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he Baltic provinces became part of the Russian Empire in the 1790s after Russia defeated Sweden in the Great Northern War. Starting in the 1820s, serfdom was systematically abolished throughout the empire, replaced instead by a system of rental contracts and more forced unpaid labour, resulting in greater instability and hardship among the peasantry. Due to rising literacy (it was almost 100%)and the emergence of a nationalminded educated elite, 1860 marked the start of the Estonian “national awakening”. The national awakening included the start of the Estonian Alexander School, the Society of Estonian Literati and all-Estonian song festivals, a tradition continued to this day. World War I and the 1917 Russian Revolution provided a new window of political opportunity: Estonia declared independence on February 24th, 1918, only to be invaded by the German Army the next day. The subsequent War of Independence lasted two years, ending in 1920 with the signing of a peace treaty with Soviet Russia. The Estonian republic lasted until 1939. Estonia’s independence from 1920 to 1939 saw
the flourishing of modern Estonian culture; for the first time, education in Estonian would be offered to all citizens. Estonia’s independence was shortlived, however; the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact between Stalin and Hitler was to divide Eastern Europe in 1939. The Soviets invaded Estonia on June 16th, 1940 and on June 17th, 1940, the Estonian government fell to avoid further casualties. Estonia regained its independence on August 21, 1991 when the Soviet Union fell. The 24th of February marks Estonian Independence Day, marking 96 years since the Estonian Declaration of Independence. The occasion is marked annually with the presidential reception and a concert, held in different cities each year. The president gives a speech, which is broadcast live on television, and viewers also enjoy the ironically named “Penguin Parade,” of the who’s who of Estonia arriving at the reception. Happy Independence Day! Kristina Lupp Editor-in-chief
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February Highlights 01 PEA SOUP AND LONG SLOPES Shrove Tuesday (Vastlapäev) is traditionally celebrated on the slopes in Estonia, often with the entire family. The sledding hills of the Song Festival Grounds and Nõmme are filled with people. Culinary delights include Lenten buns and pea soup.
shopping 10-11 nightlife 12-13 shopping 14 Otepää 15 beauty 16 february events 18 museum 19 transport 20-22 maps and information
02 WINTER JAZZ Listen to some great jazz this winter when the Winter Jazz Festival (Talve Jazz) brings talented international artists to Tallinn from 18 January to 23 March. This year’s headliner is the Vincent Courtois Trio.
03 WHO WILL SING IN COPENHAGEN? Estonia will choose their Eurovision contestant at the Eesti Laul 2014 finals, which will take place at the Nokia Concert Hall on 1 March. Ten artists will take to the stage and the jury as well as the audience will choose their favourite.
04 ICY ACTIVITIES The winter swimming festival, Pirita Open will take for the fifth year in a row on 22 February. Challenges include 25 and 50 metre lengths, as well as a 450-metre endurance swim.
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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.
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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Outside of the Old Town TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
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:
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. ■
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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What started as an Italian restaurant with a focus on pizza has now turned into a tasty burger joint. Burgers come in all shapes and sizes, from ‘Skinny’ to ‘The Governator’; there is also a pulled pork sandwich and chicken burger too. Diners choose their own sides (fries, chilli fries, onion rings, salad, or coleslaw), as well dipping sauces.
European cuisine meets Asian cuisine in this recent addition to Tallinn’s Town Hall Square. The menu offers a surprising number of fish dishes, as well as both appetisers and main courses. This all comes with the usual higher Old Town restaurant prices, but we will let you be the judge.
R-18 Väike Resto, Raekoja Plats 18, Tallinn Old Town H2.
D.O.M Restaurant, Kinga 1, Tallinn Old Town H1.
The menu changes frequently at NOP.
Mild and spicy sauces at Chakra.
