thoughts of Russia. The lower town is known for being especially well-preserved, and it is home to Raekoja plats and the Tallinn town hall square.
Other favorites during Tallinn travel are the Dominican Monastery, the former KGB headquarters, and Kadriorg Palace. The palace was built during the eighteenth century for Peter the Great; today, it is home to the Foreign Art Museum. Not all of the Tallinn Medieval churches still function as places of worship. Niguliste Church is just steps from town hall square, and today is home to a variety of concerts and exhibitions. The oldest church in Estonia is Toomkirik, Dome Church, which was built in the thirteenth century and has great views over the town and harbor.
However, the main attraction of Tallinn Estonia is the atmosphere. Make the time to indulge in the café culture of the city, where people-watching and strong coffee can fill entire afternoons. Gourmet bakeries, tables al fresco, and candlelit cafés on snowy afternoons all contribute to the enchanting ambience of Tallinn. While the city is the largest tourist destination in the country, other places are well worth visiting. The seaside town of Haapsalu is a great place to relax, and the national parks have coastal trails and forests that are ideal for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Once you arrive in Estonia, you may be surprised at all there is to discover in such a small country.