Tallinn Journals

The New Grand Tour of Europe: Tallinn

A January 2002 trip to Tallinn by angelsil

Town Hall Photo, Tallinn, Estonia More Photos
Quote: A look at Tallinn, Estonia, from the perspective of a young, budget traveler. Tallinn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has not yet been trampled by tourism--see it now! This journal covers where to stay and eat and what to see, with tips on where to find cheap beer :-)

The New Grand Tour of Europe: Tallinn

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Overview

Town Hall Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn is a gorgeous old city that straddles the border of Russia and offers a glimpse into that world, while retaining its own uniquely Estonian flavor. A key city in the Hanseatic League, Tallinn has felt the influences of German, Swedish, Russian and Danish culture. The first sight you will likely see in Old Tallinn is the gates of the city walls, which are largely intact. A walk around them is a must for any visitor. The main gate, the Viru gate, leads you directly into the heart of the Old City, which offers many traditional sights: the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Nicholas Church, The Toompae (castle hill), the Town Hall and square. Of...Read More

Vana Tom

Hotel

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Vana Tom is the biggest and most well-known hostel in Tallinn. If you arrive in the off-season and are looking for company, you'd do well to book here as the majority of travlers end up here. The location is in the old city near the Town Hall and withing walking distance of most of the sites of Tallinn. There are several popular discos and night spots on the same street. Accommodations are quite nice and far above the typical Eastern European hostel. Dorm rooms (six to eight bunks) and private rooms are available. The dorms are segregated by gender. The hot water is readily on tap and there is a kitchen for those who self-cat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Vana Tom
Väike-karja 1
Tallinn, Estonia
(372) 6 313 252

Elevant

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Restaurant

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Imagine finding a truly unique Indian restaurant in the heart of Old Tallinn? Look no further than Elevant, a restaurant where the hoi polloi and tourists meet to share a remarkable meal in great surroundings. Elevant serves the traditional Indian fare such as masala and vindaloo, along with some Middle Eastern offerings (kebabs) and unique menu items like Octopus and Moose. The menu at Elevant is massive, perhaps the largest I have ever seen, and includes a copious selection of bar drinks and wine to accompany your meal. Vegetarians will be happy to see many items on the menu which will meet their needs. I sampled the Chicken Tikka Ma...Read More

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St. Nicholas Church

Attraction

St. Nicholas Church Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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St. Nicholas church has one of the most interesting facades in Tallinn and is a must-see site for visitors to the city. From my perspective, it almost look haunted (check my picture) on the day I was there. Dedicated to the patron saint of sailors, the church now houses a museum of rare medieval art, including some of the best in all of Estonia. Concerts are also held here throughout the year. St. Nicholas has undergone a number of renovations throughout its 700 year lifespan. You will notice a variety of architectural styles reflected. The most recent renovation was post-WW II when the church suffered during bombing raids. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

St. Nicholas Church
Vene 24
Tallinn, Estonia

Mumia

Attraction

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This was my favorite bar in all of Tallinn, and I did an extensive survey. The reason I liked it was because it was just so surreal--an Egyptian themed bar in the middle of Estonia. Very, very strange. But cool! Plus, they had sheesha. I hadn't had sheesha in a loooong time! We stumbled onto this by accident on my last night in Tallinn, lured in by the pyramids in the sign. The decor is pure Egyptian kitsch and the drinks are a bit overpriced, but this bar was one of the few that wasn't full of tourists. The music was typical European techno and the crowd seemed to be young, professional Estonians out for the night. One of the Egyptian gimmicks at Mumia is the availibility of Nar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Mumia
Pikk 3
Tallinn, Estonia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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This is a large, functioning Russian Orthodox Cathedral from the 1900's. It's an art noveau masterpiece designed by Mikhail Preobrzhensky during a time when Russia ruled the Baltics. The cathedral is located in the upper Old Town by the Estonian Parliment building. The domed spires, typical of the Russian Orthodox style, are visible from much of the old city. There is a large Russian population in Tallinn and this their center for worship. The cathedral is part gift shop, part house of worship. Depending on when you visit, you may find yourself mobbed with tour groups or alone with a group of worshippers. The interior is quite impressive, but make sure to take the time to walk around the o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Toompea, Upper Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia

Depeche Mode Baar

Attraction

Depeche Mode Baar Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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It's a bar dedicated to that great Estonian, er, ENGLISH band Depeche Mode. No idea how this bar ended up in Tallinn, but I had to see for myself what it was about. As would be expected, there is a heavy emphasis on Depeche Mode music, memorabilia, and decor. The TVs play Depeche Mode videos and the crowd seems to love it. There are pictures of the band visiting the bar, so they are apparently aware of its existence. For fans of the band, this is a must see. For others, it's not a bad place to kick back with a beer. The drinks are reasonably priced and the snacks were tasty. The clientele seems to be a mix of curious tourists, dedicated fans, and locals who enjoy the ambience. It's located...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Depeche Mode Baar
Nunne 4, puh
Tallinn, Estonia