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Basic information

  • Area: 159.2 km² (61.5 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: + 372
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 413,290
  • Official language: Estonian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Tallinn – Overview

Having shrugged off its days spent annexed by the Soviet Union, tantalising Tallinn has in recent
decades adopted a dynamic new identity that showcases the essence of contemporary Estonian
spirit.

Located on the country’s north coast, not far from neighbouring Helsinki, this vibrant destination
has been attracting a great deal of attention. Having been awarded the European Capital of
Culture in 2011, the city is crammed with cultural pleasures. It’s recently redeveloped Rotermann
Quarter has become a hot bed of creativity, home to artist studios, galleries, an abundance of
buzzing bars and sophisticated shops. In summer months, the main square also springs to life
with craft markets that provide visitors with the perfect place to do a spot of shopping or catch a
open air concert or two.

Those wanting a taste of tradition should head for the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town,
Tallinn’s historic heartland. Here, the narrow cobbled streets, beautiful buildings and half hidden
courtyards transport travellers back to bygone eras and gives a real glimpse of what medieval life
must have been like.

Having become a popular tourist spot, Tallinn is packed with restaurants serving up cosmopolitan
cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to sample some local specialities such as Baltic Herrings, spice
salted sprats (a type of fish), smoked hams and freshly baked rye bread. After dinner, head out
to the string of brightly lit bars and pubs that line the city. From smoky bohemian basements to
Texas style cantinas, party people really can find something to suit every occasion.