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anuary, a time to recover from the holidays, try not to spend too much money, and get back into shape. Well, you have come to the right place! Do not let the winter darkness that still looms fool you. It is time to get outside and enjoy wintery Estonia. And you don’t even need to go that far to do it. Tallinn has skating rinks, cross-country ski trails, tobogganing hills, and more! If you are more of a relax and unwind kind of person, Estonia has spas and lots of them. In Tallinn you can enjoy day spas, or even check yourself in at the Kalev Spa Hotel, where you can not only be pampered, but can enjoy a gym and 50 metre swimming pool. Do not forget to take a walk through the Old Town. The quiet snow-covered streets almost make you feel

like you have gone back in time. Be careful, snow and icicles have been known to fall from the rooftops. Do as the locals do and walk in the centre of street. Tallinn has quickly become a gastronome’s paradise. Enjoy local and international cuisines, at prices that will not break the travel budget. In this month’s issue, we take a look at the restaurants, cafés, and bars in Kalamaja, Tallinn’s trendiest suburb. If you have not visited the Seaplane Harbour, here is another reason to visit this month: Titanic.

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01 EVITA Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Argentinian themed musical Evita, comes to the stage in Tartu (31 January) and in Tallinn (7&8 March). Evelin Võigema will play the role of Eva Perón, and Vaiko Eplik will play Che Guevara. The musical will be performed in Estonian, with English and Finnish subtitles.

02 FROSTY DANCING ON TUHAMÄE

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The Tuhamäe winter dance festival attracts hundreds of dancers, not bothered by the cold to Ida Virumaa. The dance festival can be enjoyed on 8 February at the Kiviõli Seikluskeskus.

03 TOP DOCUMENTARY FILMS DocPoint Tallinn brings films from Helsinki’s DocPoint Festival to the big screen. Films will be screened from the 23rd-26th January at KUMU and Sõpruse Cinema.

10-11 nightlife 12-13 shopping 14 attractions 15 beauty 16 january events 18 museum 19 transport 20-22 maps and information

04 FESTIVAL OF ICE AND SNOW For the 5th year in a row, Jääfestival (Ice Festival) will take place in Pärnu from the 15th-24th February. A snow village, ice sculptures, adventure park and ice cinema will be built along the banks of the Pärnu River. On the eve of Estonian Independence Day (23 February), the band Metsatöll will perform in the snow village. This year’s theme is ice music.

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PORTS B-Terminal, D-Terminal HOTELS Barons Hotel, Bern Hotel, Braavo Hotel, City Portus Hotel, My City Hotel, Domina Ilmarine Hotel, Ecoland Hotel, Economi Hotel, Euroopa Hotel, Go Hotel Schnelli, Imperial Hotel, Kalev Spa Hotel, Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn, L'Ermitage Hotel, Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel, Metropol Hotel, Nordic Forum Hotel, Old House Hostel, Old Town Maestro Hotel, Oru Hotel, Palace Hotel, Park Inn Central Tallinn, Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn, Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Reval Park Hotel Tallinn, Savoy Hotel, Scandic St. Barbara Hotel, Sokos Hotel Viru, St. Olav Hotel, Susi Hotel, Swissotel, Tähetorni Hotel, Tallink Express Hotel, Tatari 53 Hotel, Telegraaf Hotel, Ülemiste Hotel, Vana Wiru Hotel, Viimsi Spa Hotel, Von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn OTHER TV Tower, Hansabuss Business Line, Swedish Embassy, Sadama Market, Stockmann Info, Tallinn Airport, Tallinn Tourist Information, Citytour Buses, Hansabuss Airport, Merekeskus Lootsi keskus, Puumedi Group OÜ RESTAURANTS Pirita Yacht Club, Arizona, Beerhouse, Clazz, Molly Malones, O

'Malleys, Odessa Restaurant, Seven Seas Restaurant, Troika Restaurant, Turg Restaurant, Waynes Coffee PÄRNU Astra Hotel, Legend Hotel, Pärnu Visitor's Centre, Strand Hotel, Sanatorium Tervis, Tervise Paradiis, TRK Viiking, Koidulapark Hotel, Pärnu Airport TARTU Dorpat Hotel, London Hotel, Pallas Hotel, Tartu Visitor's Centre, Tartu Airport, Turu Linna City Information Point WESTERN ESTONIA Pärnu Yacht Club, Arensburg Boutique Hotel, Fra Mare Thalasso Spa, Haapsalu Tourist Information, Hiiumaa Tourist Information, Johan Spa Hotel, Kuressaare Airport, Kuressaare Tourist Information, Promenaadi Hotel Haapsalu, Meri Spa Hotel, Rüütli Spa Hotel EASTERN ESTONIA Jõhvi Tourist Information, Meresuu Spa, Narva Tourist Information, Rakvere Tourist Information, Saka Cliff Hotel & Spa, Toila Sanatorium, Vihula Manor, Villa Theresa, Sagadi Manor SWEDEN EAS Stockholm, Estonian House Göteborg, Estonian Air Stockholm,Tallink Mariehamn, Tallink Stockholm RIGA Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel, Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel, The Blue Cow Backpackers Hostel, The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel

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Must-see sights of the Old Town TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

in Low German, as this was one of the main things soldiers spent their time doing while on the lookout for intruders. Kiek in de Kök dates back to the 15th century. The tower is 38 metres tall, and the walls are four metres thick. Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn B1.

Viewing Platforms Kohtu Platform - offers one of the best views of the Old Town. The impressive tower of the Niguliste Church seems at arms length. The red tiled roofs with white edges are characteristic of Tallinn. Tallinn B1. Patkul Platform - shows both a view of St Olaf’s Church, and part of the city wall. The church was even taller in medieval times and the tallest building in the world in its time. Nowhere else can you see the city wall from a better angle. Tallinn B1. Kiriku Platform - the platform at the end of Kiriku Street faces west and offers a view of splendid and romantic sunsets. Tallinn B1.

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Raeapteek The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe's oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location, in the Town Hall Square. Tallinn Old Town H 1. Photo: Anneli Tandorf

Raekoja plats Tallinn’s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) is Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval town hall square and was built at the beginning of the 1400s.

Toompea Castle The Tall Hermann Tower (15th century) on the southwest corner of the hill, and the blue, black, and white Estonian flag signify independence and freedom for Estonians. Today, Toompea is the centre of Estonian government and the Riigikogu (parliament). Look for the pink building behind the Russian Orthodox Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral. Tallinn B1.

Tallinn Old Town H 1-2.

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Blink and you might miss this narrow passageway off of Vene. Built in 1246, St. Catherine's Monastery (Püha Katariina klooster) is the oldest building in Tallinn. This passageway is also known as the Latin Quarter of Tallinn, and where you can find one of Tallinn’s first Italian restaurants. Tallinn Old Town H 2-3.

Kiek in de Kök and the Bastion Tunnels

St Olaf’s Church (Oleviste kirik) Climb the stairs of the St Olaf Church and you will discover not only the lower town beneath but also the magnificent palaces facing the slopes of Toompea Hill, and the upper town. The old town of Tallinn is divided into a lower and upper part. The lower town was inhabited by hanseatic traders and the upper town, or Toompea was inhabited by nobility. Lai 50, Tallinn Old Town E2.

The Kiek in de Kök tower is the entrance to historical underground bastion tunnels. In Soviet times they were supposed to serve as bomb shelters and protect the communist elite in case of a war. Kiek in de Kök means, “look into the kitchen”

Paks Margareeta Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta) is the most important fortification tower in Tallinn. She was built in the early 1500s. The diameter of the tower is 25 metres and the walls are up to 6.5 metres thick! She was constructed to protect Tallinn from intruders from the sea. Fat Margaret is often the main entrance gate and first encounter for visitors to the Old Town in Tallinn, if arriving by sea. Pikk 70,Tallinn A2.

