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Archive for May, 2011

30
May

If you want to know about Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, you have come to the right place…

Whether you have already planned a visit to Tallinn or just want to know more about this beautiful city, you will find all the information you need below. On this page you can learn about all of the following: the best things to do and see in Tallinn, travel info, the weather, useful maps of Tallinn and Estonia, the best Tallinn accommodation, the top 5 restaurants, bars and night clubs, plus much more.

You can start by watching this video: Travel Guide to Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia with a population of 413,290. It covers an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and is located on the northern coast of the country. It is 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki (separated by the Gulf of Finland), east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn’s Old Town is listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is one of the top 10 digital cities in the world and is the European Capital of Culture for 2011.

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The main attractions can be found in the two old towns (Lower Town and Toompea) and are both easily explored on foot. It is also worth visiting the Eastern districts around Pirita and Kadriorg. The Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) in Rocca al Mare, west of the city, takes you back in time to experience Estonian rural culture and see how accommodation and other aspects of life used to be.

For further details and info for when you visit Tallinn, Estonia please look through our other useful blog posts: Things to do in Tallinn, top travel information, Tallinn accommodation and our top 5 guides to restaurants, bars and night clubs.

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29
May
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23
May

Choose below from our selection of Tallinn web cams. Whether you want to see various views of the city, sea, airport or port, check up on the weather, or look at the traffic situation just select the relevant web camera.

Also if you are planning to visit Tallinn have a look at our great Tallinn accommodation

Click on any of the pictures to go to the live web cam

Tallinn web camera showing city viewWeb camera showing Tallinn sea viewTallinn web cam showing city viewTallinn traffic web cameraTallinn marina web cameraTallinn airport web cam

If you are interested in Tallinn, have a look at the rest of our website. Along with offering affordable, luxury Tallinn accommodation we also have lots of useful information if you are planning to visit. Whether you are planning or trip for the winter or summer there is loads to do and see. We also have reviews of the top 5 restaurants, things to do, bars and nightclubs. The Tallinn web cameras will let u see some of the area, but you can’t really appreciate how charming it is until you visit.

To be in the best location for all of the main sites and attractions you need to stay in the old town. Web cam 1 and 3 show the Tallinn old town. If you book accommodation with us you will be staying in the best possible location just 2 minutes walk from the old town square.

Our other blogs include: Tallinn Reviews & Tallinn Travel Guide, things to do in Tallinn, Tallinn travel tips and Tallinn accommodation information.

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22
May
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16
May

Here is our Tallinn by night guide to the best bars and clubbing in Tallinn:

1. Cafe VS bar – (address: Parnu mnt. 28) tel: +372 6272627

Cafe VS is one of top Tallinn barsVS tops most Tallinn bars when it comes to great interior design and the experience starts with the heavy submarine front door. Once inside, the walls are made of gleaming metal, chairs and tables are fashioned from hammered aluminium, space-age lights rotate from hanging girders and TV screens are fixed into the walls like security monitors. The bar has a great range of drinks, the service is good and the waitresses dress with a slight degree of naughty. If you get hungry there is also a very good indian restuarant here which includes a good menu for vegetarians. Interesting interior, good serive and great value make VS a Tallinn night spot well worth visiting. Cafe VS bar website

2. Beer House – (address: Dunkri 5) tel: +372 627-6520

Visit the Beerhouse on your Tallinn night outOur Tallinn by night reviews would not be complete without this raucous and fun German beer hall and micro-brewery. The interior has a country-inn feel and is vast, with German and Estonian schlager music playing in the background. There is a great choice of beers and make sure you try the surprising in-house beer. There is also country food at very good prices. If the weather’s good, you can sit on the giant outdoor terrace. So if you love your beer and want a great place to start your night out, before going clubbing in Tallinn this bar should definately be on your check list. Beer House website

3. Depeche Mode Bar – (address: Nunne 4) tel: +372 6442350

Depeche Mode bar is an interesting place to go clubbing in TallinnIf you want a unique experience on your Tallinn night out make sure you visit this bar. You’d probably be surprised by the popularity of Depeche Mode in Eastern Europe. In the UK Depeche mode are largely ignored and considered by many as synth-poppers who refused to go away long after their shelf-life was up (ie. 1985) – Whereas anywhere East of Berlin, the boys from Basildon are worshipped as rock Gods. This may help Westerners understand why the Depeche Mode Bar exists. Anyway, if you want to go clubbing in Tallinn, get drunk with a bunch of strangers and sing along to ‘Enjoy the Silence’ then this bar / club is a must. This is one of the Tallinn bars you are sure to remember. Depeche Mode Bar website

