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.

The walls surrounding the city make Tallinn feel like a fortress
Tribute to famous Estonian writer Eduard Vilde; The national parliament building
Olde Hansa is the quirky tourist attraction in Tallinn, where everything from the table service to the sink in the bathroom makes you feel like a Medieval merchant
The strength of the Christian Orthodox religion in Estonia is a constant reminder of its Russian past
The Old Town Square

I enjoyed the city so much, I’ll be returning again this weekend with friends from home.

View from above the Old Town