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A fascinating museum about Soviet history in Estonia is located on the top floor of the Viru Hotel. The hotel rooms were under KGB surveillance. The rooms were equipped with microphones, and small holes were made in the walls, where cameras could be placed to take pictures of hotel guests. The museum is only accessible by guided tour. Tours run daily and are held in English, Finnish, Russian, and Estonian. English tours book up quickly so bookings are recommended. Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.

Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to see everything, but on the Tallinn City Tour you just might. Three lines run daily, and best of all, each one passes through the Port of Tallinn, making it even more convenient. The tour operates in ten different languages and is guide by a recorded audio track that follows the sequence of the sights. One ticket is valid for 24 hours. This means that you can travel on all three routes in one day. If you purchase a 24-hour Tallinn Card then your journey on the Tallinn City Tour is free.

■ Pick up the Tallinn Card (available from Tourist Information Kiosks and the A & D terminals at the port) for free entrance to many museums, free use to Tallinn city transportation, including the Hop on, Hop off bus (don’t forget the swipe the card), and further discounts all around town. www. tallinncard.ee


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by the Russian tsar. The construction is architecturally unique since it was the largest armoured concrete ceiling in the world at the time of construction.

Küti 17 / Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn By tram: No. 1 or 2 from the city centre to the Linnahall stop. From there, by foot along the Cultural Kilometre trail.

Kalamaja & Kopli Kalamaja (Fish house) is a historic suburb filled with wooden houses and old factories. From the 14th century, Kalamaja has served as Tallinn’s main fishing port and was home to fishermen and fishmongers. When the railroad connected Tallinn with St. Petersburg in 1870, many factories opened. The colourful wooden houses you still see today were built in the 1920s and 1930s to house the growing working population. Kalamaja has seen a revival over the last few years as artists and other bohemian types moved in for the large spaces and cheap rent. Restaurants and cafés began to open, and the area continues to grow .

Patarei Prison (Patarei Vangla) Patarei Prison gives an eerie glimpse into gloomy Soviet era prison life. For a small entrance fee you can take a self-guided tour through the dark halls of this old sea fortress that has served as barracks, and then as a prison during Soviet times.

Kalaranna 2-2a By tram: No. 1 or 2 from the city centre to the Linnahall stop. From there, by foot along the Cultural Kilometre trail, just before the Seaplane Harbour.

Pirita Pirita is an area located a short distance to the east of the city centre and offers a variety of things to see and do. Start by visiting the ruins of St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster) whose colourful history dates back to the 15th century. A stroll through the ruins and the surrounds, including the small cemetery, is a moving reminder of the past. Its proximity to the Pirita River and the beach makes it perfect as part of a day excursion. The 2km long beach can attract up to 30,000 visitors a day in summer. Also located a short distance from the beach is the city’s Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) and the famous Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn), which is a must see as it not only provides a number of interactive exhibits but also offers one of the best views of the city and the district. A starting point for information on these can be found at:

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Tallinn – Paldiski With the days getting shorter, and a little cooler, it’s safe to say you won’t be headed to the beach for sunbathing. If you’re looking for a bit of history and some beautiful natural scenery, then this is the day trip for you.

St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster)-Kloostri tee 9, Tallinn

Prior to 1994, Paldiski was a Soviet military base and home to 16,000 military personnel. After 1994, and after the military base closed, the population reduced quickly to about 4,300, its population today. The town has been in a state of decay, but slowly seems to be turning around with new investments and development, in particular near the port. Just outside of Paldiski is the Pakri peninsula. The peninsula itself is stunning, with tall limestone cliffs, and is home to the rare black guillemots, which look like small penguins. The Soviet ruins (abandoned bunkers and military debris) that are scattered along the peninsula are being torn down to clean up the area. Other attractions include the red lighthouse, a tsarist era train station, and the Pakri wind farm. ■

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Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn) Kloostrimetsa tee 58A, Tallinn

Paldiski is located about 50km west of Tallinn. It’s easy to get there by bus or train. Trains leave from Balti jaam train station and take just over an hour to get there. For train timetables visit: www.edel.ee

Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) Kloostrimetsa tee 52, Tallinn.

Kadriorg Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) Have you ever seen the hull of a real submarine from below? Or better still, crawled through the narrow living and working quarters of a fully refurbished sub from the 1930s? The submarine Lembit was one of two Estonian submarines built in the UK in the mid 1930s. Another sight is an authentic replica of the Short Admiralty Type 184 seaplane, a British two-seat reconnaissance, bombing, and torpedo carrying folding-wing seaplane used in the Estonian war of Independence in the early 1920s and later for mail service. The museum is located in the former seaplane hangars built during WWI

Kadriorg Park is the area that houses the Presidential Palace (Presidendi kantselei) and the Kadriorg Palace (Kadrioru loss), and the KUMU Art Museum. (All located on Weizenbergi). Kadriorg means Catherine’s Valley in Estonian, and dates back to the 18th century. The park and the palace were built by Peter the Great, who apparently helped in its building. As was customary at the time, the main house was named after his wife. There are plenty of other things to see in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace, head straight along the park trail to the Russalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The famous Song Festival Grounds (Lauluväljak) are only a short walk from the park as well.

A quick history of the city of Tallinn Estonian Open Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) Visitors can catch a glimpse of the Estonian countryside and village life from the past. The venue has a distinctive rural atmosphere that includes various farm buildings as well as its own church, tavern, and schoolhouse. Several mills, a fire station, fishing net sheds, a dancing area, and a village swing add to the character of the place. Some of the country’s iconic windmills can also be seen. Various demonstrations, displays and interactive activities help bring the past to life and provide visitors with a fun and educational experience.

Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn.

The name Tallinn originates from the Danish occupation (1219–). 1285 Tallinn joins the Hanseatic League. 1346 The Danish sell Tallinn to the German Order. Toompea was divided among princes and bourgeoisie in the upper-town and craftsmen in the lower-town. 1561 Tallinn goes to the Swedish. 1721 The Russians conquer Estonia and Tallinn. 1918 Estonia declares independence and Tallinn becomes its capital. 1939–44 Russians and Germans occupy Tallinn. 1944 The Soviet Army bombs Tallinn in March and causes extensive damage. 1400 people are killed. 1944–1991 Tallinn becomes a Soviet capital

and hosts the sailing competitions of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 1991 Tallinn becomes Estonia's capital. In 1997, it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2011 Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture along with Turu. Its population is estimated at 411,000: 53% Estonians, 38% Russians, 9% Other.


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An Estonian village in the capital of Estonia over 70 historical buildings on a vast territory numerous events throughout the year horse and carriage rides, bicycle, scooter and sled rent handicraft shop and village shop from the 1930s, Estonian national food at the inn Open daily at 10-17 Buses: 21 and 21B from the Balti jaam train station. City Tour Blue Line from Viru Square. VabaĂľhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. Ph. +372 654 9100, www.evm.ee.

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Alternative Dining in Ka industrial look of the building. Daily specials and desserts are written in chalk behind the bar. We tried the Kukeke burger and we were not disappointed. Generously topped with marinated beetroot and onion, and served with a side of fries, you certainly will not go hungry.

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Kalamaja has seen a revival over the last few years as artists and other bohemian types moved in for the large spaces and cheap rent. Restaurants and cafés began to open; Kalamaja is home to some of Tallinn’s most interesting cafes and restaurants. What better way to be come acquainted with the city than to do as the locals do.

