Oh beautiful Tallinn – I have to admit, I did not know much about the capital of Estonia, so I was most exciting to finally visit this city.
From Helsinki, the most common way is to go by ferry and it is also the cheapest option. It only takes about 2 hours and you have beautiful views over the ocean. The cheapest one is usually Eckerö Line. On board you have a duty free store, plenty of bars, pubs & little casino – the 2 hours went by very fast.
Estonia is the most digitally developed country in Europe. Like you can pay taxes online, walk with a scanner through the grocery store so you can leave all products in your shopping bag and you can just walk out after you scan your credit card, … like what? Pretty cool 🙂
Where to stay? We stayed in an Airbnb, right next to city center and next to the central market. It was the most beautiful Airbnb I ever stayed! Easy check-in, two floors just for us two!, chocolates as a welcome on our beds, super clean, fresh water in the fridge, etc. I am still raving about how beautiful this accommodation was. We got free breakfast at the Boheem Cafe, since she was the owner of this super cute Cafe & Airbnb. Highly recommend there to eat or to grab a coffee.
I was absolutely impressed how beautiful this little town is. There is so much history behind it and all the buildings are so well maintained. Therefore we decided to hang 3 more days on so we can spend more time here.
Old Town is surrounded by the city wall, where you can walk around on some parts. The whole city is connected with cobblestone paths and narrow streets, staring at beautiful cathedrals and sunny squares full of people. Tallinn was bombed during WW2 and built between the 15th and 17th centuries and for this reason it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list!
Did you know that the first Christmas tree ever was put up on a square in Tallinn & they have the oldest pharmacy in Europe? I did not know that. haha
My favourite view point was absolutely the “Patkuli viewing platform”. We went there everyday, every evening to watch the sunset! Absolutely beautiful 🙂
And obviously we had to visit a public market. “Balti Jaama Turg” – which is a renovated market hall on 3 levels with fresh food, clothing & antiques vendors, plus hip eateries. One of our favorite places to eat.
Inform yourself online if there are any events going on. We were lucky, because there was an event over the weekend in the whole neighbor hood . Lots of street artists, craftsmanship, street food, live music, etc…
Since it was summer and so hot, we decided to look for a nice beach and ocean to swim in walking distance and decided to visit Stroomi rand. The sand was literally white, so beautiful. We enjoyed there watermelon, ice cream and watched little kids playing in the sand. 🙂
PLACES TO SEE
» Old Town walk
» Modern Public Market “Balti Jaama Turg”
» Town Hall
» St. Olaf’s Church (Oleviste kirik)
» Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
» Toompea Hill
» Patkuli Viewing Platform (my favorite)
» Stroomi Rand – Beach