After a day at sea, we called on Tallinn, Estonia. We were both excited to be somewhere that neither of us had been before and were anxious to take in the sights. We opted for a quick bus tour that gave us a overall view and then we went back to places we wanted to explore further.
Tallinn makes a name for itself throughout Europe as one of the best preserved Medieval towns left on the continent. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Estonian capital is welcoming approximately 4.56 million visitors each year.
With sites like the longest-running pharmacy in Europe (500 years), becoming the home of Estonia’s oldest cafe, to being recognized as Europe’s own Silicon Valley – Tallinn covers a wide range of interests and offers an incredible amount of activities.
Doused in thousands of years worth of history, charm, and keeping certain influences in its food, culture, and ways of life, Tallinn is a city bringing everyone back to the 13th century.
The historical Old Town of Tallinn dates back to the 13th century and is most commonly known for its well-preserved Medieval architecture decorating the city today. Beaming with its historical beauty, the Old Town is also known as Vanalinn in Estonian.
The Kadrioge Palace is known to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Estonia and all of Northern Europe. Built in 1718, the palace was constructed by the Russian Tsar Peter l of Russia for his wife, Catherine. Inside, was the Kadriorg Art Museum, housing a remarkable collection of national and international art pieces dating from the 16th-20th centuries.
The Russian Orthodox church of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the most beautiful in Estonia. Not far away we got some unmatched views of Tallinn at the Kohtuotsa viewing platform.