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“Tallinn, Estonia - A Charming Medieval City”
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
9 helpful votes
“Tallinn, Estonia - A Charming Medieval City”
Reviewed October 17, 2010

Tallinn, Estonia was one of our port cities on our Baltic cruise. Although shore excursions were available, we chose to explore this city on our own on foot. It is a perfect way to explore this city, if one is willing to do a fair bit of walking. Also be prepared for the steep streets as the city is built on a hill.
The area to explore is the Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. Old Town is a short walk from the cruise ship terminal. A good way to enter the Old Town is through the Great Coastal Gate by Fat Margaret's Tower.
The city dates back to the 13th century and was a major centre of the Hanseatic League. Many of the buildings date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. The Old Town has the feel of a fairy tale place. The streets are narrow and winding and offer many shops, restaurants, and churches to explore.
A must is the walk up Toompea Hill to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It is a Russian Orthodox cathedral which features the classic onion dome design. Go inside if the cathdral is open to see the ornate interior.
There are other churches worthly of a visit, including the Church of St. Olav (Oleviste kirik) and the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Toomkirik).
There is plenty of activity at and near Town Hall Square, at which Town Hall is located, along with many shops and restaurants, most of which have outdoor patios in the summertime. This is a perfect area to take a break, have a beer and a snack and people watch.
The merchants are friendly and there are many shops selling local wares, such as linens, amber jewelry, and Russian nesting dolls. There is a large selection of items to choose from and the prices are reasonable.
Although Estonia has its own currency, the Estonian Kroon, most merchants accept the Euro.
As in many European cities, the public toilets charge a nominal fee for use.

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Ada, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
9 helpful votes
“A Tiny Town With a LOT to Offer”
Reviewed October 12, 2010

Tallinn is a fantastic town in Estonia with a great cultural and historical background, stretching back ages, but still making headway today. Tallinn has been very inviting and welcoming to me during my stay here, and I would highly recommend it as a visiting site for families, young adults, or even older adults, as there are great things for everyone. Some of my favorite places that I've been are the Olde Hansa, a medieval restaurant that is an intriguing experience in and of itself (but not stupid like some I've seen in America; it's very authentic and the people are, of course, actually from the 1500's ;) ), Kiek in de Kök which has two fantastic things to see (the newly renovated secret tunnel passages under the city, and the tower where you can climb six floors and see out over the whole city), Rocca al mare (the amazing open air museum with lots of interesting sights), great shopping, and a wonderful art museum. We've thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the old architecture, and the incredibly old churches, and exploring the history of a troubled town who gained its independence in my lifetime. The handicraft stores and markets have been a wonderful source of beautiful gifts and handmade items that I can keep forever, and I've enjoyed every second of my time here. I highly recommend visiting, although perhaps not during the winter :)

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Quantico, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes
“Great location with some history to it.”
Reviewed October 8, 2010

I spent three days in Tallinn Estonia. The place is very modern and very touristy. You can get a taste of medieval life at the Old Town, enjoy modern saunas and spas or take a drive through beautiful countryside. Helsinki is only 30 minutes away on a fast boat.

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Melbourne
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
18 helpful votes
“Avoid the Tallinn Tourist Bureau”
Reviewed October 4, 2010

Would strongly recommend avoiding the tourist bureau in Tallinn. When I arrived I was really excited to be there and went to get some information on things to do and day tours. The woman was so unhelpful, rude and disinterested that I ended up walking back to my hotel and booking the boat to Helsinki for the day and then cancelling 2-nights accommodation and returning to Riga. I would recommend only going to Tallinn for a day or two maximum!

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Praha
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
21 helpful votes
“You will love this city!”
Reviewed September 26, 2010

Tallin is a capital city of the Estonia. Is interesting and lovely city with a long history. This city is full of interesting places. For example the Castle walls Toompea. This place is written in the UNESCO. Most considerable memory is a Gothic church Niguliste kirik from 13. Century. You can visit many places and feel the historical atmosphere in this city. Also the drinks and food are delicate. If you will visit this city you will not be disappointed.
And if you don´t have enough, you can jump on one of many ferries and visit Helsinky.

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