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Traversing Tallinn

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A June 2006 trip to Tallinn by EsslingerBrian

The infamous red van Photo, Tallinn, Estonia More Photos
Quote: Tallinn is the gem of the Baltic states, one of the best cities in Europe.

Traversing Tallinn

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Overview

Entrance to the Old Town Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn is a city of interesting mixes. Culturally and linguistically, it has very close ties to Finland, though politically and for a significant part of its history, has ties to Russia. It was part of the Hanseatic League, and ruled for a while by the Danish. Despite this mix, overall, Tallinn is a city of its own. It is this combination that makes Tallinn the gem of the Baltics for me. Reminiscent of Prague, Tallinn is somewhat of a stepping stone between what can be called Eastern and Western Europe. It is like no other city that I have ever traveled to.The Estonian people are some of the friendliest that I have met, and are very willing to help you in any way possible. Most people in the ...Read More

Mahtra Hostel

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Hotel

Mahtra Hostel Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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If you want to stay in an area outside of central Tallinn, in what looks like a former Soviet housing project, then staying in Mahtra is the way to go. Otherwise, I'd recommend finding someplace different.The problems began at check-in. I was travelling with three mates, and we had booked our stay in the Mahtra Hostel months before our arrival. Despite this, the not-so-friendly staff still managed to only allocate us a three-person room, not the four-person room we had reserved; and naturally, all the four person rooms were already full. They ended up putting a cot (rollaway bed) in the room for the fourth person, which took up most of the meagre floorspace we had. They still wanted to cha...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 23, 2007

Mahtra Hostel
Mahtra 44
Tallinn, Estonia 13812
+372 (6) 218-828

Beer House

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Restaurant | "The Beer House"

Beer House Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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If you find yourself in Tallinn's Old Town, just up the road from the Town Hall Square, give your feet a rest by dropping in this wonderful sidewalk beer house.This brewery/restaurant was established in 2002, and has been attracting tourists and locals alike, ever since. There is a strong Austrian influence on both the decor and the gastronomy of the restaurant, which adheres closely to the time-tested brewing and cooking methods of Austria. The seven house-brewed beers (ranging from Pilsner to Dunkles -Dark- to Helles -Light- to Honey) are a feast for any beer lover. Available in many sizes, possibly the most popular is the Masskrug, measuring in at one litre. Though, this amount comes at...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2007

Beer House
Dunkri 5
Tallinn, Estonia
+372 644 2222

Toompea Hill & Castle

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Attraction | "Toompea Hill & Castle"

Toompea Hill & Castle Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Where else in the world can you visit a location where you feel transported back to the medieval period of the 14th century? Tallinn's Toompea Hill affords just that with its iconic buildings and quaint streets and walkways.Rising above the western part of Tallinn, Toompea Hill is easily seen from any place within Tallinn City. The onion domes of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the daunting stone façade and tower of Toompea Castle soar above the rest of Tallinn, making it easy to wander your way to, and through, the cobblestoned streets of Toompea.Quite possibly the most recognisable building in Toompea is the Russian orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Built at the turn of the 19t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2007

Toompea Hill & Castle
Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Town Hall/Town Hall Square

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Attraction | "Town Hall Square"

Tallinn Town Hall/Town Hall Square Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Like any typical European city, Tallinn is centred around its main square; and in the Estonian capital, it is known locally as Raekoja Plats or to the tourists as Town Hall Square.The main building on the Town Hall Square is obviously Town Hall, or Tallinna Raekoda. Although the building was built over 600 years ago, it has kept to its original use and externally looks much the same as it did during its completion. The Town Hall Tower rises about 40 metres (about 130 feet) over the Square, and affords an amazing view over the Old Town and towards Toompea Hill. Although there are only a little over a hundred steps to reach the top of the tower, the higher you get, the larger the steps become, w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

Tallinn Town Hall/Town Hall Square
Raekoja Plats
Tallinn, Estonia

(Not) Validating Your Ticket

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Story/Tip

The infamous red van Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice I can give anyone riding the public buses in Tallinn is that you must validate your bus ticket once you board the bus. Sounds easy (and obvious) enough, but if you make a mistake, you probably won't be happy with the outcome.After arriving in Tallinn after a 10-hour overnight bus ride from southern Lithuania, we were a little frazzled and sleepy upon arrival in Estonia. To make things worse, the tram that would take us from the Eurolines station to the station where we needed to catch the bus to our hostel was in-operational, so we had to make our way blindly about one kilometre on foot. Oh well, that journey made another story.Anyways, we b...Read More