Tallinn, Estonia is a colorful capital city with a population of 430, 000 population. Previously named, Reval, the quaint weather vane of an old warrior that sits on Tallinn town hall, is the symbol for this city. the town was first founded back in 3000 BC with fascinating archeological traces before being built up to become the country's largest city. Tallinn's Old town is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must visit for your stop to the city. At one point, this city was a booming center for medieval trade. You may be surprised to know that there are many Russians living in the city. Various museums, a mix of ancient and contemporary architecture and quaint buildings as well as a well-preserved old town, are just some of the things waiting for you to discover in Tallinn.
As mentioned, the Old town is featured in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will see numerous observation towers adding charm to the history of old city. Beneath the Old town lies a labyrinth of 7th century tunnels, which were used as bomb shelters during World War 2. Since 2010, these tunnels have been opened to the public.
Visit the oldest building in the city, the Dominican St Catherine's Monastery. Built back in 1246, the courtyard also serves as a museum during the summer months there.
Maiasmokk is the oldest running cafe of the city. Its name translates to "sweet tooth" and it even has its own marzipan museum! Why not taste Tallinn's signature drink, Vanna Tallinn, a sweet liqueur invented in the 60s with aromas of cinnamon, toffee, citrus and warm spices.
Visit the Seaplane Harbor, a maritime museum, to see and learn more about submarines and seaplanes as well as enjoy flight simulators and exhibits of miniature ships and aquatic life. There is also the Estonian Open-Air Museum where you can see a life-size reconstruction of an 18th century rural fishing village with farmhouses, architecture and a farm chapel.
Toompea is a limestone hill which offers great views over the city and is where the Parliament and Government buildings are located - it is also known as Cathedral Hill.
Families may especially enjoy the fun of visiting Tallinn Zoo and seeing close up more of its 500 species or, if you visit the city over the festive season, you must check out the Christmas market at the town hall.
St Olaf's Church was built in the 12h century and was a one point the center for the city's Scandinavian community. You will see the Nevsky Cathedral is built with Russian influence and richly decorated.
Fun Fact: Chimney sweeps still exist in the city and if you touch their brass buttons, it brings good luck