Telliskivi 57, Tallinn B1.

■ REVAL CAFÉ Across the street, Tallinn’s café chain Reval has opened their latest location. The menu offers full meals, and the display is filled with appetising cakes and pastries. Try the housemade dumplings or the chicken fillet with borscht salad and mint yogurt sauce.

■ FHOONE F-hoone was one of the first restaurants to open in Kalamaja. Located in the Telliskivi complex, this large restaurant is built into an old factory and often houses events and special evenings. The menu offers simple dishes in large portions. Both vegetarians and meat eaters will be pleased. Prices are reasonable, almost half of those you find in the Old Town. Try one of the daily specials, which you can familiarise yourself with on Facebook.

favourites as mustard flavoured pork, served with sour cabbage and lingonberry-pumpkin salad, and oven-baked Brie. And vege-

tarians will certainly enjoy the sweet potato and feta gratin.

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Telliskivi 60A, Tallinn B1.

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Telliskivi 60A, Tallinn B1.

■ KUKEKE The two-level restaurant is located in an old railway depot. The interior is simple, keeping with the

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We just can’t stop hearing enough great things about this addition to the Kalamaja restaurant scene. Daily lunch specials (soup, main, dessert) going for under 10 fill you up without emptying your wallet. Menu items are also fairly priced, and portions are generous. The menu changes seasonally, hence the name. The winter menu features such hearty

Come for lunch, or enjoy a coffee at F-Hoone.

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century, Kalamaja served as Tallinn’s main fishing port and St. Petersburg in 1870, many factories opened.

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Pokaal is a wine bar located in the Telliskivi complex, serving snacks and appetisers, and wine, of course! DJs can be heard ard spinspin ning on the weekends. A great reat place to spend an evening! g!

Also located in the Telliskivi complex, Pudel concentrates solely on bringing us some of the finest drinks from around the world.

With a beer list that puts most bars to shame every customer should be able to find at least one beer that will appeal to their tastes. ■

Telliskivi 60a, Tallinn B1

Food and service are a good reason to visit Leib in Tallinn.

Right on the Mark gourmet TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

There is no shortage of great beers at Pudel.

The Alternative of Alternative Kalamaja is not all hipsters and bistros; some of the original bars of the neighbourhood are still running, where you can meet interesting characters and enjoy cheap vodka.

really good and cheap sashlik (meat on a skewer), this is the place to come. Peer into the kitchen and watch the cook prepare everything while you wait. Their homemade dumplings were also delicious.

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When dodgy neighbourhoods undergo gentrification, some of the original businesses remain. Kolm Lõvi, or Three Lions is the perfect example of this. Their new Facebook page boasts “all sorts of alcohol, beer on tap, food, karaoke, and striptease.” Expect low prices, 80s and 90s music, and a great travel story to tell your friends back home.

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Dumplings at Leila Baar.

■ LEILA BAAR Leila Baar is certainly a man’s bar, not only because I was the only woman in the place, but also because this bar is all about meat and beer. Do not let the exterior fool you; if you would like some

If cheap beer is not enough, then what about cheap beer and sauna? Piramida advertises as being one of the cheapest bars in Estonia, with all kinds of drinks, great food, including homemade dumplings (arguably the best food with beer or vodka), and swimming pool with a sauna, TV, and as any good Estonian bar would have, free Wi-Fi.

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did not disappoint. The chocolate melted in your mouth along with toffee, yoghurt ice cream, the perfect sauce and more. All of the dishes were full of character and flavour, which are subtle and there for your own epicurean detection. Small and beautiful nuances are used to add a final finishing touch to each dish. Thought its not needed, bonus points go to the restaurant’s sommelier who helped us choose the best wines and beers to go with our food. ■

The recently published 50 Best Restaurants In Estonia found Leib at 11th place. Among Tallinn restaurants, Leib placed 7th. They deserved both places, if not higher even. The restaurant’s service is praised, and rightly so. The staff aims to please their customers and ensure they have a great time. The atmosphere, and location along the Old Town wall is superb. Tour- Location ists and locals alike keep coming Leib Resto ja Aed, back to Leib. Uus 31, Tallinn F3. We visited the restaurant during the Christmas period and the menu was offering fish, vegetarian dishes, and a chocolaty dessert. The salmon was delicately flavoured. It was served in a glass jar together with salad and warm bread. The vegetable stew showed that vegetarian dishes could indeed be tasty. The main component of the dish was aubergine, which was complemented by so many different tastes and elements. The dessert was Leib is located in the old Scottish Club. most appealing and


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Photo: The Kuressaare Standard Lounge

Red Emperor Bar

■ RED EMPEROR BAR Red Emperor Bar is another bar that shares a house with a hostel. It is definitely a very popular place among foreigners and young people – especially backpackers. From time to time theme parties will take place; you can play beer pong and giant Jenga. Also, there are karaoke nights, open-mic nights,

Estonian Music Lenna is an Estonian solo singer, previously known as a former member of the popular pop band Vanilla Ninja. She has really proven herself over the last couple of years; people take her as an individual singer with an amazing voice. Her voice is somewhere between strong and feminine, with an interesting throaty tone that sounds unique and enthralling. Lenna’s concerts are usually very intimate and genuine. If you want to listen to beautiful Estonian music you should go to see her!

quiz nights and ladies nights, so there is always something going on. On the weekend it will be absolutely packed so if you dig some privacy then it’s not the best choice, but if you want to meet some interesting people from all around the world then it’s definitely the place to go!

Aia 10, Tallinn Old Town, G3.

LENNA

■ TRAVELLER’S PUB The Traveller’s Pub is located away from the Old Town, and could easily go unnoticed because of its location. The pub is a favourite for adventurous travellers. Even the atmosphere has a global theme – globes on tables and maps on walls. There is a television upstairs where visitors can share their most memorable travel videos and pictures with all guests in the bar. The food is delicious and the menu changes often. The Traveller’s Pub is one of the most interesting pubs in Tallinn – come and share your most exciting travel experiences or just listen to someone else’s stories!

Kuressaare Standard Lounge

retro style atmosphere. The bar is open only at weekends and shares the same building with a hostel, so if you feel too tired to go home, you could easily rent a room. From time to time „Coyote Ugly“ theme parties take place where beautiful Estonian girls will show their best dance moves. It has a perfect loca-

tion next to all big clubs and pubs so it is an ideal place for warming up before heading to clubs or summing up the night’s adventures. The drink menu is not very long but it’s a cool place without trying too hard.

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town, I2.

Tartu mnt 44, Tallinn, B3.

■ THE KURESSAARE STANDARD LOUNGE The Kuressaare Standard Lounge is a well-hidden little secret bar in Tallinn that is built in an old house and has his own unique

Photo: The Kuressaare Standard Lounge

The Kuressaare Standard Lounge


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Photo: Harry Tits

Tallinn Nightlife A few more suggestions for evening (or early morning) entertainment:

Gay Sports

Club 69

Clayhills

G-punkt

Sakala 24, Tallinn B2.

Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1.

Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn.

Drink Baar

X-baar

Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Tatari 1, Tallinn.

Hell Hunt Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2.

Karaoke

Mad Murphy’s

Gelsomino Karaoke

Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Lai 2, Tallinn Old Town G1.

Nimeta Baar

Koskenkorva Karaoke Bar

Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Roseni 13, Tallinn A2.

Cigar Lounges

Nightclubs

Chicago 1933

The Bank Club 777

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Tartu mnt 17, Tallinn B3.

La Casa del Habano

Bibabo

Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town H1.

Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn Old Town J1.

Sigari Maja

Red Emperor Bar

Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town H2.

