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Tallinn

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Steeped in Medieval charm, yet always on the cutting-edge of modernity, Tallinn offers today’s travelers plenty to see. The city is big enough and interesting enough to explore for days, but also small and compact enough to give you the full Tallinn experience in just a few hours.
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Do and see
Tallinn is a highly compact city, most of which can easily be explored on foot without the need for taxis or buses. Most of the best opportunities for sightseeing, cultural events, dining, shopping, and nightlife are conveniently massed in city centre. Whatever your agenda, whichever of the Tallinn´s you need – the romantic, Medieval Tallinn or the trendy, high-tech one – the doors are open. Just take your pick and head on in! The Tallinn Card gives you free entry to 40 museums and other interesting attractions, one free sightseeing tour of your choice, free use of public transport and a variety of entertainment options. Find even more tips at www.visittallinn.ee
OLD TOWN
Where Tallinn's heart beats
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin and its Tower
The Medieval church that stands at the centre of Toompea hill is one of the county’s most fascinating historic attractions. Traditionally catering to the nobility, it is filled with spectacular, wood-carved artwork and elaborate coats of arms. Visitors can climb the 69m baroque bell-tower, added in 1779, for amazing views of the city. Entrance to tower is free with Tallinn Card.
Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall
This extensive museum presents Estonia's history from prehistoric times’ right up to the end of the 20th century. Films and interactive displays show how people here lived, fought and survived over the last 11 000 years. Children can look for the museum’s very own dragon, displayed for centuries on the building’s pillar. Museum’s courtyard presents all things ideal for the little visitors. Museum entrance is free with Tallinn Card.
St. Catherine's Passage
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, 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.
Kiek in de Kök
The name of this massive, 38m-high cannon tower and museum of the town’s defences literally means “Peek into the Kitchen." It was so high that Medieval guards joked they could see right down the chimneys and into the kitchens of the houses below. Make sure to pay a visit to the top floor café for beautiful Old Town views. Entrance to Kiek in de Kök and Bastion tunnels with Tallinn Card is free.
Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform
On the east corner of Toompea hill sits quite a spacious viewing platform with unforgettable views to the medieval neighbourhood against the backdrop of its more modern district. From here you can see most of the Tallinn's spires, even the highest of them, the Tallinn TV Tower at the distance. During the summer season outdoor cafe and dance evenings take over the space.
St. Nicholas' Church & Museum
This impressive 13th-century church houses a museum dedicated to church art, displaying medieval burial stones, exquisite alarpieces 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. Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.
Patkuli Viewing Platform
The viewing platform on the north side of Toompea hill sits visibly on the limestone cliff. On the right you'll see the Town Wall with its defensive towers. On the left lies Kalamaja and Pelgulinn areas with Railway Station as landmark. Winding series of steps, built in 1903, lead down the cliff face to Nunne Street and Shnelli park below.
Information
Tallinn Tourist Information Centre
Have a question? Need directions or looking for Tallinn Card? You'll be happy to know that help is never far away! The friendly staff at Tallinn''s conveniently-located tourist information centre are always ready to assist you with directions, tips, free maps, brochures, tour and tour guide bookings, Tallinn Card purchases and more. You can even contact them by phone, fax or e-mail before you arrive. Otherwise, just drop in with your questions or use the centre''s free Wi-Fi to do your own research.
Arrive by air
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.
Arrive by sea
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.
Arrive by bus
International connections are provided by Lux Express and Ecolines. Regular routes connecting Tallinn with Riga, Vilnius and St Petersburg operate several times a day. International and intercity buses arrive and depart via the Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam): Lastekodu 46, ph. +372 680 0900.
Health & Safety tips
In case of an accident or sudden illness, call for an ambulance or the police free-of-charge from any phone: 112. Pharmacies are usually open from 10:00-19:00. Two of them stay open all night: Südameapteek – Tõnismägi 5, ph: +372 644 2282 and Vikerlase 16, ph: +372 638 4338. Pharmacies in shopping centres are usually open from 9:00-21:00. No vaccinations or health certificates are required for entry into Estonia. A health insurance policy is optional. Estonia’s traffic laws stipulate that wearing a luminous reflector on the right side of outer clothing at night or in conditions of poor visibility, particularly in winter, is compulsory.
Communication & Post offices
Tallinn has become famous for its abundance of free, public Wi-Fi, which is available in nearly every café, restaurant, hotel and hostel, as well in open spaces such as city squares and parks. Tallinn Central Post Office is located at Narva mnt 1, and is open Mon-Fri 08.00-20.00, Sat-Sun 10.00-16.00. Ph. +372 617 7033, info@omniva.ee, www.omniva.ee Calling abroad, dial 00 and 372 for Estonia and then the telephone number.
Currency, Customs & Visa
National currency: Euro (1 euro = 100 cents) Most banks are open from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays. Western Union service is available in most post offices and banks in Tallinn. A Customs Guide for travellers to Estonia can be found at www.emta.ee. You can also contact the customs helpdesk: +372 696 7435, +372 696 7436. Tax Free Shopping: Check refund options from Global Blue, www.globalblue.com, info@globalblue.com or +372 669 0545. Estonia is a part of the Schengen visa area. Nationals of EU are free to enter Estonia. The required travel document for entry is a national ID card or passport. For more specific information, please contact the nearest Estonian consulate or embassy, or check the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affair's website.
Power supply
The electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz, European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.
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