Flights to Tallinn
Perhaps not as well known as the Budapest’s and Prague’s of the new Europe, Tallinn is becoming an increasingly popular city break destination all the same. The capital and largest city of Estonia is situated on the northern coast of the country and features some beautiful historic architecture.
You can get a 1-stop flight to Tallinn with South African Airways or Lufthansa from South Africa, with connections in Frankfurt or Munich respectively. Ironically, a 2-stop flight to Tallinn with Virgin Atlantic is actually several hours shorter than the 1-stop flights! Virgin travels through London and then Stockholm. The Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (airport code: TLL) is about 4 kilometres from downtown Tallinn, and there are public bus services. The airport has recently been renamed, and is still sometimes referred to as the Ulemiste Airport, so be aware of this when booking your flight to Tallinn.
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The Tourist Attractions of Tallinn:
Tallinn Old Town
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site the historic centre of Tallinn features plenty of beautiful old architecture and quaint streets. Split into two distinct sections, Tallinn’s Old Town was formerly two separate towns; the upper half on the hill, named Toompea, and the Lower Town, called All-Linn. Both sections have some fantastic attractions, but the Lower Town is really at the heart of Tallinn’s history – it is one of the best preserved old towns in Europe.
In the Lower Town you can take time to explore the narrow cobbled streets, and think of days gone by! The main sights to look out for include St Olaf’s Church. Its tall steeple once made this the tallest building in the world, and though it’s now tiny in comparison to the world’s tallest buildings the viewing platform still gives visitors some excellent Tallinn Old Town views. It’s open from April to November.
The Old Town was once contained within large city walls, and there are still some extensive parts still standing today. The walls were interspersed with towers, notable of which is Kiek in de Kok. This artillery tower was built in 1475 and you can now go inside and visit a museum housed there.
Above the Lower Town, Toompea is best known for the impressive Alexander Nevski Cathedral. It’s not as old as some of the city’s buildings, built between 1894 and 1900, but it’s very beautiful with its Russian style architecture. Also in Toompea is the Danish Castle (also known as Toompea Castle), which is now home to the Parliament of Estonia.
The New City
The Old City is the most popular part of Tallinn, but you should allow yourself time to see parts of the New City too. Attractions such as Kadriorg Palace will be found here. This stately building was formerly the home of Peter the Great and it now houses part of the Art Museum of Estonia.
Tallinn Botanic Gardens is another popular attraction, and these are the largest botanic gardens in the country, while the views from the observation deck of the nearby Tallinn Television Tower are something special!
When Should You Visit?:
Summer is a good time to visit Tallinn as you can enjoy mild temperatures, peaking at just under 21C (average high) in July. Summers are short lived though, so visit between June and August for the best temperatures. From October it becomes cool, and in January (the coldest month) the average high is only -3C. Rainfall is common throughout the year, so pack an umbrella!