Very few town in Europe can be seen and visited with so many well preserved building of this age and a feeling that the whole town is still living in the middle ages – Tallin is an enchanting place!Better still for our Five Dollar Travellers, entrance to the old town is $free! Walk in and soak up the Ambiance!In this Blog we take a walk around the various historic sites….
After Estonia gained independence from The Soviet Union in 1991, Tallin regained its title as capital. There is a new city and a medieval city… you know why we are here!
With Narrow cobbled street you will be doing a lot of walking, but really thats a good thing, getting lost in the maze and accidentally finding an awesome cafe or historic building is exactly the sort of experience you want in a medieval city.
On arrival you are greeted by the outerwalls and a selection of gates (We entered from the ferry terminal end of town). Just keep walking up hill!
We made a b-line for the town hall square. This area is filled with cafes and bars and the hustle and bustle of tourists… you can look elsewhere for a quite corner, but not here! Still, it was breakfast time and we figured that meant beer-o-clock… it was almost 10am after all!
|Town Hall Square|
A tasty breakfast bap was what the doctor ordered, and being Europe, we had no trouble ordering a breakfast beer to go along with it!
|Breakfast, inc. beer!|
Continuing our journey through the winding streets we made our way to the high point of the trip – quite literarily – Toompea Hill, the highest point in the old town and a great vantage point for photographs. Its easy to see why the original fort was built on this hill, clearly a military advantage.
|View from Toompea Hill|
Walking back through the old town, spotting doughnuts through the gates of what could easily have been someones private residence, but was in fact a cafe, we stopped for greasy dough and a glass of Mead – what else would you drink in a medieval town but Queen Elizabeth’s favourite tipple?!
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