Today Tallinn is the financial and business capital of Estonia and is well-known for its well preserved medioeval old town, named Vanalinn (UNESCO World Heritage).
Member of the Hanseatic League since 1285, Tallinn, today’s capital of Estonia, was for centuries one of the most important transit cities for trade between Russia and Europe. Today, thanks to its strategic position between the technologically advanced Scandinavia and the resources of the Russian Federation, it attracts investors from all over the world. Tallinn has the highest number of start-ups per person among European countries and is the birthplace of many international high-technology companies, including Skype, Bolt and Wise. The city is home to the headquarters of the European Union’s IT agency, and to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. In 2007, Tallinn was listed among the top-10 digital cities in the world.
Tallinn is not a huge city and it is walkable so 2 or 3 days are enough to visit it if you don’t want to miss out on all the best things to do in Tallinn. Even Kadriorg Palace, which is ostensibly outside the city, can be seen in a morning or afternoon.
The city is a destination to visit all year round but the ideal time to visit it is May-June because of an amount of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accomodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods. In summer, the temperature in Tallinn can raise high as 27°C (80°F).
Start the day with a trip to Jägala waterfall and finish with an Old Town walking tour.
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Founded in the Middle Ages, it reached its peak in the 15th century. Toompea, the hill on which the old quarter stands, is a real paradise for tourists: a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways overlooked by historic buildings, imposing merchant houses, the nineteenth-century Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Riigikogu (the castle, now the seat of Parliament), the Toomkirik (the Lutheran cathedral founded in 1233), the museum of Estonian art, housed in an 18th-century noble residence, and the Kiek-in-de-Kök, a high and solid tower built around 1475. The beauty of the whole district prompted UNESCO to include it in its list of cultural and natural heritage.
It is located on a bay in north Estonia, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea. It is situated 187 km (116 mi) northwest of the country’s second largest city Tartu, however only 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, Finland, also 320 km (200 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia, 300 km (190 mi) north of Riga, Latvia, and 380 km (240 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden.
The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. The city was founded by the Danes in 1219 after a great battle against the Estonians in the place of an ancient Estonian fortification.