Exploring Old Town Tallinn On Foot

Arriving one of Europe’s most magical cities, it’s more of a ‘privilege’ than simply ‘luck’ to get into the port of Tallinn, Estonia on a clear warm day. Summer is still at its peak, so today’s visit in this ancient Hanseatic city should be wonderful as it can be. From 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest, for me Tallinn today is at 11. Well, obviously I was exaggerating but honestly when we arrived port of Tallinn this morning, I knew it’s another absolutely perfect day for us – just like what we had in Stockholm yesterday.

Tallinn at this time of the year is at its peak season for cruise visits. Just for today, three ships in a row – Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess and us – are in port.

Tallinn is best explored on foot and around 20 to 25 minutes walk from the cruise terminal, you can start exploring some of the city’s uniquely interesting highlights. The sights around are interesting and uniquely beautiful that getting into hop-on/hop-off tour buses to begin exploring the city is not necessary. Of course if you would want to see and enjoy the views in the comfort of your seat and explore much of Tallinn in a day, hop-on/hop-off buses gives you the best option.

There are only few roads to cross on the way to the Old Town. Additionally, just follow the pedestrian zone and you are safe. The Old Town is hilly and cobblestoned, so I suggest the wearing of comfortable shoes.

Never leave Tallinn without visiting some of the city’s must- see attractions and you can find most of these just around the Old Town. In other words, you don’t need to travel outside the Old Town in order to get the most of your one day visit in Talinn.

Tallinn panorama from Toompea, July 2008The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful places in the Baltic. From beautiful medieval walls and little towers to century old houses – roaming around the Old Town on foot is absolutely worth the walks.

As I mentioned earlier, the Old Town is hilly so the Old Town can be viewed in two perspectives. At the upper town, there’s the Russian Orthodox Church, the 13th century Gothic-style dome cathedral and the castle. Also from the upper town you can view the lower town with its red gabled roofs and spires. One of the most interesting places to see in the lower town is the more than 500 years old pharmacy. Can you just imagine that! A pharmacy as old as 500 years in existence!

A day or two is in fact not enough to explore the Old Town intimately. A week would be fine but still it is not enough. But with very limited time to explore around ashore – just by watching the city skyline afar from the ship – for me that is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So, to have walked around the Old Town, that is already one epic experience for me.

Ship is again leaving Tallinn and this time we are heading for St. Petersburg. We aim to get there by 8AM tomorrow.

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