Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, located at the Gulf of Finland, about 70 kilometers south of Helsinki. Despite the world wars, Tallinn's medieval Old Town is very well preserved and even better restored. Especially in the summer months the Old Town is full of tourists, especially people who do one day trips from Helsinki. Outside the Old Town are also numerous museums, the Tallinn TV Tower, the National Library of Estonia and the zoo. Just outside the city are also a few larger sandy beaches at the coast of the Baltic Sea. The city's nightlife is also very intense in relation to the size of the city and the alcohol is generally cheap.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Tallinn's weather changes a lot during the year. The rainy months are from May to December, but the temperatures are higher, so it shouldn't be a problem.
The best time to visit is from April to September, where you can enjoy great weather and visit great places.
More information: Tallinn forecast and weather conditions monthly
Tallinn 8 most important sights:
- Old Town: The Old Town of Tallinn is not to be missed.
- Toompea: Tallinn's Old Town consists of the upper town on Toompea Hill, with its castle, Russian church and viewing platforms, and the lower town, with its city walls, town hall, churches and towers.
- Raekoja Plats: The heart of old Tallinn is its medieval town hall square.
- Oleviste-St.Olav's: On one windy and sporadically rainy day, we went up to the lookout at St Olav's Cathedral.
- Defensive Walls: Tallinn's city wall was originally 2.35 kilometers long and contained 46 wall and gate towers.
- Alex Nevsky: The Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is situated on the hill of Toompea, opposite the Estonian parliament buildings and Toompea Castle.
- Kadriorg: Kadriorg is considered the grandest example of palace and park design in Estonian architectural history.
- St. Catherine's Passage: One of the prettiest little walkways in all of Old Town, the medieval St. Catherines passage connects Vene and Müürivahe streets.
Recommendation for one day:
- Take a walk in Tallinn Old Town. This jumble of 14th and 15th-century architecture, with its medieval walls, needling spires and twisting, cobblestone streets is also the site of many of the city's important historic attractions.
- Go to Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, an exciting maritime museum for the whole family. Their interactive exhibition includes the mid-1930s, UK built submarine Lembit, a Short Type 184 waterplane, old seaplane hangars, cannons, yachts, a 100-year-old ice-breaker - the Suur Toll, and much more.
- See the sights at Toompea Hill, an ancient 10th-century Estonian stronghold standing on a 170-foot-high limestone plateau.
- Nearby is Kadriorg Park. Measuring nearly 250 scenic acres, this urban park features the symmetrical Swan Lake and a promenade leading to the Kadriorg Palace.
- Visit Tallinn TV Tower, the view from the tower is unique in Estonia as well as all of Northern Europe. Under your feet will be the woods of Muuga.
The recommended accommodation areas for Tallinn are:
Cheap area: Kura, Estonia
Central location: Aura, Narva Maantee
Compared to prices worldwide, Tallinn is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $56.79, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $177.58, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $36.68
- Hotel (3 stars): $64.14
- Hotel (4 stars): $108.81
- Hotel (5 stars): $171.56
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $6.44
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $9.95
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.68
- Meal, McDonalds: $7.02
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $9.36
Tallinn has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 77.4 (better than United states average 48.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 90.8 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 70.1 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Tallinn safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.