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 Steeped in Medieval charm, yet always at 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.

currency

Euro, €1 = 100 cents

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newspaper

Postimees www.postimees.ee Estonian
Õhtuleht www.ohtuleht.ee Estonian
Eesti Päevaleht www.epl.ee
www.news.postimees.ee English

hours

The shops in Tallinn are usually open from 10h to 19h, banks from 9h to 18h on weekdays (some are also open on Saturday morning) and the post office from 9h to 18h on weekdays and from 9h to 15h on Saturdays.

population

About 430,000

info

Tallinn Tourist Information Centre
Niguliste 2 - Tallinn
+ 372 645 7777
[email protected]
www.visittallinn.ee

Cityscape with St Olaf Church and defensive towers at the Old town of Tallinn, Estonia in winter. Roman Babakin/Shutterstock.com

The City

Tallinn's pride and joy is its historic Old Town, an enchanting neighborhood of centuries-old streets, houses, towers and squares that looks like it was torn right from the pages of a storybook. On the other hand, threaded through that same Old Town and its environs are cutting-edge restaurants, cafés and clubs that give Tallinn its energy and buzz.

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Old Town – Where Tallinn's heart beats

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City Center – Past and present mingle

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Kalamaja - Wooden houses & bohemian charm

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Kadriorg – Elegant park & fine art

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Pirita – Sea adventure & historical landmarks

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Rocca al Mare – Sea, air & recreation

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Nõmme – The village within the city

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Top 10

In Tallinn for a limited time? Want to make sure you've hit all the main sights? The city's pride and joy is without a doubt its Medieval Old Town, but equally enchanting is the Kadriorg district, a throwback to the time when Estonia was ruled by the Russian Tsars. Here's a list of places that you'll definitely want to put on your itinerary.

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Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin and its Tower

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Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

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Kiek in de Kök

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Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform

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Town Hall Square

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Seaplane Harbour

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Kadriorg Palace - Kadriorg Art Museum

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Kumu Art Museum

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Tallinn TV Tower

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Estonian Open Air Museum

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Do & 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.

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St. Catherine's Passage

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St. Nicholas' Church & Museum

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Patkuli Viewing Platform

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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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St. Olav’s Church and tower

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Tallinn Town Wall

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Town Hall Pharmacy

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Danish King's Garden

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Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

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Estonian Museum of Natural History

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House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads

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Kalev Marzipan Museum Room

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Maiden's Tower

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Museum for Puppet Arts NUKU

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Tallinn City Museum

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Tallinn Town Hall

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Toompea Castle

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Towers' Square

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Viru Gate

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Freedom Square

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Telliskivi Creative City

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Dining

Being located in Northern Europe, Estonian cuisine is based on fresh and natural ingredients that vary according to the season. Whether you want to have a cozy dinner with your family or meeting your friends for some drinks in a modern lounge bar, there are countless choices – from medieval to modern, from traditional Estonian to exotic international. In summertime, tables and chairs are set up outside restaurants, and sitting at backyards or terraces is a great pastime and holiday activity in itself.

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Dominic

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Elevant

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Leib Resto ja Aed

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MEKK

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Pegasus

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Ribe

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Tchaikovsky

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Von Krahli Aed

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Rataskaevu 16

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Grillhaus Daube

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Chedi

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Kaerajaan

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La Bottega

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Hermitage

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Peppersack

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Silk

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Spot

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Vanaema Juures

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Vegan Restoran V

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Maikrahv

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Cafes

A romantic hideaway, a trendy hangout or just somewhere to get a decent cappuccino – whatever kind of café you're looking for, you can find it in Tallinn. But hungry travelers should also know that the line between “restaurant” and “café” in Estonia is somewhat blurred, with many cafés offering extensive food menus. Meals typically range from simple, meat-and-potatoes dishes to elaborate salads and pastas. If it's just dessert you're after, try one of the cafés that specializes in handmade chocolates.

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Pierre Chocolaterie

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Maiasmokk

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Bogapott

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C'est la vie

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Café Pikk 29 (Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel)

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Narva Café

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Maiden Tower Museum-Cafe

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Café Nord

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Saiakang Café

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Mmuah

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Wabadus

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Kloostri Ait

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Mamo Tornimäe

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Sõõrikukohvik

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Kohvik Komeet

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Bars & Nightlife

In addition to being the best places to unwind during the evening, the city's bars and pubs also operate during the day, serving up reasonably priced dishes to the frugal masses. In local-style pubs the menus tend toward schnitzels and potatoes, whereas international-style pubs will serve you everything from Tandoori chicken to an English breakfast. Look for a chalkboard menu advertising the päevapraad (daily lunch special), which is a good way to fill your belly without emptying your wallet.

