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Steeped in Medieval charm yet always on the cutting edge of modernity, Tallinn offers today’s travellers plenty to see. This city, intriguing enough to explore for days on end, yet compact enough to capture in just a few hours, promises an unforgettable journey through time. Immerse yourself in Tallinn's unique blend of old and new.

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St Catherine's Passage
Katariina käik, Vene 12, Tallinn

What makes this easily the most picturesque of Old Town's lanes particularly interesting is that it's home to the St Catherine's Guild. This narrow alleyway features a collection of craft workshops where artists use traditional methods to create and sell glassware, hats, quilts, ceramics, jewellery, hand-painted silk and other wares. Stop at one of the cosy cafes, too.

St Nicholas Church & Museum
Niguliste muuseum, Niguliste 3, Tallinn

This impressive 13th-century church houses a museum dedicated to church art, displaying medieval burial stones, exquisite altarpieces and Tallinn’s most famous painting, 15th-century artist Bernt Notke’s eerie composition, Dance with Death. The building's acoustics also make it a prime concert venue, with organ or choir performances held here most weekends.

Vene 10, Tallinn

Top-notch European dining and a superbly-restored Medieval interior make this Old Town establishment an excellent option for those searching for something a cut above the ordinary. Dominic also bills itself as a 'wine restaurant' and indeed its knowledgeable sommelier stocks among the best vintages in town.

Vene 5, Tallinn

Head up the iron spiral staircase and then settle into a wicker chair to enjoy Elevant’s peaceful, sophisticated ambiance. Here you'll find a selection of tasty Indian standards, along with daring dishes like wild boar kebab and moose curry, all served up by friendly staff. For a dessert with a difference, try the fritter banana in crunchy chickpea dough.

Olde Hansa Shoppe
Vana turg 1, Tallinn

This medieval shop, based in Olde Hansa along with a typical restaurant, sells souvenirs from local and international producers including glassware, pottery, silver jewellery and authentic replicas of items used by medieval townsfolk.

Masters’ Courtyard
Vene 6, Tallinn

Hidden in a quiet, Old Town courtyard is this site dedicated to the master craftsmen of old. Here visitors can shop for handicrafts and jewellery, view art exhibitions, and sample the heavenly confections created in the popular Chocolaterie Café. Comfortable accommodation is available in the courtyard’s guesthouse.

Tallinn Airport (TLL)
Lennart Meri Tallinna lennujaam, Tartu maantee 101, Tallinn

The city's international airport, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, provides excellent facilities and a wide variety of services. Its convenient location — just 4 km from the city centre — means transport to most destinations takes surprisingly little time. You can get to and from the airport with tram #4 or busses #2 and #15. You can pay the fare with both the Ühiskaart (Tallinn’s public transport card), or by tapping your contactless payment card against the card reader. In the latter case, a single ticket is €2.


Ferries cross the Gulf of Finland between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day, covering the distance in roughly 2 to 3 hours. From late spring to late autumn, high-speed vessels also operate on the route, reducing travel time to just 1.5 hours. Ferries between Tallinn and Stockholm depart every evening, with the trip taking approximately 15 hours. All St Peter Line's cruise ships make a Baltic Sea circuit twice per week and can be used for one-way overnight travel from Tallinn to St Petersburg. A return trip is possible by bus or train. In some cases, continuing cruise passengers can stay in St Petersburg visa-free. The world's largest cruise agencies have included Tallinn in their itineraries — the city receives over 300 calls per season, making it the third busiest cruise destination in the Baltic Sea region. Passenger terminals are located within walking distance of the medieval Old Town.

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