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Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe with its striking towers and turrets, historic fortress walls and gothic edifices. These imposing buildings juxtapose the cobblestone pathways and charming storefronts of family-run restaurants and independent cafés, culminating in a smorgasbord of culture.
Our ferry port of Paldiski is just 45km from Tallinn. Access between the two towns is easy and convenient via car or public transport.
If you stay in the Old Town, it would rarely take longer than 20 minutes to walk to wherever you are going. If you want to go further afield, there is a well-functioning network of buses and trams. For single trips, you can buy them directly from the driver and if you are in a group or if you are going to make several trips, it’s cheaper if you buy a ten card in a local kiosk. Taxis are cheap (about SEK 40 for a trip in Tallinn) but if you hail a taxi from the street it is important to settle the price in advance to ensure you don’t get ripped off.
As a capital city, Tallinn of course boasts a number of international restaurants. However, while in the city it’s imperative you enjoy some authentic Estonian gastronomy, a surplus of which you’ll find in Tallinn’s old town.
Tallinn has the largest number of bars and pubs in Estonia alongside Tartu. Here you can visit everything from elegant wine bars with live music to modern cocktail bars and traditional pubs serving local beers. Most bars and pubs also serve lunch and dinner until late.
This is the old medieval town centre enclosed by an ancient stone wall. The labyrinthine neighbourhood is made up of narrow, cobblestone alleyways, colourful houses and stately churches.
There are several popular attractions here which are worth a visit, including the Cyrillic cathedral that dates to when Estonia was part of Russia’s empire. The Old Town’s quaint size means you can visit everywhere on foot.