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Estonia’s capital city has a glorious history that can be seen at its immaculate best in its old town. The Danes, Swedes, Germans and Russians who have ruled Tallinn have left their marks without destroying this Hanseatic city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the city wall you’ll find evidence of the Soviet occupation, with some excellent examples of concrete brutalism. Everywhere are restaurants and bars where you can discover how Estonians have taken Nordic, Baltic and Russian cuisine and distilled it into some amazing dishes.
Old Town — The cobblestone streets of Tallinn’s old town, Vanalinn, were first mentioned in an Arabic gazetteer in 1154. You could examine each building in turn to spot the different eras of Tallinn’s history but there are plenty of cosy pubs with stained glass windows and high-pitched roofs to relax in. Make sure you check out the flower market, city wall and old battlements.
Kadriorg — This romantic and beautiful district is home to Estonia’s presidential palace, built for Catherine I by Peter the Great of Russia. Kadriorg Palace is home to its own art museum, and the surrounding park features KUMU, one of Europe’s best museums. Heavenly in summer, picturesque in winter, Kadriorg must be on every visitor’s list.
Pirita — The long white sandy beaches that stretch along the northern part of the city are always popular in summer. The marina and Tallinn TV tower are the most obvious landmarks here and there are many cafes and restaurants to pick from. With pine forests nearby, Pirita is also an excellent place to walk the peaceful trails of Estonia.
The old town is the best place to kick off any visit to Tallinn. Town Hall Square – known as Raekoja plats – is crowded with cafes, trattorias and magnificent Baroque and mediaeval buildings that are perfectly preserved. Tour the cobbled streets and wander the alleyways until you find the breathtaking Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral. For a glimpse of rural Estonia, head to Lahemaa National Park which is just outside Tallinn where you’ll discover forest trails and paths through bogs and swamps, not to mention some unspoilt, quiet beaches that are perfect places to relax on the sand and enjoy the gentle Baltic waves.
Culture spotters will want to head to Kadriorg for the fantastic art on display at the palace and KUMU museums. Toompea Castle, a 9th century fortress, is another great place to explore. Outside the old town, you can take guided tours around the city, and end with a swim at Pirita Beach. Drink in Tallinn’s Hanseatic history at a mediaeval feast with classic Estonian dishes served in period costumes, then learn to cook traditional Estonian food yourself. Check out Rocca al Mare open air museum and don’t forget the dozens of old town boutiques filled with fashion, craft and technology.