Tallinn is wonderful in any season and welcomes you to walk along medieval streets and have a coffee or hot chocolate in cozy cafe.
I recommend to visit Tallinn in Christmas time and in summer period. Why?
Word Tallinn can be understood as «winter city». Christmas market of Tallinn is included in TOP5 of most beautiful in Europe. Hot wine and ginger cooks help you to feel the atmosphere of Christmas. Christmas period of time is enough to see all the sights of Tallinn and even more.
All the museums, coffee-shops, shopping-malls and restaurants are open, but I recommend you to book the table beforehand, as Christmas Tallinn is very popular among Russian tourists.
In summertime (May-October) Tallinn is visited by amount of cruise ships, delivering representatives of many countries. In spite of big density of tourists, Old Town is still comfortable to walk due to clear weather, fresh air, big space. But be patient, as recommended cafes can be very crowded.
In summer we have a lot of events: Day of Tallinn, Day of Old Town, Medieval days, Marine days. Town Hall Square is often occupied by artisan shops, where you can buy original souvenirs, also internal yards of dwelling and fortress walls towers are open.
Only in summer you can climb at the cutest viewing platform in St.Olaf church, and have a helicopter tour around Old Town. More of it, our company is ready to offer you entertaining tours by water around Tallinn bay. Please, book the tour beforehand.
Tallinn is a city of Baltic sea. And the main gift of Baltic sea is amber. We call it marine gold. It is extracted elsewhere in Baltic region.
Amber of different form and colour you find in any souvenir shop of Old Town. Also It is recommended to consider things from juniper and hand-made wool with the elements of deer or elk. In the niches of fortress wall smiling women help you to find souvenir, fitted especially for you.
What else to buy:
Ceramic souvenirs - model of gothic dwellings - candlesticks are also worth to consider.
Figures of chimneysweep - symbol of town, who brings luck.
Magnets price start from 1 euro.
Out of Old Town there are also several souvenir quarters, where it is a bit cheaper.
Tallinn as a marine city always treats you by baltic herring.
From newly invented things I recommend to try:
- chips from cabbage, onion, carrot, potato peelings - 3,50 €.
- jam from rotten onion 15 €.
- sausage or canned goods from meat of beaver, horse, elk, deer, bear, boar, hear 3-10 €.
- local cheese 8-10 €.
From sweet things: local chocolate Kalev, marzipan batons, rhubarb cake, handmade chocolate with pepper, coffee, hemp seeds, peanuts, garlic, propolis.
From drinks: local liquor Vana Tallinn (15-50%), Vodka Saaremaa (40-80%), craft beer.
Souvenir shops in Old Town and shopping-malls work till 9pm, street market - till 5pm.
There 2 types of parkings in Tallinn: private parkings and municipal parkings.
Municipal parkings have 3 zones: VANALINN –SÜDALINN– KESKLINN - PIRITA (resort area at city beach)
In VANALINN zone parking is the most expensive and always payed. It costs 0,1€/min or 6€ /h.
In SÜDALINN zone - 4,8 €/h or 0,08 €/min
In KESKLINN zone - 1,50 €/h or 0,025 €/мин
In PIRITA zone (15th of May-15th of October) - 0,60 €/h or 0,01 €/min, 10.00 — 22.00.
In these zones first 15 minutes of parking is always free. Before leaving the car you must put parking watch (or piece of paper) down the windshield with time of your start parking.
In Saturday from 3pm and in Sunday parking is free.
Private parkings have notes CP, EP, P.
It is always payed from 1st minute of your being parked.
You can pay for parking by sms from local number 1902 or through parking automat (you receive parking recipe and put it down the windshield).
If you want to park by phone, please, send SMS with text registration number of car number of parking. Local mobile operator takes 0,30 euro for this service.
It is possible to download application Parkimine from Android market/Appstore to your smartphone to start the parking.
TO FINISH THE PARKING, CALL 1903 FROM LOCAL NUMBER.
If you parked wrong, down the screen-wiper you find a penalty note of 30-40€, needed to pay within 2 weeks. Parking officer can fine your car just once a day. Finding this penalty, it is sensible to keep staying on this parking till the end of the day.
