The Russian-influenced, full-of-life capital of Estonia, Tallinn is a rising star in the tourism world, thanks to its strategic location; its perfectly preserved Old Town, bursting with quaint sightseeing options; and its remarkable economic boom since throwing off Soviet shackles just over two decades ago. Tallinn feels ages away from its Soviet past — having eagerly reclaimed its unique Nordic identity. Estonian pride is in the air...and it's catching.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Tallinn's Old Town Well-preserved medieval center with cobblestoned lanes, gabled houses, historic churches, and turreted city walls.
▲▲ Kumu Art Museum The best of contemporary Estonian art displayed in a strikingly modern building.
▲ Museum of Occupation Estonia's tumultuous, sometimes secret history under Soviet and Nazi occupiers from 1940 to 1991.
▲ Kadriorg Park Vast, strollable oasis with the palace gardens, Kumu Art Museum, and a palace built by Tsar Peter the Great.
▲ Song Festival Grounds National monument and open-air theater where Estonians sang for freedom.
▲ Estonian Open-Air Museum Authentic farm and village buildings preserved in a forested parkland.
Town Hall and Tower Gothic building with history museum and climbable tower on the Old Town's main square.