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Contents ABOUT ESTONIA

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ast month, Estonia made the travel press once again, making it onto The Guardian’s 20 best bargain holidays in Europe for 2013, AFAR’s Top 13 Places to go in 2013, and Feminist First’s 8 Must-visit destinations for 2013. Estonia was praised for its art, food, and architecture, as well as “fairly cheap prices and lack of mainstream commercialisation.” What struck me about these articles was, the authors are trying to get you to visit in summer, but what’s wrong with February in Estonia? Ah, February in Estonia, the days are longer, the temperatures keep getting colder, and there is not a sign of spring. But February is in fact a great month! Cross-country ski season is in full swing, and the anticipation of the Tartu Marathon is building. If you want to see thousands of men and women in tight lycra, this is the event for you! But seriously, what a sight!The 42 kilometre race kicks off at 9 am, the

temperature may be -15C, but skiers are warming up, literally trying to stay warm before they have to lose their coats. There is a fine line between too many and too little clothes. Too little, you will be cold, too many and you will sweat and then be cold. But this race attracts people from all over Europe and it’s an event not to be missed. If you’re more like me though, and enjoy sports from the comfort of your own home, then you might want to familiarise yourself with the spas in Estonia. And it just so happens that in this month’s guide we tell you all about the spas in Tallinn, so you won’t even have to travel outside of the city. You might also notice that we have a new format. Our pages are slightly smaller, but still packed full of all the latest information about travel in Estonia.

Area: 45,227 km2. Population: about 1,350,000. Capital: Tallinn, population about 400,000. Independence: 24 February, 1918, Re-independence: 20 August, 1991. Weather: Average temperature July 16°C, February -9°C. Time zone: GMT +2 Language: Official language Estonian. Russian is the mother tongue of more than 300,000 inhabitants. Religion: Approximately 20 % of Estonians are nonreligious, 30 % Lutheran, 28 % Orthodox and 3 % Catholic. Currency: Euro. Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Diner’s Club and American Express are widely accepted. Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz, European (Type C) plug.

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Happy travels, and keep warm!

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01 TOBOGGANING Estonians spend Shrove Tuesday (12 February) racing down the hill on a toboggan with their families. The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds are a favourite spot. A traditional Shrove Tuesday will be celebrated February 10 and 12 at the Open Air Museum. Outside of Tallinn, try Munamägi in Pärnu or the Tähtvere Sports Park in Tartu.

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02 TOUREST TOURISM FAIR Estonia’s biggest tourism fair Tourest will take place 15-17 February at the Eesti Näituse Messikeskus (Estonian Exhibition Centre). Learn about all the fascinating destinations Estonia has to offer, and there are even travel deals to be had.

03 THE BIG MARATHON The legendary Tartu Marathon will take place in the southern Estonian town of Otepää. This year the marathon will celebrate its 42nd year. The race starts on 17 February at 9.00 in Otepää and finishes 63km later in Elva. Children can participate in a children’s race that takes place on 16 February at the Tähtvere Sport Park.

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05 ROCK CAFÉ – BEST BETS Rock out in February and March at the Rock Café with everything from country to heavy metal. 2 February, listen to the haunting tunes of Johnny Cash performed by Estonian musicians. Or want something a little louder? The Finnish metal band Stone will play 27 February. In March, hear Example (24 March) and Sabaton (27 March). Turn to page 16-17 for more details.

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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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It’s all about rhythm and blues in Pärnu from 21-24 February. The Blue Icicle Blues Festival not only includes great performances, but you can also show off your musical talents in one of the many workshops where you’ll have the chance to learn from the masters.


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AIRPORT - CITY CENTER BUS No. 90K This is the best way to travel between the airport and the city centre. These blue buses are easily recognised with the airplane ticket image on the outside. There is space for luggage. The bus stops at various hotels, main attractions and the Tallinn port. Tickets 2â‚Ź. www.hansabuss.ee, http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee/#bus

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Train Station (Balti jaam)Toompuistee 37, Tallinn From the train station to the city: tram no. 1, no. 2, or ten minute walk to the Old Town www.edel.ee www.gorail.ee

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

â– Customs Regulations Visitors from EU countries may carry unlimited amounts of tobacco products into Estonia.

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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 13â‚Ź. www.citytour.ee

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Cars or motorcycles entering Estonia may carry up to 10L of petrol in regulation containers.

Drugs may not be brought into Estonia without permission. Live animals and plants, as well as rare animal and plant species and also require special permission. Firearms and other weapons are prohibited. Pirated materials are prohibited. Estonian Tax and Customs, information for the traveller: http://www.emta.ee/index.php?id=1089

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The distance between the Viru Shopping Centre and the port is about 1 km. Bus no. 2 will get you there, and pass by the airport as well. The MĂľigu Bus Line also passes through the port. For more information and timetables visit: http://soiduplaan. tallinn. ee/#bus/2/ab. The name of the Viru Shopping Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60â‚Ź or from R-kiosks for 1â‚Ź.

The Viking Line offers a free shuttle service to and from the city. The name of the bus stop is Mere puiestee, opposite the Viru Shopping Centre. The bus departs at 14.15, 14.30 and 14.45. The Rocca al Mare Prisma supermarket has a free bus that also passes through the port terminals everyday between 10–17. Please consult the website for departure times: www.prismamarket.ee/prismabuss. php?lang=fin

The distance between the Viru Shopping Centre and the Tallinn airport is 4 km. The no. 2 bus goes to the airport and the schedule can be found at http://soiduplaan. tallinn.ee/#bus/2/ab. The name of the Viru Shopping Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa and the airport stop is called Lennujaam. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60â‚Ź or from R-kiosks for 1â‚Ź. The no 90K bus operates between Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport and centrally located Tallinn hotels. It runs from 7:20am until 6:40pm every 20 min daily. A one-way ticket costs 2â‚Ź.


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Hire a car 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: Budget – www.budget.ee Europcar – www.europcar.ee Hertz – www.hertz.ee National – www.europcar.ee Sixt Rent A Car – www.sixt.com 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 driving in Estonia, turn to page 6-7 in this guide or 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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wheel chocks, first-aid kit, and fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear a fluorescent vest when stopped at night. ■ In case of collision, and in the event of injury, it is advisable to call the police. Insurance documents and driver information should be exchanged. ■ Parking and speeding fines will still be charged if visiting from overseas. Please pay fines on time to avoid penalty.