On this links you may find a map of parkings in Tallinn.
Car can be evacuated only if it interferes transportation. If you did not find car on the street, please, call 112.
If you find guarded parkings, you need to use service of parking houses (all of them work 24h)
Rotermanni 24h (Ahtri tee)
Solaris (Sakala tee)
Vabaduse valjak (Vabaduse valjak, 9)
Viru keskus (Viru valjak, 4)
HAVE A GOOD PARKING!
There are more than 80 museums in Tallinn! I am certain, you find good museum for your taste.
In Tallinn as in other European city there is a tradition of nights of museums, when you can visit museums free.
On Mondays almost all of the museums are usually closed.
Museum tickets have 4 types (adult, child, family, seniors).
If you aim to visit a lot of museums for short time, I recommend you to buy Tallinn card (36 eur/day per person). It affords you to visit 40 museums in Tallinn.
Our company can professionally guide you in all the museums, chosen by you in the list down:
1) Seaplane harbour (www.lennusadam.ee)
2) Marine museum in tower Fat margaret (http://meremuuseum.ee/paks-margareeta/ru/)
3) City museum (http://linnamuuseum.ee/linnamuuseum/ru/)
4) Town Hall (http://raekoda.tallinn.ee/defaultru)
5) Town hall Pharmacy (http://www.raeapteek.ee)
6) History museum (http://www.ajaloomuuseum.ee/ru)
7) Museum of martsipan http://martsipan.ee/ru/ или http://kohvikmaiasmokk.ee/ru/
8) Museum in tower Kik in de Kek (http://linnamuuseum.ee/kok/ru/)
9) Art museum Niguliste (http://nigulistemuuseum.ekm.ee/ru/)
10) Kadriorg artmuseum (http://kadriorumuuseum.ekm.ee/ru/)
11) KUMU art museum http://kumu.ekm.ee/ru/
12) House museum of Peter the great http://linnamuuseum.ee/peetrimaja/ru/
13) Open air museum in Rocca al Mare (http://www.evm.ee/rus)
14) Health museum (http://www.tervishoiumuuseum.ee/ru/)
15) Doll museum NUKU (http://www.nuku.ee/en)
If you are fond of travelling by yourself, you may rent a car and start the journey. There a lot of companies, ready to make a good offer for you.
Rent start from 25€ a day + deposit 100€ for car. You can make a pledge in cash or by credit card.
In the rent price road insurance is obligatory included.
If you pay extra, you can get: navigator (5€), baby chair (5€).
If company has branch in other Baltic cities, you may return rented car there too. But it is much more expensive, if to return car in Tallinn.
You must return the car clean and with the full tank.
During driving, you must fasten your set belt (if not, penalty 20€), turn on light dipped headlights (if not, penalty 200€), not to talk on mobile phone (if not, penalty from 16€).
It is strictly prohibited to drive drunk.
Maximum speed in town 50-70 km/h, out of town 90 km/h, in highways 110 km/h (only in summer).
On the highways you can meet speed radars. Over speed on 1 km/h is 3€. Overspeed of 4km/h is usually skipped.
Fuel price in Estonia (February 2017): 95 - 1,23 €
98 - 1,30 €
D - 1,23 €
LPG (natural gas) - 0,59 €
Within Estonia you can travel by plane, bus, suburban electric train. Ticket price for bus and electric train is similar. Bus transportation is the most convenient. It is run by GoBus, Simple Express, Luxexpress, Ecolines, Taisto, Autobuss, Eestibus. Ticket price 1-10€. In Luxexpress and Ecolines busses you may use WC, WIFI, tea/coffee. On this busses you may travel to Riga (from 13 €) and Vilnius (from 26 €) with comfort. There are no any state borders between Baltic states. Trip to Riga by bus lasts 4,5h, to Vilnius 9h. There are no railway connection between Tallinn-Riga-Vilnius yet. But it is possible to travel To Saint-Petersburg (from 26€) and Moscow (from 60€) by train.
