Tallinn is one of the most charming cities in Europe and blessed with a cultural heart and warm friendly atmosphere, it is one that inspires and intrigues in equal measures. Winding cobbled stress open out into quaint elegant squares, and merchant houses, castles, churches and a beautiful cathedral add to the inherent beauty of this city.
Town Hall Square
One of the first places on your list when visiting Tallinn should definitely be the Town Hall Square, which is the perfect introduction to the city. Here the locals and tourists rub shoulders enjoying the lively street buzz, the energetic ambiance and the colourful, welcoming cafes. During the spring and summer there are many craft fairs held here as well as outdoor concerts and other entertainment. At Christmas the traditional market that has been a feature of the city since 1441 is held in this square.
The imposing but stunning Toompea Castle, once the home of Estonia’s rulers is today still used in an official capacity as the country’s parliament. Originally built in 1227, the castle has undergone many changes through the years but today remains much as it did 600 years ago. Three of the four towers still stand and, as you can’t actually enter the castle, if you stand in the Governor’s Garden you get wonderful views of the castle and the Tall Hermann, atop which the flag of the current rulers of the country flies. Today, the blue, black and white flag soars above the castle displaying Estonia’s independence.
The Dome Church
The Dome Church is a Lutheran church that has been part of Tallinn’s make up for centuries. Originally this church was built in wood by the then occupying Danish, but today it is a stone structure. Famous for the coats of arms that decorate the main hall, the church has a white dome and is a majestic monument worthy of a visit.
St Catherine’s Passage
As with most European cities, Tallinn has a thriving art scene and nowhere is this more evident than in St Catherine’s Passage. This beautiful little lane is alive with artisan workshops and studios that open their doors to the wandering public who can come in to watch the artists work and even pick up a purchase or two. From ceramics to glass and quilts to leather, you can find all manner of beautifully crafted items here.
How to Get to Tallinn
Tallinn airport is well served by most of the big airlines and receives flights from many of the major European cities. Tallinn airport to city transfers are short and convenient and if you book with us at Shuttle Direct you can guarantee a reliable and efficient service.
Of course, you can always arrive in Tallinn by boat or by train, which many people travelling Europe do and transfers can still be booked through us. Tallinn airport to city, Tallinn port to city or Tallinn rail station to city transfers can be booked in advance too, which takes the stress out of the whole process. You can choose either shared or private taxis and as long as you let us know your requirements we will endeavour to meet your needs and get you to your destination in a hassle free, quick and organised fashion.
Where to Stay
Boutique Hotel Old Town Maestro – If you are looking for a budget friendly, yet elegant and characteristic option in Tallinn, choose the Boutique Hotel Old Town Maestro, which is built into a 15th century building in the Old Town. Lovely rooms, classically decorated, offer plenty of space and there is free Wi-Fi in all, as well as satellite TV, minibar and safe. A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel and there is bar in the lobby open 24 hours a day. The staff are also on hand 24 hours a day and can help with luggage storage and car hire. This is a great choice for budget travellers wanting to be in the heart of the action.
Palace Hotel – Wanting to spend a little more? Palace Hotel, right in the heart of the city is a magnificent building originally built in the 1930s. Modern and beautifully furnished rooms have digital TV, tablet, minibar and even a desk. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel and all of the bathrooms provide hairdryers. The hotel boasts a gym, small swimming pool, spa bath and steam room, which can be enjoyed for an extra cost. A restaurant on site serves good food and there is a breakfast buffet offered in the mornings. This is a lovely mid priced option in Tallinn.
Hotel Telegraaf – Our choice of luxury accommodation in Tallinn is Hotel Telegraaf, housed in a building that dates back to1878. With stunning air-conditioned rooms, flat screen TVs and bathrooms with robes and slippers, this hotel is one step ahead. Guests staying here also have access to an Elemis spa with hot tub, sauna and beauty treatments, as well as an indoor swimming pool. There is a fabulous ‘a la carte’ restaurant serving Russian and French dishes and the bar is the place to go for great cocktails, an extensive wine list and other drinks too. This place is perfect if you want to treat yourself when staying in the city.