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Parking in Tallinn The first 15 minutes of parking are free when using a parking clock. This does not apply in parking lots. Parking tickets can be purchased from a kiosk or in select stores. Parking tickets must state the year, month, day, hour, and minute of purchase. Shopping centres are equipped with an automatic teller that accepts coins. In Tallinn, most parking lots are paid. Parking fines vary. Failure to pay for parking may result in a fine of 20. If the parked car is obstructing traffic, the fine will be 64, with

the possibility of it being towed. In this case, please contact the city police 14410. Unpaid fines do not go away, even if you are from overseas. Unpaid fines may triple in value. Please read the signs carefully.

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Gala Concert for the 95th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia

Pärnu Ice Festival 2013 This year’s Pärnu Ice Festival has something for everyone. Enjoy ice hockey and figure skating, watch a film at the ice cinema, or admire the ice sculptures from the Ice Sculpture Symposium ICICLE 2013 (15-17 February, Pärnu). There will even be a food festival for the best jams and preserves in Pärnu County. Two highlights of the event include the Performance

of Ice and Fire on February 16 at 21.00, and the Estonian Party! on February 23 at 19.00. The Performance of Ice and Fire will be the opening ceremony to this year’s festival. It will include a skating and fire show by the Dance Studio Palm Projects, a performance by the figure skating club, Hõbeuisk, fly grossing, and fireworks. The Estonian Party! will take place the

following weekend. This open-air concert will have performances by the legendary singer Tõnis Mägi, Maarja-Liis Ilus, as well as a band and choirs from Pärnu County. The folk dance group Kajakas will perform on the Snow stage. ■

16 February – 24 February www.icefest.eu

ESTONIAN DREAM BIG BAND Looking for something to do while in Pärnu for the 2013 Ice Festival? Why not catch a performance at the Pärnu Concert Hall. This modern building was built in 2002, and is home to the Pärnu Music School, and the Pärnu City Orchestra. This performance is part of the Estonian Jazz Anthology series of concerts (performances in Tallinn, Tartu, and Jõhvi as well). Mart Sander will conduct the Estonian Dream Big Band. Tickets: www.piletilevi.ee

20 February, 19.00 Pärnu Concert Hall, Pärnu www.concert.ee

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Legends of the Times Come to the legendary Viru Hotel for a three-part classic cabaret that follows the fascinating 40-year history of the hotel. Tickets include a glass of sparkling wine as a welcome drink, a threecourse a la carte dinner, inspired by the flavours of the Soviet era, entrance to the Café Amigo night club, and of course the fabulous

cabaret! Be sure to book, tickets are selling out quickly! Tickets: www.piletilevi.ee ■

Hotel Viru Grand 40th Anniversary Cabaret Show Tour 1972-2012 Sokos Hotel Viru, Restoran Merineitsi Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2 Until 27 April 2013

Enjoy the works of Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Offenbach and Tchaikovsky played by the Venemuise Symphony Orchestra and Opera Choir. Performers will be: Charlotta Larsson (soprano, Sweden), Merunas Vitulskis (tenor, Lithuania), Pirjo Püvi (soprano), Karmen Puis (soprano), Valentina Kremen (mezzosoprano), Simo Breede (baritone), and Märt Jakobson (bass). Tickets: www.piletimaailm.ee

8 February, 19.00 Vanemuise Concert Hall, Tartu www.concert.ee

The 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will be celebrated with a concert at the Nokia Concert Hall with performances by top Estonian artists, including the ensemble Ro:Toro, the Tallinn University Male Choir and the Police and Border Guard Orchestra. A total of 70 musicians will take the stage, to be conducted by Hando Põldmäe. Põldmäe has conducted the Virumaa Youth and Virumaa Concert Orchestras, the Georg Ots Music School Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian Orchestra Conductors Brass Band and the Harju County String Orchestra. In 2006, he was awarded the Estonian Choir Association's annual Young Conductor's Award. The Police and Border Guard Orchestra, formed in 2010, is a 30-member group of professional musicians representing the Police and Border

Guard Board. The Tallinn University Male Choir was founded in 1999 and has won many awards since. This is a performance not to be missed! Tickets: www.ticketpro.ee ■

22 February, 19:00 Nokia Concert Hall in the Solaris Centre www.kontserdimaja.ee

Estonian Student Companies Fair Looking for a unique gift? Why not support an Estonian student company by attending the Annual Estonian Student Companies Fair. Over 130 student companies from Estonia, Sweden, and Moldova will be taking part. Here you can find everything from toys to souvenirs, soap to electronics. Õpilasfirma (Student Company) is an entrepreneurship program organised by Junior Achie-

vement Estonia. Students from grades 7-9, through to high school think of a business idea, register it as a student company, and learn what is involved in running their company. This year there are 200 student companies registered in Estonia. ■

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February News Turkish Airlines to open Tallinn route Starting June 11, Turkish Airlines will open an Istanbul-Tallinn-Vilnius-Istanbul route. The airline will fly to Tallinn three times per week using the Airbus A319. Tallinn Airport currently has regular connections to 18 countries.

Ivo Varts dies at 51 Ivo Varts, a drummer for progressive rock bands, died in January. Varts was born in Rakvere, and played for many popular Estonian rock bands, including Ruja, Kaseke, In Spe, Mahavok, Propeller, Haak, Compromise Blue and Apelsin.

New Foundation aims to restore Narva Bastions The Narva Museum is trying to restore the historical bastions of Narva over the next ten years. This EU funded project is expected to cost close to four million euros. The renovations will begin with the Victoria bastions, located on the Estonian side of the river, and then the Honor and Gloria bastions will follow. The latter have not been renovated for 150 years. The museum also plans to work on Narva’s graveyards and Old Town.

Artist to be used for Võru beautification project The artwork of southeastern Estonian native Navitrolla could soon decorate the walls of buildings in Võru. His work is known for its unique visual flair. The city has 18,000 apartment associations, which have been offered the opportunity to have Navitrolla’s work on their façades. His work can been seen widely throughout Tallinn in cafés, as well as in his shop in Tallinn’s Old Town.

Architects debate value of Soviet military relics Architects met at the Museum of Estonian Architecture in January to discuss a new project that will map and analyse 20th century military infrastructure. Ain Tähiste, the head of Hiiumaa's military museum, said: “the problem is that there is an abundance of military sites, many are large and they lack any kind of function. At the same time, they are historical markers, attesting to the fact that, at one time, parts of Estonia were completely off limits for Estonians, accessible only with special permission.” Tähiste explained there are around 10 to 15 military sites originating from the 20th century that should be preserved.

