My most recent trip was a wonderful trip to Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. The city really does feel like you’re walking around a fairytale, with towers in the mediaeval wall. Tallinn makes a perfect city break and the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you are visiting Tallinn, I recommend at least four days or more. There is a lot to do in the city, and the main attractions are walkable or accessible by public transport. Take a good pair of comfortable trainers or walking boots. Most of the streets in the old town are cobbled – and in my experience difficult to walk through in high heels!
When to Visit Tallinn
Also, think about the weather. Tallinn is to the West of Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia) and on the Baltic sea, so Tallin has a continental climate. In April, it was quite cold – around 6-10°C. Jeans and jumpers are fine at this time of year. You can check the weather in Tallinn here.
The good thing about visiting Tallinn during Easter is that there are less crowds. If you go in summer months, it will be warmer, but the old town can get very busy. However, I was disappointed to be too late in the year for the Husky Dog rides and the Ice Road. If you want to see these winter delights, make sure that you visit Tallinn between December and March. You can find out more through Prangli Travel.
Think about the activities that you would like to do in Tallinn, and think about the weather. Do you like to shop or dog-sled? Do you like it busy or quiet? These factors will influence the time of year that you travel to Tallinn.
Get the Tallinn Card!
If you stay in Tallin, I highly recommend that you purchase the Tallinn card. This card can be purchased at visitor information centre within the old town. The Tallinn card gives you access to most attractions including museums, the zoo, the botanical Gardens and discounts in many restaurants. It also gives you access to all public transport and the sightseeing bus.
I paid €49 for a 72 hour Tallinn card. If you buy the 72 hour Tallinn card in the afternoon and use it for a couple of small museums, you can actually get four days out of it. We definitely made our money back by purchasing this.
You can get a Tallinn Card for 24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours. To work out what you can see with your Tallinn Card, use the Tallinn card calculator – click here.
5 Reasons why you should get a Tallinn Card
- When you purchase this at the Visitor centre, you will be given free maps and an explanation of what you can do in the time you have got.
- Excellent Value for Money.
- Most Tallinn attractions are free with a Tallinn Card.
- Includes public transport and sight seeing buses.
- Gives you discounts in some restaurants and the odd freebie glass of wine!
Don’t Miss in Tallinn
- Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour (especially going inside a WW2 submarine)
- The Town Hall Square
- A Medieval Banquet
- Fat Margaret and the medieval town walls
- The Orthodox Cathedral
- Toompea Hill – beautiful views over the city
Have you visited Tallinn? Do leave your comments on my blog below. If you are looking for a hotel in Tallinn, check out the best hotels in Tallinn on TripAdvisor.