On Tallinn, Estonia
Tallin, Estonia may not be at the top of everyone’s travel list, but this Baltic city has the appearance, atmosphere, and history to satisfy any visitor. My roommates and I were there for less than six hours, but we left enchanted and already planning our return.
Estonia was only granted independence from the Soviet Union after its collapse in 1991. It was a major Hanseatic port during the Medieval era, and was ruled by several European powers — most notably Russia. It’s another of those countries left more-or-less untouched by the World Wars (I’m speaking militarily, of course they were economically and politically effected). Therefore the country’s capital city, Tallinn, has maintained much of its Medieval, Tzarist, and Soviet architecture — making for a unique blend. Walking around the famous Old Town is an art tour in itself.
Tallinn is a quick two-hour ferry ride from the port in Helsinki (only about 50 euro, round trip), making a day adventure easy on the weekend. Many Finnish visitors take advantage of Estonia’s cheap liquor prices and return to Helsinki with a push-cart full of beer and vodka.
I enjoyed the city so much, I’ll be returning again this weekend with friends from home.