First ice road of the season opens The ice roads crossing lakes and connecting to smaller islands are now open. The connection from Haapsalu to Noarootsi is open, and ice roads that border with Russia: Peipsi, Pihkva and Lämmijärv are open as well. Drivers planning to venture out on the lakes must first register at the nearest border guard station. The ice roads are open only during daytime. For an ice road to open, the ice must reach 20-25 centimetres in thickness.

THE FAVOURITE MARAT If last year is any indication, the 42nd Tartu Marathon will be a truly huge event. Last year almost 8000 skiers took part, of which 6750 made it to the finish. 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 16 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. The registration cost is between

30-80. You must register by February 16. ■

Start: Otepää Tehvandi Stadium February 17, 9.00. www.tartumaraton.ee

15th Alutaguse WINTER AT Valgehobusemäe Marathon Valgehobusemäe Ski and Recreation Centre is located about 70 km southwest of Tallinn, near Kõrvamaa National Park. They offer cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowboarding, as well as a snow tubing course. The Centre offers lessons, and even a tobogganing hill for children. ■

11-12 February Scandinavian Cup – cross-country skiing 21 February Shrove Tuesday, building a snow town. 4 March 12th Albu Ski Race, Jaak Mae Cup 6 March Albu Open Championships 10 March Swedbank Family Sports Series Ski Marathon 16 March Snow Board Competition “Valgehobusemäe Rodeo” 31 March Swedbank – ETV Youth Ski Series Stage V

The Alutaguse Marathon is part of the Estoloppet cross-country series. This ski race continues to gain popularity and attracts both locals and skiers from abroad. The marathon will be classic style

www.valgehobuse.ee Photo: Kaimo Puniste

and cover a distance of 20km and 40km. The route takes the skier through the Kurtna Lakes area, Estonia’s largest lakes system ■

www.estoloppet.ee


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Ice Cricket Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world and is played in many different formats that require various skills and strategies. For many years, Tallinn has hosted one of the most interesting and enjoyable forms of the game, where talent is often replaced by luck and the influence of the conditions and venue. This makes it a game for all – players and non-players, men and women. Two events will be

held near Tallinn this winter, 23 February and 2 March and played either on a local lake or at the Jeti Jäähall depending on the ice conditions. Matches usually begin around 1000. ■

23 February and 2 March Contact Rob Brookes at: brookesr30@hotmail.com Facebook: icecricket

LEIGO ICE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Enjoy an extended weekend at Leigo Tourist Farm. The Leigo Ice Music Festival takes place on an ice stage, and the audience sits in seats made of ice. This icy concert hall even has an ice bar, where warm drinks will be offered. The festival promises live music, fire

dancers, and many more activities and performances to entertain the whole family. ■

15-24 February, Otepää www.leigo.ee

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 enter the sauna as many times as possible. Teams must stay in the sauna for at least three minutes at a time. First prize goes to the team that entered the sauna the most amount of time, within the shortest overall time. ■

10 February, Otepää www.otepaa.ee

Kuldkala 2013 The largest fishing competition in the Baltics will take place February 16 on Viljandi Lake.

Kuldkala 2013 awards a cash prize to the person who catches the correctly marked fish. Enjoy a competitive atmosphere, fish foods, and live music performed by The Zetos and Tanel Padar, on the day of the competition. ■

16 February, Viljandi Lake www.kuldkala.ee


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A one-stop shopping centre Shoes, books, food, and a cinema -- Solaris has everything!

Solaris has three full levels and a cinema.

TEXT: JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Solaris has three food stores, including this full-sized grocery store.

Solaris is one of Tallinn’s newest shopping centres and is located across from the Estonia Theatre in the city centre. The Nokia Concert Hall is attached to the back of Solaris. This is where some of the biggest acts come to play, when in Tallinn. The large bookstore Apollo is located on the second floor of Solaris, and offers a modest selection of English language books. The bookstore shares part of the second floor with a modern cinema. The shopping centre is not very big, which means there is no way that you could get lost inside. There are many restaurants and

cafés, most of which are located on the second floor. These include Lido, Vapiano, Hesburger, and Sushi House. These are on the same level as the cinema. The first floor is filled with shops, as well as a Sony store and a Ticket Pro kiosk. The shops sell clothing, shoes, electronics, jewellery, games and toys. A cosmetics shop and a chemist can also be found inside. The basement level supplies more home wares and health supplies. In addition to a traditional bakery and café, there is also the frozen yogurt stand YO. The shop Armas Kodu sells home wares for a reasonable price. Pet Centre supplies everything you

There is no shortage of shoe stores at Solaris.

The Solaris cinema.

Pay parking is available in the basement.

need for pets. And the Selver Gurmee is a high end grocery store, with a good wine selection. The cinema rooms, as well as the beauty salon Maribell, and Komeet café occupy the upper levels. The cinema plays new releases, and English language films are screened in English with Estonian and Russian subtitles. Pay parking is available in the basement. The entrance is off of Sakala. Parking costs 2.80 per hour or 14 per day. ■

Location Solaris Shopping Centre (Solaris Keskus) Estonia pst. 9, Tallinn Old Town J3 www.solaris.ee


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An Estonian cheese platter Your guide to Estonian cheese TEXT: MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Mild cheeses like Edam and Emmental, which were favourites during the Soviet period, are still widely consumed today. These are the cheeses that you can typically find labelled Eesti juust (Estonian

cheese) or Atleet. Some Estonians make their own cheese from fresh cheese curd, and this is often flavoured with caraway seeds. More “exotic” cheeses, like smoked cheese or smoked sulajuust (a type of spreadable cheese) have been around for a while. The

latter can be spread on bread, or used to flavour sauces and soups. The most popular brand of sulajuust in Estonia is Merevaik, which comes in many different flavours. Cheese can be fried or baked. Bars often serve slices of cheese with salt and pepper for seasoning.