CatHouse

Estonian

Club Hollywood

Karja Kelder

Club Münt

■ SHIMO LOUNGE

■ TOPS

■ KODU BAAR

Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Shimo Lounge is built in an old cellar and is a classical looking pub. You can eat delicious food and choose between a large selection of beers. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is cosy with a fireplace in the corner. DJs will be playing various music for every taste and the staff is really friendly and nice. Shimo Lounge will always surprise you as the crowd and atmosphere changes with every night. It is definitely a place worth checking out, as you will never know what to expect. The bar is changing its location in January so be sure to keep an eye on that!

Tops is an underground place away from the Old Town. The food menu isn’t as long as the drink menu but it’s quite cheap and won’t leave you hungry. There are many different events like movie nights, theme nights and live music. On the weekends, it can get busy. The interior is decorated in soviet style and will leave a good impression about old times in Estonia. If you want to experience the nostalgia that is so familiar to most Estonians, you should check Tops out!

Kodu Baar is an interesting bar with mismatching furniture and a popular place among young artsy people. The bar’s prices are low so it is perfect for saving a little money after Christmas. “Kodu“ means “home“ in English– seating is comfortable and music is kept at a reasonable volume. It’s good for chilling and making plans for the rest of the night. Take your friends and gather around in a big living room for a nice little get together.

Lootsi 10, Tallinn A3.

Kuninga 1, Tallinn Old Town, I2.

Soo 15, Tallinn, A1.

Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2. Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2. Mürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Kochi Ait Tavern

Club Privé Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1.

Kolmas Draakon

Club Studio

Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Valli Baar

Panoraam

Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2.

Parlament

Live Music

Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2.

Café Amigo

Tapper

Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.

Pärnu mnt 158G, Tallinn.

Chicago 1933

Teater

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1.

Clazz

Vabank

Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1.

NYC Piano Bar

Venus

Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Rock Café Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn.

Von Krahl

Vaimu 1, Tallinn, F2. ■

Rataskaevu 10/12, Tallinn Old Town H1.

Photo: Kodu Baar

Tops

Kodu Baar


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shop

Shopping Spotlight: Kaubamaja Kaubamaja – Estonia’s department store. TEX: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Kaubamaja is one of the only two department store chains in Estonia. Here you will find just about anything. Over the last few years, the store has undergone some renovations, including improvements to its children’s department and women’s sections, and most recently, menswear section. Kaubamaja is connected to Viru Keskus through an overpass that leads to additional departments like the cosmetics department on the ground floor; ladies wear on the second floor, and a gourmet grocery store in the basement level. This department store sells brand name designer fashions, and stocks top name appliances and cosmetics. Kaubamaja was founded in 1960 as a government enterprise. Once Estonia regained its independence, it was transformed into a public limited company. Kaubamaja has a location in Tallinn and in Tartu..

Services Available: ■ Personal Shopping ■ Tailor ■ Sewing Services – curtains, bed linens, and more ■ Hairdressing and beauty salon ■ Gift Cards ■ Home Delivery Service

Just this year, Kaubamaja in Tallinn renovated their men’s department. The department, which stretches over two floors, brought in some new brands to add to their already extensive line of men’s wear. New brands include: JOOP!, Karl Lagerfeld, and Baldessarini. On the second floor, you will find men’s wear, including outerwear. Move one floor up, and there you will find shoes, accessories, and formalwear. ■

Location Gonsiori 2, Tallinn, B2.

Shopping in the children's department is fun for everyone.

Made in Estonia ■ Keep an eye out for the sign Eesti Toode, if you are looking for locally designed clothing. This label can be found on clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. ■ The kitchen and home wares department is changing constantly with new products coming in all the time. While there are many small items to choose from, kitchen gadgets, small appliances, and other accessories for the home, if you do find something larger that you just must have, Kaubamaja offers home delivery service too. ■ The children’s department was also renovated earlier this year to include a more interactive shopping experience. The children’s department, which stretches over the fourth and fifth floors, has of course clothing and toys, as well as a children’s hairdresser, a supervised playroom, diaper-changing room, and an ice cream café. ■ The women’s wear department and ladies’ shoe department are massive. Local and international brands can be found. After the holidays, sales will begin, and you can enjoy great discounts on items throughout the store. ■ Across the street in the Viru Keskus portion of Kaubamaja is the cosmetics department. Along with top name cosmetics and fragrances, this department houses one of the largest selections of hair care and other beauty products. Look for Joik’s extensive line of skincare products, if you are looking for something local.

Kaubama

Find top name kitchen accessories in the home wares department.


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Shopping in Tallinn ■ Department Stores Stockmann, Liivalaia 53. B3. The Tallinn branch of Finland’s favourite department store. Tallinna Kaubamaja, Gonsiori 2. B2. This Estonian department store has been in business since 1960 and is now attached to the Viru Shopping Centre.

■ Central Shopping

Centres

Foorum, Narva mnt 5. B2 Almost opposite the Viru Shopping Centre, Foorum houses a promenade of stylish boutiques. Postimaja Shopping Centre, Narva mnt 1. B2 The newest shopping centre in Tallinn houses an H&M. Rotermanni keskus, Rotermanni 8. B2 This modern shopping centre in the newly renovated Rotermanni district houses gourmet food shops, a Scandinavian furniture store, and many international clothing brands. Solaris, Estonia pst 9. B2. One of Tallinn’s newest shopping centres that houses a cinema, numerous restaurants, as well as a top-end supermarket. Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4. B2 Twenty years ago the site of this shopping centre was nothing but a parking lot, right beside the Hotell Viru. In 2004, it turned into a modern shopping complex with over 100 stores.

■ A bit further out Järve Keskus, Pärnu mnt 238. Buses 5, 18, 32, 36, 57. This shopping centre has quite a few furniture shops, as well as a store for everything you might need for your sauna.

aja stocks women's and men's clothing by local designers.

Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Free bus from the port. A modern mall just outside of the city centre. Mustikas keskus, A.H.Tammsaare tee 116. Trolleys 1, 2 and 3. A shopping centre in the west end of the city.

The linen and bedding department.

The shoe department.

Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Free bus from the port. This massive centre was completed

in 1998 and resembles a large mall in North America. It is over 54,000 square metres in size and houses 170 shops – everything from food to fashion, Marks & Spencer to a children’s play world. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Busses 2, 15 and 54 (Sossimägi), Trams 2 and 4 (Lubja). A small shopping centre located near the airport that houses fashion outlets, a few electronics shops, and restaurants. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Buses 2, 7, 15, 65. Located close to the airport, this two-level shopping centre is one of the biggest in Tallinn.

■ Near the port: Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. A3 This shopping centre houses a food store, large liquor store, and top brand clothing and shoes can be found as well.

Merekeskus, Mere pst 10. A3. The Merekeskus is the oldest shopping centre in the area. The two-level complex houses many clothing stores and souvenir shops. Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7. A3. A medium sized shopping centre with a sports apparel shop, grocery store, and more. SadaMarket, Kai 5. A2 This has the appearance of a market, with many small stalls and shops.

■ Food Markets Baltijaam (Train Station) – Kopli 1. A1. Keskturg (Central Market) – Keldrimäe 9. C3. Kalaturg (Fish Market) – Kalaranna 1. A2. Lasnamäe Market – Punane 48a. Mustamäe Market – E. Vilde tee 75a. Nõmme Market – Turu plats 8. A2. Sadama Turg – Sadama 25.


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Winter Fun in Tallinn

Did you know that there are beautiful forests, and serene landscapes, all within a quick bus or train ride from Tallinn? Or that you can skate right in the centre of the Old Town? Whether you like skiing, skating, tobogganing, snow tubing, or simply hiking, there is plenty to keep you busy this winter!

TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS EAS

Skating in the Old Town Have you ever skated in the centre of a medieval town? Enjoy skating right in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town on Harju Street. Skates are available for rent, and you can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa beside the rink. Harju tn, Tallinn, Old Town I1.

New! Skating at Norde Centrum Norde Centrum, the shopping centre located in Tallinn’s port district has opened their very own skating rink this winter. Skates are available for rent and discounts are available for groups of six or more people. Lootsi 7, Tallinn A3

Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

Pirita

Nõmme

In winter, the slopes of the Song Festival Grounds are packed with skiers, snowboarders and toboggans. The Winter Park has a snow park with ten obstacles including flat boxes, a rainbow, A-frame, wave box, different rails, pipes and more! Skaters can enjoy a skating rink; cross-country skiers can enjoy 1.8 kilometres of tracks, suitable for both classic and skating styles; and snow tubes are provided for snow tubing.

The trails at Pirita are used for walking in summer and skiing in winter. In winter, the trails are lit until 22.00. There are 7.2 kilometres of trails all together. Ski equipment rental is available from the Pirita Velodrome, as well as locker and shower rental.

If you have never been to this suburb of Tallinn then you’ve been missing out. This forest suburb is beautiful both in summer and in winter. It’s easily accessible by train, and you can take part in both cross-country and downhill skiing. Enjoy 1, 2, 3, 5, 15 kilometre cross-country ski trails from the Nõmme Spordikeskus. Ski equipment rental is also available.

Narva mnt 95, Tallinn Buses 1A , 5, 8, 34A, 38 - stop “Lauluväljak”

Pirita Velodroom Rummu tee 3, Tallinn

Nõmme Spordikeskus Külmallika 15a, Tallinn Train schedules: www.elektriraudtee.ee

The Nõmme Snow Park offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. Equipment can be rented and individual and group lessons can be organised for beginners and skiers that are more advanced and snowboarders alike. ■ Nõmme Snowpark (Nõmme Lumepark) Vana-Mustamäe tee 16, Tallinn


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THE WRINKLES CAME Can anything be done about those unwanted wrinkles? TEXT MARGE UIBU, SKIN DISEASE SPECIALIST, IHOAKATEMIA HELSINKI/DERMAMED TALLINN, PHOTOS DERMAMED

Many of us look at ourselves in the mirror every morning and notice wrinkles that were not there before. The truth is this: wrinkles start to appear as early as 25 years of age. Where can you find help? Cosmetics are useful, at least in the beginning. It is important to use creams that moisturise and have a protective effect on the skin, as well as anti-wrinkle creams and skin firming creams. Nowadays

one can get a head start with skin care at home, which can include, for example, a mild fruit acid-based exfoliator, retinol day creams, and other wrinkle-reducing agents. In addition to home skincare, at the first sign of wrinkles make an appointment with a cosmetologist. Regular skincare procedures and massages will improve blood circulation and metabolism. It is often believed that a surgical scalpel will remove wrinkles, but the truth is this, that no surgery will tighten wrinkles or remove them completely. Often, skin

PDT can be used for treating acne and wrinkles.

firming and renewing treatments are needed even after surgery. Over the last ten years, noticeable technological advances have been made in the field of aesthetic medicine. The first wrinkles are easily taken care of with botulin and hyaluronic acid injections. The effects of botulin will last between six months to one year. Both injections have now been used for decades. Modern procedures tighten the skin and smooth wrinkles without breaking the skin’s surface. Different methods are used depending on the desired outcome: pulsed light therapy and LED procedures, non-peeling lasers, radio frequency skin treatments and their components. One of the newest technologies is photodynamic therapy (PDT), which can be used as the first step to treating skin cancer, certain superficial skin cancers, and acne, as well as for anti-aging treatments. When planning one of these procedures, it is important to know that there can be side effects. Before a skincare procedure, it is important to go for a consultation, where an individual treatment plan will be set, desired effects will be discussed, as well as recovery time, and possible side effects. ■

LED procedures help treat acne and rosacea.

Indoor Activities

Not a fan of the cold? Don’t worry, at Kalev Spa you can stay warm and active! TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Kalahari 35-minute massage.

Kalev Spa is a hotel, gym, spa, and aquatics centre all in one, located in the heart of Tallinn’s City Centre, on the outskirts of the Old Town. Hotel guests can enjoy an active, yet relaxing spa holiday, without ever leaving the comfort of the hotel, or their bathrobes. And children won’t be bored for a moment, the aquatics centre has waterslides, wading pools, and 50 metre pool too! Above the aquatics centre is a gym, with all of the gym equipment and machines, you could ask for, including a spinning room. Classes fill up quickly, so it is a good idea to book in advance.

Class schedules can be found on the Kalev Spa website. Also surrounding the pool are VIP sauna rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 15

people. The rooms have a sauna and Jacuzzi, as well as private showers, a lounge area, to which catering can be ordered, and of course access to the aquatics centre. Rent

a VIP sauna room for birthday parties or for a relaxing time with friends. Looking for some downtime? Why not visit the spa. We decided to try Kalev Spa’s new Kalahari treatment line. The 35-minute back massage is both relaxing and invigorating. It involves a deep tissue back massage, as well as hot stones and towels. Kalev Spa also offers hairdressing and other beauty services. Visit their website for a full list of available treatments and procedures. ■

Location The 50 metre swimming pool at Kalev Spa.

Kalev Spa Aia 18, Tallinn Old Town F3.


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december events

Photo: Jaak Nilson

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Photo: Kaarel Mikkin

■ 43rd Tartu Marathon

There is nothing that Estonians love more than sauna! And here is their chance to prove it. Sauna teams may have up to four people, and the object of the competition is to stay in the sauna for at least three minutes. The first prize goes to the team that entered the sauna the most amounts of times within the shortest amount of time.

Tartu Marathon, start: Otepää Tehvandi Stadium February 16

2 February, Otepää

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited 2014 World Tour

Song and Dance Celebration 2014 Friday 4 July ■ 18.00 First performance of the Dance Festival at Kalev Stadium Saturday 5 July ■ 11.00 Second performance of the Dance Festival at Kalev Stadium ■ 14.00 Procession from Freedom Square to the Song Festival Grounds ■ 21.00 First concert of the Song Festival, Song Festival Grounds Sunday 6 July ■ 11.00 Third performance of the Dance Festival at Kalev Stadium ■ 11.00 Second concert of the Song Festival, Song Festival Grounds

This is a great opportunity to hear the original sound of Steve Hackett without having to wait in a queue or buy tickets months in advance. He is known for such international hits as Watchers of the Skies, Dancing With the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, Dance on a Volcano, Supper's Ready and many others. His latest double album Genesis revisited II has already become double gold. ■

Song and Dance Festival Celebration Tips

28 April, Nokia Concert Hall Photo: ■ EM Concert Group

The Top Estonian Cultural Event The Song Festival is not a matter of fashion; the Song Festival is a matter of the heart. – Lennart Meri TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS EAS

Steve Hackett

■ Sauna Marathon

If last year is any indication, the 43rd Tartu Marathon will be a truly huge event. The 63 kilometre long trail takes you through the forests of Otepää and over the hills of Elva. If you don’t think you can make it that far, then there is also a 31-kilometre race. The ski style is classic. On February 15, a race for children will take place at the Tartu Tähtvere Sport Park. Every participant gets a prize. You can register for the marathon at: www.tartumaraton.ee. Register sooner, rather than later, because as of December, there were only 4000 spaces left!

