Tallinn is the largest city and capital of Estonia with a population of around 410,000. It is a located in the north of the country overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Tallinn is a modern city and port with an ancient heart of well preserved medieval buildings. It has become a popular tourist destination since leaving the Soviet Empire in 1990. Parts of the Old Town became a World Heritage Site in 1997
Places to visit in Tallinn
Upper Town (Toompea) - Here you will find Castrum Danorum, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran Cathedral (Toomkirik) and the old Estonian Royal Palace now the Parliament building.
Lower Town (All-Linn) - see the Town Hall square, the town walls and towers - notably "Fat Margaret" and "Kiek in de Kök".
Kadriorg Palace - the former palace of Peter the Great, built just after the Great Northern War, now houses (part of) the Art Museum of Estonia.
Freedom Square - on the edge of the Old Town.
Tallinn City Museum - traces the development of the city from its early beginnings in the 12th century.
Rotermann Quarter - former factory and warehouse site that has been redeveloped into a trendy shopping and restaurant area.
St Catherines Passage - ancient passage way that is now home to numerous craft workshops making glassware, quilts hats and pottery.
Tallinn - old town Tallinn business district
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds - site of open air concerts.
Tallinn Zoo - with around 300 species of animal.
Beaches - there are two main beaches near Tallinn, these are Pirita and Stroomi, there is a local bus service.
Eating - look out for the restaurants serving traditional food such as jellied pork, marinated eel, Baltic sprats, stewed sauerkraut, pea soup and, at Christmas, - blood sausage! Oh they do have beer as well - to wash it all down - try A. Le Coq and Saku Originaal
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