The Baltic Guide decided to try some different Estonian cheeses. These are widely available in grocery stores, and cheese from smaller producers can be found at the Sadama Turg at the Port of Tallinn. Our goal with this taste test was not to find the best Estonian chee-

se, but to give you an idea of what is out there. Though it was decided that the Kuniga Gouda was the most flavourful out of the cheeses we tried. This Gouda is available in three stages of ageing. ■

OUR FINDINGS: Name Breti Brie

Saida juust

Nopri Talujuust

Nopri Sõir

Kuninga Gouda

Kadaka juust

Saku suitsujuust

Farmi Marta

Organic fresh cheese

Cottage cheese

Curd cheese

Aged up to 8 months

Smoked gouda

Semi hard smoked cheese

Herb flavoured

Saidafarm

Nopri Talumeierei

Nopri Talumeierei

Võru Juust

Saaremaa Piimatööstus

Esko Talu

MAAG Piimatööstus

Very mild

Good traditional cheese

Caraway seeds add

Strong

Natural smoky flavour

Mild smoky flavour

Traditional and flavourful

Description White mould cheese Producer Luke Farmimeierei Rating Nice and mild

A sweetener and a home remedy Honey is suitable for more than just for sweetening tea. TEXT: MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Estonians have a love for honey. Many people keep bees themselves and produce their own honey at home. The beekeeping tradition in Estonia dates back to the Soviet period, where it was a way of earning a bit of extra income. Honey has many different uses. Estonians put it on their porridge, in coffee, and on toast. It’s also used in many recipes, including the delicious honey cake. Honey helps with other things as well. It can be used against infections and for digestive problems. Hot water or milk with a teaspoon of honey can help soothe your stomach. Honey can be used

externally, to help heal cuts and scratches. It is also widely used in spas for beauty procedures. It is not recommended to give honey to children under the age of one. The best Estonian honey can be bought in the markets, where there is large selection, and the pri-

ces are reasonable. For example, a 1kg tub of honey will cost around 7 in Pärnu. The aroma, taste, and colour of the honey depend on which plant the bees fed on. For example, dandelion and heather honeys are completely different colours. Honey’s grit depends on its sugar content. You can look forward to this year’s honey at the end of June, once all of the flowers have finished blooming. By August there will be many more to choose from. ■

The traditional pickle is a true delicacy Peipsi kurk (Peipsi pickle): is a Russian style pickle. The pickles and onions that come from the towns at the edge of Lake Peipus are considered the best in Estonia. Their taste is quite garlicky, and the grape vine leaves and dill add a piquant flavour. This pickle is no ordinary pickle. The pickles are packed in 500g tubs. Unopened they will last a long time in the pantry. These firm pickles are best served sliced, and if you want to keep to the Russian tradition, try them with sour cream and honey. ■

Where to buy? Solaris Shopping Centre Prisma grocery store at Sikupilli in Tallinn Peipsi kurk (500g) 3,90€


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Legend: ■ € - Under 10€ ■ €€ - 11-25€ ■ €€€ - 25€ + (cost of 2 course meal per person)

THE SUSHI FIX Where to eat sushi in Tallinn W

Dining, medieval style Apart from the good food, Olde Hansa offers visitors a unique dining atmosphere

medieval TEXT: JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

sushi TEXT: JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Sushi is by no means a new addition to the Tallinn dining scene. Sushi restaurants began appearing in the early 2000s, but many Japanese restaurants were already serving it before. At the moment there are two chain restaurants and a few independent restaurants that are serving it. Sushi House has three locations, and Silk Sushi, six. A familiar favourite is of course the fashionable Sushi Cat. Its dining room is so small, that it’s almost always full. But don’t worry, many of Sushi Cat’s

regulars often only come for takeaway. This isn’t a bad idea of course, because if you’re on a budget you can save a bit of money by taking it back to your hotel and picking up a few beers on the way. This time we decided to try Silk Sushi on Kullasepa. From the outside, the restaurant seems more a stylish lounge than a restaurant. The low stools and tables give it an Asian feel, which suits the décor. To start, we tried the miso soup. In Silk’s miso soup there is an adequate portion of tofu and seaweed. It was flavourful and not too salty. For our sushi course we tried the Neptune set, which had maki, salmon nigiri, tuna, and scallops.

There was a generous portion of pickled ginger and wasabi on the side as well. The fish was fresh, and the service was fantastic. It was a truly enjoyable meal. Silk doesn’t have the lowest prices, but the quality is excellent. The menu offers a large selection and there is sure to be something for everyone. For those that aren’t keen on raw fish, there are many noodle dishes and other cooked foods to choose from. And don’t forget the sake, of course! ■

Tallinn’s sushi restaurants: Silk Sushi Bars: ■ Kullassepa 4, Tallinn Old Town H1 ■ Viru Shopping Centre, Viru väljak 4/6, B2 ■ Rocca al Mare Shopping Centre, Paldiski mnt. 102. ■ Narva mnt 15, B3 ■ Regati Maja in Pirita, Merivälja tee 1, Tallinn www.silk.ee Sushi House: ■ Solaris Shopping Centre, Estonia pst 9, B2 ■ Rocca al Mare, Audi-maja, Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 3 / Mõisa tn. 4. ■ Rotermanni Kvartal, Rotermanni 5 / Roseni 10, A2 www.sushihouse.ee Sushi Cat: ■ Roosikrantsi 16, B2 www.sushicat.ee

Tallinn has always been proud of its medieval traditions. It's what keeps visitors coming back, year after year. The Olde Hansa restaurant is situated in the old central market building. Get a taste for the city’s past, while dining in this truly unique restaurant. Under the same roof, is the medieval shop Krambude, where you can buy medieval clothes and jewelry, along with dishes, spices, and of course the famous sweet almonds, that can always be seen (and smelled) roasting outside. It’s not only the Olde Hansa building that is medieval. This theme restaurant has a menu and décor that has been planned with historians to give the most aut-

hentic medieval dining experience. The lighting is candlelight, of which there is a lot. The servers’ clothes, the ingredients, music, dishes, and more, all follow in this same style. The house even has a medieval WC! Olde Hansa is by far one of Tallinn’s best family restaurants. The experience will be thrilling for parents and children alike. The menu is long, and there is one of the best vegetable selections in town. Appetisers cost between 1-10, mains 15-30, and desserts about 5. More exotic dishes like caviar and bear are a little more expensive. ■

Location Olde Hansa Vana turg 1, Tallinn Old Town H2. www.oldehansa.org


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Bread and wine Leib means black bread in Estonian.

