Often dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley of Europe’, Tallinn happens to be the headquarters for NATO Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence, European Union IT Agency, and many other startups. Yet don’t let all of the high tech jargon fool you, as this city has more to offer than technology.
1. the MUST see… Two words for you – Old Town. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is almost always something happening here and no visit to Tallinn is complete without going here.
2. the MUST eat… If you desire fine dining look no further than Restoran Pegasus. Start with their bread and end with their chocolate cake dessert that has coffee syrup and caramel.
3. the MUST shop… If wooden spoons, onion jams, leatherworks and feeling like you have transported back in time to medieval days suits you then head down to the OldeHansa Shoppe. The staff dress in medieval fashion and there is also a restaurant where you dine as folks did way back when.
4. the MUST stay… Less than a 10 minute walk away from the Old Town area is the luxurious Swissotel. This Five Star Hotel is the tallest building in the city and rooms have views of Old Town and the Baltic Sea. Take a dip in their heated pool and be sure to try their steam room and sauna.
5. the MUST do off the beaten path… Just head to the pier and hop on a ferry to Helsinki, Finland. The locals do this regularly to buy cigarettes as these are cheaper in Finland. The ride one way is around 3 hours and there are plenty of ferries going back and forth all day long. Two cities in one visit!