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Archive for 2012

28
Dec

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We all go on holiday for a bit of cultural enlightenment & to learn a little of the local language but if we are honest it can sometimes just be a bit of hard work, especially when it comes to organising your trip. Here at Pikk 49 Apartment Accommodation Tallinn we are all either native English or at least fluent in English, with the added benefit of knowing Tallinn extremely well.

In the planning stages of your trip we are on hand to help with giving advice on the logistics of traveling to Tallinn and can clearly explain the options for renting apartments in the old town. The whole accommodation booking process is done in English so that their is no confusion as to the length of your stay or type of apartment you are booking.

Not only can our English be helpful for planing your trip before you depart but also during your stay we are able to give advice on everything from what to see, where to eat, where to go out at night and other general useful insider tips on Tallinn that will make all the difference to your visit.

Enjoy Tallinn this coming year and if you choose to stay at Pikk 49 Apartment Accommodation Tallinn, we hope to help make your holiday even better!

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19
Dec

Tallinn Christmas Holiday

We just wanted to let everyone coming to Tallinn for their Christmas break know that we have some great Tallinn Accommodation Christmas Special Offers which will make your festive holidays even more enjoyable!

Here in Tallinn, you can almost be certain to get a classic white Christmas and with many festive events such as the Tallinn Christmas Market, you can be sure to have a Christmas break to remember.

Our affordable, luxury serviced apartments are in the most traditional, cosiest part of Tallinn, just off the main town square and within walking distance of all the best things to do and see at this time of year.

Enjoy your Christmas in Tallinn.

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13
Dec

Tallinn Markets and Shops

Tallinn’s old city’s is great for crafts and shops. One especially quaint shopping zone is along the Katariina passage (Katariina käik), off Vene street (I-3). A string of tastefully done craft studios/shops in medieval buildings sell handmade wares that are made on the spot, from leather and hats to glass and quilts. This place is a must for tourists on the prowl for high-quality souvenirs. Lühike jalg has a range of tasteful craft stores featuring the work of Estonian artists. Committed hagglers should hit the outdoor markets.

Opening hours are generally from 10:00-19:00. Many shops close early Saturday, with the exception of the big malls and grocery stores, most Tallinn stores are closed Sundays.

Tallinn Handicrafts Market
Located at Mere Puiestee this Tallinn market offers a lot of souvenirs, many of them from Russian origin. You will see everything from carvings, amber, matyroshka dolls to hand-knitted jackets.

Some craftsmen sell their wares along the street, like on Müürivahe in the old city. Prices are cheaper than in stores and Estonian artisans excel in leather goods, ceramics, wool, jewelry and wrought iron. Woven snowflake-design sweaters are also classics. Look for colorful national costumes.

Tallinn Knitting Market
Held in front of the medieval city wall, the knitting market is a daily non-food market mostly selling warm clothes with typical Estonian patterns. You’ll find jackets, wool, socks and hats, mostly sold buy women who are already working on the next item to put on their tables. This is the best place to buy a typical Estonian souvenir.

Tallinn Flower Market
Even if you are just browsing, the Tallinn flower market is a great place spend some time looking around. It is located in the new part of town, just outside the gates of the main entrance to the old town. You can see flowers of every type and it really adds some colour to this part of Tallinn!

Tallinn Wool Market
A quaint and pretty market where you can buy all kinds of hand knitted items. The emphasis is on Finnish or Nordic types of knit, many with tiny reindeer prancing around on hats and jumpers and cardigans. The stalls are wooden huts decorated with white fairy lights. Many stock similar items, but it’s worth wandering from one to another and doing a little bargaining. Prices are very reasonable.

Tallinn’s Market Square
In front of the City Hall is the oldest market in town. It has always been a location for markets and fairs. Around the square there are outdoor cafes, restaurants and small shops. Also, since 1441 the annual Christmas Market has taken place here…

Tallinn Christmas Market
November 26 – January 8, 2013

For the third year Rotermann Square, is the home for the main market and is the perfect setting for the little huts and the Christmas tree that people are already familiar with. There’s no better time to be in Tallinn than during the holiday season. Estonia’s medieval capital is inherently festive, particularly under the quilt of snow that the city’s latitude dumps each December. And though temperatures do dip quite drastically this time of year, the city’s celebratory atmosphere does well to dispel the cold.

Though Tallinn’s Christmas market only became a yearly tradition in 2001, it has already established itself as amongst the most well-loved and happily-visited Christmas markets in Europe. Certainly what it lacks in tradition it makes up for in atmosphere and ambiance, dispelling December’s darkness with colourful lights, music and activity.

Surrounding an enormous Christmas tree hung with lights and decorations, artisans sell a variety of original products including felted wool hats and slippers, buckwheat pillows, wooden bowls, wickerwork, elaborate quilts, ceramic and glassware, little sea-grass animals (so Estonian), homemade candles, wreaths and other decorations.

