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Travel Guide of Tallinn in Estonia by Influencers

Tallinn is the capital, primate and the most populous city of Estonia. Located in the northern part of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea, it has a population of 437,619 in 2020.

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Discover our travel guide of Tallinn in Estonia made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Tallinn:

  🗼 Landmark     🏖️ Beach     🐾 Wildlife     🏘️ Town     🌆 Skyline     🏰 Place of worship  

Travel Tips for visiting Tallinn

Tallinn is known for having magnificent medieval centers

This is the most obvious but not the only reason to visit the capital of Estonia.

You will find an atmosphere at the crossroads of the Estonian-Finnish, Germanic, and Slavic worlds. A small city with big advantages 

Curious, surprising, and enchanting. 

Estonia is the smallest and least populated of the Baltic States. It is located in the northeast of Europe and south of Finland, from which it is separated by the Gulf of Finland. 45% of the country is forested, 13% is marshland. There are more than 1500 lakes and islands and the coastline has 3800 kilometers of coastline.
Its advantageous maritime location has interested nations for hundreds of years.
Its capital Tallinn is located in the northwest of the country, 85 kilometers from Helsinki (Finland) and equidistant from St Petersburg (Russia) and Stockholm (Sweden). Further south you will find Riga in Latvia and Vilnius in Lithuania.
Tallinn has about 426,000 inhabitants on 159 square kilometers.
The Estonian language is part of the Finno-Ugric family, very close to Finnish.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the Old Town of Tallinn is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe with 1.9 km of ramparts and 23 towers.

Between craft beers and street art in Tallinn hipster

Around the Old Town, new trendy and hipster neighborhoods will seduce the aficionados of craft beers and street art.
In the northwest, towards the Kalamaja district, the Creative City of Telliskivi, a former industrial complex, is the creative center of Tallinn and all Estonia. Designer studios, boutiques, CDB coffee shops, and lots of street art. You will find the Fotografiska photo museum, a branch of the great Stockholm museum.
There are plenty of places to discover. The bars Sveta Baar and Pudel offer a great choice of craft beers. Junimperium is a rather chic local gin distillery. Pettus offers dining in old retro cars. There are quite a few food truck options, pizzas, kebabs nearby, and many more trendy than alternative restaurants.
In short, the place seems to evolve quickly from an original artistic heart to an entertainment center more or less déjà vu but not uninteresting that said.

The avant-garde movement of Tallinn

East of the Old Town, near the harbor, the old dilapidated industrial area of Roterman has become a modern and trendy (and pedestrian) district with avant-garde and eccentric buildings.
It still looks a lot like a shopping mall. Among the wide range of cafes, restaurants, and bars, try the Japanese-style Nordic cuisine at Noya or the seasonal local produce at AlterEgo, followed by a "craft" beer at Brewdog or the marzipan at Kalev Chocolate Factory (1806)

 We surf the Internet here as we drink espressos elsewhere. A daily gesture, not so old as that, but which one would not know anymore how to do without. In the street, the faces belong for the most part to the student population which gives its cheerful character to the smallest festive place in Tallinn. From the past of the capital, one remembers the Middle Ages, the time when the city was Hanseatic when the richest personalities had their houses built on two levels: in stone when the more humble houses were made of wood.

This was also the time of the squares where the market and the pillory stood side by side. As life was short, people did not miss an opportunity to celebrate with music.

Back to the roots, therefore, in the medieval restaurants of Old Tallinn: the period setting avoids the effect of a theme park. Holidaymakers are as eager as Tallinners who, if they are not working in their 21st century, relax in the many bars, clubs, nightclubs, and lounges. Jazzy or electro atmosphere, beautiful girls galore, beer or cocktails served in jugs, but no cigarettes, except in the dedicated places of the cigar cellars.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Tallinn

When to go to Tallinn Estonia?

Estonia has a continental Baltic climate.

  • Thus, winters are cold and dry and summers are mild and sometimes rainy. Estonia is the coldest of the three Baltic countries as it is the northernmost. During the winter, temperatures are negative all day long for several months. On average, we find -2 °C in December and -5 °C in February with minimum temperatures that can go down to -30 °C. In general, it is better to avoid this period for a stay.
  • Thus, it is preferable to focus on late spring and summer. Indeed, from May onwards, the average temperatures are more pleasant (10°C on average in May, 16°C in July). It is common to find temperatures around 22 °C in summer, which allows you to enjoy outdoor activities without suffering from high temperatures. The sun is present, but rain is also more common during this period with 70 mm of rainfall 

  • A medieval banquet, in full version, with fresh cheese with herbs and pickles, bear and deer salads, marinated salmon, hare stew, wild boar stew, lentil and turnip puree, rose cream for dessert.

  • Beer is served in earthenware mugs, flavored with honey, cinnamon, or wild herbs.

Several restaurants in Tallinn offer these old-fashioned feasts, in a period setting and with period service. The favorite of Tallinners is the Olde Hansa, Vana turg 1, in the Old Town 

  • Traditional Estonian handicrafts are rustic, but they can be a great way to give simple and original gifts.
  • Hand-knitted socks, gloves, or mittens in the natural colors of wool (ecru, brown, or gray).
  • Cutlery, cups, bowls made of juniper wood.
  • Children's toys (mini-trains, small cars) in poplar.

If you're looking for something chicer, head to the Saint Catherine passage (Old Tallinn) where artisans create before your eyes with glass, ceramics, and leather. Unique pieces, trendy objects...

Fascinating! Think of the Christmas market on the main square, if you come in December.

  • Helsinki is located in front of Tallinn, on the other side of a bay crossed in 1h30 by a fast boat 
 in 3h30 by car-ferry (Round trip possible in the day, there are enough departures for that.

  • The City Hall, built in the 13th century, is a testimony of the gothic architecture of the time. 

  • Go and admire the Kiek in de Kök tower, whose 4-meter thick walls have withstood time and attacks. You can also visit its underground passages. 

  • The Toompea Castle, where the Estonian Parliament now sits, is also a must-see, with its mix of modern buildings from the 1920s and classical architecture from the Tsarist period. 

  • To get a glimpse of the medieval period of the 15th century, take a detour through the Saint Catherine's passage, a charming little alley that will take you back in time. 

Finally, to see the whole city at a glance, climb the steps of the tower of St. Olav's Church.

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