Finland is also quite close to Estonia. Trip by ferry takes 2h. Operators: Viking line, Eckero line, Tallink. In case of buying beforehand it costs 30€ round trip ticket. Duration of the tour 2h one way. There is also direct ferry to Stockholm. Duration is 16h. Ticket price depends on room in ferry and starts from 50€ per room for 2 persons. You may get acquainted with offers on website www.tallink.ee
If you wish to travel to Moscow or Saint-Petersburg, you must have active Russian visa and international passport. Bus companies Luxexpress and Ecolines can offer you direct trip to Saint-Petersburg and Moscow. Trip to Moscow lasts 16h and costs 55€. Trip to Saint-Petersburg lasts 7 h and costs 25€. Please, check actual prices on web site www.luxexpress.eu or www.ecolines.eu
More of it there is a direct flight to Moscow (no to Saint-Petersburg), operated by Aeroflot twice a day.
In Tallinn you can go by bus, trolleybus or tram. To get farther from city centre, please, use bus. Ticket is sold in R-kiosks (1,10€ adult) or directly from driver (2€ adult). All the bus routes start from Viru terminal underground. Transportation for seniors of 65 years old is always free. It is free for tourists - holders Tallinn card. You can buy ticket for 24h 3€, 72h 5€, 5days 6€, month 30€. To model your route, please, download application Trafi from Appstore or Android market.
I recommend you to take official taxi. Taxi can partly drive in Old Town. It takes you max 10 minutes to wait for a taxi after a call. Taxi from airport to city centre goes 15 minutes. From bus station/port/railway - 5-10 minutes. Starting fare 5,50€, rate per km 1,10€. To get a taxi, you may use apps Taxify, Uber, Taxigo, Drivr. List of companies: Elektritakso +372 57495749 Peretakso +372 6460006 Q Takso +372 6441525 Reval Takso +372 6014600 Takso24 +372 6408927 Tallink Takso +372 6408927 Tulika Takso +372 6120000
If you live in rented apartment, you have to buy food by yourself. There are several molls in Old Town and near it. In Viru keskus and Solaris shopping-molls there are food store too. They work till23h. In old Town there is RIMI minimarket. It is situated in Pikk street and works till 22 h. On Pikk1 there is the 24h shop, named Kolm jalg. In city centre there are several gas stations Statoil, where there is a small food store too. It is impossible to buy alcohol from 10pm to 10am. For youth till 18 years old alcohol is not sold.
Most have heard, that Estonia is indeed a pretty tech-savy country. In fact, much of the country is blanketed in WIFI. From long-distance buses to cafes, pubs, shops and public areas - WIFI is everywhere. In restaurant or cafe j Just ask for password. But very often it is not needed at all. More info at https://wifi.ee/en/
Tax-free shopping is finally starting to gain popularity in Estonia and if you are a non-EU resident and plan to spend over 38€ on electronics, clothing or even souvenirs - it might be worth trying to claim the tax back.When making a purchase just present your passport, ask for a tax-free stamp on your receipt and take receipts along with unused purchases to the customs office at the airport or border-croosings into Russia when you leave the country. At the airport, anything checked into luggage will need to be claimed at Customs before you enter the security gates. Fore more details visit web www.globalrefund.com
When you leave Estonia headed to another EU country, you can take out as much as you can carry. Coming from Estonia to another EU country, each individual age 18 and over may carry in duty-free 90 litres of wine, 110 l of beer, 10l of hard alcohol, (21% or more), 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars, and 1kg of pure tobacco. When leaving, beware of stricter tobacco restrictions if you are headed to UK, Sweden or Finland. Travellers from non-EU countries can carry in a measly 4 l of wine, 2 l of alcohol till 21%, 1 l of alcohol up to 21%, 40 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, and 50 g of pure tobacco. For more info, contact www.emta.ee
Estonian food is quite simple, but nutritious. It always includes fat bean soups, pork, cabbage, potatoes. These products are served grilled or boiled with fat cream souses and fresh vegetables.
Estonia is marine country. That is why it is obligatory to visit this or that cafe to try baltic herring and sprat, symbol of Estonia. It is served with cottage cheese, salty cucumber and onion.
Baltic sea is unleavened and full of river fish (flat fish, catfish, crucian, perch). More of it you can try red fish: salmon and trout or go with guide to salmon farm to catch fresh fish.