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Fast Food, Italian Style casual TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Tallinn’s love of Italian food has grown so much, that Vapiano has two locations in the city centre. For those that have never been to this European chain restaurant, here is a brief rundown of how it works. Upon entering, the hostess will provide you with a customer card, onto which all purchases are recorded. After your visit, the total on the card is tallied, then the invoice is paid. The restaurant is divided into different stations: pizza, pasta, appetisers and salads, and dessert. The dessert station is also the bar, where you can order drinks, alcoholic and non, as well as hot beverages like coffee and tea. It is important to know what you want by the time you make it to the counter. The restaurant
can get very busy, especially at lunch. The food is prepared quickly, and the talented cooks often make multiple dishes as once. The menu remains the same, offering Italian favourites like pasta carbonara and pizza capriciosa, but check for seasonal monthly specials at each of the stations for something a little different. Everything is made fresh in house, including the pizza and pasta dough. All of the dishes can be tailored to suit your tastes. If you don’t like garlic, it can be left out. Some of the dishes with meat can be made vegetarian, and in some cases, even vegan. Take away is also available, or you can bring fresh pasta home with you to try your own Italian creations. ■
Estonia is not known for its Indian cuisine, we can guarantee you will not be disappointed here. Serving sizes are generous, and main courses come with rice. Be sure to try the veggie pakoras, the bengan bharta, and Chakra’s own shahi paneer.
TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Despite popular belief, restaurants in Estonia’s capital do not serve only pork-based dishes. With the help of some vegetarians and vegans living in Tallinn, I went on a search for the best veggie eats in the city.
■ VON KRAHLI AED Aed is one of the top choices for vegetarian and vegan cuisine in Tallinn, and here is why: everything is clearly labelled on the menu with G – gluten free; L – lactose free; E – Without egg.
The menu changes seasonally and there is a section of menu dedicated entirely to vegetarian food.
■ CHAKRA Indian food is also a go-to choice for vegetarian travellers, and while
■ MAMO Mamo opened with the intention of offering a healthy alternative for a quick lunch, and this is just what they did. Mamo’s menu is also very well labelled, indicating which dishes are gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, or vegetarian. But what’s even better is that you can put your own
Location Vapiano 1, Foorum Shopping Centre, Hobujaama 10. Tallinn B2. Vapiano 2, Solaris Shopping Centre, Estonia pst. 9. Tallinn B2.
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Chef Toomas Lääts is back in Tallinn serving the residents of Kalamaja some tasty and simple fare. The lunch menu was still in the works when we went to visit, but if the dinner menu is any indication, customers will not be disappointed. Portions are generous, ingredients are seasonal, and where possible, local, and the wine list offers a good choice of value-for-money bottles.
Cosy up with a good pint and some comfort food this month. Põrgu Brasserie is an inviting pub with one of the best beer selections on town. The food menu offers a good twist on some Estonian roasts, as well as a decent variety of international starters, including a few Estonian favourites. Põrgu Brasserie, Rüütli 4, Tallinn Old Town I1.
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Ready-made salads at Mamo.
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eggie lovers! meals together, like salad. Mamo offers daily lunch specials, including soups, stews, and salads, ensuring that as a regular customer, you will never get bored of the menu.
■ NOP Nop is shorthand for Natural and Organic Produce, which you will certainly find in abundance on their menu. Nop’s selection changes seasonally, conjuring up some of the freshest and innovative veggie eats in the city. But don’t worry—your omnivore friends will be delighted here too. Nop is located in the suburb of Kadriorg,
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which is about a ten-minute tram ride from the Old Town (No. 1 or 3 tram).
■ CAFÉ BESTSELLER Located inside Viru Keskus, on the third floor, Café Bestseller is most well known for its raw food. While the menu itself has a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian, customers will find the menu full of light or healthier options. The main dishes come served with their own house made raw bread. There is also a good selection of smoothies and fresh squeezed juices.
■ URBAN RESTORAN If you like garlic, this is the place to come. Many of the appetisers are loaded with it, if not a little bit too much at times. The menu is quite varied. The appetiser portion focuses on Middle Eastern cuisine, offering starters like hummus and baba ghanoush, while the main dishes are more European inspired.
■ AFRICAN KITCHEN African Kitchen is one of the better vegan options in Tallinn. They offer a tasty hummus as an appetiser, and for mains, the mchicha (spinach and tomato in peanut sauce) was very tasty. The atmosphere is eclectic and in summer, African Kitchen has a great rooftop terrace. A private sauna is also available for rental. ■
Location Von Krahli Aed Rataskaevu 10, Tallinn Old Town H1. Chakra Bremeni Käik 1, Tallinn Old Town G3. Liivalaia Mamo Liivalaia 14, Tallinn B2. Tornimäe Mamo Tornimäe 5, Tallinn B3. Nop Köleri 1, Tallinn B4. Café Bestseller 3rd Floor Viru Keskus, inside Rahvaraamat Bookstore Viru Väljak 4/6, Tallinn. Urban Restoran Dunkri 6, Tallinn Old Town H1. African Kitchen Uus 32/34, Tallinn Old Town F3.