Every five years the Song and Dance Celebration is organised. This year’s theme is “Touched by Time. The Time to Touch.” 187,800 spectators attended the last Song and Dance Celebration and 35,320 performers took part. The Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Song Festival will take place for the 26th time. The tradition began in Tartu in 1869, and has grown throughout the nation into a unifying event. In 2009, 913 choirs and 28,166 performers took part. The Dance Festival tradition goes back to 1934. This year’s festival (19th) will bring about 8000 dancers together. Most of the Dance Festivals have taken place at

the same time as the Song Festival. The Dance Festival takes place at the Kalev Stadium, located about 750 metres from the Hotel Olümpia. One of the top moments of the Song and Dance Celebration is the procession through the city. Participants dressed in traditional folk costume walk, dance, play, and sing. Tens of thousands of spectators line the streets.

Long Preparations Since 2013, choirs and dance groups have been training for the event. The selection process has begun and by the beginning of 2014, the final list of performing groups will be announced. Although there are places for over 35,000 performers, some will not make the cut. Only the top performers will make it.

Photo: Kaarel Mikkin

In 2009, 187,800 spectators attended the Song and Dance Celebration.

■ Accommodation is always booked early, it is wise to start looking now. ■ Comfortable shoes are essential. Traffic is a mess after the Song Festival and you may be forced to walk back to the city. ■ Come prepared for every type of weather. Do not leave your umbrellas and raincoats at home. ■ There are ATMs at the Song Festival Grounds, but will no doubt have an endless queue behind them. Bring extra cash.

The programme begins on June 15th in Tartu when the torch begins to move. This year’s programme is called TuleTulemine 2014 and the torch is brought from town to town on bicycle. Visitors can touch the torch at its various stops. There are three main dance numbers in the Dance Festival Programme, which all end with the Tuljak dance. The field will be full of dancers of all ages. The first concert of the Song Festival will take place after the procession on Saturday night, and will begin with the lighting of the flame at the top of the tower of the Song Festival Grounds. This year’s theme is that of the previous Song Festivals, 1869-2009. Sunday’s seven-hour concert is a mix of old and new material that has been written for this year’s Festival. ■


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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES TALLINN

Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum)

■ Museums

Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn, A4. www.kadriorumuuseum.ee Jan–Apr: We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17 May–June : Th 10–17, We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum)

Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum) Weizenbergi 28, Tallinn, B4. www.mikkelimuuseum.ee Jan–June: We 10–20, Th-Su 10–17 July–Dec: Tu, Th-Su 10–17, We 10–20

Lai 17, Tallinn Old Town, 1G. www.etdm.ee. We-Su 11 - 18

Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum) Pikk 17, Tallinn Old Town, G1 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee 01.09 - 30.04 Th-Tu 10–18

Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace Maarjamäe Castle, Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, A5 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee We-Su 10–17

Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum) Pikk 70, Tallinn Old Town, D3 www.meremuuseum.ee. 01.10-30.04 Tu-Su 10–18

Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum) Lai 29a, Tallinn Old Town, F2 www.loodusmuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17

Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. www.evm.ee 23.04-28.09 Mo-Su 10-20, 29.09-22.04 Mo-Su 10-17

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum) Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, I2 www.tmm.ee. We-Sa 10-18

Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Passages Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town, J1 www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/ 1.03-31.10 Tu-Su 10.30-18 1.11-29.02 Tu-Su 10-17.30

Miia-Milla-Manda Museum (Muuseum Miia-Milla-Manda) L. Koidula 21C, Tallinn B4 www.linnamuuseum.ee/miiamillamanda. Tu-Su 12-18

Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum) Weizenbergi 34/Valge 1, Tallinn, B5 www.kumu.ee Oct–Apr: We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18 May–Sept: Tu 11–18, We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18

Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum) Niguliste 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.nigulistemuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17 Ticket office closes 16.30

Vene 16, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.kloostri.ee. 1.06-30.09 Mon-Sun 11-17 Winter by appointment only.

Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu) Ahtri 2, Tallinn, A2. www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee We 12–18, Th 12-20, Fr-Su 11-18

■ Museums Estonian Literary Museum (Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum) Vanemuise 42, Tartu www.kirmus.ee. Mo-Th 9 - 17, Fr 9 - 16.30

Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum) Kuperjanovi 9, Tartu. www.erm.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18

Estonian Sports Museum (Eesti Spordimuuseum) KGB Cells Museum (KGB Kongide Muuseum) Riia 15b, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. Tu-Sa 11- 16

Museum of the 19th Century Citizen of Tartu (19. Saj. Tartu Linnakodaniku Muuseum) Jaani 16, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. We-Su 10-15

Postal Museum (Postimuuseum)

Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU)

Rüütli 15, Tartu www.erm.ee/en/visit/postal-museum. We-Su 11- 18

Lai 1, Tallinn Old Town, G1. www.nuku.ee. Tu-Su 10-19

Tartu City Museum (Tartu Linnamuuseum)

Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum) Toompea 8, Tallinn Old Town, B1 www.okupatsioon.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18

Narva 23, Tartu. Tu-Sa 11- 18. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee

Old Observatory (Tähetorn) Tartu Song Festival Museum (Tartu Laulupeomuuseum)

Raekoja 4, Tallinn Old Town, H2. (Located behind Tallinn’s Old Town Square) www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum 1.03-31.10 Th-Tu 10.30-18, 1.11-29.02 Th-Tu 10-17.30

Jaama 14, Tartu Tu-Sa 12 - 18. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee

Vene 17, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.linnamuuseum.ee We – Mo 10.30–17.30

Viru Hotel and KGB Museum (Hotell Viru ja KGB muuseum) Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2 http://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/hotels/tallinn/basic-information/hotel-viru-and-kgb-museum/ Please contact the hotel to make a booking. Tours available in English, Finnish, and Russian.

■ Art Museums & Galleries Adamson-Eric Museum (Adamson-Ericu muuseum) Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.adamson-eric.ee We-Su 11–18

TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition – includes original artefacts from the ocean floor, as well as life size models of actual rooms of the ship including the grand staircase. And if that’s not enough, there is detailed information about the passengers on board too. Together there were 1316 passengers on board, along with 885 crewmembers and 8 orchestra members. Only 706 individuals survived. There have been books written about the sinking of the Titanic, along with films, and the tale has been spoken about more than any other similar event. The exhibit is made up of facts, which are in and of them interesting and need no embellishing. This tragedy still leaves people speechless, even after one hundred years. The exhibit begins with a glimpse of the era, and the technological developments that inspired the ship’s creation. During this time, the biggest and fastest machines were being built. The Titanic was talked about around the globe. The luxury liner symbolised limitless possibilities.

Lossi 40, Tartu Tu-Su 10 - 18. http://www.ajaloomuuseum.ut.ee/tahetorn

Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum)

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)

The Titanic exhibit at the Seaplane Harbour brings visitors face to face with this maritime tragedy. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

TARTU

Rüütli 15, Tartu. www.spordimuuseum.ee. We-Su 11 - 18

Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum)

Journey with the Titanic

■ Art Museums & Galleries

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Tartu Art Museum (Tartu Kunstimuuseum) Raekoja plats 18, Tartu, http://www.tartmus.ee We-Sa 12:00 - 18:00, Su 11:00 - 18:00

Tartu Art House (Tartu Kunstimaja) Vanemuise 26, Tartu, www.kunstimaja.ee We-Mo 12-18

Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn. Open: T-Su 11–19.