KEEPING IT simple Enjoy daily specials at Momo.

japanese TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

bistro TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

“Sometimes you just want good food,” is what the introduction to Leib’s website says. I couldn’t agree more, and when I want good food, I go to Leib. Leib Resto ja Aed is the dream of sommelier Kristjan Peäske and chef Janno Lepik, two friends turned restaurateurs. Their love for good food and good wine can be seen in the restaurant’s changing menu, and the elegant, yet unpretentious wine list. Located in the Old Scottish Club in Tallinn’s Old Town, walking through the courtyard to the restaurant is beautiful both in summer and in winter. The menu at Leib changes seasonally. In summer, the kitchen moves outside to an open grill. In winter, the cosy interior, with sheepskin covered chairs, tartan wallpaper, and fireplace is a wonderful place to enjoy a great bottle of wine with a hearty meal. On chilly winter’s night, I decided to try the roasted bone marrow with gherkin onion salad to start. This is really an interactive dish, where you scoop out the marrow and mix it with the salad, or simply spread it on the toasted sourdough that accompanies the

dish. For those less adventurous, the house-smoked trout with salt baked potatoes and egg foam is a delicious take on an Estonian favourite. As a main, the server suggested pan-fried local pikeperch with potato-cauliflower mash, ramson (wild garlic) and marinated fennel. The skin of the pikeperch was perfectly crispy and the fish, delicate. The fennel added a hint of freshness and the cauliflower mash was lovely and rich. My vegetarian dining companion tried the wintery pumpkin dish of roasted pumpkin with pumpkin cream and cottage cheese. Pieces of sautéed chard offered a great

balance to the dish in both colour and texture. The selection of house-made ice creams is a light way to finish the meal. On this particular night we were served sea buckthorn, cranberry, and black bread ice cream. Or if you have a bit more room, the dessert menu has a little bit of everything, from crème brûlée with black bread, to chocolate, to a local cheese platter. ■

Location Leib Resto ja Aed Uus 31, Tallinn Old Town F3 www.leibresto.ee Closed Sundays

Momo is first and foremost your one stop shop for all things Japanese in Tallinn. If you’ve been living here for a few months, wondering where you can get a bottle of Kewpie mayo (spicy Japanese mayonnaise), this is the place. Dry goods line the shelves, and a small freezer is stocked with gyoza (Japanese dumplings). The staff at Momo are eager to tell you anything you want to know about Japanese cuisine. Come in with a Japanese recipe and they are happy to help you find the ingredients and offer cooking tips. Their Facebook page often advertises in-store cooking demonstrations and daily specials. Every day a new dish is offered, like Japanese vegetarian curry, chicken teriyaki, fried prawns with spicy Japanese mayonnaise, or salmon sashimi, just to name a few. All dishes come served with rice. When I visited, chicken teriyaki was on the menu. The delicately cooked chicken was moist and coated in a rich soy dressing. The dish was garnished with greens and pickled ginger, as well as a serving of seaweed salad on the side. The day’s special is posted on Facebook in the morning, and for those of you not familiar with the Estonian language, a picture accompanies the description. I recommend going early if you want to try the special, because once it’s finished, it’s finished. The shop opens at 11.00, and by 15.00, the special is usually sold

out. The daily special will cost you between 4-4.50, and for an extra 1 you can get a bowl of miso soup on the side. While Momo is more a grocery store than a restaurant, there is one medium sized round table to sit at, or meals are available for takeaway. ■

Location Momo Kunderi 29, Tallinn B3 www.momoya.eu Facebook: jaapaniköökmomo Closed Sundays


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ESTONIA TURNS 95 The Republic of Estonia celebrates its 95th anniversary on February 24 this year. The anniversary will be commemorated throughout the year. February 24 is a national holiday with ceremonies to be held all over the country. The Estonian blue-black-white tricolour is hoisted and is especially magnificent when surrounded by snow on a crisp and sunny winter’s day. It is a solemn day with speeches and ceremonies all over the country. Those who fought for independence in 1917-1920 and WWII will be remembered.

■ Flag Hoisting and a Military Parade The first event in the morning of Independence Day is the flag hoisting at sunrise, just after 07.30 at the Hermann Castle on Toompea in Tallinn. The annual military parade, this year to be held at Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square) dates back to the early days of independence. The President of the republic gives a speech, where after the defence forces parade to the powerful and inspiring tunes of a marching band. The parade is a popular family event.

■ The Presidential Reception One of the main media events on Independence Day is the televised reception hosted by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Mrs Evelin Ilves. This year the event will take place in the Estonia Concert Hall. 800 guests are invited, the president will give a speech, there will be a concert, and the guests will be able to enjoy the latest gossip. This is to be topped off with ballroom dancing, delicious snacks, sparkling wine and entertainment by top Estonian artists. The whole event is broadcast on national television. The cameras focus on the arrival of invitees when they shake hands with the presidential couple. The haute couture and hairstyles are scrutinised, praised and criticised in the Estonian homes and later in the media!

■ The Republic of Estonia Estonian declared itself independent from tsarist Russia on February 24, 1918. Thereafter the War of Independence continued

Photo: Rene Riisalu

The President and the First Lady at last year's Presidential Reception.

against Communist Russia and Germany. A peace treaty between Russia and Estonia was signed on February 2, 1920. Estonia fell prey to Soviet and Nazi aggression in 1939 as a consequence of the Molotov-Ribbentrop treaty. The country was under Soviet occupation until August 20, 1991 when independence was regained. The last Russian troops left Estonian in 1994, WWII ended only then for Estonia! Most Western democracies never recognised the Soviet occupation de jure, only de facto.

■ Exhibition: “Estonian work is the Estonian gold. Industry in Tartu 1920– 1940” The exhibition opened on 26 October 2012 in the Tartu City Museum, and introduces the city’s industrial enterprises and their products in the decades before the war. The exhibition will remain open until 30 April 2013 and is dedicated to the 95th anniversary of Estonian independence.

The exhibition displays a selection of the output of Tartu’s industry of that period. Examples include a seismograph made in the workshop of Hugo Masing, a hydraulic ram made in the metalworking factory Tehnik, a Ceres bread pan and much more.

Tartu City Museum/ Tartu Linnamuuseum Narva maantee 23, Tartu www.linnamuuseum.tartu.ee

■ The Estonian War Museum Many of the activities at the Estonian War Museum focus around the War of Independence in 19171920 and the occupation of Estonia during WWII. From February 21 visitors can enjoy an exhibition about Independence Day parades in the prewar period 1919-1939. Visitors can also learn a lot about The Estonian Defence Forces from 1991 onwards, The Cold War, foreign missions of the Estonian Defence forces and

much more. There is also a room of armour.

Estonian War Museum/ Eesti Sõjamuuseum Mõisa tee 1, Viimsi (ca 10 km east of down town Tallinn) www.esm.ee

■ On-screen graphics for Estonia’s 95th birthday year The Estonian Public Broadcasting, in association with the Government Office, has created exciting new on-screen graphics for Estonia’s 95th birthday year: clips that represent the changes and development that different towns and cities around the country have undergone. The first five clips went to air on ETV screens from January 1, with further clips to be added in February. A total of almost 20 clips will be produced and aired throughout the year. These clips can be viewed on YouTube. ■

History Museum The History Museum of Estonia celebrates the Estonian Independence day on february 24, by offering entrance tickets for 1 euro both in the Great Guild Hall in the old town and at Maarjamõisa Castle. At Maarjamäe the topic is LONG LIVE ESTONIA! Estonian History Museum/Eesti ajaloomuuseum, Maarjamäe Palace, Pirita tee 56, Tallinn Buses 1A, 5, 8 and 34A stop at the Maarjamäe bus stop www.ajaloomuuseum.ee

Photo: Vahur Lõhmus


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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 July–Dec 2012 Closed for renovations.

