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Walking the Estonian Old Town - Travel Report

Walking the Estonian Old Town - Travel Report

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Walking the Estonian Old Town - Travel Report

The idea of traveling to Tallinn arose as I was planning my Helsinki “slash” Northern light expedition (In fact, it seemed the trip ended up hardly an expedition – Finland is so developed, even in the arctic circle!). Tallinn was a day-trip thing, and I think it would be appropriate for any Helsinki visitors to have a small detour during their stay at the “Daughter of the Baltic.” More pictures about the walking day in Tallin! @ http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-nK

I took Tallink & Silja Line cruise and the voyage is about 2 hours. Boarding 7:30 am and returning 5:30 pm, I had exactly 8 hours to stroll in the old town of Tallinn.Although it should have been a shuttle service – the vehicle was a cruise.

10:00 am Walking in Tallinn

Nice walk in the Old Town – I didn’t plan any specific for the day (and I usually would yet I suggest other fellow visitors doing the same for Tallinn); Because the cruise drop everybody off at the terminal and then the old town would be just 10 to 15 minute walk away. The city is compact, and most of the iconic attractions could be reached by foot. After my successful free walking tour I joined in Moscow (We are Here! Moscow!); I discovered another free walking tour on-line after my visit in Tallinn, interesting. I didn’t join it myself, and I welcome feedback and comments regarding the tour!

Different from the big Russian cities such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Tallinn is a second tier city with a fusion of modern and medieval times– ancient Orthodox churches, baroque palaces, and old wooden townhouses were popped out in between modern commercial malls, designer shops and appealing eateries and cafes.

The route for me kicked start at the Estonian Maritime Museum > Three Sisters > Saint Olaf’s Church (Probably the highest building in old town?) > walked along the stone wall at Laboratooriumi > and through the shopping streets to the Tallinn Town Hall (Town Hall Square) > Slowly strolled my way uphill to the viewpoint where visitors had a picturesque bird’s eye view of the city (Highlight – yeah, high, I like high). I kinda like the gifts I bought from the shops around this area, too.

After that, I returned passing the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral and Kiek in de Kök artillery tower.

3:55 pm Eating in a nice Restaurant

Excellent dining @ a reasonable price – After the walk and there was some time left before boarding the cruise back to the hustle and bustle Helsinki, we were looking for some place to eat. Budget travelers would know that Northern Europe countries are the most expensive in the world and dining in the Northern Europe is outrageous. As Tallinn started developing to a tourist hotspot (not long ago), restaurants, eateries, atmospheric hotels were booming that makes visiting a breeze, and dining out a surprisingly high, and economical experience. More pictures about the walking day in Tallin! @ http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-nK
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