Tere tulemast Tallinna.
Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, is the country’s cultural hub. It retains its walled, cobblestoned Old Town, home to cafes and shops, as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Its Gothic Town Hall, built in the 13th century and with a 64m-high tower, sits in historic Tallinn’s main square. St. Nicholas Church is a 13th-century landmark exhibiting ecclesiastical art.
Upon reading i realised that the city is divided in two parts Toompea – Upper Town and All-linn – Lower Town. We were in the Lower town which is the old medieval part of Tallinn.
The city of Tallinn has a good balance of new city as well as its old township but Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.We walked to the old city and well the moment i entered the city it felt as if have entered a “Jane Austen” Story. It felt as am going to see a horse drawn carriage and Mr Darcy coming out to meet Ms Bennet who is wearing an elegant gown. Oh well snapping out of this!
Fat Margaret Cannon Tower/ Estonian Maritime Museum
Fat Margaret was built in the early 16th century (from 1511 to 1530) during the reconstruction of the medieval city gate system. The etymology of the tower’s name derives from the fact that it was the largest part of the city’s fortifications with walls measuring 25 meters in diameter, 20 meters in height and up to 5 meters thick. Apart from being a fortification against would-be invaders to the port of the town, it was also built to impress outside visitors arriving by sea.
The tower now serves a more peaceful function of housing the Estonian Maritime Museum which looks at the nation’s seafaring history with a collection of nautical paraphernalia that spreads over four stories and a view of the old town and Tallinn’s harbour and bay from its rooftop viewing platform.
We walked around the cobblestoned roads in to corridors of the old city and right in to the Town Hall Square.The street was filled with these stores which are decorated keeping in mind the medieval theme.There was stunning architecture around the entire old city, which definitely made me feel am back in the 13th century!
Raekoja plats/Town Hall Square
Is a town square beside Tallinn Town Hall in the center of the Tallinn Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia. It is a venue for numerous small festivals or concerts like Tallinn Old Town Days.
There has been a town hall in Tallinn since at least 1322 and a town square next to it ever since then. The hall was rebuilt from 1402 to 1404 into its current form, and a Christmas tree display has been held in the square since 1441, making the Tallinn Christmas tree display over 570 years old.
I really wish to travel to Estonia once at Christmas! I am sure all the Hallmark Rom Coms are shot here! The Town Hall is right here at the square, so is the church. I also found some cute red building and also guess what a horse drawn carriage(Mr Darcy ain’t far!).
Everything that you wished to see here was nearby and pretty much walkable! We exited the square beyond inside to the city to see Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, We did not go inside but loved the walk to the cathedral to only find out that it was under renovation! What a bummer!
Next to it were the Danish King’s Garden,St. Nicholas’ Church and Museum and Parliament of Estonia, This is all part of the Town Toompea the upper town! We got a beautiful view from the top! and also got to see almost everything this town had to offer!
Phew! Long day! we took a last round of the city and the townhall square and also took pictures at the newer town and settled down for some coffee /Beer and loo break and ofcourse free wifi! Cheers!
Honestly i was a little sad to leave Tallinn! I want to actually live here! It was such a cute little town! Well now i need a good rest and also wanted to explore the ship!
GWLP! Learns that..
- Wear a good pair of walking shoes!
- Loos and WIFI is free at McDonalds, local coffee shops have paid for bathrooms.
- The old city of Tallinn is very small and cute can be completed in a few hours.
- It can be a little cold, keep something warm with you.