Tallin, Estonia’s capital city, is located at the north-eastern extremity of Europe on the shores of the Baltic Sea. It has been hailed as the ‘New Prague’, though it is more compact and easier to get around.Tallinn’s old town is very pretty, all cobblestones, castles and church spires with an eye-catching smorgasbord of medieval and baroque architecture.
On the fringes of the old town, a new district is emerging with gleaming new hotels and offices as Estonia celebrates the EU membership it attained in 2004. Half the fun in Tallinn is just walking around the old town streets viewing the layers of history with Russian orthodox churches, Dominican monasteries, old merchant houses and medieval meeting halls. In Tallinn art and culture are taken very seriously and there is a fun filled local nightlife scene.
Things to see and do
* Old Town
* Town Hall (Raekoda)
* Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
* Kiek-in-de-Kök cannon tower
* Kadriorg Park
Cruise Season – March – Nov
Currency – Kroon (KR)
Language – Estonian
Land Area – 158 km’s
Population – 422,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 372
Port Location – Tallinn’s main Passenger Port is divided into four terminals and is located at the eastern end of Sadama tänav about 1km (.6mi) northeast of the Old Town.
Transport Links – The city’s modern and efficient airport is located 4km (2.5 miles) from the city center. The main airlines using Tallinn airport from the UK are Estonian Air.
The railway station on the edge of the old town offers services to domestic destinations such as Narva, Parnu and Tartu, but only one international route, across the border to Moscow.
The old town of Tallinn is easy to explore on foot, with buses, trolleybuses and taxis on hand to get to the other out of town sights.