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    Tallinn – a brief overview

    With its pretty cobbled streets and colourful houses, Tallinn’s serene mien belies a troubled history that has seen successive waves of invaders sweep through. The result of all the upheaval is a hotchpotch of architectural styles, some seriously formidable fortresses and a cosmopolitan outlook that has

    turned the city into one of the friendliest in the Baltic. Less than 23 years after Estonia became independent, Tallinn has built a reputation for being one of Europe’s most optimistic places and has the nightlife, restaurant scene and vibrant culture to match.

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    Kuma

    Weizenbergi 34
    10127 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 602 6001
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1800 (May-Sep)
    Wed-Sun 1100-1800 (Oct-Apr)

    Set in a futuristic Finnish-designed complex, Tallinn’s art museum contains Estonian treasures dating from the 18th century to present day, as well as some unusual pieces of work created during the Soviet era.

    Dome Church

    Toom-Kooli 6
    10130 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 644 4140
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1630

    It might have a blinding white paint job but Tallinn’s Dome Church actually dates from 1233 and was once the main worship spot for Estonia’s German-born nobles. The 69m (226ft) bell tower is open to the public and offers stunning views of the city.

    Paks Margareeta

    Pikk 70
    10133 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 641 1408
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Paks Margareeta, or Fat Margaret Tower, was once, along with the neighbouring Great Coastal Gate, the centrepiece of Tallinn’s seaborne defences. Now a maritime museum, climb to the top for a picture-perfect view of the city harbour.

    Luscher and Matiesen Distillery

    Toom-Rüütli 10
    10130 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 5691 2910
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    More than just a winemaker, the Luscher and Matiesen Distillery doubles as the Museum of Estonian Drinking Culture and is home to a huge array of unusual artefacts that speak volumes of the Estonian penchant for a good knees-up.

    Museum of Occupations

    Toompea 8
    10142 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 668 0250
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1800

    The 20th-century was a particularly bad time for Estonia and this modernist museum relives the periods of Nazi and Soviet rule that dominate the country’s recent history.

    Kadriorg Park

    Kadriorg Park
    10150 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 601 4548
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    Once the grounds of the baroque Kadriorg Palace, Kadriorg Park has been a public space since 1718 and includes a series of beautifully manicured gardens as well as an elegant Japanese-inspired section.

    Maarjamäe Palace

    Pirita tee 56
    10127 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 622 8600
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Sun 1000-1700

    A neo-Gothic pile built in 1874 by a Russian count, Maarjamäe Palace is now home to the Museum of Estonian Film, as well as a more traditional archive covering the 23 years since Estonia regained its independence from Russia.

    Tallinn TV Tower

    Kloostrimetsa tee 58A
    11913 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 686 3005
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900

    Proof that 1980s Soviet architecture didn’t consist entirely of Brutalist blocks, the Tallinn TV Tower was built in 1980 to enhance the signal for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The tallest building in Tallinn, there’s an observation deck and café at 170m (558ft).

    Tallinn Zoo

    Paldiski mnt 145
    13522 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 694 3300
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Home to the world’s biggest collection of rare-breed sheep and goats, Tallinn Zoo occupies 87 hectares (215 acres) of forested land on the outskirts of the city. Highlights include the Amur leopards and the realistic Tropical House.

    Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

    Kalaranna 2
    13913 Tallinn
    Estonia
    Tel: 504 6536
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1200-1900 (May-Sep)

    A formidable limestone block overlooking the Baltic Sea, Patarei was completed in 1840 and began life as a fortress before becoming a barracks. After 1919, it was used as a prison by successive occupying armies.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    The smallest and arguably most scenic of the three Baltic States, Estonia is a nation famed for its enormous forests, beautiful wetlands and remote offshore islands as well as for being one of Europe’s most friendly and forward-thinking nations. Estonia is an unspoilt, sparsely populated country, nearly half of which is covered with forests. For nature lovers there are primeval forests and lakelands to thrill.

    For city breaks, the jewel in the crown is gorgeous medieval capital Tallinn, a picture-postcard of a city – particularly at Christmas. A few days here can take in everything from grandiose architecture and historic churches to cosy cafés and happening nightlife.

    Geography

    Estonia is the most northerly of the three Baltic Republics and is bordered to the north and west by the Baltic Sea, to the east by the Russian Federation and to the south by Latvia. The country is one of great scenic beauty with many forests, more than 1,400 lakes and 1,500 islands.

