TRAVEL TO TALLINN

AIR

The Estonias's international airport, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, provides excellent facilities and a wide variety of services. In addition, there are many connecting flights from Riga Airport (Latvia) and Helsinki Airport (Finland).

SEA

Ferries cross the Gulf of Finland between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day, covering the distance in roughly 2 to 3 hours. From late spring to late autumn, high-speed vessels also operate on the route, reducing travel time to just 1.5 hours. Ferries between Tallinn and Stockholm depart every evening, with the trip taking approximately 15 hours.
There is an overnight ferry link with Stockholm and a semi-weekly cruise ship connection to St Petersburg. 

The largest ferry operators are Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line.

LAND

Two international bus lines offer connections to Tallinn from several other European cities. Regular routes connecting Tallinn with Riga, Vilnius, and St Petersburg operate several times a day. International connections are provided by Lux Express and Ecolines. Domestic bus lines, fares, and timetables can be found here.

Three facts about Tallinn

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Tallinn is the largest city and capital of Estonia. 

 

Tallinn is old. Tallinn’s medieval Old Town fort dates back to the 14th century, the oldest building, Dominican St. Catherine’s Monastery, was built in 1246 and the oldest running Cafe, Maiasmokk dates back to 1246. 

Often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe, it has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is the birthplace of many international companies, including Skype.

Tallinn's Must See Sights

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Patkuli viewing platform

This is the best vantage point for viewing Tallinn's fairytale Town Wall and towers, St. Olav's Church and the harbour area.

 

Located on the north side of Toompea hill, the platform sits visibly on a limestone cliff. On the right, the Town Wall and its defensive towers stretch off into the distance. On the left lie the city's Kalamaja and Pelgulinn areas, with the railway station as a landmark.

 

A winding series of steps, built in 1903, leads down the cliff face to Nunne street and Shnelli Park below.

By far the nation's largest and most cutting-edge art museum, Kumu displays Estonian-created works from the 18th-21st centuries.

 

A must-see for culture creatures, Kumu, the main building of Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia's national gallery and as a centre for contemporary art.

 Exhibitions display both classical and contemporary art and everything in between. The programme features art from the 18th century until today, Estonian art until the Second World War, art of the Soviet era and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. 

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KUMU Art Museum

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral.

It's also by far the grandest, most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn.

Built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire, the cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over this increasingly unruly Baltic territory.

The church's towers' hold Tallinn's most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes. You can hear the entire ensemble playing before each service.

This grand, baroque palace built for Peter the Great in 1718-1725 now houses the Art Museum of Estonia's foreign collection. Designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance.

In its current role as the Kadriorg Art Museum, it displays hundreds of 16th- to 20th-century paintings by Western and Russian artists, as well as prints, sculptures and other works.

Surrounding the Palace are several interesting palace side buildings. For example, the restored kitchen building houses a cosy art museum called the Mikkel Museum, and the humble summer cottage is the Peter I House Museum.

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Kadriorg Art Museum

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GIFTS FOR
FRIENDS & FAMILY

from Estonia with love

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Woolish

knitwear

Stylish locally made merino knitwear from the highest quality biodegradable wool.

or visit their studio in Tallinn:

Woolish Wear Studio
Harju street 1, 10146 Tallinn

Kuma

jewellery

Beautiful butterfly brooches and jewellery from a very famous local brand, Kuma.

or visit their studio in Tallinn:

Kuma Design Studio
Luha 18-14, 10129 Tallinn

Joik

candles

Great skincare, natural soywax candles and scent diffusers with 24 great scents.

or buy their products in Tallinn:

Tallinna Kaubamaja
Gonsiori 2, 10143 Tallinn

Chocolala

sweets

Handmade luxury chocolate from an award-winning confectionery, Chocolala.

or buy their products in Tallinn:

Tallinna Kaubamaja
Viru Väljak 4, 10111 Tallinn