Must Sees in Tallinn, Estonia

Old Jul 13th, 2008, 06:59 PM
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Must Sees in Tallinn, Estonia

I'm going on an organized tour with Explore Worldwide. We're set to walk around Old Town on the one and only day that we're in Tallinn.

I'm scheduled to arrive in Estonia a day before the tour starts so I'm able to explore the city a little on my own.

What are some must sees other than Old Town? I quite enjoy museums that will describe the history of the city, what it was like during the Soviet occupation, etc.

I'm also a big fan of buying handicrafts that are made in the city of Tallinn. I quite like dolls, pottery and other nick-nacks.

Many thanks ---
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Old Jul 15th, 2008, 05:12 AM
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id like to know the must=sees too

have been tld that it is pretty compact so im thinking to do just a day trip if it pans out that way

lots of people say it's a lovely city
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Hi, I was in Tallinn for 4 days in early October 2004 visiting cousins. The Old Town is very compact. Are you only visiting the Old Town or is there more on your itinerary? One of my cousins took me to the Kadriorg Palace, which was built for one of the Czars (sorry, not at home to look at my notes). It has a formal garden in the back. It is also a museum. I enjoyed it.

We walked there from the Old Town. Next to it, or down the road, I don't remember, is the Song Pavilion which is very important in the current Estonian history, when they broke away from the Soviets in the early 1990s. It was interesting to see that.

The museum that you might like is called the Museum of the Occupation. It's Web site is: It had just opened two or three weeks before I was there and even though it was not 100 percent complete, it was fascinating. I walked there with my younger cousin, it must've taken about 20 minutes each way.

I remember that we got there about an hour before closing time and it wasn't nearly enough time. There is a lot to look at and a lot to read. Before we left I went to find the ladies' room. It was in the basement -- along with some giant heads of Lenin that were cut off statues when Estonia gained its independence. I have a great photo of me leaning against a head of Lenin that is just as tall as I am.

You might want to check out the Lonely Planet guide to Estonia; that's what I used. I also used

As for handicrafts, there are a bunch of little tourist shops in the Old Town. I bought a few things but nothing I couldnt' carry in a backpack. There was a gorgeous glass-blowing shop in the Old Town with some extraordinary pieces. I didn't buy anything and now I'm sorry about it.

hope this helps.
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Hi, so I guess you already did go to Tallinn Estonia, but I can still give some useful information. If I go to some city, I personally am interested in history, what was there 10, 100 or 1000 years ago, so this you can find out from museums. Here is a list of most popular museums in Estonia . In the Old Town I can not recommend nothing special, because there are over 20-30 sights to see, my advise is for you to join a 2-5 hour tour guide. If you have less time it's always best way to get maximum with minimum time.
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I am from Germany,But I have been in Estonia and Tallinn for second summer now.I think the best thing is Old town of Tallinn.Speciali when you have a good quide who can tell you interesting storys about old houses and city.I would recommend very good and also quite cheap quide.
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