In Tallinn you will find both new and old, but contrary to the many other places, not intertwined. The distinction between the old town and the newer buildings are very clear. We saw that as being positive, the old town was very well kept and it was almost like going back 500 years in time when we walked around in the streets. One of the popular sights is the Oleviste Kirik (St. Olaf’s Church) and a fun fact is that it was the tallest building in the world between 1549 and 1625, 159 metres tall. The steeple has been hit by lightning at least eight times and has burnt to the ground three times. Today it is 123,7 metres tall.
If you want to do some shopping, there is a shopping center just a few steps outside the gates of the old town. There were two good vantage points in the city, one was up on Toompea, the upper city. It is situated on top of a 50 meter high limestone plateau with castles and palaces, where the nobles once lived. The second is the bar at the top of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lounge 24, which has a panoramic view of the city from a large roof terrace. A major draw for Tallinn is the affordable spa treatments, not without reason. If you want a very affordable trip with cheap and good spa treatment, we recommend the Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. It is a 4-star newly refurbished hotel with a large pool area with several saunas, free for those staying at the hotel until 11 am. In addition, they have a wide range of spa and beauty treatments. Situated just outside the old town, a short walk from many of the major sights of the city. If you want an excursion you can take a tour to Kadriorg, about 20min to walk to the outskirts of the city. It contains a large park with swan pond and two palaces, the Presidential Palace in use today and the Tsar’s summer palace from 1718. Of the things that might not be as expected, we can mention that Tallinn has a very good sushi chain, ‘Silk’. They have fresh and good sushi at a reasonable price.
Tallinn is thus a great option for those who want a cheap weekend will pamper themselves at the spa or just want a break from everyday life. The prices for flights, hotel and food are all very reasonable compared to the rest of Europe.