Tallinn With Local Guides Perspective

Tallinn’s the capital city of Estonia. Geographically Tallinn is situated in the northern coast of Estonia, on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, Latvia Riga, and Sweden Stockholm. Tallinn dates back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order.

I arrived in Tallinn early evening in Hostel Mukenhof which is centrally located in Old Town. As soon as I settled myself in the hostel and organised my belongings. Shortly after I contacted my friend Martha, a Latvian girl who grew up in Tallin. Whom I was chatting to before my travel to the Baltic Region.  We agreed to meet up on that evening. Along the Viru street where the infamous Tallinn’s Flowers Market, near the Walled City Gate of the Old Town. It’s a good starting point for an evening sightseeing and night photography.

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Martha is a lovely girl and I was glad that I met her through CS. She showed me Tallinn on a local perspectives like a personal tourist guide.  She’s very friendly, intelligent and knowledgeable about Tallinns history. She gave me tips and places where to go and what see. We went around Old Town and there’s these two place she told me to make a wish, the first one was by the grounds of Town Hall and the other one was by the big wooden door along the Pikk Jalg or Short leg on the way up to  Toompea. I was blown away when we reached the panoramic viewing deck. There’s something romantic about the place and what a perfect view of the Old Town glowing lights as the sun sets in.

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The above photo is St Olafs Church which still the highest point in Tallinn, theres this building law in Old Town that there’s  no new building  is built higher than the church, it is the highest viewing platform and is proudly recommended by Estonians as the best vantage point in the city.

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After roaming around Old Town we decided to grab something to eat. We went to the Beer House which is the one and only restaurant-brewery in Estonia, where the “live beer” is brewed on the spot and they serve delectable local food too. A good place to try Estonian food and Estonian beer! ( A bit touristy but you get the feeling and the atmosphere like a true Estonian Villages.)

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The following day I joined the free walking tour around the old town. The tour guide was impressively good and a real proud local Estonian. Estonia is oozing with history. Tallinn’s Old Town is noticeably well preserved example of a medieval northern European trading city. That retains it’s prominent features of  unique form of economic and social community to a remarkable degree up to this moment. It used to be divided into two category area. The Lower Old Town where the merchants and ordinary people lived. While the Higher Old Town where the more opulent people lived. Despite the ravages of fire and war in the past, it survived to a remarkable degree . Now it is included in UNESCO world heritage site. Tallins rich cultural scene in the local historical setting that attracts its neighbouring countries as well as for its versatile night life and cheap booze compared to other European destinations.

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On the third day, I went around Kardiorg area. This area is considered the posh area of Tallinn, most of the big wooden villas are found. I Strolled around the Kardiorg garden with prominent ponds and fountain, and took the opportunity for photography. Shortly after I continued my walk around and spotted a building with guards, later I found it was thel Presidential Palace. And also visited the Kardiorg Museum a very modernised and impressive building.

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On that same evening Martha and I met up again, this time we went through the bars and pubs. We started in Radissons Blue Sky Bar, its on the 24th floor. A good place to meet up with friends for a cocktail or two. And the view was magnificent  overlooking towards the  Old Town.  Then we went along  the Viru Street there’s  this Cubanita Bar ( very slow service we waited 30 minutes for a cocktail  drink-we didnt hang around there) we moved to the next door at St. Patrick Bar in contrast to the last bar  this funky and upbeat place. It has very friendly  bar staff and good quick service. Let’s get the drinks flowing I would say. We then slowly headed towards the Old Town, were most of the cool, funky and cheap booze  found. There’s  these Chemist  Bar, another  St. Patrick’s, and more but we ended  up in The Pub with No Name or Nimeta Baar it’s locals name. Not quite sure what time we headed home  sometime  about 2am or was that the last time I’ve  glanced up my watch. Lovely  evening we spent  pub crawling  not  literally  but it was a fun fun fun night.

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On my last day I woke up about 10am with no hangover. My flight is not until the evening,  so I got plenty  of time to slowly go around Old Town and go for photo gallery  stroll. I got my map at hand and was determined to go for my slow pace of wander. Tallinn has plenty  of galleries  around, some quirky design, local hand made products, and paintings. And took this time for my shopping for souvenirs.

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My time in Tallinn Estonia was a memorable one. I am glad that I met Martha who has showed me around and she gave me tips and things to do. A good company wandering around old town and not to mention the good night out pub crawling. Hoping I will meet her again in Tallinn or maybe I can show her around UK on her future travels. Tallin has blown me away and looking forward to seeing more of the stunning places nearby on my next visit.


Insiders Tip:

Do a night photography this City is so stunning around the Old Town. The place comes to life in the dark!

Looking for best panoramic view? Head towards the Toompea, or go the St Olaf’s church. Be ready to be blown away with the stunning view.

Feeling thirsty? Try their local microbrewery restaurant The Beerhouse, they served delicious food too. You cant go wrong with Estonian food and beer! Be warned they do served their beer in humongous glass if you dare to try it.

Cheap and sumptuous snack? Go to the Tavern underneath the Town Hall building. They served soup, and a pastry filled with meat and vegetables ( wild boar, pork etc.)

Have you ever been to Tallin Estonia? Share your experience with me, I would love to hear your adventure please leave your comments below.

19 thoughts on “Tallinn With Local Guides Perspective

  1. Sounds like a great visit! Tallinn looks like such a beautiful town–I always love exploring old town areas like this. The brewery would be fun to check out, especially since it is the only one! Great tip about the night photography–looks like a wonderful spot for night images!

  2. Tallinn is such a magical place and I fell in love with it on my one and only visit. I’m glad your tour went so well for you and I had one with a local guide as well. Mine was culinary and walking history and I highly recommend it.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I really didn’t know much about Tallinn. Some beautiful photos and it looks like your local guide allowed you to get a variety of perspectives of the city. Will have to make it some day.

  4. Fascinating. Thank you for sharing your experience about Tallinn. I have to admit I did not know much about the area prior to reading this. Great idea to have a local guide to show you all the great spots. I do have to ask, what was the dish you featured? What is the local or traditional food?

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