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A Day in a Fairytale in Tallinn Estonia

A Day in a Fairytale in Tallinn Estonia (1)

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.

Entrance to Tallinn

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.

Tallin Entrance

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.

Tallinn Main SquareTallinn Town Hall.JPG

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!

Tallinn View

Old Town

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!

Russian Church Tallinn

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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!

Tallinn Street

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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.

Essential Info:

  • 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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Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

A Day in a Fairytale in Tallinn Estonia

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48 thoughts on “A Day in a Fairytale in Tallinn Estonia

  1. Estonia is really beautiful. Not only the old buildings but also the nature. Your picture captures the city really well. I never been to Estonia much even though it’s really close to Sweden shere Im from, but last summer i biked through the Baltics and I loved it!

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  2. I am pleasantly surprised that more and more attention is drawn on countries in North & Eastern Europe. And I have to say I am also more and more interested in countries like Estonia. Your post and photos are proof why. Beautiful city indeed.

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  3. It looks like such a beautiful town. The views from the city walls look awesome. I love places where it’s easy to walk around everywhere. And the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral looks interesting. It’s definitely on the bucket list!

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  4. Oh Tallinn looks just beautiful. I keep seeing wonderful pictures like yours and it has made me move it way up our must travel list. The old town looks like somewhere you could really get wonderfully lost for hours and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is just stunning. What a great stop on your cruise. It looks like you saw so much during the day.

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  5. Love hearing about new destinations, especially those old historic towns. Tallinn loks quite the picture with beautiful buildings and castle, as you say “quite the fairytale.”

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  6. Wow! It looks amazing! Tallinn is the last capital city from the Baltic states I’ve never been to And Now I know where to look for info about it!

    Handy! 🙂

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  7. I love the castles against the blue skies! 🙂 It’s quite amazing that summer temperatures reach only until the 20s. That’s already winter where I’m from!

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  8. Tallin is absolutely on my list of places to get too. The Old Town is the part that speaks to me the most. Many years ago I met someone from Tallinn and her stories made me love it even more. Castles, Europe, old city squares….what’s not to love.

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  9. Lucy, your pictures of Tallinn are beautiful! I’ve been hearing more and more about Estonia lately, and all good things. Like you said, there seem to be endless good angles of the city and I would just love to wander around with my camera, especially in the old town. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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  10. I love that you added some travel essentials to your information. There’s nothing worse than packing for a trip and not having a clue what you should pack. I had no idea Estonia was so beautiful and fairytale-like! This would be a wonderful spot to wander around and enjoy an afternoon or a full day. Old Town is very charming! The Medieval architecture is definitely a something I would enjoy.

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  11. I’ve been hearing a lot of incredible things about Estonia, with Tallin obviously at the top of the list. It really does look like you’ve stepped back into Medieval times! I have a feeling that tourism here is really going to start to boom once the secret gets out and people find out how authentic it is – glad you had brilliant weather!

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