Tallinn is a city with a complicated history. He fell under the rule of different nations, which left its mark on culture and architecture. There is practically no native population here - people are leaving for other European cities in search of a good job. In Tallinn, mainly Finns, Belarusians, Germans, Ukrainians live. The city is an object of increased attention from tourists and this is not surprising. Tallinn is an incredibly cozy city, here the Old Town organically combines with modern architecture. Interestingly, if you are a native of the Estonian capital, you can use public transport and other social privileges for free. Having rented a car, you can not only explore the city as soon as possible, but also visit the main attractions that are in the vicinity.
Tallinn Airport Lennart Mayor ( Tallinn Airport ) - download the scheme
IATA code: TLL
Location: 5 km from Tallinn
Official website: www.tallinn-airport.ee/
Information: +372 605 8888
At Tallinn Airport, car rental services are provided by the companies: Avis, Sixt, Rent a Car, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, NU Car Rentals. Racks for renting rented vehicles are located at the entrance to the parking area. There is an open parking lot near the airport, where the first 15 minutes of parking are free.
Interestingly, the main historical part of Tallinn is concentrated in one place called the Old Town, the territory of which is surrounded by a wall. In order to fully enjoy the views, it is worth taking a day on an excursion. Everyone here will find inspiration: someone will like the numerous cathedrals, ancient houses, someone - medieval streets and mysterious courtyards, stylized taverns, but lovers will have a tasty meal, will be able to please themselves with visits to original and cozy cafes and restaurants. Having reached the upper part of the city, you will get to the observation deck, from where a bewitching view of the city will open. And nearby are shops where you can try strong drinks.
Rent a car and go on an excursion to the palace and park ensemble, which was built for Catherine on the orders of Peter I. The palace was erected in the best Italian traditions. Once in the building there was an Estonian Art Museum. Ten years later, the palace became the seat of the Government. Here, in its original form, a large hall with luxurious ceiling paintings and stucco molding has been preserved. Of particular interest to tourists is the lobby, tiled stoves. After visiting the palace, you can stroll through the adjacent park, which is also called “Versailles in miniature”.
Tallinn Town Hall is a bright architectural object made in the Gothic style. The first mention of it was in the XIV century, however, it is known that in its original form the sights looked completely different. As the welfare of the city grew, the town hall also changed. So, it acquired its final appearance in the 17th century, when architects supplemented it with weirs in the form of dragon heads and other significant elements. Inspect the town hall will be not only interesting from the outside, but also inside.
Vene Street, 17 www.linnamuuseum.ee
You can get acquainted with the historical heritage of the city in the city museum. There are exhibits dating back to the 13th century. Collections of crystal, ceramics, precious metals, furniture, paintings and graphics - all this can be seen in the museum. By the way, the main collection, which is of particular interest, is a collection of miniature models of the Old Town. You can visit the Pinakothek on any day except Tuesday.
Having rented a car, go to the Niguliste Church, which is one of the most striking sights of Tallinn, because it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Built in XIII, the temple regularly performed its functions. However, the events of the Second World War brought their own corrections, and today the church functions as one of the departments of the Tallinn Art Museum, in the collection of which there are more than 130 historically significant exhibits. You can examine not only the coats of arms with epitaphs and altars, but also ancient paintings, chandeliers, sconces.
Tallinna teletorn www.teletorn.ee
Tallinn TV Tower is not only an interesting attraction, but also one of the most memorable viewing platforms. This is a functional architectural object where television and radio broadcasting takes place and where GSM sensors are based. Having risen to a height of 170 meters, you will have a breathtaking view of the city, and at night from this site you can see the night lights in Helsinki. There is a restaurant on one of the upper floors, the floor of which is made of glass platforms. For children there is a playground with lots of entertainment. For fans of extreme sports, the “Walk along the edge” attraction or parachute jump is available.
Rent a car to go to one of the most beautiful places in Tallinn - Keila Joa Park. Once the estate of the Benckendorf family was located here, later - the Volkonsky princes. After their death, a cemetery was equipped in the park, where they were buried. Despite its historical significance, one of the main reasons why tourists come here is, of course, nature of incredible beauty. The main attraction of the park is a waterfall located on the Keila River. Near it is equipped with an observation deck, from where you can enjoy the views and make wonderful shots. Tourists and locals often come to this place to make memorable wedding or birthday photo shoots. In addition, the park has long been loved by artists and photographers.
Fans of beautiful views will appreciate the beauty that opens from the Cliff of Turisalu. The picturesque place is located on the seashore. Looking down from the cliff, there is a complete weightlessness. If you are an avid romantic and dreamer, then you should definitely visit this observation deck. A surge of strength and adrenaline is provided to you. Staying here until sunset, you can watch a colorful spectacle as the sun sets over the horizon and hides in the sea. By the way, not far from the Cliff, the famous painting “Hamlet” was shot.
Traveling by rental car in the outskirts of Tallinn, you should definitely call in a fishing village, where there was once a base of border missile forces of the USSR. The famous memorial is located on the cape, where delegations regularly gather to commemorate those who died during World War II. After examining it, you can go on an excursion to the lighthouse, and then inspect fragments of missiles located near the parking lot. A trip along the coastline will be remembered for its spectacular views. In the beginning of autumn, the mushroom season begins here, so taking a basket, you can collect a good harvest.