Holiday shows are common on the cobbled square and traditional Estonian holiday food is also served: pork, sauerkraut and blood sausages, hot soups, stir-fries. Other traditional treats include gingerbread, marzipan, various local honeys, cookies, nuts and sweets. Hot mulled wine poured from large wooden barrels keeps the crowds warm.

Tallinn Shops
Tallinn is very ‘modern shopper’ friendly and has more to offer than just the traditional handcrafts. The best places to find quality fashion, shoes, perfume and the like are the elegant boutiques along Old Town’s Viru and Müürivahe streets, and the large, full-service department stores and malls that have recently been appearing all over Tallinn.

Happy Shopping!

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4
Dec

The rich history of Tallinn, Estonia can be explored by visiting one of its many museums. To help narrow down the options we have compiled a list of the top 5 Tallinn Museums.

Tallinn KGB Museum

1. KGB Museum
In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It also had to be good enough for the KGB … The museum represents a collection of the stories of two worlds. In one of them, mostly existing on paper, happy Soviet people enjoyed a life of plenty and friendship, led by a single wise political party. The other world – the real one – had a nature much more diverse and complicated.

Voted by many as one of the Top Museums to visit…
“Fascinating tour, great slice of soviet history and the guide did a great job of providing insight in a compelling way. Definitely visit it.”

2. The Kumu Art Museum
The museum site is located on four hectares in Tallinn, on the limestone bank of Lasnamägi next to Kadriorg Park. The office of the President of the Republic of Estonia and Kadriorg Palace, which is a part of the Art Museum, lie in the vicinity of the art museum. The building has seven floors, including technical floors, and the total area is 23 900 m². In 2004 the new museum got its name – Kumu – in an open competition.

The Kumu (KUnstiMUuseum) Art Museum is a modern multifunctional art building, which contains exhibition halls, a lecture hall offering diverse facilities, and an educational centre for young visitors and for art lovers.

The Kumu offers various exciting tours. Come to the Kumu to see, hear, think and experiment!
Tour fee is 48 €. Tours can be booked in Russian, English, Finnish and German. Other languages upon agreement.
The museum ticket price is added to the tour fee.

3. Tallinn City Museum
The Museum introduce the visitors into the city life and the relative development. The exhibitions plans are dedicated to twentieth century, the wars, the Soviet occupation and finally the independence. Tallinn City Museum is a collection of 8 different museums. Out of these, the main building is generally preferred as the Tallinn City Museum. It is located at the Vene Street 17 in Tallinn city of Estonia.

The museum holds a permanent exhibition which displays the rich history of Tallinn city. Tourists can see the artifacts belonging to different eras, which range from the medieval times till the date of Tallinn’s independence.

4. Estonian Open Air Museum
Outside the city centre, on the seashore in Rocca al Mare, there’s Estonian Open Air Museum, where you can see Estonian rural architecture and village life from the 18th to the 20th centuries. There is a church, a tavern, a school, some mills, a fire station, etc. The museum’s 12 farms give an overview of how people with different economic conditions lived in the olden times. It’s a great place to pass time and gain some wisdom in every season.

5. Kiek in de Kök
The museum inside this great artillery tower (whose name means “peep into the kitchen” in low German because from the upper floors soldiers could peer into the houses of the lower town) is interesting, but don’t miss a guided tour of its limestone bastion passages, which reopened in March with new video and sound effects. Built to conceal the movement of soldiers, the 500m of passages (half are still being dug out) were used as a bomb shelter during the 1944 Soviet bombings, and inhabited by a large community of homeless people in the 1990s.

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28
Nov

Tallinn Apartments

Our guests are often surprised by just how good the value of our serviced 1 bedroom and studio apartments are compared to staying in a regular Tallinn hotel. If you like affordable luxury with more space for your money, a very central location, more convenience and privacy than a hotel then come and stay with us at Pikk 49 Apartment Accommodation Tallinn.

Situated in the heart of the Tallinn old Town, just 2 minutes away from the town square, you would be paying a lot more if you were even lucky enough to find a good hotel that centrally located. Our Tallinn accommodation prices show great savings over staying in a traditional Tallinn hotel.

Why pay more for a Tallinn hotel room of a lower quality, in a worse location?

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24
Nov

Prangli Island Tallinn

Prangli Island
Regular full-day tours to Prangli Island take place from May to August, every Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 to 18:00. Last tours in September are held on Friday September 9th and Monday September 12th. The tours start and finish in the Tallinn city centre, at the parking area next to the Tallinn 2011 info centre, Rotermanni 14. Pick up from centrally located hotels can also be arranged. The price of the tour is 59 EUR for adults and 45 EUR for children (6-12 years). Tours should be booked by 16:00 on the day before departure at the latest. It’s also possible to show up at the tour’s departure without booking, but you will not be guaranteed a space. Tours might be sold out during the high season.