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Gladiatori: a delicious addition to Tallinn’s restaurant scene.
When in Rome italian TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
A good pizza can make or break a meal. My common complaints: too much dough, too little sauce, not enough cheese, and well you get the point. Gladiatori got everything right. A thin, Roman style crust, with just the right amount of sauce, just the right amount of cheese, and enough toppings to make sure there is a bit of everything in each bite. What is even better is that this Italian restaurant is located minutes away from the Town Hall Square, but does not charge Town Hall Square prices. The owners of Gladiatori are Italian, and the chef is from Rome himself. When chatting to the chef he told me “I am trying to showcase the cuisine of my home.” This is apparent in all of the dishes.
Great care goes into making sure everything tastes just as it should. Not everything follows traditional Roman cooking. The chef likes to be creative too. This can be seen in his take on the traditional pasta carbonara. At Gladiatori they serve pasta carbonara with lime. This spaghetti dish comes with plenty of creamy sauce, but it’s not too heavy. The lime adds a hint of freshness to the dish. You must also save room for dessert, because the molten chocolate cake is divine. It comes served with a little bit of crème Anglais, as well as berry coulis. Once you cut into the cake, the gooey chocolate centre comes pouring out. ■
Location Gladiatori – Sapori di Roma Rataskaevu 22, Tallinn Old Town H1 Gladiatori features live music at the weekends.
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Winter is finally here The past months really made us think that winter probably lost its way over here, but now it’s back with all its glory! Degrees might be dropping but our hearts need to be warmed up with the company of good friends while discovering Tallinn’s unexpected nightlife. There is no bad weather, only bad outfits! ■ CHOCOLATE CLUB Chocolate Club is the newest nightclub in Tallinn, which opened its doors for the first time about a month ago. The nights are now extra sweet because this new and hip nightclub is ready to enter the Estonian club scene! The staff is super-friendly and the atmosphere is chic and stylish. Grab your friends, follow the dress code “dress to impress” and be open to new experiences!
Mere pst 6 E, Tallinn, A2.
■ CLUB MÜNT Hullumaja baar Photo: Noku Klubi
Club Münt is a popular club especially among young people for reason – the drinks cost only 1! The name “Münt” means both a coin and an herb in Estonian. Their motto is: “fresh as a mojito and tasty as mint, but it will certainly leave more coin in your pocket”. It has the perfect location in the centre of the Old Town and DJs will be playing the best new and old club hits. Having a great night out have has never been so good, for both you and your wallet!
is relaxing, definitely, a must if you feel like trying something new.
Pikk 5, Tallinn Old Town, H1.
■ HULLUMAJA BAAR Another interesting bar with a cool name. Hullumaja means nuthouse in English and everything about this bar is nuts! It is situated on the main party street in Tallinn so it’s a great place to have a couple of drinks before heading to clubs. The whole bar is nuthouse themed – the walls are padded and shots are served in urine cups! Drinks are cheap and the party is wild! The place is small so don’t expect a private space. Are you ready to go crazy?
Suur-Karja 11,Tallinn Old Town I2. ■
Photo: Club Münt
Müürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town, I2.
■ NOKU KLUBI
Noku Klubi is one of Tallinn’s hidden secrets. It is not famous and has no marking on the door, meaning if you don’t know what to look for, you may miss it. The name Noku Klubi is short for Noorte Kultuuriklubi, which translates as Youth Culture Club, and when you are looking for something different and more bohemian, then look no further than Noku. It is a favourite place for young and artsy people to get together and play board games or grab a couple of drinks. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere
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Photo: Chicago 1933
Tallinn Nightlife A few more suggestions for evening (or early morning) entertainment:
Gay Sports Clayhills Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1.
Drink Baar Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Club 69 Sakala 24, Tallinn B2.
G-punkt Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn.
X-baar Tatari 1, Tallinn.
Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2.
Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.
Lai 2, Tallinn Old Town G1.
Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Koskenkorva Karaoke Bar Roseni 13, Tallinn A2.
LIVE MUSIC MUSIC VENUES
Cigar Lounges Chicago 1933
Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.
