I absolutely loved Tallinn. And I am sure so will you if you like a bit of medieval flavour coupled with an architectural culture clash of Nordic and Russian influences at affordable prices.
During the August long weekend, my coworker Melissa and I went to Helsinki for three days and decided to take a day trip to Tallinn, which actually ended up being the highlight of our holiday.
We got off the ferry and headed straight for World Heritage-listed Tallinn Old Town. The cobblestoned streets and the bright buildings feel a bit like a romantic film set. It’s your quintessential medieval town, but better than most that I have seen. Literally every corner we turned was stunningly picturesque, so we were shamelessly trigger happy as we set to explore the city.
With some help from Melissa’s good friend, Rick Steves, we made our way across Tallinn from one landmark to another. Here are some of my faves:
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the magnificent Russian orthodox cathedral in Tallinn and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. While the interior didn’t blow me away, I couldn’t stop photographing the beautiful domes. It’s also made me even more excited to visit Russia some day.
Perhaps the most enjoyable area was Town Hall square, sitting in the shadow of – you guessed it – the Town Hall. This square is the epicentre of activity, naturally packed with tourists (and tourist traps). I loved the vibe and energy of the square.
Tired, but content, after a busy day of exploring Tallinn, Mel and I headed back to Helsinki. If you are in Helsinki for a weekend, Tallinn is a great place to go for a day. In fact, even if you aren’t anywhere near Tallinn, I think it’s a place worth flying to just for this Nordic-Eastern European delight of a city.