Tallinn

Tallinn - Estonia

In recent years, Tallinn has acquired a reputation as a prime destination for hen and stag nights. The city has a well-earned reputation for having some of the friendliest locals in Europe. Situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km south of Helsinki in north-western Estonia, Tallinn has seen a huge increase in levels of tourism since European budget airlines started flying to the city regularly at the start of the 21st Century.

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia and is highly accessible by both air and sea. Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Tallinn, like much of Estonia and Eastern Europe, has strived incredibly hard to rediscover its own identity. Unlike much of Eastern Europe, Estonia had been occupied by Russia before World War II and, after a brief period of German occupation, was later occupied by the USSR again.

 

Attractions

Tallinn’s main tourist attractions are in the two old towns - Lower Town and Toompea - which can both be easily navigated on foot. These areas are among the best preserved old towns in Europe and give tourists a fascinating insight into the past.

Lower Town

The Lower Town is home to Tallinn’s Town Hall (Raekoja plats) and the famous St. Olaf´s Church. Local legend has it that the builder of the church (Olaf) fell to his death from the tower upon the church’s completion. When his body hit the ground, a toad and a snake emerged from his mouth. The adjoining Chapel of Our Lady contains a carving depicting this event.

Toompea

Toompea it is the seat of the Estonian government and home to many embassies and official residencies. The two classical cathedrals (one Orthodox and one Lutherian) are major tourist attractions, as is the Castle (Castrum Danorum). Lovers of medieval architecture will be in their element in Toompea.

 

Nightlife

Club Hollywood in the Old Town attracts big crowds. Club Privé is a smaller, trendier and more exclusive dance venue. The city’s largest venue is the two-storey Venus Club,  housed in a historic fire station on the edge of the Old Town.

 

 
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Climate

Winters in Tallinn are very cold, with temperatures staying below zero almost constantly between the months of December and March.

Summer months are pleasant with daytime temperatures regularly reaching 20C.

Useful Links

Tallinn Weather (BBC)

Tallinn Airport

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