The Bank Club 777
La Casa del Habano
Tartu mnt 17, Tallinn B3.
Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town H1.
Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn Old Town J1.
Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town H2.
CatHouse Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2.
Photo: Von Krahl
Von Krahl Bar
■ CHICAGO 1933 Chicago is located on the border of the Old Town and is one of the few theme restaurant-bars in Tallinn. The interior, as well as the waitresses’ and bartender’s outfits are inspired by 1930s America. You can enjoy all kinds of live music every night – from jazz to piano. The age limit is 21 so it is more popular among an older crowd, but that doesn’t mean younger jazz lovers aren’t welcome. Make a reservation, experience something different, and fancier than just some regular pub!
lively and you can feel the spicy Cuban temper flowing into you!
Narva mnt 5, Tallinn, B2.
■ VON KRAHL BAR
“Krahl“ bar is next to a well-known theatre house that was founded in 1992. It is a favourite place for alternative bands and crowds – mostly students, punks, and artists. It has a very nice and unique decor that gives you a warm and dark feeling at the same time. Many Estonian bands perform here and ticket prices vary from free to 5 euros. (Check their website for the ticket information). Every other Sunday a record fair will take place (sfrom 1 pm to “ends when it ends“) where you can buy some good alternative and independent music.
Karja Kelder Kochi Ait Tavern Lootsi 10, Tallinn A3.
Kolmas Draakon Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town H2.
Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Club Münt Mürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Club Privé Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1.
Club Studio Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.
Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.
Chicago 1933 Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.
Clazz Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.
NYC Piano Bar Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2. Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2. Pärnu mnt 158G, Tallinn.
Teater Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1.
Vabank Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1.
Venus Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.
Rock Café Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn.
Von Krahl Rataskaevu 10/12, Tallinn Old Town H1.
Rataskaevu 10/12, Tallinn Old Town, H1. ■ Photo: Cubanita
Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town, H3.
■ CUBANITA LIVE CAFÉ Cubanita Live Café takes you to far-far away Cuba with all the Cuban rum, wine and captivating music that carries you to its magical and exotic world. Every Wednesday there are free Latin American dance lessons and on Sunday, you can get your groove on with a free West Coast Swing dance lesson. The atmosphere is
Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Cubanita Live Café
Estonian Music The Smilers is an Estonian rock band that has been on the Estonian music scene for over 10 years. The lead singer and guitarist Hendrik Sal-Saller is widely known among Estonians. Most of their songs are in Estonian and they have released 15 studio albums over the years. For Estonians, the Smilers will always be something familiar and sweet. People of every age listen to their songs around campfires and village feasts, singing along as loud as they can. The Smilers have just released a new album and have been on radio top lists for weeks – give it a go!
SMILERS Photo: Smilers
SHOPPING NEWS New stores at Rocca al Mare Many new shops have opened in the last few months at the Rocca al Mare Shopping Centre. The UK’s biggest department store Debenhams opened as the first location in the Baltics. Here you will find many different brands of clothing for every age. Parfois specialises in handbags and accessories. The Spanish fashion brand Cortefiel opened its doors at the end of November. Here you will find both women’s and men’s fashions for every occasion. At the beginning of December, Kuldan Luxury opened a gemstones store.
Music and Movies A new store Terminal opened in the Port district, inside the Admiral House. Here you can pick CDs, DVDs, video games, and more. In addition to the CDs, you will also find vinyl. Both popular and indie films can be found as well as games for PS3, Xbox, Wii, as well as computer games. Every last Sunday of the month is Super Sunday, when everything is on sale for 20 off. Terminal, Admiral maja, Ahtri 6A, Tallinn A3.
Joutsen opens shop in Tallinn The Finnish light down company Joutsen has just opened shop in Tallinn. The shop sells down coats, pillows, and blankets and is located close to Freedom Square. Joutsen has been in operation since 1936 and has factories in Riihimäki and Estonia. Joutsen Shop & Outlet, Roosikrantsi 2, Tallinn B2.
