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.

A view of Old Town Square with the city hall.

A view of Old Town Square with the city hall.

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.

They force you to drink the soup from the bowl, which is extremely frustrating towards the end when you have more elk left than liquid. Flaw.

They force you to drink the soup from the bowl, which is extremely frustrating towards the end when you have more elk left than liquid. Flaw.

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.

Piik Walkway

Looks good on the outside, but isn't great on the inside. Sorta like a model.

Looks good on the outside, but isn’t great on the inside. Sorta like a model.

Just behind this church is the Dome Cathedral, which had some pretty sweet views from it.

I've got a REALLY weird tan going on.

I’ve got a REALLY weird tan going on.

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:

Check out the sexy jacket I'm wearing. Somehow they don't have any H&Ms in Estonia, so I had to splurge for this one.

Check out the sexy jacket I’m wearing. Somehow they don’t have any H&Ms in Estonia, so I had to splurge for this one.

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.

One of the prison cells at the Patarei Prison. Easily confused with a dorm room at SLO, I imagine.

One of the prison cells at the Patarei Prison. Easily confused with a dorm room at SLO, I imagine.

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.

Saku is their most famous, commercialized beer. The wind actually knocked it over shortly after this :'(

Saku is their most famous, commercialized beer. The wind actually knocked it over shortly after this 😥

The view out there is not Finland, it's another part of Estonia.

The view out there is not Finland, it’s another part of Estonia.

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.

What CBS would use if they ever ran a 'Survivor: Tallinn' season.

What CBS would use if they ever ran a ‘Survivor: Tallinn’ season.

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.

More like a cross than a Freedom Monument, but to each their own. Yes, it rained shortly after this.

More like a cross than a Freedom Monument, but to each their own. Yes, it rained shortly after this.

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.

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