Tallinn – Estonia – One of the most picturesque town!Smriti Saxena
“I haven’t been to everywhere; but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
Sometimes you travel to a place that has not been on your list but you end up recommending that place as a “must see”. Tallinn, capital of Estonia, is definitely that place and is worth visiting. It lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.
Tallinn is a historic city dating back to the medieval times. The city’s old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
As a tourist you will get to experience three dimensions of the city – skyscraper, the medieval old Town and industries. It showcases the living example and/ or experience of old Europe meeting with new globalisation.
Once you decide to travel to a place, reaching there is no big task. Tallinn can be accessed by plane, ferry, cruise, helicopter or bus. I travelled to Tallinn by cruise as I am currently living in Stockholm and it was the best mode of travel for me. Baltic Sea is beautiful and one gets an incredible ride through the Swedish archipelago.
Depending upon your interests a two day trip will help you cover the entire town. There are various modes of transport available in the city: hop-on/off buses, car rentals, city bikes, trams etc.; but it is best to navigate the Old City on foot.
Things that I recommend to see: The Old City – View from the Toompea over the old city and surrounding park, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral, Medieval Old Town,Viru Gate, Raekoja Plats(it is the square in the heart of the Old City, ringed with cafes and restaurants), Tallinn Raekoda (Town Hall), Estonia’s Parliament (very beautiful and very pink). Outside the Old City – TV tower, national zoo, open air museum, seaplane harbour etc.
No tour/ or travel can be complete without some shopping. It’s best to carry Euros as money. Best shopping can be done from the old city square (Raekoja Plats). You can buy the souvenirs, their traditional items, crystal and amber jewellery etc. from the same market place. It will be awesome if you can bargain a little.
Tallinn is usually a safe place for tourists, albeit the rip offs by few taxi guys and pickpockets in the old town.
I would just like to say in the end that – Traveling often leaves you speechless and then it turns you into a storyteller. So, pack your bags and become the story teller. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Cheers and happy travelling!!
Richa Soni – the explorer – Stockholm