Shopping Spotlight: Stock
Gourmet food, designer clothes, kitchenware and household what more could you ask for. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Stockmann department store in Tallinn opened in 1993, and in 1996, the full sized department store was opened. By 2000, it expanded to be the largest department store in the Baltic States. Stockmann is a Finnish company that has been in business since the late 1800s, and now has locations in Latvia and Russia. Ask any expat in Tallinn where they do their grocery shopping, and the answer will most likely be Stockmann. In fact, this is the place to go for many hard-to-find items. While slightly more expensive than some other food stores in Tallinn, Stockmann offers top quality products and brands. The food department is impressive, with an excellent prepared foods counter, fresh meat and fish, and much more. Tourists will be interested in many of the other departments this five-story store has to offer. The main floor houses the cosmetics department, delicatessen,
flower shop, hosiery department, and liquor store. The second floor is full of stylish men’s fashions, as well as a WI-FI café. Here you will also find a large selection of luggage. Ladies clothing, including footwear, handbags and other stylish accessories can be found on the third floor. Children will be entertained on the fourth floor with clothing, shoes, and toys. Mum and Dad will not be too far away either –the home department and appliances are located on the same floor. The fifth floor has a little bit of everything: a children’s play corner, a cafeteria style restaurant, beauty salon, dry cleaners, travel agent, optician, and Piletilevi and Lippupalvelu ticket kiosks. Stockmann truly is the one stop shop. ■
Location Stockmann Liivalaia 53, Tallinn, B3
What’s on the fifth floor: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Children’s play corner Daily Special – restaurant Désirée – beauty salon Ecoclean – dry cleaning Estravel – travel agents Finders Corner – Stockmann Outlet Instrumentarium – optician Kesklinna Apteek – pharmacy Kuld Artur – jewellery, watches
■ Lippupalvelu – event tickets ■ Loyal Customer Service – information desk ■ Mister Minit – shoe repairs and key service ■ Piletilevi – event tickets ■ Seppälä – ladies’, men´s and children’s fashion ■ Sothys – beauty salon ■ Tallink – cruise bookings
Services Available: ■ Children’s Play Area – For 3-8 year olds, located on the fifth floor. ■ Gift Services – Gift cards are available in any denomination. Gift-wrapping is free for all items purchased in-store. ■ Fashion Consultants – Let Stockmann’s fashion consultants help you find your own personal style. ■ Tailoring – Fitting and adjust-
ments are available for up to one month after purchase. ■ Home Delivery – Door-to-door delivery. ■ Parking is available in the parking structure located next to the main building. The entrance is off Liivalaia. Stockmann loyalty customers receive 1 to 3 hours of free parking with proof of purchase.
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Shopping in Tallinn
■ Department Stores Stockmann, Liivalaia 53. B3. The Tallinn branch of Finland’s favourite department store.
d appliances –
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
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. Decorate your home.
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.
Colourful finds for your kitchen.
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.
Brand name designer fashion is on sale.
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.
Children's toy department
Find many useful services on the fifth floor.
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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Estonia’s winter capital offers
skiing, snow tubing, and sauna The parish centre of Otepää is located 150 metres above sea level, making it not only picturesque, but also the ideal place to plan your vacation. The highest peaks of the area are Kuutsemägi (217m) and Väike Munamägi (207m). 2014 Winter Events
TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS EAS
Otepää is indeed Estonia’s winter capital. There are three downhill ski centres and a modern K-90 ski jump hill. Those not brave enough to make the jump can enjoy the view from the observation deck instead. Cross-country ski trails are available for both beginners (Otepää, Kääriku, Vellavere and Valgjärve tracks) and more advanced skiers (Tehvandi). Children can enjoy some of the best snow tubing runs in Estonia as well. ■
43rd Tartu Marathon
Registered teams attempt to experience as many of the saunas in and around Otepää as possible over a period of 6 hours. The marathon kicks off at Pühajärve Spa & Holiday Centre at midday. All of the members of a team must be in each sauna for at least 3 minutes. Bonus points are awarded for dips in ice holes and cold water pools. The team that visits all of the saunas in the shortest time wins.
The Tartu Marathon is held every year on the third Sunday in February and forms part of the international Worldloppet and Estonian Estoloppet cross-country series. The full marathon course covers a distance of 63 km, with a shorter route covering 31 km. The marathon is in classic style. Special children’s races are also organised. Visit the website for more details and to register.
Must-see sights of Otepää St. Mary’s Lutheran Church (Maarja Kirik) is where the Estonian Student’s Association consecrated the blue, black and white flag in 1884 that would later become the flag of independent Estonia in 1922. Across the road from the church are both the Flag Museum and the Ski Museum. The Flag Museum chronicles the history of the Estonian flag, from its consecration in 1884, to present day. The Ski Museum is
located in the same building and has interesting pictures from ski marathons over the years, as well as antique ski equipment on display.
