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Headed to Tallinn? Here's what you shouldn't miss!

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The small and charming city, Tallinn will probably give you a feeling of a fairytale atmosphere. Capital and most populous city of Estonia, Tallinn boasts spectacular architecture with its monumental walls, towers, and historic buildings. Must-see sites include Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Kadriorg Art Museum, and the popular maritime Museum, Lennusadam.

In Tallinn you will find some beautiful attractions that you just cannot miss! Places like Toompea Castle, Kadriorg Palace, and Kalamaja District In Tallinn and many more. Continue reading to know more.

Tallinn © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Leskas Getty Image) Tallinn

1. Toompea Castle

Tallinn's Toompea Castle is noted for its beautiful late Baroque façade. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Oleona Getty Image) Tallinn's Toompea Castle is noted for its beautiful late Baroque façade.

Associated with several myths, this ancient castle can trace its roots all the way back to the 9th century. Located at a short distance from many of the Old Town attractions, it offers some of the most beautiful views of the city. It is also home to the Riigikogu (the Estonian parliament). The area around the castle is one of the most beautiful parts of Tallinn with great historical significance and merits a visit.

2. Kadriorg Palace

Kadriorg Palace is a historical building which features a Petrine Baroque architecture combined with colorful exteriors. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Klug-photo Getty Image) Kadriorg Palace is a historical building which features a Petrine Baroque architecture combined with colorful exteriors.

Kadriorg Palace, built in Tallinn for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great, is a beautifully designed palace that houses art museum. Not only does it features a Petrine Baroque architecture which is iconic for its vibrant exteriors, but also it displays different artworks and masterpieces from the 16th to 20th century. The Kadriorg Palace is perfect for those who want to see artworks and architectural designs that reflect Russia's culture and history.

3. Kalamaja District In Tallinn

Kalamaja: An amazing historical place famous for well-preserved wooden houses. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Peeterv Getty Image) Kalamaja: An amazing historical place famous for well-preserved wooden houses.

With its beautiful gothic architecture and wooden houses, Kalamaja is UNESCO listed old town in Tallinn, Estonia. Enjoy your stay in Kalamaja by visiting Telliskivi Loomelinnak which has old classic factory buildings with markets, art exhibits, theater, clubs and charming eateries.

4. Taste Estonian Craft Beer

Estonian craft beer is noted for its distinctive flavours. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) Estonian craft beer is noted for its distinctive flavours.

With a history of brewing that dates back thousands of years, Estonia is known for creating its own brand of drinks. In recent years, beer has become extremely popular in the country that has led to an explosion in the whole craft beer scene. Experimenting with locally grown ingredients and adding herbs in the brewing process among other things gives these Estonian draft beers a remarkably unique flavour.

5. Estonian Open Air Museum

Spend your day in a perfect village setting absorbing the ways and times of rural Estonia of the 18th century. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (DEA / W Image) Spend your day in a perfect village setting absorbing the ways and times of rural Estonia of the 18th century.

The Estonian Open Air Museum takes you back in time to 200-year-old Estonia's countryside. The museum is a recreated 18th to the 20th-century fishing village which showcases the lifestyle, buildings, windmills, school, etc. from that period. Don't forget to buy handicrafts and try ethnic cuisines along with the opportunity to ride a horse in the perfect setting.

6. Check Out Tallinn TV Tower

When in Estonia, check out their tallest building and entertainment center called the Tallin TV tower. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Valeri Pavljuk Getty Image) When in Estonia, check out their tallest building and entertainment center called the Tallin TV tower.

Rising high to 314 meters, the TV tower boasts great reviews, fascinating exhibitions, and interactive attractions. It has a viewing platform which is 170 meters high and offers a fantastic panoramic view of Tallin, its sorroundings , and the sea. An interactive exhibition is also available and accessible when you are in the deck. Of course, a cafe in the highest tallest tower offers drinks as you enjoy the view from the heights.

7. Check Out St Catherine's Passage

A charming historic attraction in Tallinn, St Catherine's Passage is a popular tourist attraction. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Anton Malkov Getty Image) A charming historic attraction in Tallinn, St Catherine's Passage is a popular tourist attraction.

Also formely known as the Monk's Alley, the St Catherine's church (after which the passage is named) is believed to have been built almost 700 years ago. Populated by 15th-17th century residences, the alley transports you back in time to a more ancient world. Reminiscent of a medieval era, this beautiful street is a must visit.

8. Tallinn Zoo

The only zoo in Estonia features hundreds of animals as well as a unique research center that cares for animals. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) The only zoo in Estonia features hundreds of animals as well as a unique research center that cares for animals.