After seeing the main attractions in Tallinn, go on a short trip to the village of Tuhala. It is famous for its numerous karst springs and the “Witch's Well”, which begins to seethe with the advent of the flood. Interesting sights include the Tukhal Museum, where tourists are introduced to the history of the region, as well as karst funnels, a walk through which is an excellent pastime in the fresh and clean air. After a walk, you can go to a small private zoo, where they not only offer to see animals, but also arrange a children's party. A pleasant addition to the trip will be a visit to the old church.
Telliskivi 60a http://www.fhoone.ee/en/#_=_
For a delicious breakfast, head to F-hoone. Outside, the building looks rather doubtful, and even more like an abandoned room. Inside is a stylish loft where a cozy atmosphere reigns: huge windows on the floor, themed interior. If you decide to have lunch or dinner here, you will surely be able to satisfy your hunger. At F-hoone you should try chicken skewers, grilled dorado, coconut soup with shrimp, a dish with falafel. Prices are average and portions are large.
Rataskaevu 16 | Kesklinna Linnaosa http://rataskaevu16.ee/#_=_
Rataskaevu16 - a colorful restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. You will like soups, salads, elk dishes. A pleasant bonus will be affordable prices, friendly staff. The restaurant is suitable not only for everyday meals, but also for a special occasion. Birthdays are often held here. In this case, the staff will certainly arrange a pleasant surprise for you. The establishment is very popular in Tallinn, so it is better to book a table in advance to enjoy delicious food. Leave your rental car in the parking lot and head for a hearty lunch or dinner at Rataskaevu16.
For the most delicious desserts, we advise you to go to the oldest Tallinn confectionery Maiasmokk Cafe. The highlight of the institution is the conservative spirit. The best cakes, coffee - that’s what you will be offered here. By the way, alcohol is also presented on the menu. This is exactly the place where not even the sweet tooth will be able to watch something tasty for themselves. Entering the Maiasmokk Cafe, I want to try it all at once, an incredibly tasty smell floating in the air adds fuel to the fire. In the warm season, you can sit here on the summer terrace.
Vana-Posti | 11/13 http://mixrestoran.ee/
If you are a lover of interesting gastronomic decisions or prefer to use exclusively gluten-free dishes, leave the rental car in the parking lot and go to the Mix restaurant. Its advantage is that no matter what time you go, there is always a free table. The institution is open until late in the evening, nothing will stop you from enjoying delicious cuisine, an interesting presentation of dishes, and good service. For lunch, you can order pumpkin soup and shrimp salad; for dinner, moose or boar carpaccio.
Rataskaevu 8 http://www.vonkrahl.ee/aed/
The menu presents not only European and Scandinavian cuisine, but also dishes for vegetarians. It is better to book a table in advance. If weather permits, you can dine on the terrace. Dishes presented on the menu are mostly copyrighted. A pleasant impression adds a catchy feed. Some of the ingredients can be called specific, so check with the waiters in advance to avoid disappointment.
+372 640 0040 http://www.stbarbara.ee/ double room - from € 66
For a budget stay, Hotel St. Barbara. Outside, it looks more like a medieval building, actually from the inside - too. The rooms are originally decorated, it seems as if you were transported several centuries ago. The undoubted advantage of the hotel is its close proximity to the historical part of the city, the inspection of which will be enough to get acquainted with the architecture and events of Tallinn. By the way, tourists on rented cars will be able to use free parking.
+372 600 0600 https://www.telegraafhotel.com/ double room - from € 148
If you prefer a luxurious five-star hotel with the most comfortable conditions, then you should opt for Telegraaf. It is located on an old street in the center of Tallinn. It offers views of a quiet courtyard or port. To services of tourists - a pool, spa treatments, room service, a nanny for a child. If necessary, they can settle ahead of time. Having a tasty and satisfying breakfast in the restaurant at the hotel, you can safely go to explore the Old Center of Tallinn.
+372 680 6688 http://www.tallinnhotels.ee/savoy-boutique-hotel/ double room - from € 150
The boutique hotel is located right in the historical part of the city. The windows overlook the medieval streets, buildings. Caring staff will help solve your problems, if any. The rooms are small, but thanks to the cozy interior, this is not paid attention to. An interesting design decision is the shutters on the windows, which will help create the feeling of the night even in the daytime. The rooms even have an easel with paper, paints, pastels. So at leisure, you can try to recreate a beautiful view from the window.
+372 699 6400 http://www.hotellermitage.ru/ double room - from € 106
L´Ermitage Hotel is the perfect solution for those who decide to spend the weekend with their soulmate. Booking a “romantic room”, you will plunge into an unforgettable atmosphere of love and fairy tales. A specially designed interior will help in this as well as possible. The staff will take care that you have everything you need. At the guests' disposal are parking, where you can leave a rental car, a free breakfast with a varied selection, room service, and a launderette.
+372 631 0100 http://www.gohotels.ee/ double room - from € 103
Nearby attractions and attractions include the Zoo, Kadriorg Park, and Ethnographic Museum. Good sound insulation helps to completely isolate from the bustle of the city. The rooms are always quiet, even though there is a train station nearby. Pets are allowed at the hotel. To services of travelers - a restaurant, spa, conference room, laundry. The extremely attentive attitude of the staff towards tourists does its job: at GoHotel Shnelli you want to come back again and again.
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