Estonia Roadtrip. Part 2 – Tallinn

September turned out to be quite busy – Chicago, Estonia and Indian Sculpture Park locally. So while I’m enjoying my time home, I thought I’d write up a little bit about the last journey I haven’t written yet – Estonia.

Part II – Tallinn

Driving into Tallinn we saw some impressive modern architecture. The city is clearly developing and morphing into something cutting-edge. It’s relatively easy to get around by car, road are wide and pleasant to drive.

Where to stay?

We were staying in the St. Petersbourg hotel in the old city and we were silly enough to drive into the old town. Please do not do that.Ever. Streets are narrow, it’s full of tourists, so it’s very hard to drive forward faster than 5km/h and there are roadworks. When we arrived to the hotel it turned out that they didn’t have any parking, so we had find our own. Getting out of the old city was as stressful as getting in and I was glad to be in a passenger seat hopelessly looking at my GPS, which kept telling me to drive where cars were not allowed.

The hotel was nice, staff helpful and food great. Here is my review from TripAdvisor:

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And here are some photos:

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Where to eat:

Eating choices are of great variety. My personal favorite was Gelsomino Pizzeria. Small, cozy, lovely atmosphere, food was super delicious.

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What I saw:

1.Old town – walk around, there are plenty of historical landmarks in the old town alone.

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2. Kadriorg Park

Such a beauty. You could spend a day walking around exploring. There is an Kumu Art Museum and Kadriorg Palace. I highly recommend to take it easy and just enjoy the day – especially if the weather is nice. Be aware that most parking around the park is mobile parking, so I suggest you have change for those few parking spots where you can pay at the machine.

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There is obviously much more to see in the town – Estonian National Opera, Open Air Museum, Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and lots lots more depending on your preferences. Here is handy link to top 22 sites to visit.

And while you are at it, swing by cliffs in Paldiski. It’s a little awkward on the GPS as cliffs are outside the town (they are called Pakri Cliff or Pakri Pank, here is the map), but it’s a short drive from Tallinn, so why not.

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I hope you enjoy if you decide to go.

 

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