Tallinn – A Trip Through Northern Europe!
Tallinn is an old, quiet and beautiful city in which you can relax and save money, because you can get to a huge number of places for free. Tallinn’s Old Town, with its medieval churches, towers, cathedrals, narrow streets and noisy squares, which are the main attractions. And behind its walls there are many interesting places that tourists do not know about. We will tell you where to go to plunge into the life of modern Tallinn, without spending a single euro.
City buses No. 2 (Kesklinn – Mõigu route, go to the airport, stop at the airport on the way there and back) and No. 65 (Lasnamäe – Lennujaam route). Bus timetables can be viewed here and here. You can buy a one-time ticket (from the driver and costs € 2), or by using the ühiskaart. At the airport, there are bus stops right in front of the passenger terminal on the ground floor. From here, on an escalator or elevator, you can go straight to the departure area.
Taxis at Tallinn Airport stop near the terminal, and their main advantage is that the car can wait 15 minutes in the parking for free – it’s enough for you to pack and make sure you don’t forget anything. You have to know that the price per kilometer in Estonia is not limited by law, which means that it is better to check with the driver in advance how much your trip will cost.
Where to eat?
To taste the traditional Estonian cuisine, it is not necessary to go to luxurious restaurants. We will show you where you can have a tasty and, most importantly, inexpensive meal in the Estonian capital.
The restaurant is located next to the Von Krahl theater and offers traditional Estonian dishes: herring with onions and mustard, potato casserole, pork chops, braised sauerkraut, kama and much more. Average bill per person (main course, appetizer, dessert, drink) – € 20.
Address: Rataskaevu 10/12
The cousine is focused on the seasons: in spring and summer there are a lot of vegetables and fruits, in autumn and spring there are mushrooms and berries, in winter there are hot dishes. Be sure to try the calf fillet with blackcurrant sauce, and for dessert – sea buckthorn cake, cheese and caramel. Average bill – € 30
Address: Suur-Karja 17
Large portions of delicious pancakes with different fillings at very reasonable prices (on average € 4.50). The average bill (three meals and a drink) will be around € 14.
Address: Rataskaevu 3
Open daily from 11:00.
What to do?
1. Wander around the Kalamaja district.
From the 17th century, fishermen lived in Kalamaja, and in the 19th century huge factories were built. Soon the housing was not enough. And at the beginning of the 20th century, the authorities decided to build up the area with multi-colored low-rise buildings. At the end of the last century, low prices attracted students and artists. Currently, you can stroll through the flea market, look at antiques shops and art galleries, where works of young artists and designers are exhibited.
2. Take a free guided tour through the Old Town.
Tallinn traveller tours organize a free walking tour. During it, you will be led through the most beautiful churches and fortress walls of the Old Town, parks and squares. Guides will tell the story of the city and the main attractions, share amazing stories and urban legends for which the Old Town is famous.
The tour starts at 12:00 every day at the tourist office on the corner of Neguiliste and Harju streets. Pre-registration on the site is needed only for groups of more than 8 people. More information here.
3. Visit the medieval pharmacy, a concert of organ music and the old shops of artisans.
The old town is perfectly preserved, here you can see many attractions and learn the history of medieval Tallinn for free.
– Dome Cathedral – a medieval cathedral, whose construction began in the 13th century. It is famous for its ancient frescoes and tombstones. And on Saturdays there are often free concerts of organ music, the schedule of which is posted on the doors of the cathedral;
– Town Hall Pharmacy – one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, operating since the 15th century. Next to the modern pharmacy there is a small museum where you can see medicines that were popular in the Middle Ages: powders of bats and burnt hedgehogs, a snake potion;
– St. Catherine’s Passage is the most picturesque street of the Old Town.
4. To look at Tallinn from the height.
There are many observation platforms in Tallinn with a great view of the city and the sea, including a lot of free ones:
– Kohtuotsa on Toompea hill, offering panoramic views of the Old Town and the sea;
– the platform at the top of Patkul’s stairs. You can get to the platform by walking along Nunne Street and climbing to the top of the stairs. From here there is a great view of the Gulf of Finland, the towers of the Old Town and the Snelli Park;
– the top floor of the Radisson Blu hotel, where is the Lounge bar, from the terrace of which you can see the whole city.
5. See the Japanese garden and feed the birds in the park Kadriorg.
The entrance to the Kadriorg Palace for pay. However, a walk in the park surrounding the palace is completely free. This is a symmetrical, well-kept and very beautiful park with rare trees and plants, flower beds, romantic pavilions and a pond with swans.
Since 2011, Kadriorg Park has become even more beautiful: in its northeastern part a Japanese garden, created by the famous landscape designer Masao Sone, has appeared. There are compositions of stones, Japanese cherries, irises, violets and rhododendrons.
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