Tallinn
Estonia
By Summer Brons

If you\'re seeking a unique getaway packed with creative inspiration, look no further than 2011\'s European Capital of Culture: Tallinn, Estonia. This capital city sits perched on the banks of the Gulf of Finland and is truly a destination where historical charm meets modern technology. WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to book your Tallinn vacation with us!       

Located conveniently just outside of the city center, the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (TLL) services your local air transportation needs. You can schedule your flight using WhatsCheaper.com by clicking (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to utilize our great deals on airfare. We can help with hotels, as well, just click (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to browse available Tallinn accommodations   

WhatsCheaper.com has a few suggestions to get you started on your exploration of the city once you arrive and get settled. Begin with some of Tallinn\'s fantastic museums, like the Kadriorg Art Museum in the Kadriorg Palace, the Kumu Art Museum, the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, the Estonian Maritime Museum and the Estonian Museum of Natural History. Each of these venues, along with several others, aptly showcase the medieval history and innovative spirit of Tallinn.   

An absolute must-do during your visit is walk the streets of Old Town. You\'ll find stunning architecture and a truly picturesque, colorful setting in this historic district. Pikk jalg and Lühike jalg, long leg and short leg, respectively, are the two streets that connect Old Town\'s upper and lower areas. Rataskaevu joins the streets with a wheel well, a longstanding subject of superstitious beliefs involving a water spirit thought to reside in the well. As you make your way throughout Old Town, you\'ll observe guild houses, churches, quaint cafes and unique shops.

WhatsCheaper.com particularly urges you not to miss Katariina käik, or St. Catherine\'s Passage, arguable the most romantic street of any in this area. Stone archways and open-air studios filled with local artisans make this passage an authentic glimpse into the yesteryear.   

Since a great vacation is about more than just sightseeing, WhatsCheaper.com is pleased to note that Tallinn is equally a wonderful place to experience as it is to observe. Get a feel for the local lifestyle by enjoying some traditional Estonian cuisine; open up for favorites like jellied pork, pea soup, marinated eel, blood sausage and stewed sauerkraut. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolates and marzipan, or quench that special thirst with local beers, vodka and Vana Tallinn, Estonia\'s signature liqueur.    

Next, walk off that full belly by doing a little shopping. Tallinn is home to many outdoor markets, providing a perfect place to bargain hunt while rubbing elbows with city residents. The Central Market, Nõmme Market and Balti Jaam Market are popular spots for food, clothing and assorted trinkets. WhatsCheaper.com offers the tip that most Tallinn markets do not haggle on price nor accept credit cards, so be sure to carry cash for your purchases.    

Finally, wind down your adventurous day by enjoying Tallinn\'s exciting nightlife. You\'ll likely find yourself back in Old Town, as this area is the true after-hours hotspot. The close proximity of streets offers an easy task of hopping from one bar to the next to find your own favorite. Whether you prefer a pool hall or a wine bar, you\'ll surely find the perfect watering hole here in Tallinn. WhatsCheaper.com reminds you to enjoy the nightlife responsibly!   

With far too much to see and do to fully discuss here, to truly appreciate Tallinn is to visit Tallinn. WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your travels with us and experience this Estonian gem all for yourself!

MUST SEE IN Tallinn LIST:

  • 1. Old Town
  • 2. Cathedral of Aleksander Nevski
  • 3. Town Hall Square
  • 4. KGB Museum
  • 5. Tommpea Hill
  • 6. Kumu Art Museum
  • 7. Oleviste Church
  • 8. Town Wall
  • 9. Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
  • 10. Kadriorg Park

Tallinn EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Tudengijazz - January
  • 2. Baroque Music Festival - February
  • 3. Orient Music Festival - May
  • 4. Old Town Days - June
  • 5. Ollesummer - July
  • 6. International Organ Festival - July
  • 7. Birgitta Festival - August
  • 8. Dance Festival - August
  • 9. Autumn Fair - September
  • 10. Tallinn FoodFest - November

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