Tallinn Journals

Fall In Love With Tallinn

A May 2004 trip to Tallinn by Christine Noel

Quote: I spent six vacation days in Tallinn last May. I've traveled extensively through Europe and Asia, and Tallinn was still one of the most interesting places I've ever seen in my life.

Fall In Love With Tallinn

Overview

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I spent my first two days just walking around Tallinn, enjoying the magnificent architecture. Make sure to notice the amazing medeival doors. I recommend walking north out of Old Town to dip your toes in the Baltic. For a small fee you can walk along the Old City Walls and get some magnificent photos. The City Museum is a fascinating account of Tallinn under both Nazi and Soviet occupation. For amazing views, climb to the top of the St. Olaf Church spire (which was reputedly used as a KGB surveillance centre).Quick Tips: If you have the time, walk or take the bus to Parita Harbor. The 1980 Moscow Olympics yatch races were held there. (Moscow is land-locked). The hotel that was built there for...Read More

Old Town Maestro S

Hotel | "Old Town Maestro's"

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This hotel was a joy. It's located in a small (22 rooms) building in the heart of Old Town. The rooms are elebgant and spacious enough to almost be considered suites. The staff is extremely professional and fluent in English. The provided morning breakfast is very good, and room-service is provided by a nearby restaurant. I didn't order from it, but my friend told me the food was very good. Try the Vana Tallina in the mini-fridge. It's a local liquor. Very good, but quite sweet. The TV has quite a few English channels. This hotel makes a great home base to explore Tallinn from. The Lobby Bar is open 24 hours a day, the third floor offers non-smoking rooms, every room has a safe, mini-bar, and a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2004

Old Town Maestro S
SUUR KARJA 10
Tallinn, Estonia
37-26262000

Kapten Tenkes

Restaurant

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Kapten Tenkes is a wonderful Hungarian restaurant. I went with two other people, and all three of us had fabulous meals. I ordered a fried pancake stuffed with cheese and bacon, and it was one of the most sinful things I've ever eaten. Their beer is very good too.

The staff's English isn't very good, but I don't speak any Estonian or Russian and I still managed to make myself understood. This is the best food I had in Estonia.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2004

Kapten Tenkes
Parnu Maantee 30
Tallinn, Estonia
+372 (2) 644-5630

Olde Hansa Restaurant

Restaurant | "Olde Hansa"

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Olde Hansa is a medieval-themed restaurant. The food is wonderful and seems authentic, but I'd recommend it even if the food wasn't good just for the atmosphere. The inside of the restaurant absolutely transports you out of the modern day. The waitstaff is fluent in English and both good at their jobs and extremely entertaining. There is singing and exhibitions of dancing. The mulled wine is sinful. It would be a shame to visit Tallinn and not go to this restaurant.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2004

Olde Hansa Restaurant
Vana Turg 1
Tallinn, Estonia 10140
372 627 9020

Keila-Jao

Attraction

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Keila-Jao is a beautiful little town 30 km outside of Tallinn. It's an easy busride away. There's a crumbling manor house, a beautiful waterfall (the second highest in Estonia), and hiking trails that lead all the way (a couple of kilometers) to the Baltic. The actual town is tiny and rather grim-looking, but the surrouding wild life is beautiful. There are a couple of small picturesque suspension bridges. The only place I found to eat was at a small restaurant near the manor house, but they make a mean hamburger there. I couldn't find any information on the manor house (except that it dates from 1883), but it looks like it was a headquarters for the Germans during WWII.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2004

Keila-Jao
30 km outside of Tallinn
Tallinn, Estonia

Molly Malone's

Attraction

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Molly Malone's is an old-fashioned Irish Pub. It feels like a home away from home. The service is fast and friendly, the food is good, and the music at night is very good. Try to go on a night with an Irish band. There's even an Irish bartender on staff during lunches. If you are in Tallinn alone and looking to meet up with some friends or have a little romance, I recommend Molly's. You won't feel uncomfortable entering and having a drink alone, and you probably won't stay alone very long. If you're an attactive woman, you will be approached, but you won't be harrassed or bothered if you make it known that you're not looking for conversation. Try to make it in during a soccer match. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2004

Molly Malone's
Old Town Square
Tallinn, Estonia

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One of the things you will notice if you go to Estonia is that there is a lot of prejudice against the Russians living there. Not surprising, considering Estonia's recent history, but it's something to be careful of. If you speak Russian, you have a good chance of being understood, but you have an even better chance of being resented. Americans are treated very well in Estonia. I found myself in a lot of conversations because the locals wanted to know what life was like in America, whether I thought Tallinn was cheap or expensive (it's very very economical), and why I decided to come to Estonia. I think all North Americans and Western Europeans will likely receive this treatment. Most Estonians...Read More