Tallinn is the perfect place to spend a weekend if you're looking for a taste of Baltic culture that's both historic and hip. From the medieval Old Town to the modern-day districts, there's an endless list of things to do—and they're all within walking distance of each other! If you’re planning a visit to Estonia, here are five things you can do once you land in Tallinn:
Walk the Old Town
The historic centre of Tallinn is home to impressive architectural sites, including Neo-Classical, Gothic, and Baroque buildings. It’s a great place to walk around and take in the city’s incredible atmosphere.
From traditional Estonian cuisine to world-class French fare, the Old Town has plenty of local restaurants. Make sure to stop by at least one public sauna while you're in town—some of them are free and open year-round!
Learn about the country’s rich, turbulent past
Tallinn has played an important role in the history of Europe. As a former Soviet country, Estonia has advanced considerably since the end of the Soviet occupation in 1991. The years under this regime are perceived as one of the darkest times in the small nation’s history.
You can learn more about the city’s history by visiting the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom which tells “the stories of Estonian people, allowing visitors to experience the joy and sorrow of humankind.”
Simply take in the nature
The area surrounding Tallinn is a great place to enjoy nature. You can walk in the woods, go on a picnic, play tennis, or just sit and read a book while listening to the myriad sounds of nature. Visit Kadriorg Park, which is one of the nicest parks in all of Estonia. There are plenty of trails to lose yourself on.
Eat at one of the city’s great restaurants
Tallinn is a great place to visit, but it's also a great place to eat. Here are some of the best places to try. To experience an authentic medieval restaurant, try the fascinating Olde Hansa Restaurant, where guests can authentic Hansa-era cuisine.
See Toompea Castle
Pay a visit to Toompea Castle. This castle is located on Toompea Hill and is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring. The castle is even home to an art space where Estonian art is exhibited from Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Experience the Estonian Theatre Festival
Watch a play at the Estonian Theatre Festival, which takes place every year in September. It features plays from around the world as well as Estonian plays and musicals that showcase local talent. It’s a truly unique thing to experience – just make sure you plan your trip to align with the festival dates.
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