There have been many glowing reviews left about the Prangli Island Tours, one such positive review…
“I travel often and this is definitely one of the more unique day tours I have been on. Our tour guide is wonderful: knowledgeable, friendly, and very sweet. She sets the tone for the trip, and our tour was one of the most entertaining and fun-filled tours I’ve been on. From the ferry trip to Prangli island to the rugged beauty of the coastline and quaint, rural village, everything is special and memorable about this tour. I highly recommend this–it is off the beaten path and absolutely worth it. And if your tour is anything like the one I was on, you will come away with your heart full and your soul satisfied. Thanks a million, Annika and Prangli Island Tours! I’m looking forward to coming back with my husband!”

Naissaar Island
A former military base and a great island for exploring nature, just off the coast of Tallinn. Naisaar is know for its beautiful beaches. You can explore the sights, which include artillery stations, a Soviet sea mine factory, a working railway, a museum, a restaurant and a church. Jeep/truck tours and bike rental are both good ways to get around the island. During the Nargen Festival many concerts and performances take place on the island.

Aegna Island
The Island of Aegna is located in the north-eastern part of the Gulf of Tallinn in the immediate vicinity of Viimsi Peninsula. There are a number of historic object such as the Peter the Great’s coastal defence battery maritime fortress from World War I. There are three beaches with campsites and three nature trails on Aegna.

Just when you thought you had seen everything Tallinn has to offer this selection of the best islands around Tallinn give you a whole new dimension to explore!

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15
Nov

Luxury Tallinn Accommodation

Our Tallinn apartments were recently renovated to a very high standard with interior design by Peter Sampson, a top British designer. The quality and finish of the apartments for rent at our Pikk 49 location can be seen in our Apartment Accommodation Tallinn – Flickr Albums.

If you want to have a higher standard than a normal hotel room with all the added benefits of a serviced apartment, we have 8 luxurious apartments situated in the best location in Tallinn. just 2 minutes walk from the town square! You can chose from 1 bedroom or studio apartments in our Tallinn Old Town setting.

The interior design has been commissioned by top UK interior designer, Peter Sampson, who has a great reputation for the style and quality of his work. His projects have included other high end residencies, bars, the Metro Plaza in Tallinn and even super yacht interiors!

Come and stay with us during your Tallinn holiday and see just how amazing the results of our renovations have been.

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6
Nov

Tallinn Average Temperatures

Tallinn has nicely varied seasons, from cold snowy winters through to warm beach going weather in the summer. Whenever you visit Tallinn you are sure to experience some great things, during the winter the old town looks Christmas postcard perfect, covered in snow. In summertime the weather can be hot enough to enjoy a day at one of Tallinn’s many beaches. You can walk from the old town to the sea, but for the beach, the best place to head to is Pirita, which is about 15 minutes by taxi.

If the weather is not up to scratch then there are many more things you can still do in Tallinn. Check out our Things to Do In Tallinn post for some ideas of what you can get up to. If you just want to relax and enjoy a spa treatment whilst safe from the weather, read our Guide to the Top 3 Spas In Tallinn.

For a great way to visually see what is happening with the weather in Tallinn right now, take a look at our post which lists all the best Tallinn Web Cameras.

Finally, here is a quick round up of the best Tallinn weather forecast websites:
1. UK Weather – gives a really good variety of weather forecasts for Tallinn, including daily, 10 day and seasonal averages.

2. Weather Forecast – Gives daily and 10 day forecasts for Tallinn but also provides weather maps, webcams and photos from the area.

3. Met Office – A good concise 5 day weather forecast for Tallinn. It gives extra info such as wind speed/direction, pressure, humidity and visibility.

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27
Oct

Pikk 49 Apartment Accommodation Tallinn provide top quality studio & 1 bedroom apartments for your stay in the beautiful old town. Luxurious apartment accommodation, reasonable prices and a great location make for a wonderful place to stay during your visit to Tallinn. Here are some of the reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Pikk 49, many of are return customers who keep coming back!

Stay In Tallinn Apartments

“Wow – best Tallinn apartment I have stayed in. High quality throughout, loads of space and great location. Being in Pikk street was perfect for the shops, restaurants and going out in the evening. Didn’t even need to use a taxi once. Will stay here again next time I visit Tallinn.” – Marc Mutton

Tallinn accommodation bedroom

“The accommodation in Tallinn was perfect. Just what we were looking for and you were right when you said it is in the best location! To step out of our front door and be right in the heart of the old town was wonderful. Plus I was very impressed with the apartment. You have obviously put a lot of effort and thought into making this a beautiful place to stay. Thank you so much. We had a fantastic time.” – Petra Peters

