How To Spend A Weekend in Tallinn
So, you have closed your eyes, twirled your hand in the air and smacked your index finger on the map. Opening your eyes, you see that your subsequent large metropolis journey will happen in Tallinn, Estonia.
What can I say to that? Well – welcome! Let me present you round. You’ll like it right here!
First Impressions of Tallinn
The very first thing you may see if you land in Tallinn is that our airport is among the cosiest if not ‘the’ cosiest in the world. You will discover a library, a wine bar, plenty of superior trying gates and my favourite Café Kohver from there. Tallinn Airport is a kind of the place you need to arrive early. Not due to the queues however you may genuinely take pleasure in spending time right here.
After a taxi trip to town middle, you may end up in the center of a medieval fairy story. And since in this story you have got solely three days to spend exploring, procuring, consuming and ingesting, it is time to get going!
Places to sleep
First, you may want a spot to relaxation your weary head. The city center is full of hotels, some good, some unhealthy, some actually unhealthy (and that is not good). My suggestion is that if you’re there for under a few nights, then you need to keep someplace in the Old Town.
A good lodge with a wonderful restaurant is positioned simply off the principle road and is known as CRU Hotel. The restaurant on the bottom flooring will first seduce you with its ambiance after which with the meals.
You’ll really really feel such as you’ve simply stepped again in time or right into a medieval film set. The fifteenth-century constructing has a soul that may lull you to sleep at evening and make you dream of sunshine and rainbows.
Or for those who’re extra of an Airbnb type of traveler then there are lots of choices proper off the principle road. I’ve a sense you may by no means wish to depart that place.
As you are in all probability staying in the Old Town, then you definitely’ve already seen it. And by ‘it’ I imply top-of-the-line preserved medieval cities in Europe. I’ll be sincere and say that I simply run by way of it principally, however I’m planning on taking a day simply to wander round and act like a vacationer.
If you are fortunate to go to our little nation throughout summer season, then a go to to the Estonian Open Air Museum is a should! Staying in the outdated city, you are strolling in the footsteps of retailers and aristocrats. At the Open Air Museum, nonetheless, you may get a glimpse of how the straightforward individuals used to stay. It’s actually fascinating and can maintain you entertained for hours!
On the opposite facet of city, you may stumble throughout the CN Tower of Estonia also called Tallinna Teletorn. The highest constructing in Estonia performed an essential function in the restoration of our independence, and the newly renovated museum provides you with a great overview of what went down. Besides having fun with a few of the greatest views, you can even take the bull by its horns and take a look at a cool attraction – the Edgewalk.
Now that you’ve got seen our lovely land from excessive up and explored the straightforward dwellings of historic Estonians, it is time to dive deeper. The Estonian Maritime Museum is one in all a form for positive. Walking into an enormous corridor, I’m positive that the very first thing you may see is the huge floating submarine. Yes, there is a life-size 1930’s submarine named Lembit dangling from the ceiling. You simply need to see it to consider it.
Eat. Drink. And Repeat
If there’s one other factor apart from Wi-Fi that we’ve got loads of, it is eating places. Tallinn’s restaurant scene has gone on steroids in the previous couple of years. There are new cafés, eating places, and quick meals joints popping up like mushrooms after some rain.
If you are like me and do not operate with out espresso, then head over to Reval Café. It’s a café chain that has little espresso outlets throughout city. My favourite is the one on Müürivahe Street. Maybe it is as a result of I used to frequent it so much once I labored simply throughout the road from them or possibly it is the inside. They have a wide array of sweets to go along with that good ol’ cup of joe too!
For lunch, I’d counsel heading to Hell – actually. Across the road from the St. Nicholas’ Church, is a bar known as Põrgu (Hell in Estonian). It’s positioned in a basement, and it’s a must to do a good bit of balancing to get down the outdated steps, however I guarantee you it is value it. Põrgu’s borscht soup will make you shimmy in your chair as a result of it is simply that good! And for those who’re into beer then their choice will make you get out of that chair and twirl from happiness.
When evening falls, and your abdomen begins rumbling once more – that is when it will get powerful. There are so many nice locations in Tallinn that it is going to be laborious to choose.
My absolute favourite restaurant in Tallinn is Leib Resto ja Aed. It’s positioned on the outskirts of Old Town and is so easy that it is sensible. I’ve by no means been dissatisfied in their meals, service or anything for that matter. I really feel like hugging them each time it is time to depart as a result of it appears like a cocktail party at a pal’s place.
These are only some places in this lovely capital of ours. There is a lot extra to do in town and out of it. But as you have got solely three days then I suppose it’s a must to come again. Then I’ll take you to my favourite locations throughout Estonia.
Until then – toodles!