Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia


Tallinn, Estonia.

Why now?

The capital of Estonia is the country’s cultural hub, blending
medieval history of burnt sienna-coloured rooftops, intricate
gothic churches and winding cobblestone streets with a contemporary
edge in the form of skyscrapers, shopping malls and good
restaurants. Located on the Baltic coast, this formerly Soviet city
came close joining the list of cheap European destinations popular
for stag dos, but has largely swerved that bullet while gaining a
reputation as an easy place to travel thanks to English-speaking
locals; in short, it’s the next Eastern European city to tick off
your list. Marvel at the Russian-revivalist Alexander Nevsky
Cathedral and wonder at the concoctions exhibited in the Town Hall
Pharmacy (powdered unicorn horn anyone?). Outside the old town, a
20-minute cab ride will get you to Tallinn Bay where you can take a
kayak tour or boat over to the island of Naissaar. Adrenaline
junkies can zip-line over the Jägala Waterfall, which is a
glittering icicle spectacle during winter.

When to go?

Go in September when you’ll miss peak season but the days are
still long. It’s also magical at Christmas, when festive markets
and snowcapped rooftops make the city look like a scene from a snow

Most likely to bump into…

Bundled up locals.

Who to take with you?

A friend who’ll appreciate low-key adventures and fairytale

Don’t miss

The Light Walks in Kadriorg, where thousands of candles are lit
in Kadriorg Park to celebrate the transition from summer to autumn.
If you’re lucky, you might just spot the Northern Lights which are
sometimes visible in Tallinn.

An essential to bring with you?

A warm coat, hat and gloves.

How to get there

Fly directly into Tallinn Airport or take a train ride into
Baltic Station.

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