Tallinn Journals

The Pearl in the Baltic Crown

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A June 2007 trip to Tallinn by Koentje3000

Shopping in Tallins lower town Photo, Tallinn, Estonia More Photos
Quote: Tallinn is the most visited and the highest rated town of the Baltics, thanks to its top historical sights, great nightlife and nearby natural attractions.

The Pearl in the Baltic Crown

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Old town houses Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and with a population of around 400.000 the country's largest. The town is located in the country's northwest on the Gulf of Finland, just across Helsinki. Hordes of Finns come over daily, looking for inexpensive shopping or alcoholic bar-gains. Look beyond these hasty commerce finders and booze swilling drunkards and you'll find a beautiful UNESCO-listed Old Town chockfull of historical sights, a magic location on the Gulf, great food for great prices, nice locals and nearby ...Read More

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Possibly the most interesting but also the most controversial church in Tallinn is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, serving as the main church for Tallinn's large Russian Orthodox community. The church was named after St. Alexander Nevsky, the 13th century Prince of Novgorod and Vladimir, two semi-independent republics within the borders of the Kievan Rus', one of the greatest empires of that time and containing large portions of present-day Ukraine, Western Russia and Belarus. One of his greatest exploits was the so-called Battle of the ice in which he turned back the German crusaders of the Teutonic Knights, who occupied large parts of Esto...Read More

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Toompea, Upper Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia

Lower Town

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Shopping in Tallin's lower town Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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The lower part of Tallinn Old Town (All-Linn) was and still is the local merchant's playground. While the political and ecclesiastic powers resided high above on Toompea Hill, a completely different world below developed, one of wealthy traders and mercantile bourgeoisie, poor servants and skilful labourers. Most of the lower town was shaped under the rule of the German cursaders of the Teutonic Knights between the 13th and 16th century. After the Great Northern Wars in the 17th and the 18th century, most buildings were reconstructed in its original design. Largely neglected by the Nazi and Soviet occupation, the old town was finally r...Read More

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Toompea Hill & Castle

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Attraction | "Toompea Hill & Castle"

Toompea Hill & Castle Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Toompea Hill is a limestone hill in the centre of Tallinn, located in the western part of the old town and towering about 30m above it. During the first millennium AD there were probably a few small Estonian farming and fishing communities within the borders of present-day Tallinn. To protect these villages a wooden castle (Lindanisse) was constructed around 1000AD on top of the hill. Some 200 years later Catholic crusaders, sent by the king of Denmark and with support of the Pope, arrived on a mission to christianize the pagan locals. The Danish took control over the Tallinn area in the 13th century. They constructed a new stone fortress and the first Estonian cathedral on the hill. From then ...Read More

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Toompea Hill & Castle
Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia

Lahemaa National Park

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Attraction

Lahemaa National Park Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Probably the most visited of Estonia's national parks is the beautiful and tranquil Lahemaa. It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland about 70km east of Tallinn. The E20 Tallinn-Narva highway forms the southern border of the 750km2 large park, providing an easy access to it. The coastal towns of Loksa and Vosu are another gateway to the park. Several buses a day run the E20 or to Loksa and Vosu from Tallinn, but to wander more deeply into the park you need your own transp...Read More

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Lahemaa National Park
Lahemaa
Tallinn

Palmse

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The manor's interior Photo, Tallinn, Estonia
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Palmse is an estate in the eastern part of the Lahemaa National Park, located about 80km east of Tallinn and 150km west of Narva at the Russian border, some 7km north of the E20 highway linking these two towns. Several buses a day ply the E20 between Tallinn and Rakvere and stop at the Palmse turnoff near the village of Viitna. From here you could hike, take a taxi, hitch a ride, bring your own transport or take one of the few local buses per week. The oldest still standing building on the estate is the beautiful 18th century baroque manor house, but history goes back much further. W...Read More

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