Tallinn was the second stop of my Northern Europe trip. From Riga I took a bus to Tallinn for 14€ and it took about 4,5 hours. I had three days in Tallinn but all the places to see can be easily visited within two days. So I did a day trip to the town Pärnu as well.
First I was really surprised to see mainly big and modern buildings and one shopping mall after the other. I had always imagined Tallinn to be smaller and rather old.
But Tallinn is a city where modern meets medieval: There’s the new part of the city with a lot of traffic and modern buildings and the old town with buildings from the 14th century.
The town walls, restaurants and architecture of the old town take you back to the past. It’s rather small and located on a hill with beautiful views of the city.
To explore the old town it’s best to just wander around in the small alleys and discover the several view points. Tallinn is really pretty and I think in total I liked it even more than Riga. However, the old town in Riga is bigger and its architecture is more beautiful.
Pärnu is a small beach town located two hours south of Tallinn. It’s called Estonia’s summer capital because a lot of people go there in summer to enjoy the beach. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see anything of the beach because it was covered in snow.
The main reason why I went to Pärnu were the colourful houses. Pärnu is such a pretty, charming town with cute little shops and cafés.
In winter a lot of places are closed but it was still nice to spend a day there. I can imagine how alive this town would be from April to September. It’s definitely worth a day trip from Tallinn. The busses go several times a day and one way costs around 7€ depending on the time.
Recommendations for Tallinn
- Go to the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform at night. The view over the city is beautiful.
- Eat pancakes at the Kompressor.
- The Creative Town is an artsy district with small shops and cafés.
- Visit the Lahemaa National Park.