Tallinn, named Lonely Planet’s Best Value Destination of 2018, is an amazing blend of old and new. The world-famous Old Town was largely constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. World-class yet affordable restaurants are tucked away on its winding cobblestone streets. Also worth exploring is the up-and-coming Kalamaja district, boasting a truly bohemian atmosphere and the Telliskivi Creative City. All of Tallinn’s neighbourhoods, each with its own personality, can be quickly and easily reached on foot or by inexpensive transport. As Tallinn celebrates 800 years from its first recorded mention in 1219, there has never been a more joyous time to visit.
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Historical meeting point
Ever since the days of Viking traders Tallinn has been a meeting point for various cultures and nations, so visitors coming from any direction are bound to find something familiar, and something exotic, when they explore the city. Estonia’s various rulers – Danish, Livonian, German, Swedish and Russian – have each left their mark on Tallinn’s landscape, and their influence can be found reflected in the city’s architecture, art and even its restaurant cuisine.
City of culture
Estonia loves to showcase its rich culture, especially the traditional mass singing events that define the soul of the nation. Chief among these is the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, held every five years, which involves as many as 37,000 performers and attracts over 200,000 spectators. There are also a number of major annual events to see including Tallinn Music Week, the Jazzkaar International Jazz Festival, Old Town Days, Medieval Days, Tallinn Maritime Days, Birgitta Festival, Tallinn Marathon, Black Nights Film Festival and the Simple Session skateboard and BMX competition. Find out more about Tallinn Cultural Highlights.
Close and compact
Tallinn is easy to reach – just a two- to three-hour flight from most European capitals – and once you arrive, getting into town is a snap. Lennart Meri International Airport is only 4 km from the city centre, putting it just ten minutes away from the downtown hotels. The ferry terminals and train station are also located a short distance from the Medieval Old Town. Thanks to its small size and compact layout, Tallinn is easy to explore on foot, eliminating the headaches of bus transfers and taxi rides.
Pay less with Tallinn Card
Tallinn Card package includes lots of good offers for exploring the city easily and conveniently.
Tallinn Card holders have free entrance to more than 40 museums and sights, free use of transport (public transport, bicycle rental), 1 free sightseeing tour with Tallinn Card PLUS, great offers on entertainment and leisure activities, plus Tallinn Card map folder (in English and in Russian).
Tallinn Card gives discounts on sightseeing tours, in restaurants, bars and cafés, in handicraft and design shops and on leisure activities. With an adult card you can bring along two children (0-6 years) for free. As a special treat, Tallinn Card also offers discount from our neighbouring cities, on Helsinki and Petersburg Cards.