Stepping into Tallinn is like entering a real-life fairy tale. Cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, red roofed houses, open air theaters, museums and local markets — Tallinn is pure joy. Also, don't forget, if one wants to enjoy Midsummer celebrations, Tallinn is the place to be!Getting around in TallinnWalk! Discovering Old Town in Tallinn is best done on foot. Honestly, that's the hub of tourism and most backpackers decide to stay there because of cost-effectiveness. If venturing outside, then the best options are bus and trams because it's very cheap. It doesn't really make sense to hire taxis. If one wants to go for a day trip to Finland, just take a ferry ride across! Remember, the euro is used in Estonia.Accommodation in TallinnThe Old Town is filled with hostels and has many a price range. If hostels aren't your scene, then the next best bet is Airbnb. Most tourist locations are in the vicinity and night life is pretty on point.What to eat in TallinnThe food scene in Tallinn is vast. From sandwiches to meat, Chinese to even Indian! But to get an authentic taste of Estonia, try Elk soup, flaky pork patty and local beer! The best place to indulge would be Old Town where there are plenty of restaurants and food stalls.
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The Kadriorg Palace is set in a beautiful park where the Prime Minister's house is located. The Prime Minister is the actual political head of state, and their President is mainly a symbolic figure, who does not hold any executive power. We are pretty sure he was there as the flags were up, the red carpet was out, and guards were walking everywhere. It was a lovely walk through the park. The Palace and park were created by Tsar Peter I in the 18th century for his empress Catherine. The name, Kadriorg, means Catherine's Valley. We toured the Royal Palace, which is now an art museum.
Kumu Art Museum
We also toured the Kumu Art Museum. It was very modern structure and had some interesting exhibits of Estonian art from the 18th century on. On our walk back to the hotel we went through a neighborhood and found the houses to be quite charming and very colorful. Not what we were expecting in an ex-soviet country.
Three Sisters Hotel
I loved the romantic boutique hotel we stayed in, the Three Sisters, built into three famous medieval houses which, were originally built in 1362. The room was very modern yet had the backdrop of the medieval times. Our bed had a billowy canape and in the room was a huge claw-foot tub. Two days before we arrived they received a foot of snow. We did not get to see the quaint cobblestones, but the snow made the town magical.
St Olaf's church
This church, at one time, was the tallest building in all of Europe. It's a massive landmark in Tallinn and one of the most beautiful. The 12th century church is also unlucky having been hit by lightening many times and burned down thrice!Places to visit nearby TallinnFinland is just a ferry ride away. If you fancy a day trip to Helsinki (and for information to know prior to travel, the Indian Embassy is in Helsinki), just head to the harbour and take one of the many ferry rides to another country. In the country, heading to University town Tartu is an option or for the nature lovers, the Lahemaa National Park.