Few places that I’ve visited on my adventures have surprised me as much as Tallinn. Our visit was sandwiched between trips to St. Petersburg and Helsinki, so it’s fair to say that my Tallinn research may not have been as thorough as it could have been. So, though it may have been overlooked in the research, Tallinn very quickly became a highlight of the trip.
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, and it sits on the coast of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. While there is a very modern city there (it’s been called ‘Silicon Valley on the Baltic’), the old town feels like you’ve stepped back in time.
Town Hall Square is a tourist magnet, and it is very easy to see why. Old Town in general is colorful, quaint, walkable, and so picturesque that its almost hard to take a bad picture.
Our day in Tallinn was gloomy and rainy, but aside from some raindrops on the camera lens, it really only added to the ambiance. We quickly realized that our short day there wouldn’t give us enough time to see everything, which resulted in a mad dash through the streets to see as much as we could.
So, the moral of the story is here is that you shouldn’t judge a place before you get there – you might just fall in love with a city you didn’t expect to. The other moral: if you find yourself in the Baltics, don’t miss Tallinn! And if this isn’t enough to convince you, perhaps this meat pancake will (a very strong contender for the best meal on the trip!)
More Tallinn pics over at Flickr!