1050, that’s the date when the first fortress was built in Tallinn. The name ”Tallinn” comes from Estonian words ”taani linnus” meaning ”Danish castle” . The city regained it’s final independence in 1990 after many successive waves of occupation from Germany, Sweden, Russia, again Germany and again from Russia. Estonian capital was pretty fortunate because it wasn’t ever fully destroyed , pillaged or razed, even after II World War. Today, Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the most best preserved medieval cities in Europe. What you will find there is a complex of interesting history with a very impressive UNESCO heritage.
Historical must see: Old Town, Kohtuotsa viewing platform, Bastion Passages, Seaplane Harbor Museum, Kadriorg Park.
In tallinn you can clearly see the soviet touch after 50 years of their occupation. You can find lots disused soviet hardwares and urbex spots. The best way to see those facilities is to go for a tour and get educated about the occupation, feeling the breeze of the history.
Soviet must see in Tallinn: Teletorn TV tower, Linnahall, KGB Museum.
Underneath Tallinn’s historic side beats an economic and cultural heart that is truly modern. The neighborhood around the Old town is preety contemporary. Tallinn is progressively re-investing the country as a modern country.
Morden must see in Tallinn: Street art and galleries at Telliskivi Creative City, Balti Jaam Market, Kumu Museum, Hell Hunt or Pudel – there you can try estonian craft beer.