Tallinn city skyline during the summerSource: Rasmus Jurkatam


Estonia's laidback capital city is a perfect holiday destination for those wanting to combine modern comforts, medieval charm, and coastal vibes.

Though Tallinn may be over 700 years old, it is looking towards the future. 

In the morning, you can wander the streets of Old Town and marvel at buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. Then in the afternoon, you check out an avant-garde art exhibition in what used to be an old submarine factory. Thanks to Tallinn's compact footprint, old and new mix in every part of the city. 

The walkable city center is one of the city's most attractive features.

Old Town may be the main draw, but lively neighborhoods with diverse dining and entertainment options are only steps away.

Don't let Tallinn's size fool you, though. It may be tempting to think you can cross it off your list in a day, but you'll have only just scratched the surface. The vibrant cultural scene, excellent fine dining, and fascinating history will make you want to spend a day or two (or more!) in Tallinn. 

Tallinn's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tallinn is one of Northern Europe's best-preserved medieval cities and was added to UNESCO's list back in 1997. As part of the influential Hanseatic League, Tallinn was home to wealthy merchants who left their mark on the city's architecture. The city's iconic skyline is dotted with church spires and red-roofed towers. Professional photographers and amateur Instagrammers will find endless options for the perfect backdrop, while history buffs can spend hours, even days, working their way through Tallinn's museums. 

Tallinn Old Town at sunset with red roofs and St Olaf

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Coastal vibes... 

Tallinn has an alluring urban coastline. In the past, Tallinn's seaside development was limited largely to industrial and military endeavors. However, the city has opened up to the sea, and now scenic promenades and bustling seaside areas are popular with both locals and visitors. For example, Paljassaare Peninsula was once a restricted militarized zone; now, it's a haven for nature lovers who can go forest bathing and wild swimming without having to leave the city. In the opposite direction, you'll find a promenade linking Kadriorg to Pirita's long sandy beach.

...and great food 

Estonian food is known for its focus on seasonal ingredients and modern takes on traditional techniques. Tallinn is home to Estonia's only MICHELIN-Starred restaurants and one of Estonia's three Green Star restaurants. If you're looking for something quick and casual, indulge in the city's bakeries and coffee shops. Regardless of the venue, menus often change with the season, as many restaurants make an effort to offer freshly procured ingredients from local sources.  

To find out more about what Tallinn has to offer, go check out Visit Tallinn, the city's official tourism website.

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