I’m breaking Tallinn up into two parts because I have an overabundance of pictures and videos from here which can be categorized into either a) sights or b) nightlife. So it’s the logical breaking point.
Tallinn has a number of cool things to see and do. The Old Town has a handful of cool churches, cathedrals, view points, old walls, cool underground restaurants, walkways, etc. On top of that is the old prison and various other parts of town that were awesome to visit. No wonder Tallinn had more tourists (as a percentage) than any other city I’ve visited on my trip, including Berlin and Krakow, but excluding Auschwitz.
The main area, as you can see above, is the Old Town Square which doubles as the city hall and has a small, medieval style restaurant in it that serves just three things: elk soup, beer, and pie. I was told by basically everyone that it was a must visit, and they were correct: the ambiance is amazing and the elk soup was surprisingly delicious.
The Old Town has a long street (actually named ‘Long Street’ in Estonian) that leads up to the Dome Cathedral and old Russian-influenced church. I bought two paintings along this cobblestone walk from the guy you can see here on the left.
Just behind this church is the Dome Cathedral, which had some pretty sweet views from it.
And in case the picture wasn’t enough, I have a roughly 1 minute clip showing the views from each of the windows at the top of the tower.
There was also a viewpoint directly next to the Cathedral that views the other side of the city. I had a tourist take a picture of me there, too:
I also managed to take a trip to the old prison that a Russian Czar had created in the late 1800s. This place actually served as a prison all the way to 2005, which is absolutely insane once you see the squalid condition of the interior.
Just behind the prison, but still on the prison grounds and therefore surrounded by barbed wire, was an outdoor bar on a beach. The views here were pretty awesome, especially with the barbed wire fence just on the shore of the Baltic Sea / Gulf of Finland. I took a handful of pictures and had a beer.
On the way back to the hostel, I walked along the ‘Cultural Kilometer’, which was basically a pebble road (1 KM in length) that ran along the sea. There was one point that was sorta like an inlet in which I took some nice panoramic pictures.
On the final day I went on a walking tour which took me to the Freedom Monument and a few other sights I hadn’t yet seen in Tallinn.
There was a lot to see there and I didn’t even make it to some of the stuff outside of town that was apparently worth seeing.