Discover enchanting Tallinn, the capital of Estonia with a fascinating past.With a picturesque Old Town and a setting along the shores of the Baltic Sea, Tallinn has plenty to offer visitors. The fairy-tale atmosphere of the Christmas market, which is held on the Town Hall Square in Tallinn, lets you dive straight into the festive spirit. Stroll through medieval streets under the shadow of swooning spirals, to marveling at thoroughly modern museums. After enjoying the Old town, venture out into the green spaces of Kadriorg, the bohemian neighbourhood of Kalamaja, or the fantastic natural wonders of the Viimsi area just north of Tallinn.
Wander through the medieval streets; step into shops, courtyards and churches in the Old Town. Take a walking tour through the charming streets of Tallinn Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site replete with red-gabled roofs and splintering spires. Admire panoramic coastal vistas from the Upper Old Town and then descend to Toompea Castle, an ancient structure home to the Estonian Parliament and the Tall Hermann tower. For a bird’s eye view over Tallinn’s medieval Old Town visit the top of the town hall tower on Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats). If you visit during the holidays enjoy the lovely Christmas Market and warm yourself with mulled wine and the delicious food while shopping for that special something to take back home.
The unforgettable Seaplane Harbour is home to a super-modern maritime and military museum, complete with historic ships to tour.Visit he museum is located inside the seaplane hangars. It's truly unique as the first shell concrete structure ever built. Initially completed as part of Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress in 1916-1917 the museum now combines new and old, land and sea. If a little adventure beckons venture a little further out of town with a visit to the Open Air Museum in the Rocca al Mare district or to the Botanical Gardens and TV Tower in Pirata. While in Pirata, if the weather permits, take some time to enjoy Pirita Beach and its surrounding cafes and restaurants.
Set aside a few hours for the excellent KUMU (kunstimuuseum) in Tallinn’s Kadriorg district. The museum’s spectacular futuristic-looking building, made of limestone, glass and copper, is almost as awe-inspiring as the exhibits.
While you are in the Kadriorg district, take time to enjoy the wooden Kadriorg Park. The park is a peaceful respite and has lots of pathways as well as a charming little café. Kadriorg Palace, which dates from the mid-18th century, is also in the area and is home to a collection of Dutch, German and Italian art.