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

Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum)

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

Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum)

Audio and visual surveillance equipment are on display at the KGB Museum.

The Viru Hotel has played a significant role in Estonian history, especially in Western relations.

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

Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace

Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum)

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

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

Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum)

TARTU ■ Museums

Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum)

Estonian Literary Museum (Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum)

Lai 29a, Tallinn Old Town, F2 www.loodusmuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17

Vanemuise 42, Tartu www.kirmus.ee. Mo-Th 9 - 17, Fr 9 - 16.30

Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum)

Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum)

Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. www.evm.ee 23.04-28.09 Mo-Su 10-20, 29.09-22.04 Mo-Su 10-17

Kuperjanovi 9, Tartu. www.erm.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18

Estonian Sports Museum (Eesti Spordimuuseum)

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum)

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

Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, I2 www.tmm.ee. We-Sa 10-18

KGB Cells Museum (KGB Kongide Muuseum)

Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Passages Kommandandi 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

The 40 years of the Viru Hotel leave it full of stories, hence the museum. The hour, guided tour will pass quickly with fascinating tales, pictures, and interesting facts. The rooms of the Viru Hotel were once 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, except for Mondays, and are held in English, Finnish, Russian, and Estonia. A maximum of 25 people are able to go on the tour at a time. Make a reservation by email (viru.reservation@sok. fi). In 2012, nearly 40,000 people visited the museum! In addition to the fascinating history, are spectacular views. The KGB surveillance room was located on the top floor of the hotel. During the Soviet period, non-KGB personnel were not allowed on that floor. Thanks to the restoration of independence in 1991, the KGB had to move out quickly, which meant that they could not take everything with them. These are all on display

Famous guests of the Viru Hotel: ■ Film star and two time Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor ■ Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi entourage ■ Astronaut Neil Armstrong ■ Kosmonaut Valentina Tereškova ■ Singers Alla Pugatšova, Jennifer Rush, Nana Mouscouri ■ Professional Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis

Riia 15b, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. Tu-Sa 11- 16

Museum of the 19th Century Citizen of Tartu (19. Saj. Tartu Linnakodaniku Muuseum)

Miia-Milla-Manda Museum (Muuseum Miia-Milla-Manda)

Jaani 16, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. We-Su 10-15

L. Koidula 21C, Tallinn B4 www.linnamuuseum.ee/miiamillamanda. Tu-Su 12-18

Postal Museum (Postimuuseum) Rüütli 15, Tartu www.erm.ee/en/visit/postal-museum. We-Su 11- 18

Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum)

Tartu City Museum (Tartu Linnamuuseum)

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

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

Old Observatory (Tähetorn)

Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu)

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

Tartu Song Festival Museum (Tartu Laulupeomuuseum)

Ahtri 2, Tallinn, A2. www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee We 12–18, Th 12-20, Fr-Su 11-18

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

Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU)

in the museum: microphones, room bugs, and radio equipment. In its time, the Viru Hotel belonged to the state. The hotel was an attempt to show off to Western tourists, which meant many perks were passed along to the staff as well. There were more hotel employees than guests! This nostalgic tour ends in the museum’s bar, where you can enjoy soviet era drinks, and talk about the tour. The museum tour starts in the hotel lobby, every 1 ½ hours between the hours of 10.00-17.30. In winter, tours are only available with advance bookings. The tour costs 7 for adults, 5 for hotel guests. The museum ticket gives you entrance to the nightclub Amigo as well. ■

Location Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2

Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum)

Pikk 17, Tallinn Old Town, G1 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee 01.09 - 30.04 Th-Tu 10–18

Pikk 70, Tallinn Old Town, D3 www.meremuuseum.ee. 01.10-30.04 Tu-Su 10–18

The KGB inspired history of the Viru Hotel

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

Tartu Toy Museum (Tartu Mänguasjamuuseum)

Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum)

Lutsu 8, Tartu www.mm.ee. We – Su 11 – 18

Toompea 8, Tallinn Old Town, B1 www.okupatsioon.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18

City Hall Museum (Raemuuseum)

Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum) 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

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)

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

Insight into the life in Estonia during three occupations (1940-1991)

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/ N.B. 01.11.12-31.03.2012 closed on Mondays 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

MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS Toompea 8, 10142 Tallinn www.okupatsioon.ee muuseum@okupatsioon.ee Tel +372 66 80 250 Open Tue-Sun 11.00 - 18.00


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ROCK CAFÉ It's not just a place for those scary men in black. Rock music: These words that evoke certain images. For some it's the glory days of Led Zeppelin. For others it's scary looking men with long, lank hair and beards who are only too happy to discuss quantum physics. Whatever your opinion, Tallinn's Rock Café opened eight years ago to provide the opportunity to watch some of the best international and domestic music acts around. However, the club – situated a couple of kilometres from the city centre on Tartu Mantee – doesn't just play host to the heavier side of things. Fix (celebrating 45 years!) on February 2nd and Vennaskond and the Tuberkuloited show that new-wave still isn't dead and the newer breed of Estonian artists are also represented, with the trip hop inspired Marilyn Jurman launching her album 'back

to Saturn' on the 7th and ethereal electro pop darling Sinine performing on the 9th. The 23rd is a date for all country fans to put in their diary as a host of artists celebrates the life of Man in Black, Mr Johnny Cash, almost 70 years exactly since his birth. But rock certainly still has a place to play in this venue’s life. The 22nd sees a show from Led R, Estonia's finest Led Zeppelin tribute, while Finnish metal behemoths Stone shall be performing on the 27th. Tickets for all these shows are available at Piletilevi and Ticketpro. Further details can be found at rockcafe.ee. ■

Location Rock Café Tartu mnt 80d, Tallinn www.rockcafe.ee

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Vaiko Eplik

Estonia's very own D.I.Y man continues to show why autonomy is a good idea. The story goes that back in 2003, Vaiko Eplik and his group Ruffus represented Estonia in the Eurovision song concert. It was hoped that their song, a pleasant white soul number called “80's Coming Back”, would bring the country glory. Disappointingly, the song came a lowly 23rd, the band were vilified (this was in the days when Eurovision meant something) and Eplik decided that he'd had enough of singing in English and that doing things his way is the only way. Fast forward 10 years, six albums and numerous projects, Eplik continues to show why he's Estonia's number one artist.

