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Tallinn is capital of Estonia and You can see alot in this historic city. On the picture (right): The Viru Gates of Old Town. Old Town is the best memory, the best tourist trap in Tallinn. After that You can find more interesting things even to off the beaten paths action. Tallinn was one of the strongest protected town at medieval times with it`s walls and towers.
Restaurants in Tallinn
Favorite Restaurants: Admiral Favorite Menu Item: I liked ice cream :) but as it is on the ship seafood is OK to try. Unique Qualities: It`s restaurant on the ship. Ship stays on admiraliteedi bassein, it`s right beside the ferry terminals. Ship is from beginning of 20. century and stylish. Location: Lootsi 15 (address where ship always stays) More Info: At winter time may be closed. Phone +372 6623777 Favorite Restaurant: Carl Friedrich Unique Qualities: It`s good restaurant in Old Town Centre Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square). Window seats have nice view to Town hall Square. May book separate room for bigger companies. Location: Raekoja Plats 5 More Info: +372 6272413 Favorite Restaurant: Lydia Favorite Menu Item: Ice cream again ;) Unique Qualities: It`s luxorious restaurant in Kadriorg park. Nice quiet athmosphere, excellent service. Location: Koidula 13a More Info: +372 6268991 Favorite Restaurant: Olde Hansa (Homepage) Favorite Menu Item: Soup, from medieval times :) Unique Qualities: It`s the most popular restaurant among finnish tourists. Always full. So be nice and book Your table. Why so popular+ because it`s medieval style restaurant: interior, food, personal... and the food is really exotic, made as town people, traders and peasants had eaten in Middle Ages. Portions are big. Soups are great! Location: Near the Town hall Square, if You go to Viru street direction. Vana turg 1. More Info: Book Your table here: call +372 6279020 Favorite Restaurant: Tänav Favorite Menu Item: Pork, wine Unique Qualities: Stylish restaurant near the main square Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square). On a quiet street. Not crowded usually. Designed as street (name Tänav means street) and You can sit as in street in different levels and can see others or find quiet `street` to have Your meal. Location: Behind Kawe Plaza, very close to palace hotel, Tatari 6. More Info: Phone +372 6604915 Favorite Restaurant: Argentiina Favorite Menu Item: Fish food Unique Qualities: It`s Argentinian quisine. Cook is in the centre of restaurant making food and everyone can see him. Location: Pärnu mnt.19, near Palace hotel. More Info: +372 6605177
The newest and biggest hotel: Radisson SAS Tallinn. Many rooms, great view from TOP. Radisson SAS is the highest building house in Estonia. The second highest is on the left of the picture, Ühispank bank`s main building. Ühispank is the second largest bank in Estonia. Radisson SAS have nice restaurant madissoni leib ja lust on the ground floor. Conference centre is in the 1st floor. It is hot summer there and Radisson is one of the few buildings have air conditioning in all rooms (it`s my feeling). Usually buildings don`t have air conditioning because Estonian weather is cold enough and it`s not profitable to invest to equipment for 1 month in year. Other hotels are on Tallinn Tourism Info Page.
Oleviste Church. Was the highest building in Europe until 16th century. Niguliste Church. Live concerts, visit especially middle ages music concerts or vocals. Olympic Centre in Tallinn, Pirita. has Yacht club, swimming pool, hotel, restaurants. Tallinna Raekoda have homepage with Virtual Tour in Town hall, check it out.
Bonnie and Clyde (Homepage) Unique Qualities: It`s Yuppie-style place. In Olympia Hotel ground floor. Ticket 50 EEK or 90 EEK at weekends. Dress Code: Business casual or club style is OK. Location: In Olümpia Hotel, Liivalaia 33. More Info: Reservation +372 6315333. To have free table is difficult at evenings... Classification: Dancing , Clubbing Cafe Amigo Unique Qualities: Different, a little bit older people. Usually finnish tourists are big part of crowd. Sometimes not the mainstream music but some retro evenings: eighties, seventies, sixties music, some live bands... Dress Code: Usual nightclub dress code. Location: In Viru Hotel, Viru väljak 4 Classification: Dancing , Clubbing , Live Music Club Decolté (Homepage) Unique Qualities: Renovated biggest discotheque in Estonia. Not the top place any more but new owners doing nice things to get it better again. Video shows, laser shows at midnight, top DJs from Estonia and Europe. Some food in bars, sauna and bath will be open again soon. You can send SMS greetings to big screen. Dress Code: Usual club style. Location: Ahtri 10, near ferry terminals. More Info: +372 6664990 Classification: Dancing , Clubbing , Concert Flamingo Unique Qualities: In Beach house in Pirita. Away from city, directly on the sea coast with view to the Baltic Sea. Location: Merivälja tee 5 Spirit (Homepage) Unique Qualities: Modern Place. Younger people like this place. Hip-hop, alternative, electronic and other styles. Dress Code: hip-hop, alternative etc. Location: Mere pst 6e, near harbor area. Classification: Dancing , Clubbing
Shopping is one of the greatest traps. Many tourists visit Estonia just for shopping. because it`s cheap. Some western countries may be tens of times more expensive. If shopping, remember: the exchange rate is about 1 DEM = 8 EEK. Estonian kroon (EEK) is fixed to German mark. So, how much is cheap? Stylist 120-160 EEK, heavy-knit sweater 1000 EEK, beer 8-12 EEK (shop price) etc. They say it`s cheap... but it`s city prices, going outside the town centre it`s cheaper, especially at market places like Kadaka turg or Keskturg.
Getting There: By ship or by plane is the best way... ships go from Helsinki, harbor is on the city. Airport is not far, too. By Tartu Maantee some kilometers from centre. Tallinn-Helsinki Tallink ferries timetable You can find here. And in Estonian Air Homepage You can find some timetables about coming by air to Estonia. Getting Around: If You go to West Estonian biggest islands You need to take a ferry to get over the sea. Timetables for Saaremaa are here, in Saaremaa Laevakompanii homepage. You can find Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Vormsi timetables here. Tallinn Parking and Transportation info You can find here clicking this link.