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Tallinn city breaks

Tallinn Essentials & Tourist Information

Currency
Euro
Time Zone
GMT +2 Hours
Language Estonian
Voltage 220 V AC (two-pin plugs)

National Holidays In Tallinn
January 1st – New Year’s Day
February 16th – Restoration of the State Day (1918)
March 11th – Restoration of Independence Day (1990)
April 22nd (2011) – Good Friday
April 25th (2011) – Easter Monday
May 1st – International Labour Day
First Sunday of May – Mother’s Day
June 24th – Jonines (St John’s Day/Midsummer’s Day)
July 6th – Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
August 15th – Assumption Day
November 1st – All Saints’ Day
December 24th Christmas Eve
December 25th - Chrstmas Day
December 26th - Boxing Day

Tallinn short breaks – Beautifully preserved medieval city
Tallinn weekend breaks will introduce you to one of the most popular of the Baltic State capitals: an amazingly well-preserved medieval city with beautiful architecture, a friendly atmosphere, enjoyable nightlife and a charming stretch of bright and breezy Baltic coastline. City breaks in Tallinn have become astonishingly popular since Estonia became independent in the 1990’s. Tallinn short breaks owe their popularity to the city’s wonderfully romantic Old Town: a delightfully atmospheric, fairytale ensemble of ancient walls, winding cobbled lanes, courtyards, conical roofs, merchant’s houses and charming churches, all dating from between the 11th and 15th centuries. UNESCO listed Tallin Old Town is a delightful place to stroll, and is full of interesting shops, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. Tallinn city break highlights include the splendid Gothic Town Hall, the beautiful Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the gorgeous 13th century St Olav’s Church, and Toompea Castle with its fine city views.

Tallinn weekend breaks – The Baltic nightlife capital
City breaks to Tallinn have transformed this previously little-known European capital. Recently Tallinn city breaks have become phenomenally popular with younger customers thanks to Tallinn’s fun, vibrant nightlife scene that offers everything from sophisticated lounge bars and trendy cafes to cheap and cheerful pubs and non-stop clubbing. As well as lively nightlife, Tallinn city breaks offer eclectic shopping that includes designer boutiques, art galleries, charming working craft studios and a popular open-air knitwear market.

Tallinn city breaks – Bright and breezy Baltic beaches
Long weekend breaks in Tallinn will have time to explore the delightful leafy seaside suburb of Kadriorg with its Russian palace and museums, and the white sandy beaches at Piriata, just 20 minutes from Tallinn Old Town. Tallinn city breaks are particularly popular in the festive summer months with their long hours of daylight, but also have a unique charm in snowy midwinter. If you have enjoyed a relaxing city break in Tallinn you will also enjoy weekend breaks in Riga, the capital of neighbouring Latvia. The Baltic boom means cheap city breaks to Tallinn and Riga are available from convenient UK regional airports all year round.

Traditional Estonian food
Tallinn’s most famous restaurant, offering traditional Estonian food in an authentic, medieval atmosphere.
The Estonian traditional kitchen originates in the countryside and consists mainly of potatoes, pork and garden vegetables. Cuisine is strongly influenced by Germany and Russia due to their past lengthy occupations of Estonia.

Getting around Tallinn
Getting around Tallinn does not present any particular difficulties. Tallinn has a well-organised public transport system. A special Tallinn Card for tourists provides unlimited use of public transport and entry to various Tallinn attractions.

Walking
Strolling the Old Town is the principal pleasure of a city break to Tallinn. Many of the streets are cobbled so take comfortable shoes. Organised walking tours are a good way to see the city and meet people.

Bus/Trolley bus/Tram/Minivan
Tallinn has a mix of buses, trolley buses and trams. Tallinn public transport runs from 06.00 to 24.00. Buy tickets from newsagents or from the driver. Tickets from the driver are marginally more expensive. 10 ticket packs are available. The same tickets are valid on all 3 modes of transport. Stamp tickets when you are onboard. Small minivans also ply certain city routes. Newsagents sell 1 and 2 hour, and 1 and 3 day passes.

Tallinn sightseeing tours
Tallinn bus sightseeing tours are a good way to get a quick overview of the city. You can get on and off the bus as you wish. Also bicycle tours and walking tours.

The Old Town
The undoubted highlight of any Tallinn city break. Tallinn Old Town is one of the most perfectly preserved walled medieval cities in Europe: a delightfully atmospheric fairytale ensemble of ancient walls, winding cobbled streets, stone buildings, towers, conical roofs, merchant’s houses, barns and warehouses. Most buildings date from between the 11th and 15th centuries. Highlights include gorgeous Town Hall, Europe’s oldest functioning pharmacy, and charming churches like the 13th century St Olav’s, and the Gothic Estonian Lutheran church of Toomkirik. The upper part of the Old Town, Toompea Hill, is dominated by the Russian Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral and the Toompea Castle, home to the Estonian Parliament. The upper town offers excellent views of the city.

Kadriorg
Explore this delightful leafy seaside suburb of Tallinn with its stately mansions, villas and parks. The pink baroque Kadriorg Palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Tsar, Peter I. The palace is now home to the Estonian Art Museum with its collection of European and Russian prints, paintings, sculpture and furniture from the 16th to 20th centuries. The palace grounds feature beautifully laid-out formal gardens. Also visit the modern Kumu Art Museum.

The Pirita District
Two miles of white sand just 20 minutes from Tallinn Old Town by bus or taxi. Pirita beach has the typically bracing atmosphere of the Baltic coast and makes a nice contrast to the city centre. Good walks along the seafront and wooded parks. Boat trips on the Pirita River. A nice selection of outdoor cafes. Visit the ruins of the 15th Century St. Bridget’s Convent and the superb Botanical Gardens with over 8000 plant species.

Shopping
Shopping city breaks in Tallinn offer plenty of variety and interest. Some of the classiest and most fashionable boutiques are found along Viru and Müürivahe in the Old Town. Müürivahe is also the location for the outdoor market for knitwear and knitted craftwork. Katariina Passage features functioning craft workshops producing leatherwork, glass and ceramics. The Old Town has an intriguing collection of small galleries and studios featuring tapestry, sculptures, interior design, blacksmiths, ceramics, jewellery, knitwear, patchwork and woodwork.

Nightlife
Despite its modest size Tallinn has rapidly built a reputation for lively nightlife, particularly with young British visitors. The old Town is the focus of Tallinn nightlife, with plenty of trendy cafes, bars, beer cellars, pubs and clubs. Nightlife is concentrated into a small area so it is easy to sample a wide range of venues and end up in one of the city’s lively clubs. Everything from British-style pubs to eclectic lounge bars, a smattering of live music and a small but thriving clubbing scene.


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