Eplik is difficult to pigeon hole, his earlier work drew more on his psychedelic and garage rock influences, providing a brash sound that can still be seen on display during live shows. More recent material has revealed a mellower, more minimalist sound laden with simple instrumentation and hyponotising rhythms. Indeed, Varielu is a refreshing album that shows what one man can do with a bit of creativity. A fine artist and fiercely independent, may he continue to do things his way for the foreseeable future. ■


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For European clubbing revellers, Studio is one place to include on your list of must-sees. It's all too easy to dismiss what a town's club scene is like by looking at the pile in the punters and ply them with cheap alcohol super-clubs. However, it's always the smaller, out of the way places that tell you just how vibrant a scene is. Tucked out of the way on Sauna, Club Studio is the place to be seen in Tallinn – as evidenced by the long line of uber-hip 18-25 year olds waiting to get inside regardless of the weather. Studio

has managed to make its name by regularly attracting some of the finest DJ talent from across Europe. As a result, you can expect sets that include the most cuttingedge breaks and beats around. The deceptively large club has that necessary industrial, warehouse feel that distinguishes it as a place for the discerning reveller. But nobody goes for the décor, as music and crowd are king. While the crowd may be hip and discerning, Estonia isn't a place for the

poseur. Relaxed and fun loving, the visitor to Studio can expect a night of red-bull energised dance floor rocking joy that will last till the early hours but stay with them for some time to come. ■

Location Club Studio Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2 www.clubstudio.ee

Not every Saturday night needs to be an action-packed affair. Sometimes all that you want is a nice quiet spot; somewhere you can enjoy some friendly conversation in a relaxed atmosphere away from the rowdy hoards. Situated away from Estonia Puiestee, Mr Maurus is one of Tallinn's hidden pleasures. Named after an Estonian literary character, it's unsurprising to find a literary theme inside this hidden away gem. With it's book lined walls, antique sofas and dimmed reading lights, the atmosphere is more contemplative and quieter than most of the bars that Tallinn has to offer. All of which makes

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this the perfect place to escape to after a hectic day of sightseeing. Indeed, their affordable and hearty menu can prove the perfect antidote to the winter months. Staples such as soups and kievs will provide you with enough fuel to face whatever Tallinn decides to throw at you. And if you decide that you'd prefer not to go outside, there are plenty of board games to dissuade you from braving Tallinn's winter winds for another night. ■

Location Mauruse Pubi Estonia pst. 8, Tallinn B2 www.maurus.ee

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Arena 3

Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1

Sadama 6, Tallinn A3

Drink Baar

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Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2

Mere pst 6E, Tallinn A2

Hell Hunt

CatHouse

Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2

Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2

Mad Murphy’s

Club Baila

Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2

Nimeta Baar

Club Hollywood

Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2

Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2

Club Münt Mürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town I2

Live Music

Club Privé

Café Amigo

Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1

Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2

Club Studio

Chicago 1933

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3

Panoraam

Clazz

Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2

Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2

Parlament

Guitar Hunt

Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2

Pärnu mnt 19, Tallinn

Partei

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Rävala pst 8, Tallinn B2

Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn

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Valli 1, Tallinn Old Town I3

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Tapper Pärnu mnt 158G, Tallinn

Tallinn Nightlife Tallinn has a vibrant nightlife. The city has many kinds of clubs and pubs, fancy or casual. There is something for everyone. Be sure to check out individual club websites for upcoming gigs.

Gay G-punkt Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn

X-baar Tatari 1, Tallinn

Teater Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1

Vabank Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1

Venus Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3


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At the spa with the kids Children can have fun at the day spa too! There are spas with water parks that both children and adults can enjoy. Some spas even offer spa treatments designed for children. When making your booking, be sure to ask what your spa offers for children.

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massage or simply a traditional massage. Most of the day spas in Tallinn offer facials, manicures and pedicures, as well as waxing. Many of the hotels also have day spas within their complexes. Whether in a hotel or in the Old Town, bookings are always recommended. ■

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Tallinn’s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

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IN THE OLD TOWN: ■ The watchtowers of Suur-Kloostri and Väike-Kloostri allow access to Nunna Tower and from there, access to Sauna Tower and Kuldjala Tower.

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. The lower part of Tallinn’s Old Town can be seen from viewing platforms at Toompea. The best view of Toompea is from the tower of St. Olaf’s Church.

■ Town Hall Square (Raekoda). Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval town hall square was built at the beginning of the 1400s.

OUTSIDE OF THE OLD TOWN: ■ Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak). This square holds great symbolic importance and is located just south of the Old Town. The pillar located at the edge of the square, consists of a large pedestal with the Cross of Liberty (Vabadusrist) placed on top. This monument reads: “Estonian War of Independence 1918–1920”. On its other side in a the Freedom Bell (Vabaduse kell). ■ Kadriorg Park. This area houses the Presidential Palace and the palace of Peter the Great, where today the KUMU Art Museum stands. There are plenty of other things to see as well, in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace head straight along the park trail to the Rusalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland.

Toompea Castle species as well as many large mammals, including elephants, polar bears, chimpanzees and rhinoceros. Located opposite the Rocca al Mare Shopping Centre. ■ Kalamaja District (Fish House) is the area to visit if you want to get a taste for old Tallinn. The wooden houses are typical of those built in the 1920s and 30s, during the first period of Estonian independence. In recent years, this area has become

Town Hall Square ■ Built in 1246, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Püha Katariina klooster) is the oldest building in Tallinn. ■ Mustapeade House. Built in 1399 for the Brotherhood of Blackheads and is Tallinn’s only renaissance building. ■ The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location in the Town Hall Square.

The snow-covered Song Festival Grounds ■ The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Tallinna lauluväljak). Built in 1960, this amphitheatre can hold more than 30 000 singers. These grounds played an important part of the process that led to the restoration of Estonian independence, the initial phase in the Singing Revolution. ■ The Ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent (Pirita Klooster). Located near Pirita Beach, this monastery was built in 1407 during the Swedish occupation. The convent was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible’s troops in 1577.

quite bohemian, with many artists, and young entrepreneurs taking up residence here. ■ 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.