Tallinn City Museum branch museums:

City Hall Museum (Raemuuseum) Raekoda, Tartu (Town Hall Square) http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee/?m=4 15.09-14.05 Mo 9-18, Tu-Fr 9-17, Sa-Su 10-14 15.05 -14-09 Mo-Fr 9-18, Sa-Su 10-17

Location

www.linnamuuseum.ee

Tartu Toy Museum (Tartu Mänguasjamuuseum) Lutsu 8, Tartu www.mm.ee. We – Su 11 – 18

From om there, you move inside the ship to o the first class suites, and the he less comfortable third class rooms. The biographies of passengers are also discussed. The journey ended when the ship collided with an iceberg, and after three hours sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. It was not found again until 1985. The exhibit also talks about the search and discovery of the wreck. Each entry pass to the exhibit has a brief description of a person on board, which you can research further to discover your fate, had you been aboard. After the exhibit, you can taste parts of the first class menu of the Titanic. On offer are potato salad, chicken or lamb, as well as a Waldorf pudding for dessert. These dishes were offered on board the Titanic on its last night. Entry to the Seaplane Harbour and the TITANIC Exhibit (15.11.2013–31.03.2014) 14/7. ■

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1 CITY MUSEUM at 17, Vene Street The Tallinn City Museum is housed in a medieval merchant’s dwelling in the centre of the Old Town. It got the European Museum Forum’s nomination in 2003. The museum and its café are open: Wed-Mon 10.30 am-6 pm 2 Remodelled MUSEUM KIEK IN DE KÖK and BASTION PASSAGES at 2, Komandandi Road 3 New! THE MAIDEN TOWER MUSEUM-CAFÉ at Lühike jalg 9a Exhibition open Mon-Sun 11.30-19.00 Café open Mon-Sun 11.30-22.00 4 PHOTO MUSEUM at 4/6 Raekoja Street, 5 CHILDREN’S MUSEUM at 16, Kotzebue Street 6 HOUSE OF PETER I at 2, Mäekalda Street 7 MUSEUM MIIA-MILLA-MANDA at 21c, Koidula Street Colourful theme museum for children Writers’ museums with authentic interiors: 8 A. H. TAMMSAARE MUSEUM at 12a, Koidula Street 9 E. VILDE MUSEUM at 3, Roheline Aas

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Tallinn’s public transport system consists of trams, buses, and trolleys. All three use the same ticketing system. Tourists can purchase a ticket from the driver for 1.60€. Please have exact change ready. In 2013 a smartcard ticketing system was introduced. If you plan on using public transport more than three times, this is your best option. Smartcards can be purchased and topped up at R-Kiosks and are transferrable. The Tallinn Card also allows you to use public transport for free. Both cards must be validated by touching them to the orange card reader. Detailed route plans are displayed at all the stops, or plan you journey ahead of time on-line at: http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee

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Hipodroom

Humala Looga Mustjõe

Taksopark

Pirni

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Välja Haabersti

Taksopark Koskla

J. Poska

KADRIORG Balti jaam Mere pst Hobujaama L. Koidula 1, 3 Tallinna Htl. TallinnOLD Viru Ülikool TOWN KADRIORG 6 Htl. Tallinn 1 Paberi Tehnika Tõnis3 Estonia KAUBAA. Adam- mägi Keskturg Vabaduse soni MAJA väljak Tõnismägi Majaka AutobussiKoidu jaam Sikupilli Kosmos Lubja Koidu UUS-MAAILM

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VäikePaala

Ülemiste

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■ Getting to and from Tallinn

TallinnVäike

Sääse

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driving in Estonia visit www.mnt.ee.

Easy Car Rent – www.easycarrent.ee Hansarent – www.hansarent.ee Sir Autorent – www.sirrent.ee Yes Rent – www.yesrent.ee

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There are many other companies to use in Tallinn, some which have a car drop-off and pick-up option to your hotel or holiday apartment. For more information on

Airport

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Karikakra

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You don’t need to hire a car to get around the city of Tallinn, but a car is a great way to see the countryside and explore small towns. If you are arriving by plane, your most convenient option is to use one of the many rental companies at the Tallinn Airport:

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Marja

Sinilille

Car Hire Budget – www.budget.ee Europcar – www.europcar.ee Hertz – www.hertz.ee National – www.europcar.ee Sixt Rent A Car – www.sixt.com

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JÄRVE

TALLINN CITY TOUR

PIRITA

Take a tour of Tallinn on the red double-decker bus. Simultaneous translation in 10 different languages. Hop On Hop Off - bus tickets valid for 24h on three different lines.

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KOPLI KALAMAJA PELGULINN

ROCCA AL MARE

PORT

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Red Line - City Centre Green Line - Pirita Blue Line - Rocca al Mare Tour routes last approximately one hour. All services begin at Viru Square. Tickets start at 13€. www.citytour.ee

■ Taxis Tallinn’s taxi rates can vary drastically, so to avoid being ripped off remember to check the rates displayed on the window before getting in. For a full listing of taxi rates visit: www.taksod.ee The Tallinn Airport has an agreement with the following taxi companies: Tallinna Takso, Tulika Takso, and Tallink Takso. A journey from the airport to the city centre should cost between 7-10€, or slightly more in heavy traffic.

■ BY BUS: Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam) Lastekodu 46, Tallinn www.tpilet.ee, www.peatus.ee Ecolines – www.ecolines.ee Hansabuss Business Line – www.businessline.ee Lux Express – www.luxexpress.eu Temptrans – www.temptrans.ee From the bus station to the city: tram no. 2, bus no. 17, no. 23

Linda Line Express - www.lindaline.ee TO/FROM STOCKHOLM Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com TO/FROM ST. PETERSBURG St. Peter Line - www.stpeterline.com From the Port of Tallinn to the city/airport: bus no. 2

■ BY TRAIN: Train Station (Baltijaam) Toompuistee 37, Tallinn www.edel.ee www.gorail.ee From the train station to the city: tram no. 1, no. 2, or ten minutes on foot to the Old Town

■ BY AIR::

Driving in Estonia No international driver’s licence is required to drive in Estonia, but the following rules apply to all drivers: ■ Blood alcohol level must be zero. ■ Estonia has no motorways per say. Please mind intersections and cyclists. ■ The speed limit is most often 50km/h in towns, but can vary between 30-70km/h depending on the area. Speed limits will be posted. Outside of cities and towns the speed limit is 90km/h and 110km/h on dual carriageways.

■ All cars must carry a warning triangle,

wheel chocks, a first aid kit, and fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear fluorescent vests when stopped at night. ■ In case of collision, please call the police. Insurance documents and driver information should be exchanged. ■ Please pay parking and speed fines to avoid penalty.

Emergency Numbers: PU H E L I N N UPhone MERO T : P O L IPOLICE I S I 1 1 0 110, , P E LEMERGENCY A S T U S T O I M I 112, 1 1 2 , AUTOMOBILE A U T O A B I 1 81888 8 8 ( 2(24 4 h) H).

Parking Parking in Tallinn can be difficult, especially during working hours. Public parking on city streets will cost between 1.40-4.60 per hour, depending on the area. Blue parking signs will tell you the rate and the paid periods. Some areas, including the Old Town require you

to be for parking at night. Parking passes can by purchased from machines or kiosks. Remember to leave your parking clock (or a written note) indicating the time when you first parked.

■ BY SEA: TO/FROM HELSINKI Eckerö Line - www.eckeroline.ee Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com Viking Line - www.vikingline.ee

Lennart Meri eri Tallinn Airport (Lennujaam) nnujaam) Tartu mnt 101, 01, Tallinn www.tallinn-airport. n-airport. ee/eng From the airport to the city: bus no. 2, no. 90K FAST CLASS By Copterline – www.copterline.ee Travel between Tallinn and Helsinki City Centres.