4. Nimeta Bar / The Pub with no name – (address: Suur-Karja 4) tel: +372 6411515

The Nimeta bar is a great place to enjoy Tallinn by nightWe all know the whole point of going abroad is to experience new cultures, meet new people and to sample something different from your night life… But sometimes you just can’t handle any more local Tallinn bars with their crazy foreigners and their crazy foreign ways! What you want is a good traditional British boozer, with cheap beer, a happy hour, live sports on two big screens and decent bar food – so that you can enjoy the FA Cup whilst your mates traipse round the whole of Tallinn trying to sort out tomorrows sight seeing schedule. When you want a break from exploring Tallinn at night, the nimeta bar is a great place to go for a taste of home. The Nimeta Bar website

5. Hell Hunt – (address: Pikk 39) tel: +372 681-8333

For a great Tallinn night visit the Hell HuntAfter a fairly recent refurbishment, Tallinn’s first real tavern has been charmingly re-born as a more upscale version of the excellent bar it always was. Situated on fashionable Pikk street, Hell Hunt is usually a very lively bar with a great atmosphere. If you are planning to go clubbing in Tallinn and want somewhere for a few drinks to get in the right mood make sure you visit this bar. They also have their own beer, which is a good brew at a good price. And the attentive and helpful staff will even serve you a shepherd’s pie after the kitchen has closed. All in all, a great Tallinn night can be had at the Hell Hunt. Hell hunt website

See our other interesting and useful blogs on Tallinn: Tallinn Reviews & Tallinn Travel Guide, top things to do in Tallinn, Tallinn accommodation and useful Tallinn travel information.

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5
May

In our Tallinn guide below, we give you 4 of the top things to see and do in Tallinn along with some useful info on Tallinn accommodation plus more. Enjoy…

Number 1 in our Tallinn guide is the town square1. Town Hall Square

Any guide to Tallinn wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the picturesque Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats). It has been the undisputed hub of the Old Town for the last eight centuries. It is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings. In the summer it is great to sit at one of the many café and watch all the activity happening in the square.

Make sure you find the round stone marked with a compass rose in the middle of the square. From this point, with a little stretching and bending, you can see the tops all five of Old Town’s spires.The square is the social heart of the city, a venue for open-air concerts, craft fairs and Medieval markets. Each winter there is a busy Christmas Market and in spring the Old Town Days festival, a modern version of a Medieval carnival, where traditions from the Middle Ages are kept alive.

If you would like a great place to stay, just 2 minutes walk from the town square and within easy walk of all the main attractions have a look at our Tallinn accommodation.

Number 2 in our guide to Tallinn is capital of culture events2. Go to one of the European Capital of Culture Events

Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture in 2011, so there’s something new and interesting to check out every day. Events include: The tour of Estonian towns, the unique Straw Theatre where performances are given in a structure made of straw, Cinema in the Urban Space: Roof Top Cinema, the Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration, the staging of Wagner’s last opera “Parsifal”, a screening of one-minute films called “60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero” and the charming Christmas Market. The following Tallinn guide has the full schedule of events: http://www.tallinn2011.ee

Number 3 in our Tallinn guide is the history museum3. Time travel and experience the history of Estonia

For your guide to Tallinn’s history and to see what life was like for Estonians over the centuries, go to the Estonian Open Air Museum. This is a huge area of forested land on the outskirts of Tallinn, where old, rural traditions live on. The museum is home to a large collection of farm houses, a school, traditional Tallinn accommodation, a fire house, water mills, windmills and even a working village tavern, all dating from the 18th to early-20th centuries.

You can walk through the museum and look into various buildings, while staff members in costume demonstrate traditional activities like weaving, bread-making, tending to farm animals or clomping past in a horse-drawn cart. There are also guided tours, theatrical performances and other activities to help inform and entertain the guests.

Number 4 in our guide to Tallinn is the toompea castle4. Toompea Castle

Next in our guide to Tallinn is Toompea castle. This is located on top of a limestone cliff and looks out over the rest of the city. Toompea Castle has always been the seat of power in Estonia. Today it houses the Estonia’s Parliament. The castle was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. From the front, you can see a pink, Baroque palace dating to the time of Catherine the Great. The view from the opposite side gives a much more Medieval perspective.

From the Governor’s Garden at the castle’s southern edge, you can see the 46-metre Pikk Hermann tower comes into view. The tower is an important national symbol: tradition dictates that whichever nation flies its flag over Pikk Hermann also rules Estonia. At sunrise each day the Estonian flag is raised above the tower to the tune of the national anthem.

A Tallinn guide can give you a tour in Toompea Castle: Mon-Fri 10-16

Check out the rest of the articles in our blog: Tallinn Reviews & Tallinn Travel Guide, things to do in Tallinn, top Tallinn travel information, Tallinn accommodation and our guides to Tallinn.

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