■ The Tallinn Botanical Gardens. 4,500 varieties of plants and 123 hectares of greenhouses, and parks, the Botanical Gardens are an oasis in the summer and winter. Town Hall Pharmacy

■ Tallinn Zoo. Approximately 90 hectares, this zoo houses many rare

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■ 1 Kohtu Platform The Kohtu street platform offers the best view of the Old Town and is a must-see. After a visit to the platform, the likelihood of getting lost in the labyrinth-like streets of the lower town is smaller. The impressive tower of the Niguliste Church seems at arms length. The gracious spire of the medieval City Hall has an Oriental touch and resembles that of the Pühavaimu Church (Church of Holy Spirit). The red tiled roofs with white edges are characteristic of Tallinn. ■ 2 Patkul Platform The Patkul platform shows both a view of St Olaf’s Church, and part of the city wall. The church used to be even taller in medieval times and was actually the tallest building in the world in its time. Nowhere else can you see the city wall from a better angel. The harbour and the sea are lying just in front. The Patkul stairs take you more or less to the city centre, and to the Tallinn railway station. Take a look to the left, and parallel with the platform you will see the pillars of Stenbock Palace, the seat of the Estonian government. Tallinn

■ 3 Kiriku Platform The platform at the end of Kiriku Street faces west and offers a view of splendid and romantic sunsets. The area is more genuine, calm, and bohemian than around other platforms.

■ 4 Best of both worlds 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 the Toompea Hill, and the upper town. ■ 5 Toompea Castle and Pikk Hermann Tower. The Toompea Tower (15th century) and the blue, black, and white Estonian flag signify independence and freedom for Estonians. The 46-meter tower is best seen if you walk downhill from Lossi plats square along Falgi Street. Now, turn around, look up and the impressive wall of the medieval fortification with the Pikk Hermann (Tall Hermann) will greet you!

A quick history of the city of 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 amongst princes and bourgeoisie in the uppertown and craftsmen in the lowertown. 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 the Estonian 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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■ Medical Centres and Pharmacies

Tartu

24H Pharmacy Tõnismägi 5, Tallinn Tel. +372 644 2282 Mustamäe Medical Centre Ehitajate tee 27, Tallinn Tel.+372 659 8318

TOURIST INFORMATION

Keskhaigla Medical Centre Ravi 18, Tallinn Tel. 1900, +372 622 7070

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

■ Post Office

Järvamaa: Keskväljak 8, Paide Räpina: Kooli 1, Räpina 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 Rapla: Viljandi mnt 4, Rapla

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.

2012/2013 School Holidays Christmas break 22 December, 2012 6 January, 2013 Spring break 16-24 March, 2013 Summer break 5 June - 31 August, 2013

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

Tallinn Post Office Narva mnt 1, Tallinn Open M–F 8–20, Sa 9–17 Tel. +372 617 7037

■ Tallinn Shopping Centres Hours of Operation Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Järve Keskus, Pärnu mnt 238. Mustikas keskus, A. H.Tammsaare tee 116. Solaris, Estonia pst 9.

How to make a phone call in Estonia, from Estonia, to Estonia ■ Using a mobile phone from Estonia to make a call to another country: + (country code)(phone number) ■ When calling Estonia, enter country code +372, and then the phone number. For example +372 2 222 222. ■ When calling from within Estonia, the country code may be omitted. For example, 777 7777.

WIFI Networks There are over 1000 wireless hotspots listed at www.wifi.ee. Estonia is known for its extensive network of free internet hotspots. For example, in Tallinn there are 185 and most of them are marked in green, meaning they can be used free of charge. The Viru Shopping Centre, as well as many hotels and bars also offer free connections. In some places, a password may be required to access the free network. If you are in need of a constant internet connection, it may be best to purchase a pre-paid plan from a mobile service provider.

Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4. Foorum, Narva mnt 5. Tallinna Kaubamaja, Gonsiori 2. Stockmann, Liivalaia 53. Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. Kochi Aidad, Lootsi 10.

Event Tickets Tickets for events and concerts in Estonia are sold at Piletilevi, Piletimaailm, and Ticketpro. Piletilevi (www.piletilevi.ee) On-line purchases require login. Sales outlets can be found in shopping centres, and at Statoil petrol stations. Piletimaailm (www.piletimaailm.com) The website is available in Estonian only and sells theatre tickets. Sales outlets can be found in theatres and supermarkets. Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.ee) Sales outlets can be found in post officesand at the Solaris Shopping Centre.

SadaMarket, Kai 5. Merekeskus, Mere pst 10. Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7.

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

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

Picture: Kaarel Mikkin

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.


Train Station

A.Alle A4 Aasa C1 Ääsi C5 Adamsoni B1 Ahtri A2 Aia A2 Aida A2 Ao B1 Asunduse B4 Bensiini A4 Eha B1 Endla C1 Estonia pst B2 Faehlmanni B4 Falgi tee B1 Filtri tee C3 Gildi C3 Graniidi A1 Hariduse B2

Harju B2 Hermanni B3 Herne C2 Herne C2 Hobujaama B2 Imanta C3 Inseneri B2 Invaliidi C2 Jahu A2 Jakobi C3 Jakobsoni B3 Jõe A3 Juhkentali C3 Kaarli pst B2 Kadri tee A5 Kai A2 Kalamaja A1 Kalaranna A2 Kalaranna A2

KATULUETTELO LIST OF STREETS

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Kalju A1 Kanuti A2 Kappeli C4 Karu A3 Katusepapi C4 Kauba D1 Kauka B2 Kauna C2 Kaupmehe B2 Keldrimäe C3 Kentmanni B2 Kevade B1 Killustiku C5 Kivimurru C4 Kodu C2 Kohtu B1 Koidu B1 Koidula B4 Köleri B4 Kollane B3 Komeedi C1 Kooli A2

Map of Old Town is on the next page.

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Travel Port Terminal A, B, C

Bus Station

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Põhja puiestee A2 Poska B4 Pronksi B3 Pühavaimu B2 Puhke C2 Rahukohtu B1 Rannamäe tee A1 Rannamäe tee A2 Rataskaevu B2 Raua B3 Rävala pst B2 Ravi C2 Roheline Aas B4 Rohu B1 Roopa B1 Roosikrantsi B2 Rumbi A2 Rüütli B2 Sadama A2 Sakala B2 Salme A1 Saturni C1

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Valge B5 Valgevase A1 Vana-kala maja A1 Vana-Lõuna C2 Vana-Viru B2 Vase B3 Veerenni C2 Veetorni C1 Vene B2 Vesivärava B4 Videviku C1 Villardi B1 Vilmsi B3 Virmalise C1 Virmalise C1 Viru B2 Võistluse C3 Volta A1 Weizenbergi A4 Wiedemanni B4 Wismari B1

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