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Tallinn is one of Europe's most alluring cities, with a beautifully preserved medieval Old Town that charms visitors by day and a vibrant modern town with lively cafes, stylish bars, and superb fine dining restaurants to entertain by night. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town offers everything you'd expect: an elegant town square, striking 14th-century churches with sky-scraping spires, and narrow cobblestone streets lined with pastel-painted townhouses. Tallinn has a long list of fascinating museums and splendid old churches to visit, yet the most enjoyable way to spend your time is simply by exploring the Old Town's intriguing ...

Tallinn is one of Europe's most alluring cities, with a beautifully preserved medieval Old Town that charms visitors by day and a vibrant modern town with lively cafes, stylish bars, and superb fine dining restaurants to entertain by night. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town offers everything you'd expect: an elegant town square, striking 14th-century churches with sky-scraping spires, and narrow cobblestone streets lined with pastel-painted townhouses. Tallinn has a long list of fascinating museums and splendid old churches to visit, yet the most enjoyable way to spend your time is simply by exploring the Old Town's intriguing streets and, come sunset, savoring the enchanting fairy-tale vistas from the city's myriad vantage points.

If you see stairs, climb them, because they'll inevitably lead to a lookout offering postcard-perfect views of the city skyline. Do as the locals do and take some beers with you. Tallinn makes the most of its medieval flavor with restaurants specializing in medieval cuisine, bars offering beers based on original "ye olde" recipes, shops selling costumes of the style worn by Robin Hood and Maid Marian in old Hollywood movies, and pretty wenches in medieval dress carting barrows of hot nuts around town for you to try. You could turn up your nose at it all, or you could simply go with the medieval flow and have some fun.

Lara Dunston
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Lara Dunston and Terry Carter have traveled to over 60 countries and written more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Rough Guides, Footprint, and others on destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Capital and largest city in Estonia, Tallinn lies on the northern coast of Estonia on the Gulf of Finland.
  • Language: Estonian
  • Currency: Estonian kroon
  • Research: Wikitravel | Tallinn
  • Weather: Rainfall
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