Why? The medieval city of Tallinn was first put
on the map in 1154, and today remains firmly marked as a favourite
holiday destination on the Gulf of Finland. The main reason people
choose to holiday in Tallinn is to roam its enchanting historic
centre, atop the hill of Toompea, filled with medieval buildings
and enticing cobbled alleyways. To complement the history, a
holiday in Tallinn also offers alluring boutique shopping similar
to that found in Swiss cities.
When? The best time to travel to Tallinn is during April and May when the spring weather is pleasant and welcoming. The summer months, while they are the warmest, are also the wettest and in winter it is freezing with only a few hours of dismal daylight and snow clogging the streets.
Who for? A holiday in Tallinn offers all the requirements for a great Baltic break, from historic sights to visit to a lively nightlife and great food. The city will therefore appeal to anyone who enjoys a relaxing getaway in an atmospheric setting.
More Info: Our Tallinn travel guide contains details of the major events and attractions in this scenic city, and explains the modern transport system as well as a host of other useful information to ensure your holiday in Tallinn is an enjoyable experience.
Clock of the Holy Ghost Church, Tallinn © Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau/Tavi Grepp
Estonia is a beguiling mix of the ultra-modern and firmly traditional, a northern Baltic land of primeval forests, rivers, and sea islands, with one of the smallest populations of any country in the world.
Most Estonians have opted for city life, leaving the countryside rather wild and filled with rare birds, plants and roaming deer, elk, wild boar, bears and wolves. The low, largely flat landscape is also dotted with relics of Estonia's medieval glory, when the Teutonic knights reigned supreme and built castles which are now left as decaying hulks, testifying to the wealth of the traders who made use of the country's ports. The main port, Tallinn, today still the capital city, was part of the mighty Hanseatic League in the 13th century. Its medieval prosperity has given the romantic city a wealth of attractions for modern-day tourists to explore.
Historical and natural attractions are only one reason why Estonia is experiencing an upsurge in tourism. The country is sandwiched between east and west Europe, also easily accessible from the south, offering fresh and unspoilt opportunities for those who enjoy the Nordic experience. The country lies along the Baltic Sea, just below Finland, with Russia to the east and Latvia to the south. Estonia has only recently (in 1991) thrown off the shackles of Soviet domination, and a vibrant spirit of freedom and rebirth pervades the air not only in the capital but also the lively university town of Tartu, the busy industrial centre of Narva and the idyllic summer vacation capital of Pärnu on the south-western coast.
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