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Breweryclub

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Gloria Wine Cellar

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Clayhills

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Hell Hunt

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Deja Vu Lounge

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Von Krahl Bar

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Depeche Mode

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Beer House

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Drink Bar & Grill

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Nimeta Baar

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Karja Kelder

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Mad Murphy's

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Põrgu

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St. Patrick's Pub

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Texas Honky Tonk

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The Dubliner

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Valli baar

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Osteria del Gallo Nero

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Old Estonia

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Chicago 1933

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Clazz

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Club Münt

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Club Hollywood

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Shopping

In Tallinn, folk tradition exists alongside everything contemporary. You can find some of the most amazing art pieces exclusively made with traditional skills. The most unique Estonian souvenirs are traditional Estonian handicrafts. Many shops and galleries offer a wide range to choose from, so everyone is sure to find something to their liking. The most unique Estonian souvenirs are traditional Estonian handicrafts – knitwear, linen, ceramics, leather, and wood, especially juniper wood. Most of Estonian design can be seen in small galleries, design boutiques and fashion stores. You will find many unique, handcrafted pieces from some of the most imaginative designers in Estonia, ranging from ceramic, textile and fashion, to wood, furniture, jewellers and handicraft.

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Olde Hansa Shoppe

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Masters’ Courtyard

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Estonian House

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Navitrolla Gallery

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Draakoni Gallery

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A-Gallery

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Asuur Ceramics Studio

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Bastion

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Gowri Style House

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Helina Tilk

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Ivo Nikkolo

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St. Catherine's Guild

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Lühikese Jala Gallery

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Tali Design

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Nukupood Doll Shop

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Rewill

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Foorum

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Blacksmiths of Saaremaa

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Tourist Information

Airport

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.

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Phone: +3726058888

Website: www.tallinn-airport.ee/en/

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Ferries

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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Phone: +372 631 8550

Website: www.portoftallinn.com

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Passport/Visa

Estonia can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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Buses

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):

Address: Lastekodu 46, Tallinn

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Public Transport

Central Tallinn is very compact and easy to get around, and reaching farther out destinations is simple thanks to the city's network of buses, trolleys and trams.

The public transport network operates from 6:00 to 23:00 (some lines until 24:00). The ticket system works on a random-inspection basis, so you can board via any door and don't have to show anything to the driver. You must, however, have a validated ticket or you risk a €40 fine. Some riders are entitled to use the system for free: children under school age (under 7), an adult travelling with a child under 3 years of age, registered Tallinn residents (using a personalised Smartcard and carrying ID).

When planning no more than 3 journeys on public transport use the single journey tickets costing 1.60 Euros. You can purchase the tickets from the driver directly. Enter at the front door and keep in mind that tickets are only sold at stops, not while the vehicle is moving.

If you plan more than 3 journeys on public transport it is cheaper for you to get the plastic (non-registered) smartcard. This smartcard is easy to top up with money or travel cards and then to validate your e-ticket(s) at the start of each journey. One smartcard can be used by different people (family members, colleagues etc.).

Tallinn Card holders travel free on public transport. Validate your Tallinn Card by touching the orange card readers (at all entrances) at the start of each journey.

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Taxi

Taxis can be hailed on the street, ordered by phone or ordered via the Taxify app. They can also be found queued up at taxi stands in front of larger hotels and at some major intersections.

Rates are not uniform – they are set by the taxi company or operator, and can vary widely. Each taxi's rates are posted on a yellow sticker on the car's right rear window. The cost usually consists of a base fare (starting fare) plus a per-kilometre fare. Above is an example of the typical fare range. If you want to avoid misunderstandings, you can ask the driver to approximate the cost of the trip in advance.

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Post

Tallinn Central Post Office:

Address: Narva mnt 1, Tallinn

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +372 617 7033

Website: www.omniva.ee

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Pharmacy

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.

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Telephone

Country code: +372

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Electricity

The electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz,
European-style 2-pin plugs are used.

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