Pühajärv or Holy Lake is positioned on the southwest edge of town. It has the most spectacular views of the area. In winter enjoy cross-country ski trails and in summer stroll along the paths that circle the lake. In 1992, the Dalai Lama blessed the area.
Getting there Otepää is located about 250 km southeast of Tallinn. Frequent bus service connects Otepää with Tartu (45 min – 1 hr.); Elva (45 min); Valga (1 hr.); Võru (1½ hrs.) and Tallinn (3 hrs.). www.tpilet.ee
The Tartu Marathon brings thousands of skiers of all levels to Otepää.
Relax and unwind after a day of skiing.
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15 Members of the Estonian Spa Association
The right spa makes for the right holiday Estonian spas have been around since Russian Tsarist time. In 1813 the Kadrioru Wittenhof summer manor house spa was opened in Tallinn. TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS EESTI SPA LIIT
At the beginning of the 19th century spas opened in Pärnu, Haapsalu, Kuressaare, and NarvaJõesuu as well. Today there are around 30 spas in Estonia, of which 19 are part of the Estonian Spa Association. The word spa conveys many meanings these days, so it’s wise to familiarise yourself with what each one offers before planning your vacation. The Spa Association divides their members into three categories: 1) medical spas, 2) spa and wellness spas, and 3) medical and wellness spas together. Medical spas are licensed to provide outpatient medical care. Travelling with your family? Many spas encourage you to bring your children. They oftenhave areas like playrooms or playgrounds and slides, and organise
Some useful words treatment
activities for children. Some spas even have procedures and treatments especially for children. There are sports and other active activities offered at all of the spas, and some offer even more. Be sure to look into this before you book. Depending on the clients, entertainment programmes vary. Though if you are interested in an exercise only programme, then an evening exploring local pub culture is not recommended. ■
Relax in the salt chamber.
Therapeutic mud has brought visitors to Estonia since the 1800s.
■ Aqva Hotel & Spa, Parkali 4, Rakvere. ■ Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa, Lossi tn 15, Kuressaare. ■ Fra Mare Thalasso SPA, Ranna tee 2, Haapsalu. ■ Georg Ots SPA Hotel, Tori 2, Kuressaare. ■ Grand Rose Spa Hotel, Tallinna 15, Kuressaare. ■ Johan Spa Hotel, Kauba tn 13, Kuressaare. ■ Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark, Aia 18, Tallinn. ■ Kubija Hotel Nature Spa, Männiku 43a, Võru. ■ Health Centre & Hotel Wasa, Eha tn 2, Pärnu. ■ Estonia Rehabilitation Centre, A.H. Tammsaare pst. 4a, Pärnu. ■ Laine Spa Hotel, Sadama 9/11, Haapsalu. ■ Laulasmaa Spa, Puhkekodu tee 4, Laulasmaa, Harjumaa. ■ Meresuu Spa & Hotel, Aia 48 a, Narva-Jõesuu. ■ Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel, Paldiski maantee 4, Tallinn. ■ Peetrimõisa Villa Spa Hotel, Pirni tn 4, Viljandi. ■ Pirita TOP SPA Hotel, Regati puiestee 1, Tallinn. ■ Pühajärve Spa & Holiday Resort, Pühajärve. ■ Saka Cliff Hotel & SPA, Kohtla. ■ SPA Hotel Meri, Pargi tn 16, Kuressaar. ■ SPA Hotel Rüütli, Pargi tn 12, Kuressaar. ■ SPA Hotel Saaremaa Valss, Kastani tn 20, Kuressaare. ■ Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel, Sadama tn 11A, Tallinn. ■ Tervise Medical Spa, Seedri 6, Pärnu. ■ Tervise Paradiis, Side 14, Pärnu. ■ Toila Spa Hotel, Ranna 12, Toila. ■ Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa, Vihula. ■ Viiking Spa Hotel, Sadama 15, Pärnu. ■ Viimsi SPA, Randvere tee 11, Viimsi. ■ Värska Spa Hotel, Väike-Rõsna küla, Värska.
A doctor's consultation.