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www.visitestonia.com

■ Medical Centres and Pharmacies

Tartu

24H Pharmacy Tõnismägi 5, Tallinn Tel. +372 644 2282

ESTONIA AT-A-GLANCE Area: 45,227 km2. Population: approximately 1,350,000 Capital: Tallinn, population approximately 400,000. Other cities: Tartu 98,522, Narva 64,057, Pärnu 42,433 Ethnicity: Estonians 68%, Russians 24.8%, Other 6.5% Language: The official language is Estonian, which belongs to the Finno-Ugric group of languages (Finnish, Hungarian). Russian is the mother tongue of more than 300,000 inhabitants. English is widely spoken throughout the country. Religion: Approximately 20% of Estonians are non-religious, others Lutheran, Orthodox, Catholic. Currency: Euro € Independence: 24 February 1918 Re-independence: 20 August 1991 Weather: Average temperature July 16C, February -9C Time Zone: GMT +2 Elevation: The highest point in Estonia is Suur Munamägi (318m) located in Võru County. Islands: 1,521. The largest are Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, and Muhu. Lakes: Lake Peipsi, located on the border between Russia and Estonia, is Europe’s fourth largest lake (3,555km2).

Holidays 1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday 1 May – Spring Holiday; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer’s Day; 20 August – Re-independence Day; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day The work day preceding New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, and Christmas Day is reduced by three hours.

2013/2014 School Holidays Christmas break 21 December, 2013 5 January, 2014 Spring break 15-23 March, 2014 Summer break 6 June - 31 August, 2014

Mustamäe Medical Centre Ehitajate tee 27, Tallinn Tel.+372 659 8318 Keskhaigla Medical Centre Ravi 18, Tallinn Tel. 1900, +372 622 7070

■ Central Post Offices Kristiine Post Office Endla 45 (Kristiine Shopping Centre), Tallinn Airport Post Office Tartu mnt 101, Tallinn Toompea Post Office Lossi plats 4, Tallinn Old Town Old Town Postal Store Viru 20, Tallinn Old Town

EMBASSIES AUSTRIA Vambola 6, 10114 Tallinn +372 627 8740

FINLAND Kohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn, +372 610 3200

ICELAND Tõnismägi 3A, 10119 Tallinn, +372 640 8711

NORWAY Harju 6, 10130 Tallinn +372 627 1000

TURKEY Narva mnt. 30, 10152 Tallinn, +372 627 2880

BELGIUM Rataskaevu 2-9, 10123 Tallinn, +372 627 4100

FRANCE Toom-Kuninga 20, 10122 Tallinn, +372 616 1600

IRELAND Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 681 1888

POLAND Suur-Karja 1, 10146 Tallinn +372 627 8206

UKRAINE Lahe 6, 10150 Tallinn +372 601 5815

BULGARIA A. Lauteri 5E, 10114 Tallinn +372 648 0388

GEORGIA Viru väljak 2, 10111 Tallinn +372 698 8590

ITALY Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 627 6160

PORTUGAL Kohtu 10, 10130 Tallinn +372 611 7468

UNITED KINGDOM Wismari 6, 10136 Tallinn +372 667 4700

CANADA Toom-Kooli 13, 10130 Tallinn, +372 627 3311

GERMANY Toom-Kuninga 11, 15048 Tallinn, +372 627 5303

LATVIA Tõnismägi 10, 10119 Tallinn, +372 627 7850

RUSSIA Pikk 19, 10123 Tallinn +372 646 4175

CZECH REPUBLIC Lahe 4, 10150 Tallinn +372 627 4400

GREECE Pärnu mnt 12, 10148 Tallinn, +372 640 3560

LITHUANIA Uus 15, 10111 Tallinn +372 631 4030

SWEDEN Pikk 28, 10133 Tallinn +372 640 5600

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Kentmanni 20, 10116 Tallinn +372 668 8100

DENMARK Wismari 5, 10136 Tallinn +372 630 6400

HUNGARY Narva mnt 122, 13628 Tallinn, +372 605 1880

NETHERLAND Rahukohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn Tel. +372 680 5500

TOURIST INFORMATION Tallinn: Niguliste 2/Kullassepa 4, Tallinn Tartu: Raekoda plats 1A, Tartu Pärnu: Uus 4, Pärnu Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva Rakvere: Laada 14, Rakvere

Event and Concert Tickets

Järvamaa: Keskväljak 8, Paide Räpina: Kooli 1, Räpina

Phone calls ■ There are no city codes in Estonia. Local calls can be made simply by entering the number as is. Mobile phone numbers start with 5. Estonia’s country code is +372. Dail 00, then the country code, and then the phone number to make a call overseas.

■ Tickets to just about any event or concert in Estonia can be purchased on-line at Piletilevi, Piletimaailm, and Ticketpro. Or, visit their most central locations at: Piletilevi: Viru Shopping Centre, Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2 Ticketpro: Solaris Shopping Centre, Estonia pst 9, Tallinn B2 Piletimaailm (Eesti konsert): Estonia pst 4, Tallinn B2

Jõgeva: Suur 3, Jõgeva Saaremaa: Tallinna 2, Kuressaare Hiiumaa: Hiiu 1, Kärdla Haapsalu: Karja 15, Haapsalu Jõhvi: Rakvere 13A, Jõhvi Otepää: Tartu mnt 1, Otepää Valga: Kesk 11, Valga Viljandi: Vabaduse plats 6, Viljandi Võru: Jüri 12, Võru

Accepted in nearly 100 locations, the Tallinn Card gives you free entrance and discounts.

Free Wifi ■ Yes, that’s right, the rumours are true! Almost everywhere you go in Estonia, you will find free WiFi access for your mobile devices. Look for the orange and black WiFi sign, or visit www. wifi.ee for a listing of all Internet hotspots.

Rapla: Viljandi mnt 4, Rapla

Tallinn Card is available at: Tallinn Tourist Information Kiosks, Kullassepa 4/Niguliste 2, from A and D terminals at the Port of Tallinn, as well as in many Tallinn hotels. www.tallinncard.ee.

■ Useful Phrases please...........................................palun thank you ...................................aitäh, tänan excuse me ..................................vabandage hello..............................................tere, tervist good morning ..........................tere hommikust good day.....................................tere päevast good evening............................tere õhtust good night .................................head ööd goodbye .....................................nägemist, head aega all the best..................................kõike head, kõike paremat have a good trip.......................head reisi bon appetite .............................jätku leiba, head isu cheers, to your health ............terviseks

How much does this cost? ............. kui palju see maksab? Do you have…?.................................. kas teil on? on teil? where is… ............................................ kus on… What is this?......................................... mis see on? What does this mean? ..................... mida see tähendab? How are you? (formal)...................... kuidas elate? How are you? (informal) .................. kuidas läheb? not bad .................................................. pole viga! nice to see you/to meet you.......... rõõm teid näha, meeldiv kohtuda it was nice meeting you .................. oli meeldiv tutvuda What time is it? ................................... palju kell on? I do not speak Estonian, Russian .. mina ei oska eesti (vene) keelt Do you speak English? ..................... kas te räägite inglise keelt? /Swedish/Finnish/German? ........... /rootsi/soome/saksa keelt?

■ Currency Exchange Debit and credit cards are widely accepted throughout Estonia, especially VISA and Mastercard. American Express is not as widely accepted. Currency can be exchanged in banks throughout the country. Major Estonian banks include: LHV, Swedbank, SEB, and Nordea. There is a wide network of ATMs in major cities and smaller towns. Currency can also be exchanged at Eurex, and Tavid.


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