Tallinn – Delightful Attractions in Estonia’s Capital
Little known Estonia is one of Europe’s most underrated tourist locales. Located in Northern Europe, Estonia is sandwiched between the Gulf of Finland and Latvia. Estonians are of Finnish descent and the local dialect is closely related to Finnish. Tallinn, the country’s capital, is dotted with majestic cathedrals, museums and other historical structures. Moreover, Tallinn is a bustling city with a strikingly high number of nightclubs to frequent when in search of an exciting night out. This small country certainly packs a lot of surprises for tourists. If you’re headed to Estonia, here are our favorite spots to visit when you decide to visit Tallinn.
Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin
Once the gathering place for Estonia’s German nobles, the Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin has become a symbol of Tallinn’s historical roots. The church was first built in 1233 but several renovations and additions have been made to the structure which has resulted in a mix of architectural styles. The graves of several war heroes are located here along with that of a drunkard who asked to be buried at the entrance of the church believing that his sins would be forgiven by the prayers of the faithful as they enter.
What used to be an old factory is today Tallinn’s futuristic main square. Lined with shops, restaurants and boutiques, Rotermann Quarter is a center of activity and culture where festivals are held on a regular basis. Tourists are guaranteed to enjoy a frolicking time along with gaining insights to the local culture.
Tallinn Town Wall
The Tallinn Town Wall along with its twenty towers is also a major tourist attraction of Estonia. Visitors can enter the fortress to climb the towers and enjoy a panoramic view of the Old Town which is located within the boundaries of the Wall. Back in the sixteen century, the Wall used to be 2.4 kilometers long and provided security to the locals with its 3 meter thickness.
Kadriorg Palace was built by Peter the Great during the 18th century. Although not as grand as the other palaces built during Tsarist reign, the Palace’s exquisite Baroque architecture is nothing less than majestic. Today this Palace houses the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia. Its collection includes dozens of paintings and sculptures from the 16th to the 20th century.
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
The Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour is the largest maritime museum in the region. It provides a glimpse into Estonia’s maritime history with displays of a submarine built in 1936 used in the World War as well as a full-scale replica of a British Short Type 184 seaplane used before World War II. Moreover, children would enjoy simulator rides that mimic flights above Tallinn as well as other interesting attractions.
A mixture of cultural heritage and modern innovations, Old Town is the defining symbol of Tallinn. Its winding cobblestone lanes, colourful houses and historical churches are the city’s biggest tourist attractions. Moreover, it is guarded by the historic Tallinn Town Wall which adds to its fairy-tale like charm. The government has ensured that despite the modern developments in the city, the buildings and heritage of Old Town remains undisturbed. Old Town comes under the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites which signifies its importance as a major cultural treasure of Estonia.
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