When I visited Tallinn in Estonia I thought I had stepped into a fairytale or the set of Frozen or Shek!
We stopped in Tallinn on the cruise of the Baltic region in Northern Europe. I had one day there and it was my first time and I could not believe how beautiful it was.
This is another place for the bucket list if you have not been. The old town centre is full of fairy tale turrets and church spires. It is like going back to medieval times.
The day we were there it was glorious, the sun was out and a lovely temperature of 20*C. A perfect temperature for sight-seeing, as it is not too hot and you can wear comfortable clothes.
This was at the beginning of July last year and I was very happy as in Klaipeda and St.Petersburg we had rain and it was a little cold.
We walked from the cruise ship terminal into the old town, it didn’t take long to get to the main square. It is called Town Hall Square as the town hall is in the square. We were taking lots of photos so we stopped a lot!
It is a very picturesque city with cobble streets and turrets. There was a photo shot at every angle. So bring your camera!
The town hall square is surrounded by bars and restaurants. In the centre of the square is a big market selling all sorts from scarves, clothes, amber jewellery, food, souvenirs, etc.
From the town hall square, you can walk up to Toompea Hill for views of the old town. We walked up the city walls for the view by the Virgin Tower.
The city wall around Tallinn is very old and sections of it were built-in the 13th century. More than a half of the wall has been preserved and rest has been restored.
We walked through Catherine’s Alley, which is really like going back to the medieval era, as the doors are tiny!
On the way up to the viewing point, we passed the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It is Russian Orthodox church and was completed in 1900 when Estonia was part of the Czarist Empire.
It is very easy to walk around Tallinn to see most of the sights. All the sights I saw were free!
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My packing tips for Tallinn are to bring comfortable walking shoes, as there is a lot of walking around cobble stones and it is uphill.
Bring layers, so if the weather turns, you have something warm or if it gets too warm you can take something off. This weather is great for jeans and T-shirts, but also shorts and dresses.
- Weather: Summer months between 15*C – 20*C
- Language: Estonian (most people speak English)
- Currency: Euro
- Here are my recommendations for a day in Tallinn; walking shoes, sunscreen, camera, backpack and foldable water bottle:
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