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Things to do in Tallinn this summer

Summer in Estonia is short but sweet and it might be the best time to visit this beautiful and unique country.  Why, you ask? Because that’s the time when you can spend a lot of time outdoors. The Estonian summer weather is mostly sunny and the nights are long –  there is a day when the sun won’t set at all.

Estonia has numerous amazing and wonderful places to visit. We would like to  share some suggestions on spending your summer vacation in Tallinn and near the capital city.

Enjoy beautiful architecture and old houses.

Tallinn is a gem for architecture  lovers. You can find traces of Gothic architecture, Baroque, Classicism, Historicism, Art Nouveau and Soviet architecture in Tallinn.

In the Old Town buildings and churches have been excellently preserved and you can find history around every cobblestoned street corner embellished with iron street lamps.

Tallinn doesn’t end with the Old Town. There are beautiful old wooden houses to be discovered at the Kalamaja old suburb and Rotermann Quarter, an industrial district, dating back to 1829. In Kadriorg gorgeous Baroque building the Kadriorg Palace (which was designed in 1718) can be found standing besides the modern art museum Kumu.

Based on a legend, construction of Tallinn will never end and the city will never be completely ready. New modern buildings arise every year, making Tallinn a mixture of historic atmosphere and fascinating modern building where old meets and intertwines with new . Even when aimlessly wondering you are guaranteed to stumble upon some architectural treasures.

Out top architecture picks of Tallinn:

  1. Town Hall from 15th century, 1 Raekoja street
  2. St. Catherine’s Dominican Monastery Hall from 14-15th century, 12/14 Vene street
  3. Kadriorg Palace – Kadriorg Art Museum from 1718,  37 A. Weizenbergi street
  4. Estonian National Opera  from 1913, 4 Estonia boulevard
  5. Linnahall/City Hall from 1980, 20 Mere boulevard
  6. Baltic Film and Media School from 2012, Narva street 27
  7. Rotermann Quarter from 2006 -, Rotermanni 8

 

Go see sunrise or the sunset at the Kohtuotsa Platform.

Kohtuotsa viewing platform is located on the northern side of Toompea hill. The platform provides an amazing view over the red roofs of the Old Town and Gulf of Finland.  Now imagine this beautiful view combined with the most saturated sunrise or sunset scene. Since summer days are long in Estonia, be ready to get up as early as 4am, if you are more of a sunrise person. If waking up this early isn’t your strongest suit go for the sunset around 10pm.
Either way, get yourself a cup of coffee or tea and just enjoy.

PS! Besides the landscape you can find a catchy quote „The times we had“ on a pink wall which makes a great backdrop for a photo to take to remember your trip to Tallinn.

Go discover Kalamaja – home of marvellous food, craft beer and street art.

Kalamaja district is not only the beautiful small wooden houses we have metioned earlier. The whole district lives and breathes the „hipster“ vibe.

Visit Telliskivi Creative City, where Tallinn’s creative minds come together. Enjoy the many local and hip cafes and restaurant, visit art exhibitions and festivals, shop local handicrafts and design, marvel at the local street art and don’t forget to try the Estonian craft beer. Estonia has a vibrant craft beer scene and most restaurants will have a selection of local brews. Even the ones not located in the Telliskivi and Kalamaja area. We can recommend our own MEKK bar which offers few craft beer options itself.

Take a daytrip outside from Tallinn.

As Estonia is rather small country compared to other European nations, travelling around in Estonia while staying in Tallinn is nothing impossible.
Take a day trip to smaller Estonian cities like the university city of Tartu, the summer capital of Pärnu or even the resort town of Haapsalu. All these smaller cities have a lot to offer (especially during summer time) and are easily accessible by bus and train. If you can’t be bothered planning your own day trip many organized and guided tours are available for booking to all of these destinations. While travelling, enjoy the nature and wilderness Estonia has to offer.

Estonia has something for everyone and it’s  given that your first trip to Estonia won’t be your last. So stop missing out and start planning your next summer vacation in Tallinn! Meet the locals, experience the culture and become one with the nature – we can’t wait to have you here!

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