Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and has become an increasing popular location for a great city break over the last decade. Released from Soviet domination with independence in 1991, Tallinn is now a hub in the Baltic region and should not be missed!
Air: Tallinn Airport (TLL) is close to the city centre. From the UK you can fly from London. Other budget airlines from Berlin or Amsterdam are popular ways in to the country. Routes are also available to the other Baltic states and Scandinavia. The best way into the city is taxi or bus.
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Ferry: The ferry is a popular option for entry to Estonia. Tallinn is a short hop across the Baltic sea from Helsinki. There are numerous operators which use both fast and slower forms of vessel. The quick hydrofoil option should take around 90 minutes but us more susceptible to rough weather.
What to See and Do
Tallinn's numerous attractions include the following:
Old City: The old city was built between the 15th and 17th centuries and is wonderfully preserved. The heart of the Old Town is Toompea which is the Danish Castle that founded the city in 1219. Also in the Old Town is another Tallinn landmark, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The architecture is spectacular and includes a number of domes on the roof.
The Kadriorg Palace: Built by an Italian architect for Tsar Peter the Great in 1718, the palace is located in parkland to the east of the city. The palace houses numerous collections of art.
Museum of Occupations: This museum gives a flavour of life under the Soviet and Nazi occupations which dominated the country's political history. Well worth a visit.
Foot: For the Old Town using your own feet is the only option! The compact area is best seen by walking around.
Tram: There are four tram lines which all connect at Viru Center.
Taxis: Order by phone from a legal firm so as not to get ripped off. Avoid the taxi rank at the port as the taxis have a poor reputation.
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