From your boutique hotel stroll the winding cobbled streets beneath 14th-century spires. Marvel at the sheer variety of restaurants, cafes, boutiques and nightclubs. A vibrant city break escape can be found inside the carved stone walls of Tallinn – one of Europe’s most charming cities.
A kaleidoscope of medieval beauty and 21st-century bravura.
Things to do
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town is packed with fascinating places, such as small galleries and museums showcasing both Tallinn’s golden past and energetic creative present. In contrast to the medieval gems, don’t miss the 1972 Hotel Viru KGB Museum, which was once the only place for foreign visitors to stay and housed a KGB HQ on the 23rd floor.
Naturally, the Old Town is a cultural highlight – and the area is famous for timeless artisan traditions such as glassblowing, weaving and pottery. But as you walk through the ancient streets, you’ll appreciate a vivid contemporary streak too, with boutiques proudly bearing the names of rising Estonian designers.
In Tallinn you can enjoy café culture at its very best. Art Deco patisseries, intimate candlelit spots and sunlit patios are all perfect for enjoying strong coffee and Estonian snacks. If you’re looking for fine dining, there’s an array of restaurants, from grand, old world wine cellars to cutting edge bistros.
In the summer, do as the locals do and head to the beach at Pirita.
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