Tallinn the medieval capital of Northern Europe

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The city of Tallinn, capital of Estonia is located 80 km south of Helsinki. Many people know this town these data, but there lies a beautiful and welcoming city with a spectacular medieval center (Old Town of Tallinn) which is considered Tallinn as the best preserved medieval city in northern Europe according to UNESCO.


Photography by jurvetson

Strolling through the streets of Tallinn’s old town makes you transport back in time given its degree of conservation, even in spite of invasions that this port has suffered throughout history, including the bombing during the Second World War.

If you reach the harbor, a breeze to get to the main square of Tallinn (Raekoja plats), where the City Council is one of the most emblematic buildings of the city. This is a late Baroque building. In summer it is full of ice terraces, cafes, among other activities organized in the main square as concerts and medieval markets. In winter there is a Christmas market. From the main square you can visit the entire old city on foot. Through a nice walk you can reach the viewpoints of the city where you can overlook Tallinn and all their towers, including the Church of St. Olaf came to measuring 159 meters in the fifteenth century, and now measures 123 meters.

Tallinn the medieval capital of Northern Europe

Photography by RaSeLaSeD – Il Pinguino

You need to visit the different churches that are in Tallinn. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a beautiful Orthodox Cathedral built in Toompea Hill in 1900, when Estonia was part of the Russian tsarist empire.

the streets of Tallinn's

Photography by upyernoz

The Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin is a Lutheran church on the hill of Toompea, near Nevsky Cathedral, and also one of the viewpoints of the city. This church is one of the most important in Estonia, and one of the three medieval churches still active. Believed to have been built in the thirteenth century.

Finally, the spectacular and already mentioned church of St. Olav, built in the thirteenth century with the tallest tower in Europe with 159 meters. Because a fire had to be rebuilt, and was 123 meters. Highlights are the doors of Viru, who were the medieval city gates. It’s easy to get to the doors as they are at the end of Viru street down from the square. This is where the old city ends and begins the new city of Tallinn Communists dominated by gray buildings and gardens, but more and more skyscrapers.

Getting to Tallinn:

By ferry from Helsinki with companies such as Silja, Vikingline. With Tallink ferry from Stockholm. You can also fly from Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga with Air Baltic to Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.

Tips for travelers:

– Tallinn is a city that can meet and enjoy two days. We recommend visiting in spring or summer due to low temperatures that occur the rest of the year.

– If you want to go clubbing in Tallinn, Club Hollywood recommend. Incredible!

– Once you have visited Tallinn, recommend arriving by bus to Riga (Latvia). Only takes 4 hours away.

Happy trip to Tallinn!

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