One Day in Tallinn

Estonia is a small country, with a history dating back to the end of the glacial era (around 8500 BC, yeah it’s suuuuper oold). Much of Estonia’s history involves being invaded by neighboring countries until 1991 when the country finally won their independence as the Soviet Union dissolved. It has been its own blue, black, and white 🇪🇪  country ever since! Estonia is slowly becoming a melting pot of youngsters, as well as a cultural hub.

Fun Fact☝🏼: Estonia is the nerve center for most European startup companies. Skype was born here!

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is straight out of the pages of a medieval fairytale story, filled with potions and castles and odd little dolls. But, Tallinn is tiny; so tiny that most travelers tend to pass it by or just spend a day there. The easiest and most common route of visitation is across the Gulf of Finland, hop aboard one of the ferries in Helsinki, and in a few hours, you’ll be transported through time to this medieval fairytale.

When I chose to visit Tallinn, it was mainly because Estonia is a part of the EU, and my bucket list conquest was to visit all of its countries. Not only that, but traveling to Riga from Tallinn is rather easy, and Latvia is also on my list. But, it wasn’t just a completion of the bucket list that inspired me to go to these countries; if you have ever seen photos of Latvia or Estonia, you will just drool, sloppy wet drool, over how quaint and picturesque these towns are.

Whether you are traveling from Helsinki, continuing onto Riga or just in the country. Tallinn deserves to be on your bucket list. Below is How I spent ONE DAY in Tallinn.

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

Arriving in Tallinn:
Most travelers that visit Tallinn arrive from the Gulf of Finland via ferry, I like to be different. (And I actually didn’t know this common route of passage…whoops). We flew via Air Baltic from Madrid. We landed in brisk, cold, and snowing Tallinn at midnight. We jumped in a taxi and arrived at Old Town Munkenhof,  asked for some extra blankets and passed out.

DAY ONE AND ONLY

I’ve said it many times, in the numerous countries/cities I have traveled to. There are two ways to see any city: walking tour and getting lost. Tallinn offers a great free walking tour brought to you by the youngster locals, who offer the colorful tales of the city.  The tour starts at noon in front of the Tallinn Tourist Information. The tour includes all of this: Tallinn’s Famous Churches – Freedom Square – Kiek in de Kök – Danish King’s Garden – Toompea – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Viewpoints – Tallinn Town Hall Square – Old Tallinn City Wall – Harju street

Freedom Square:

This square is dedicated to the War of Independence, symbolic of pride.

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

Kiek in de Kö

Which means “Peep into Kitchen” in German, this is an artillery tower built in 1475, now serves as a cafe. It got its name from the fact that standing at the top looking out the window you had the ability to look down into kitchens of nearby houses.
One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

Danish King’s Garden

Allegedly in 1219, the Danish flag fell from the sky (in this garden) which therefore led the Danish forces victory over Estonia. The Danes claimed that their flag originated from the heavens. A lot of myths, legends and stories are associated with this park. If you end up going, ask your guide about a few of them!
One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

Toompea

Its a hill. With a beautiful view. One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Russian Orthodox church completed in 1900 when Estonia was under the reign of the Czarist Empire (Russian). The cathedral was dedicated to Prince of Novgordor: Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky. It was him who left the Battle of the Ice at Lake Peipsi in 1242. This particular battle is what halted the German forces from moving east. It is deliberately placed in front of the Toompea Castle as a reminder of who was in charge.
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One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

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One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

Old Town/Raekoja Plats

Stepping into this square is like traveling back in time, the architecture, the colors, everything around you will make you feel like you are inside a fairytale. During the wintertime, this square transforms into a Christmas festival with traditions that date all the way back to 1441.

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

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Town Hall Pharmacy:

One of the oldest pharmacy in Europe and operating since the 15th century. This pharmacy deserves a visit, inside your can find medial medications and potions such as unicorn powder, mummy juice, and bat powder.
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Tallinn Town Wall

One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

Stroll through the park right alongside the walls to Old Town:
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After your tour, I would suggest wandering around the small streets, getting something tasty to eat and climbing to the top of St. Olav’s Church for the most magnificent view of the city.

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One Day in Tallinn | Chasing Krista | Tallinn, Estonia

 

Climb to the top of St Olav’s Church (cost: €3)

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And that is how you see Tallinn in One Day, until next time Tallinn ✌🏽

Have you been to Tallinn before? What did you enjoy most?

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38 Replies to “One Day in Tallinn”

  1. I heard about Estonia but I never heard about its capital, Tallinn. It’s beautiful! And the buildings are just impressive.

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  2. I love all Baltic countries, they are so colorful! You got me with the hill view, that’s something I do every time I travel – first thing to do is to find a vantage point for panoramic views 😉

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  3. Wow! I see Talinn on so many cruise itineraries where you only get one day to explore, so this is a perfect blog to help with planning for that. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. The architecture and the streets have such an old world feel to it. Beautiful and so clean. Loved this visual journey.

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  5. Estonia is somewhere that I would love to go, but I really don’t know that much about it. Your post really helped fill me in on some of the key details for Tallinn, and now I feel like I want to go there even more!

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  6. Your article brings back nice memories as I spent a week in Tallinn in June. I had a great AirBnB host who made me a delicious omelette every morning and there’s also a cat café. Not too far away from the city centre but I don’t remember the name of the street anymore.

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    1. Oh no way! I missed a cat cafe, dang! I guess I’ll have to go back haha! I’m glad you had such wonderful memories of your time there!

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  7. Wow I’ve never seen a cathedral quite like the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It’s so gorgeous! I can’t get over how beautiful the architecture is!

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  8. What a cute as town! I had no idea Estonia was so beautiful! I have always wanted to visit though because my name is in the name Estonia haha. You’ve made me want to add this to the list now!

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  9. Wow, your pictures of Tallinn look wonderful. Estonia looks like a hidden gem of the EU and I plan to visit it in the future too!

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  10. While I’d heard of Estonia, I’ve never heard of Tallinn, so thanks for giving me a picturesque city to add to my bucket list! You look like you had a blast!

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  11. I love Tallinn! It’s my favourite of the Baltics (my boyfriend prefers Riga haha). I’ve been there twice, in the summer and in the winter, and I loved it both times. Such a cute little town with gorgeous views all around. It’s also full of quirky shops and some interesting crafts. Yeah, I really really like it!

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    1. Awww I’m glad you liked it so much! I wish I could go again! I would love to go in fall right before the snow started! I can only imagine how beautiful it would be!

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  12. Ah, you had such a lovely sunny day for it too. That brought back lots of great memories. It’s such a beautiful city, and definitely one for the returns list. Besides, it’s the only place I’ve ever managed to buy rhubarb crisps!

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  13. Estonia sounds so amazing and fun! It’s on my bucket list! I’ve never heard of Tallinn, but I’m so interested in exploring it now, after reading this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  14. Such a great coverage of Tallinn! Really liked it 🙂 Viewing platforms were my favorite, along with this medieval-themed restaurant called ‘Olde Hansa’. Great experience!

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