Estonian food is different by regions. In south Estonia traditional dish is mulgipuuder (potato pure with pearl barley and beckon) и mulgikapsad (cabbage with pearl barley and beckon). It is offered in a lot of restaurants in Tallinn.
As a desert it is welcome to try barley cake, apple cake, rhubarb cake, yogurt with corn flour and jam.
I attach list of qualified estonian restaurants.
Kuldse nots (Dunkri, 8) http://www.hotelstpetersbourg.com/ru/restaurant/restoran-v-tallinne-kuldse-notsu-korts/
Liisu Juures (Raekoja plats 13) http://www.liisujuures.ee/
DOM (Kinga1) http://www.dom-restaurant.ee/ru/
Farm (Muurivahe 27b) http://restaurant.farm/?lang=ru
Kaerajaan (Raekoja plats 17) www.kaerajaan.ee
Leib resto ja aed (Uus 31) www.leibresto.ee
Mekk (Suur-karja 17/19) www.mekk.ee
Nipernaadi (Endla 23) http://www.restonipernaadi.ee/ru
Ö (Mere pst 6e) http://restoran-o.ee/ru/
Vanaema Juures (Rataskaevu 10/12) http://www.vonkrahl.ee/en/vanaema-juures/
Rataskaevu 16 http://rataskaevu16.ee/ru/
There are a lot of outstanding viewing platforms in Old Town and out of it. My advice is to visit several of them during the daylight and in the evening. Illuminated Tallinn is very excited. During the city tour we visit free of charge viewing platform in the Upper Town. The most extreme viewing platform is situated in St Olaf church on the height of 60 m above the sea level. It works only in summer time (May-October) 10-18, and costs 2 euro/adult and 1euro/child. To reach open platform you need to overcome 260 steps of narrow staircase.
Viewing platform in Dome church in open any season, as it has closed type. From windows of balcony you can enjoy our city. There are no any limits for visiting. Elevator is not provided either, but there are only 150 steps of staircase. Viewing platform of Dome church is the highest in Old Town of 70 meters up. Church is open every day 10-17, but restricted to visit on Saturday at 12 due to organ concert and on Sunday at 11 during service. Entrance to viewing platform of Dome church costs 5 €/adult. Vast amount of fortress wall towers are turned to viewing platforms as well. Entrance fee is 2-3 euro. Ask for senior ticket. In summer time there are a lot holidays, such as Day of Tallinn, Medieval days etc. Several towers (they are under restoration), churches are ready to invite tourists to their viewing platforms. For example, Tall Hermann tower, owned by Parliament is open for anyone on 4th of June - day of Estonian flag. Its height is 50 meters above the sea level. It is the highest tower of Tallinn. In modern district I recommend to visit lounges in hotels Radisson Blu and Swiss Hotel, situated 10 minutes walk from Viru gates. Entrances to them are absolutely free. Lounge works till 2am in Radisson and till 3am in Swiss Hotel. These lounges are situated about 100 meters above the sea level. These are highest in the city centre. Finally, the highest viewing platform in Tallinn is in TV-tower, object of Olympics-80. It looks like space flying saucer on the concrete stick and its exterior is very cosmic too. From the hight of 175 m of the sea level you can see all the Tallinn, no doubt. They say, in clear time even Finnish seacoast is partly looked through. TV-tower viewing platform has closed and open part. From open part you can buy service of jumping by parachute or going on the edge, tied by rope. Price from 20€/adult. Entrance fee to TV-tower is 10 euro/adult. It is closed in State holidays. It is easy to get to TV-tower form city centre - by taxi or bus. From new things I can recommend baloon, situated in cruise terminal of Tallinn. Basket of baloon takes 30 men, and goes up to 120 m. Baloon flights depend on weather. Price is 25 eur/adult and 15 eur/child. It works only in summertime. All the info, please, see at http://www.balloontallinn.ee/
From 2015 you have wonderful possibility to fly around Old Town by helicopter Robinson up to 4 men. Price is 45 euro/adult for 5 minutes tour on the 300 m height. https://summukas.ee/ru/