Tallinn Apartment Accommodation

“Best Tallinn accommodation I’ve stayed in, out of my 5 trips there. The apartment is huge and they’ve done a top rate refurbishment job, plus of course you can’t beat the location in the centre of the old town. When I called their UK phone number to book, the woman spoke fluent English, was very helpful and able to answer all my questions. Then when I arrived in Tallinn I was met at the apartment and given the keys by a very helpful woman who gave me some great ideas of where to go out. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. On previously visits to Tallinn, I’ve stayed in a great apartment in a noisy location in the old town, a not very nice apartment in a great location, and had all kinds of fun trying to be understood by the apartment owners, so it was a relief to finally get it right and find a great apartment in a great location, with someone who I could actually talk with properly! I highly recommend this place and just wish I had found it on my first visit!” – William Jacobs

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16
Oct

Tallinn Beaches Guide

Tallinn has five public swimming beaches (Pirita, Stroomi, Harku, Kakumäe and Pikakari) all a relatively short distance from the city. Although you can get to all of these beaches using public transport, if the weather is good you may prefer to get a bit of excerise on the way and get to the beaches by bicycle or roller-blades using the city’s network of paths. Lifeguards are working on all the main Tallinn beaches (weekdays 9am–8pm, and weekends, 9am–9pm). Beach facilities include changing rooms, toilets and guarded parking areas. As you would expect at the beach, you can buy from mobile cream vendors.

Pirita Beach
Only twenty minutes away from Tallinn Old Town accommodation, is the most popular and largest, 2-km-long Pirita beach. Its a great beach that even has a backdrop of palm trees! Locals and tourists flock to Pirita for sunbathing, volleyball and swimming. For those even more active, you can do a variety of watersports, including windsurfing. There are shops selling beach gear and cafés providing refreshments. Music is played on the beach and there are frequent competitions and other events. At the far side of the beach there is a separate area for nude sunbathing.

The is a fantastic view of the Tallinn old town, with the beach is separated from the neighboring Pirita and Merivälja residential districts by a pine forest. You can reach Pirita from the Old Town by buses 1, 1A, 8, 34, or 38, or alternatively grab a taxi.

Stroomi Beach
Another popular spot is Stroomi beach, situated in Pelguranna, opposite the Open Air Museum on the other side of Kopli Bay. Between the beach and highrise residential buildings is a spacious green area where beachgoers can find shade on the grass for a picnic. Courts for various ballgames, trampolines and outdoor cafés can all be found on this beach. There are all kinds of distractions for the kids, with playgrounds and even little electric cars they can drive! A temporary youth center is set up, concerts are frequently organised, and there is always loud disco music playing. The beach house provides lockers and showers, and a shop for buying beach gear and borrowing chaise longues. The beach is 4 km from downtown Tallinn (buses 3, 40, 48).

Harku Beach
On the western city border in the Haabersti district, Harku beach lies on the shores of a lake, so it has slightly warmer water for swimming than the sea. The swimming beach on a sandy stretch of shore is fairly treeless and lies close to a residential area. The lake shore is shallow and the bottom is muddy, 12 meters at its deepest. The beach has courts for ballgames, climbing trees for children, a kiosk selling food, and showers. The rowing base nearby provides an opportunity to practice rowing and surfing, play mini golf, use the gym and rent pedalos and rowboats.

Kakumäe Beach
Kakumäe beach is also in Haabersti, on the landward side of the small Kakumäe peninsula. The peninsula is full of single-family houses, at a bit of a distance from the swimming beach. This quiet, secluded beach has ball courts, a kiosk selling food, showers and a bicycle parking lot. Children can use the swings and a climbing tree. The beach is 11 km from downtown Tallinn and is not very busy. Buses 21 and 21B go from the central railway station (Balti jaam) to Kakumäe. From Kakumäe Road, which follows the length of the peninsula, turn onto Sooranna Street to take you straight to the beach.

Pikakari Beach
Tallinn’s newest beach, Pikakari beach, is located on Paljassaare peninsula, near Katariina pier. This area was a military zone with very restricted access until only a few years ago. As a result, there is not much charm but with continued development things are starting to come together. A small wooded area gives some protection against landward winds. The sea floor is partly sandy, partly rocky, and the water gets deep quickly, reaching over a person’s head 30 meters away from land. The beach has courts for ballgames, places for making fires, swings for children and a kiosk selling food. Park rangers patrol the area, and you’re likely to meet surfers and fishermen. There is also a bird protection area and bird viewing tower on the peninsula. The beach is 6 km from downtown Tallinn. To get there, drive to the end of Paljassaare Road (bus 59 from the central railway station, or Balti jaam) and walk further down a gravel road about 300 meters. The view back onto town and onto the sea from the beach and the pier are well worth the trouble, especially on a summer’s evening.

For a quick check on the weather conditions at Tallinn’s beaches have a look at this Estonian Weather Forecast website.

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