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Tallinn Travel Guide, Estonia

An overview of Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and lies on the south coast of the Gulf of Finland. The Toompea hill at the heart of city is filled with medieval alleyways and houses and covered with cobbled streets. The lower part of the town extends from the foot of this hill which is still protected through the city wall remnants. The city wall has been well maintained through green parks which are ideal for strolling.

Transportation: A system of tram, bus and trolley bus operates in the city with the use of flat-fare system. The Tallinn Airport has been located at a distance of 4 km from the Raekoja plats and a local connection by bus operates between the city centre and the airport. Copterline operates a helicopter service from Helsinki and Copterline Tallinn Terminal has been situated adjacent to Linnahall. The Edelaraudtee company operates rail services from the city to Valga, Tartu, Narva, Parnu and Tapa and buses are also operational to these destinations. Via Baltica motorway connects the Polish/Lithuanian border to Tallinn through Latvia and the project of Rail Baltica will link the city to Warsaw through Lithuania and Latvia. There are several ferry operators that connect the city to Aland, Rostock, Stockholm and Helsinki.

Tourism: Since independence, the sea and air transport links have improved and the city has become more accessible to the tourists. The Toompea region has several major attractions including the bastions and walls of the Castrum Danrum, Lutheran Cathedral and Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Part of the Lower Town City wall is one of the most well-preserved old towns of Europe and its rehabilitation is continuing to take place. Main sights include St Olaf church tower and Raekoja plats. The Kadriorg Palace is 2 kms from the centre of the city and several tram and bus services serve it.

Shopping: The major shopping hub of the city is on Viru Valjak where there are several big departmental stores such as Foorum, Viru Keskus, Melon and Kaubamaja. The area surrounding the port is also sprouted with an increasing number of super markets, hyper markets and mini markets that cater to tax-free alcohol brigades. For souvenirs and boutiques, the perfect choice is the Viru Street of the old city and there are several stalls that sell traditional goods such as crystal and woolen pullovers.

Tallinn is a safe city to roam about both during the night and day, unless you break the rules of the court.

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