    Smaller than Lithuania and Latvia, it has nevertheless the longest coastline of all the Baltic States.

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    Key facts

    Population: 1266375

    Population Density (per sq km): 28

    Capital: Tallinn.

    Language

    Estonian is the official language. Many older people also speak some Russian, which is the mother tongue of around 30% of the population. However, using Russian can cause offence and it’s better to speak English, which is widely spoken by people under 40.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Estonia joined the eurozone on 1 January 2011, with the Euro replacing the Kroon, which is removed from circulation on 14 January 2011.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1800.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Independence Day: 24. February 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Whit Sunday (Pentecost): 08. June 2014
    Võidupüha (Victory Day): 23. June 2014
    Jaanipäev (St John’s Day/Midsummer’s Day): 24. June 2014
    Restoration of Independence Day: 20. August 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Independence Day: 24. February 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Whit Sunday (Pentecost): 24. May 2015
    Võidupüha (Victory Day): 23. June 2015
    Jaanipäev (St John’s Day/Midsummer’s Day): 24. June 2015
    Restoration of Independence Day: 20. August 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Tallinn

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    The Old Town, with its seemingly endless selection of pubs and bars, is where most of the action happens although you are likely to run into a stag do or two.

    Also worth checking out is the city centre where cigar bars and chic wine spots abound.

    Chicago 1933

    Aia 3
    10111 Tallinn
    Estonia
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    A glass and steel-heavy, prohibition-inspired cigar bar with an impressive selection of liquors.

    Deja-Vu Lounge

    Vana-Viru 8
    10111 Tallinn
    Estonia
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    Popular with Tallinn’s cool crowd, Deja-Vu boasts a revolving roster of hip DJs and live bands.

    Labor

    Suur-Karja 10
    10140 Tallinn
    Estonia
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    If you like your cocktails served in smoking test tubes, Labor is the place to come.

    Põrgu

    Rüütli 4
    10130 Tallinn
    Estonia
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    It might be hell-themed but for beer drinkers, Põrgu is heaven thanks to its huge selection.

    Vabank

    Harju 13
    10130 Tallinn
    Estonia
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    A bank turned nightclub, Vabank has eclectic décor and comfy beds-come-seats around the edges.

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    Restaurants in Tallinn

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    Like its Scandinavian neighbours, Estonian food is heavy on the pickles in winter and a riot of fresh berries and vegetables in summer.

    While there’s plenty of local fare on offer in Tallinn’s restaurants, international menus of just about every type imaginable are easy to unearth.

    Eesti Söögituba

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Price: Estonia

    Traditional Estonian fare done extremely well. Blood sausage with sauerkraut is the signature dish.

    Entrecote

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Price: Estonia

    Extremely trendy Italian popular with Tallinn’s style set.

    African Kitchen

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Price: Estonia

    Carb-heavy West African fare tops the bill in this quirky dining spot, which also has its own sauna.

    Korsaar

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Price: Estonia

    A pirate-themed restaurant that owes a debt to Johnny Depp serving up grilled fish and meat.

    Kohvik Narva

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Price: Estonia

    Russian food served up in what is, quite literally, a Soviet relic complete with period 1960s décor.

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    Calendar of events

    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

    14 – 30 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Tallinn, Tartu, Viljandi and Narva.

    With a strong emphasis on European films, the annual festival screens features by filmmakers from all over the world. The event also includes several sub-festivals for animated films, student films and children/youth films. The event presents Estonian audiences with a comprehensive selection of world cinema with a particular focus on European films and provides a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience, filmmakers and directors from all over the world. An international jury awards prizes for the best director, best actress and best actor.

    Christmas Market

    22 November 2014 – 8 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: Town Hall Square.

    Charming Old Town Christmas market.

    New Year's Eve

    31 December 2014

    Celebrations in the city to welcome in the New Year in style.

    Baroque Music Festival

    30 January – 7 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Series of baroque music concerts.

    Estonian Music Days

    10 – 17 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Series of classical music concerts.

    Tallinn Jazz Festival

    17 – 26 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Lively jazz/blues and world music festival bringing life to the city as it emerges from winter hibernation.

    Beer Festival

    9 – 12 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.

    Biggest beer festival in the Baltics with live music accompanying lashings of beer.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Tallinn

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    Thanks its increasing popularity with tourists from Western Europe, Tallinn’s hotel offering has exploded in recent years and quality is high.