Photo: Jaanus Ree
■ Simple Session 2014 Now in its 14th year, this competition continues to draw competitors from all over the world, and will be broadcast live to millions internationally. It is a weekend packed full of extreme sport, with over 200 BMX cyclists and skateboarders competing. 22-23 February, Saku Suurhall Paldiski mnt 104b Tallinn.
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Photo: Kaarel Mikkin
■ Shrove Tuesday Celebrations In Estonia, Shrove Tuesday is known as Vastlapäev. Estonians celebrate with foods like pea soup, pork, and buns filled with whipped cream known as vastlakukklid. Sledding and other activities are also enjoyed. The Estonian Open Air Museum hosts Shrove Tuesday celebrations where visitors can enjoy games, crafts, and other traditions. 2 March,, Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12,, Tallinn
Photo: Jaak Nilson
Estonian Culture’s Top Event The Song Festival is not a matter of fashion; the Song Festival is a matter of the heart. – Lennart Meri 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 into a unifying event. In 2009, 913 choirs and 28,166 performers took part. The Dance Festival tradition dates back to 1934. This year’s festival (19th) will bring about
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
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.
Journey with the Titanic The Titanic exhibit at the Seaplane Harbour brings visitors face to face with this maritime tragedy. TITANIC: the artefact 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. ■
TITANIC Exhibit is on until 31.03.2014. Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn. Open: T-Su 11–19.
■ 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
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. ■
The grand staircase
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES TALLINN
Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum)
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.
The history of the tower (Meghede torne) dates back to the 1300s. The Maiden’s Tower was erected between 1370-1373 when the wall was built in the Danish King’s Garden. During the Livonian War (1558-1583), the tower was damaged and lost its military functions. From 1842-1960, the tower was used as a residence and was even home to one of Estonia’s top architects Karl Burman after World War 2. The Maiden’s Tower Museum and Café covers three floors of the ancient tower. In the basement, visitors can see a display on the history of the tower, and hear the haunting tale of a 16th century noble Livonian maiden. After two years of renovations, the large panoramic window offers one of the best views of Tallinn. The tower is adjacent to the Kiek in de kök tower. ■
Location Maiden’s Tower Museum and Café (Neitsitorn muuseum ja kohvik) Lossiplats 11/Lühike jalg 9a, Tallinn Old Town I1 Open daily.
Lossi 40, Tartu Tu-Su 10 - 18. http://www.ajaloomuuseum.ut.ee/tahetorn
Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum)
Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)
Recently renovated and opened to the public in summer 2013, Neitsitorn is one of the 20 surviving towers of the Old Town’s fortification wall. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Rüütli 15, Tartu. www.spordimuuseum.ee. We-Su 11 - 18
Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum)
Tallinn City Museum branch museums: includes the following
Tartu Toy Museum (Tartu Mänguasjamuuseum) Lutsu 8, Tartu www.mm.ee. We – Su 11 – 18
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
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■ Art Museums & Galleries Adamson-Eric Museum (Adamson-Ericu muuseum) Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.adamson-eric.ee We-Su 11–18
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
A café with a stunning view.
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
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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Trolley-buses 1 3 4 5 6 7
Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Balti jaam – Keskuse Balti jaam – Mustamäe Kaubamaja – Väike-Õismäe Balti jaam – Väike- Õismäe
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Kadriorg – Kopli Ülemiste– Kopli Kadriorg – Tondi Ülemiste – Tondi
Balti jaam Telliskivi
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 visit www.mnt.ee.
Easy Car Rent – www.easycarrent.ee Hansarent – www.hansarent.ee Sir Autorent – www.sirrent.ee Yes Rent – www.yesrent.ee
■ Getting to and from Tallinn
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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:
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
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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TALLINN CITY TOUR
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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ROCCA AL MARE
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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■ Medical Centres and Pharmacies
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.
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 Postimaja Post Office Narva mnt 1, Tallinn B2. 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, B1. Old Town Postal Store Viru 20, Tallinn Old Town, H3.
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: Raekoja plats 1A, Tartu Pärnu: Uus 4, Pärnu
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.
Event and Concert Tickets
Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva
■ 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
Järvamaa: Keskväljak 8, Paide
Rakvere: Laada 14, Rakvere 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
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
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.
Võru: Jüri 12, Võru 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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Published on Feb 1, 2014
The Baltic Guide in English is a tourist newspaper for visitors to Estonia. The newspaper's broad content covers everything from cultural e...