Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and an ideal holiday destination if you want to combine the comforts of modern world, versatile nightlife and luxurious adventures with rich cultural scene in the local historical setting.
With half a million citizens, Tallinn is hardly a world metropolis. However: short distances and low traffic are advantages to cherish. Whether you have only few hours or few days, you get to experience a lot. Medieval Tallinn Old Town, one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world, is just a short walk away from the city business centre with modern towers, luxurious hotels, gourmet restaurants and shopping malls.
Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is known around the world for its authentic Hanseatic architecture. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and houses dating back as far as to 11th century, visit few of the local galleries and museums, indulge in small cozy cafés or restaurants and buy travel memorabilia from summer or Christmas open air Hanseatic fairs.
5 Things to Do/See:
- Tallinn Town Wall
- Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral
- Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square)
- Estonian Museum of Occupations
- KGB Museum
Places to Eat:
- Goodwin The Steak House: I tend to consider myself a bit of a steak connoisseur and this is one of the best steakhouses I’ve ever been to. The staff brings out sample cuts of the meats and explains each one and where it is from on the cow and what to expect from each. It may be a bit on the pricier side but it is absolutely worth it. Plan for having at least one dinner here while in Tallinn.
- Old Hansa: This is a medieval themed restaurant with the portion sizes to match. It’s smack in the middle of the old town and cant be missed. They’ve also got a souvenir shop of sorts and on most days they sell delicious boiled peanuts in several flavors including brown sugar (y favorite). You also have to try the honey beer here. If you like sweet beer it is definitely for you.
- Beer House: A place where they brew their own beet and serve great food. Not sure what else you want from a place when traveling.
3 Bars to go to:
- Butterfly Lounge: This cocktail lounge is chock full of beautiful people. For a Friday or Saturday night you will want/need to make a reservation. The drinks are reasonably priced and the staff is courteous.
- Nimeta Baar (No Name Bar): This is your typical bar with plenty of screens for whatever sporting events are on at the time. Drinks are reasonable and food is pretty good.
- Chicago 1933: This place is straight out of 20s/30s Chicago. The feel on the inside is completely authentic and feels like you’ve stepped back into a mobster era bar.
Honorable Mentions: If you prefer clubbin then Club Hollywood or Club Venus is the place to be.
3 Places to Stay:
- Swissôtel: This is, without a doubt, probably the nicest hotel I’ve stayed in. The rooms are amazing; it’s the tallest building in Tallinn (just outside the old town) and has great views of the city. It’s within walking distance of everything you want to be. As it is outside the old town, it’s just outside the reach of all the cruise ship tourists who frequent Tallinn.
- Radisson Blu: About a 100m walk from the Swiss. Rooms here are just like all the other Radisson rooms I’ve ever stayed in.
- Hotel Bern: One of a rash of newer hotels on the outskirts of the Old Town, Bern is named after the Swiss city to indicate ‘hospitality and high quality’. It’s nothing special from the outside, but rooms are petite and modern, with great attention to detail for the price – nice extras include robes and slippers, minibar, hairdryer, air-con and toiletries.