Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and is located in the north of the country. It faces the Gulf of Finland, with Helsinki about 80 kilometers (50 miles) to the North, and Russia's St. Petersburg 300 kilometers (200 miles) to the East. It is the oldest capital city of Northern Europe. With Estonia regaining its sovereignty from the Soviet Union in 1991, the city that houses 1/3 of all Estonians is nowadays attracting more tourists than ever. And yet the country's tourism sector still seems to be gaining ever more steam.
The Old Town of Tallinn has been listed as a World Heritage site since the 1990's and is extremely well preserved. It is an astonishing mix of narrow cobbled lanes, Hanseatic architecture, medieval defense towers and churches. Throw in the mix a vibrant fashion-aware population, restaurants, café's and clubs that can rival the best in Europe, and it should no longer be a surprise why this city is thriving.
The number of sights here are too numerous to describe in much detail, but be sure to thoroughly explore the Old Town and its squares and churches (notably the St. Olav's church). Ascend the Patkuli Viewing Platform to get the view over the city that we have pictured with this article. Finally, the Estonian History Museum is a good place to visit if you want to get a better understanding of this old (yet young..) country. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Tallinn is a city in Estonia. It has a population of 428,778, is situated at an altitude of 39ft and the best airport to fly into is TLL (Ulemiste, Tallinn)
- The currency used in Estonia is the Euro (EUR)
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