Tallinn is an unknown city for many but keeps great discoveries. Its charming streets, the remains of its long history and harmony of its people, are some of the tourist attractions that make Tallinn a great destination.
To reach Tallinn there are several ways, although most of people visiting this city just make it disembarking from a cruise. Tallinn also has airport, the country’s largest, about 4 kilometers from the city. It’s called Lennart Meri Tallinn airport.
The old town of Tallinn, gathered behind its more than 2 miles of walls, you can visit without rushing in one day. Still, there are some important dates of the year in which, besides visiting the nation’s capital, you can enjoy a skyline that normally do not see. This is the case of the Tallinna Vanalinna Paevad held in June, a festival that recreates the Middle Ages in the old city, the most important and we will see carefully.
The main entrance to the old city is known as the Gateway to the coast. Next to it is Tower of Margarita, a defensive tower built in the fourteenth century and currently has inside the Maritime Museum.
The Gate of the Coast communicates with Calle Pikk, the main street that runs through much of the city. The tour is interesting. Besides going through the palaces that inhabited the traders of the XIV, passes the church of St. Olav (1267), the tallest building in Europe during the Middle Ages and from where you have a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the entire city. Walking a little more between the colorful facades is reached to Jacques Rosenbaum Gallery, a famous Estonian architect. Before closing the Calle Pikk and start the street of Pikk jalg, turning left, walked straight to the main square of Tallinn. This is a great site.
For starters, is full of restaurants and cafes. Starting in May, and if time permits, all draw their terraces to the street to fully enjoy the square and the sun. Perhaps the best place to test the Vana Tallinn, typical liquor of the country with very high alcoholic graduation.
In the square there is a very curious one of its premises: Tallinn’s pharmacy, the oldest pharmacy in Europe that opened in 1422. In its interior still preserved medieval instruments. And up to continue to prepare recipes using herbs! Near the town hall is easily distinguishable, the only Gothic style of Northern Europe.
Some of the streets around the square are great for eating. For example, Vana Turg Street there is several restaurants that keep the customs of medieval and provide a letter with medieval dishes.
An interesting place to see the city from the top is up to his viewpoint. There are good views of the rooftops of Tallinn with the Baltic Sea in the background. Moreover, it is a high traffic area. In times of the year with good weather, there are numerous typical gastronomy post and memories of the city. Among these memories, there are some that are particularly typical. The first are the houses holders. Made of ceramic with great detail, representations of typical houses are very cliques. The other souvenir Tallinn is amber, a gemstone made of resin in the usual plant. The truth is that it is a very expensive stone, but it is also true that all objects that bear it are pretty good.
Near the gazebo is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the largest Lutheran church of the country. Its white and without much detail, often overlooked until you find out that is a medieval building whose interior is strewn heraldic shields of German noble families.
One of the most important places of the city is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Following Pikk jalg Street it comes fully to this wonderful Orthodox Cathedral. When you see it, the first impression you get is that you’re in the wrong country. It looks more like a cathedral to be in Russia. Nothing is further from the truth. The cathedral is one of the memories of when Estonia was part of the Russian Empire. You have to be lucky to be able to see it because, after Estonian independence, nearly demolished to erase the memories of that time. Since 1997 is a World Heritage Site.
In front of Alexander Nevsky is the Castle of Toompea, one of the most visited places in the city. This castle has been the base of operations of the various rulers of the country, Danes, Germans, Swedes and Russians finally Estonians. Today it houses the Estonian Parliament.
Inside the castle, the more prominent is the Pikk Hermann tower or Great Hermann, a building more than 45 meters high. To reach the top you have to be fit and ready to face the 215 steps that separate the ground from the top.
Although have marked a little tour to see the old town, it’s best to wander aimlessly and discovering. You will not miss to lose, is too small for that. But enjoy themselves a lot.