Friday, 21 May 2010

Tallinn | Latitude 59.26 N Longitude 24.44 E

Here I am again with a new post; I have to say sorry to all those followers that kept asking me why it was taking me so long to write a new article, well I have been really busy lately though I was able to take a couple of days off to visit one of the most beautiful places in Europe, the medieval city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia and the jewel of the Baltic Sea.

It is unbelievable that not until recently the incredible beauty of its historic centre was recognized as World Heritage and that tourism was no longer considered curiosity of a few.

In my opinion, Tallinn is a mixture of Copenhagen, Helsinki and London blended together with a hint of Germany, a Russian aroma and a Southern Europe atmosphere.

The first impression you will get of Vanalinn, that’s how the Old Town is called, is the uniform red roofs, the multitude of pointed cone-shaped towers, the strokes of Russian architecture, the cleanliness of the streets and the sobriety of the facades. Start your route by crossing the old wall by the Viru Gate, you'll see the Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats), the Sajakang Street full of souvenir shops and bakeries, the St. Olaf Church, or the houses of the wealthy merchants in Pikk Street. Be sure to stroll around, you’ll find thrilling surprises.

From the Toompea hill you can see the best panoramic view of Tallinn. There you can visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Lutheran Church of Toomkirik or relax at the Long Boot (Pikk Jalg) cafe.

  • Seize the opportunity to visit other locations in the Estonian coast. Whether you rent a car or if you prefer the ferry, go to the city of Haapsalu (one of the favourite’s cities of Tchaikovsky and Tsar Nicolas II), the island of Hiiumaa and its Ornithological Reserve of Käina or the islands of Muhu and Saaremaa (pure nature). 
  • You can visit Lai Tanäv Street in the centre, there you will find plenty of restaurants where to taste typical dishes. 
  • If you are looking for something more than just a nice meal, then I must recommend you to go to Troika Restaurant in the Town Hall Square where you will enjoy a truly Russian experience.
  • Although the feeling that their inhabitants transmit is cold and distant, do not be misled by the topics because at night the city changes and its character opens more easily than you might think initially.


Damir said...

very very interesting:))

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Sir John said...

This place looks very nice and a great place to visit.
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corfubob said...

I look forward to seeing more images from places I will never visit now. Drop in on me, so we can be friends!

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David said...

I visited Talinn a couple of times in about 1992 and 1993, when it cost about $15 to travel by bus from Tampere in Finland down to Helsinki, then the boat to Tallin and a bus into town.

I remember one winter going down to the shop at the bottom of the ship and hearing the grinding, grating noise of the ice past the hull.

I liked Tallinn a lot, but having seen the old town a couple of times, I went once to another area outside town and there was a huge outdoor market selling lots of Russian ex-military stuff and food, and also a long line of people standing by the side of the road selling everything from dogs to night-vision binoculars. Crazy times.

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nothingprofound said...

Looks like a city out of a fairytale, so charming. A dear long-lost friend of mine, from thirty years ago, was a refugee form Estonia. I can't imagine a more beautiful fantasy then running into him unexpectedly someday on a street in Tallinn.

THE SNEE said...

Such a beautiful photo...triggers wonderful imaginative stories! I can't wait to visit Estonia!

Jun said...

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rock music fans said...

thanks for your kind of visit. Looking forward to know more beautiful place. keep it up!!!

Mike said...

Wonderful picture, so clear and such great colours, it looks a lovely place

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