Tallinn is an exceptional city where you can enjoy a medieval atmosphere, get to know its Soviet era legacy and dine in high class contemporary restaurants, all of which can be done in one day. Of course, it's always better if you can stay for a bit longer, but in Tallinn almost everything is within walking distance, so even in as little as twelve hours you can see and learn a lot of interesting things about this beautiful old Hanseatic city.
The city is constantly developing and transforming. According to legend a mythical creature called Ülemiste Elder, living in a nearby lake, is believed to ask those who meet him: ‘Is Tallinn ready yet?’ If one answers ‘yes’, then the Elder will flood the city. Instead, the correct answer is: ‘No, there’s much to be done yet.'
The old town is without doubt the most well-known part of Tallinn but if you want to know more about it then you must visit the Kalamaja district, as well as some of the beautiful landscapes surrounding the city.
For years I've been hunting for new, interesting places in Tallinn and for this article I have gathered some of my favourite spots in the city. A number of them have been around for years, but there are others which an average traveller probably wouldn't stumble across. There's something here for everyone; whether you want to enjoy the outdoors, see the more traditional side of Tallinn, check out how the locals have transformed old industrial buildings into vibrant hubs or just want to eat great local food. I hope you enjoy reading this article as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I'll see you in Tallinn!