    Prices, however, tend to be low with comfortable accommodation available for as little as €35.

    Merchants House Hotel

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Category: Estonia

    A seriously stylish boutique hotel that occupies a pair of neighbouring 14th and 16th-century houses.

    Swissôtel Tallinn

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Category: Estonia

    International-style luxury in a 117m (384ft) skyscraper, complete with a 30th-floor bar.

    Nordic Hotel Forum

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Category: Estonia

    Comfortable, central and stylish, and very reasonably priced.

    Hotel Telegraaf

    Pikk 29
    Expensive 10133
    Tallinn
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    Category: Estonia

    Set in a beautiful 19th-century Old Town building, Hotel Telegraaf is an art deco gem within.

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    Climate & best time to visit Estonia

    Generally temperate, but slightly cool and damp. Summer is warm, while spring and autumn can be mild. Winter, which lasts from November to mid March, can be very cold. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with the heaviest rainfall in August. Heavy snowfalls are common in the winter months.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    Jan8 °C-32 °C-3 °C-8 °C87 %43 mm110.8 h
    Feb8 °C-32 °C-3 °C-9 °C85 %28 mm82.0 h
    Mar15 °C-26 °C0 °C-6 °C81 %28 mm84.1 h
    Apr25 °C-17 °C7 °C0 °C76 %34 mm86.2 h
    May30 °C-5 °C13 °C4 °C70 %34 mm78.9 h
    Jun31 °C0 °C18 °C9 °C72 %51 mm810.1 h
    Jul33 °C4 °C20 °C12 °C78 %77 mm109.0 h
    Aug33 °C1 °C19 °C11 °C81 %83 mm107.4 h
    Sep28 °C-4 °C15 °C8 °C83 %81 mm134.7 h
    Oct21 °C-10 °C9 °C3 °C84 %63 mm113.0 h
    Nov13 °C-21 °C3 °C-1 °C87 %66 mm151.0 h
    Dec10 °C-32 °C0 °C-5 °C87 %53 mm140.6 h
    year33 °C-32 °C8 °C1 °C81 %641 mm1234.8 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +372

    Telephone

    Public telephones, which are plentiful, are operated by phonecards available from kiosks.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies and there is good coverage even on smaller islands.

    Internet

    The internet is key to Estonia’s economic success. Free wireless zones can be found all over the country, including in hundreds of places in Tallinn and most hotels offer Wi-Fi for free. There is free internet access at Tallinn Airport. Public access is available at internet cafes, post offices and libraries in main towns and cities.

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    Shopping in Tallinn

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    Key Areas

    Tallinn is one of the best places in the world for picking up unique locally made clothes, with thick winter knits, folk-patterned hats and heavy gloves among the highlights. Much of the action happens around Viru and Müürivahe streets in the Old Town, with the latter hosting Tallinn’s outdoor knit market. The nearby St Catherine’s Passage hosts mediaeval style workshops making glasswork, ceramics and leather goods, while Soviet era trinkets can be picked up in most antique shops.

    Markets

    Kesturg Market is the biggest and sells everything from food to footwear. Head to Sadama Turg for unique crafts and fresh local produce.

    Shopping Centres

    Foorum, a stylish central shopping spot, is the place to go for fashion although if you’re in the market for a bargain, Kristiine is a better bet.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Estonians are generally quite reserved and polite. A hand shake is the customary greeting. Normal courtesies should be observed.

    The Estonians are proud of their culture and their national heritage, and visitors should take care to respect this.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is safe to drink but due to its high mineral content some may dislike the taste. Bottled water is widely available. There are no safety risks pertaining to Estonian food but it pays to use common sense and pay attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of any establishment where you may be considering dining.

    Other Risks

    At night or when visibility is poor, pedestrians in Estonia are required to wear reflectors on clothing in a bid to prevent traffic accidents. These are available at most supermarkets; failure to adhere to the rule could result in €400 fine. Cases of tick-borne encephalitis and lyme disease have been known in rural Estonia; visitors who will be hiking or going to rural areas should wear protective clothing to protect from ticks and mosquitoes. Vaccinations for tuberculosis and hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Sven Dr. Lindström
    SL Meedik Private Medical Center
    Pärnu Mauntee 48a
    10119 Tallin
    Estonia
    Tel. +372-6463390

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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