This animal lover's paradise boasts of a broad collection of rare goat and sheep species. Furry and not-so-furry animals like lions, leopards and African elephants are also showcased here. The zoo is also a good place to see bears, lynx, owls and eagles which you’re unlikely to spot in the wild. There's also a relatively new polar bear enclosure. The zoo is slowly transitioning to more animal-friendly enclosures as funds permit. Perhaps this is because animal welfare is among the many endeavors undertaken by the zoo's research lab which, was built in 2015.

9. St. Nicholas' Church

Visit one of the city's iconic landmarks, the St. Nicholas' Church which has a rich history and beautiful architecture. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Vladislav Zolotov Getty Image) Visit one of the city's iconic landmarks, the St. Nicholas' Church which has a rich history and beautiful architecture.

St. Nicholas' Church, in Tallinn, is one of the city's well known landmarks. It features a rich history as it reflects the culture of Russian Orthodox which was established around 12th century. The church was built as a dedication to Saint Nicholas and features a beautiful eastern Orthodox architecture which visitors would surely love to see.

10. St. Olaf's Church

One of the oldest buildings in Tallinn, St. Olaf's Church holds an important place in Estonia's history. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Pawel Toczynski Getty Image) One of the oldest buildings in Tallinn, St. Olaf's Church holds an important place in Estonia's history.

Believed to have been built in the 12th century, this church is a striking sight to see even when viewed from outside. It also bears some connection to Soviet history as it was used by the KGB as a surveillance point. Considered as one of the tallest buildings in the ancient world, you can get some of the most stunning views of the city from the top.

11. St Mary's Cathedral

Enjoy the wonderful architecture and connect with God at St Mary's Cathedral in Tallinn. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Vladislav Zolotov Getty Image) Enjoy the wonderful architecture and connect with God at St Mary's Cathedral in Tallinn.

St Mary's Cathedral is the oldest church in Tallinn with a historic building which was built in 1233 and then built and rebuild many times over the centuries adding diverse architectural designs to it. Visit this fascinating church for peaceful reflections and marvelous Estonian architecture.

12. Marvel At The Street Art Of Kalamaja

See striking art alongside run-down Soviet-era buildings in this corner of the Estonian capital. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) See striking art alongside run-down Soviet-era buildings in this corner of the Estonian capital.

Along the so-called Cultural Kilometer, which is a road lined with museums and abandoned Soviet military and civilian buildings, lies Kalamaja. This neighborhood may at first look like its riddled with graffiti. But a closer look reveals art that will blow your mind. The Telliskivi Creative City, which is within Kalamaja, features some unique art designed by a combination of Mexican and Estonian artists. Their body of artwork, a fruit of the Mextonia Festival, includes a depiction of rocket-powered elevators and blue reindeer in a desert setting.

13. Voyage Through The Seaplane Harbour Museum

Admire the hangers and sail through the times in the Seaplane Harbor Museum in Tallinn. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Aimur Kytt Getty Image) Admire the hangers and sail through the times in the Seaplane Harbor Museum in Tallinn.

The city of Tallin has another gem to showcase, Seaplane Harbor Museum which is the largest maritime museum in Europe. Harbor is known for its seaplane hangers which were built in 1916 and 1917. Find exhibits of old planes, 700-year-old shipwreck, torpedoes, mines, etc in the museum.

14. Kumu Art Museum

Cherish the treasure of Estonian art at Kumu Aet Museum, Tallinn. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Aquatarkus Getty Image) Cherish the treasure of Estonian art at Kumu Aet Museum, Tallinn.

One of the largest art museums in Northern Europe, Kumu Art Museum is home to Estonian exhibits from the 18th century to the recent era including the colonial period. It also has a temporary exhibition of contemporary designs from all over the world. There is space for 400 people at a time in the exhibition hall.

15. Christmas Market In Tallinn

Visit Christmas Market in Tallin and buy handicrafts from local artisans of Estonia. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Subodh Agnihotri Getty Image) Visit Christmas Market in Tallin and buy handicrafts from local artisans of Estonia.

Founded in 1997 and open from the last week of November to the first week of January in the new year, Christmas Market in Tallinn is the most important market in Estonia. Visitors can buy food, handmade clothes, furniture, home decors and handicraft souvenirs in this market.

16. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn: Captivating, the magnificent and enthralling monument in Estonia. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Eloi_Omella Getty Image) Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn: Captivating, the magnificent and enthralling monument in Estonia.

Located on a hill, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is visible from the town of Tallinn. The 100-year-old majestic building of the cathedral built by Russian Czars as a mark of occupation leaves tourists spellbound. If you are still in awe of exteriors, enter the church and be astonished to see the interiors.

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