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Restaurant/Pub Första stället i Tallinn när man kommer sjövägen och sista när man beger sig till havs! The first place to come when You arrive and the last place to visit before leaving!

Massor av härliga smakupplevelser!

Levande musik varje dag/ Live music every day 12-15

Taste one of our delicious dishes! Öppet/Open: varje dag/every day 8-19. Köket öppet från kl/ The kitchen open from 8. Sadamarket Shopping Centrum 1a vån/1st floor, 100m från A och B-terminalerna/100m from A and B terminals. Sadama 6/8, Tallinn, tel. +372 661 4605, info@seitsemerd.ee, www.seitsemerd.ee

BRASSERIE & RESTAURANT TELETORN RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW The TV Tower is located 10 min. from the city centre and 4 min. from the Pirita Marina. Kloostrimetsa tee 58A, Tallinn HOW TO GET HERE:

You can take buses PARKING: 34A, 38, and 49 (stop The TV Tower "Teletorn"), or the City Tour bus. Our premises parking lot has 5 places for tourist are handicap buses and 60 accessible. places for cars. Reservations: +372 58150020 E-mail: restoran@teletorn.ee, www.teletorn.ee Open Wednesday-Monday 11-23, Tuesday 18-23


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Contents ABOUT ESTONIA

At long last…spring!

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n ex-pat friend of mine has now spent two full winters in Estonia. Recently he commented on the fact that “Estonian people seemed to be coming to life once again.” March has been cold, yet quite sunny, and according to my friend, Estonians are slowly emerging from winter hibernation. I suppose an extra six hours of daylight can do that to a person. This is the time of year when the days are getting noticeably longer; the snow is rapidly melting (be careful of falling snow in the Old Town), and seasonal attractions are opening again.

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.

You may notice a few changes in your paper. We’ve changed the format, added a calendar of events, Top 10 attractions, and more restaurant information. We visited some of Tallinn’s most expensive restaurants to let you know whether they are worth the money. Why not take a day trip from Tallinn to the Estonian Mining Museum? We’ve got all the details about what to see and do in north eastern Estonia. And be sure to pick up the May issue. Next month, we will have a pull-out summer travel special, to help you plan your summer road trip. Happy travels! Kristina Lupp Editor-in chief

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shopping Viru keskus Spring fashion in Tallinn

01 A BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM ABOVE The Oleviste Church in Tallinn’s Old Town opens its viewing platform in April. In medieval times, this was the world’s tallest church. It offers views from 60 metres high. After many fires and renovations, the church’s height is now 124 metres.

02 HÖFF 2013 The Haapsalu horror and fantasy film festival has become a spring tradition. Already in its eighth year, the festival’s program includes the best Sci-Fi, fantasy, and horror films. 21 full-length feature films will be screened. HÖFF 25-28 April, Haapsalu Cultural Centre.

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03 CELEBRATING SPRING Weather permitting, Estonians enjoy the coming of spring by spending their free time in parks and on terraces. Estonians and northern Europeans celebrate Walpurgis Night or May Day (Volbripäev). Traditionally, this was the evening where witches would meet. In rural areas small bonfires are lit and children dress up like witches in celebration.

Josh WInk Paar Veini Tenfold Rabbit Bon Bon

04 RUNNING MARATHON The annual Tartu Running Marathon brings thousands of sports enthusiasts to the southern Estonian town of Otepää on 12 May. Participants can run or Nordic walk the 23km trail. A shorter race of 10 kilometres will also take place. This trail starts in Elva. Children will also have their own races at the Tehvandi stadium. www.tartumaraton.ee

Every year visitors are attracted to Soomaa National Park for the floods or the fifth season. This period takes place after the thawing of the snow and heavy rain. All low-lying forests, fields, and roads are flooded, and one can only get around by boat. Local adventure companies will organise great canoe trips through the flooded marshes.

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Managing Director: Kirli Lembinen Editor-in-Chief: Kristina Lupp kristina@balticguide.ee Design: Kristi Möls Photography: Andrei Chertkov

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

Your Comments ■ We always appreciate your feedback. Tell us your thoughts on our content, layout, things you think we should add -- good or bad. Write to: kristina@balticguide.ee. or send a letter to: THE BALTIC GUIDE Põhja pst. 25, 10415, Tallinn.

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Non-residents and tourists can purchase a ticket for 1.60€ from theMERIMETSA driver. Exact change is always appreciated. And don’t forget to validate your ticket. You can also purchase a smartcard. 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 transferable. Or, save yourself time and money by purchasing a Tallinn Card. The Tallinn Card allows you to use public transport for free, but remember to validate by touching your card to the orange reader.

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

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

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■ BY BUS:

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

■ BY SEA: From the Port of Tallinn to the city/airport: bus no. 2

TO/FROM HELSINKI Eckerö Line - www.eckeroline.ee Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com Viking Line - www.vikingline.ee Linda Line Express www.lindaline.ee

TO/FROM STOCKHOLM Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com

TO/FROM ST. PETERSBURG St. Peter Line - www.stpeterline.com

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.

■ Customs Regulations Visitors from EU countries may carry unlimited amounts of tobacco products into Estonia. ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS MUST DISPLAY HEALTH WARNINGS. IN THEIR ABSENCE, THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLIES: 200 CIGARETTES OR 200G OF LOOSE TOBACCO

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 p p p

■ Airport and Port Transfers Getting to the port:

Free Bus from the Port

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 Mõigu 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 1.60€.

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

Getting to the Airport 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 1.60€


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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

Useful Information No international driver’s license required. It is important for drivers to follow the following regulations: ■Blood alcohol level must be 0. ■ Estonia has no freeways. Please mind intersections and cyclists. ■ The speed limit in towns is usually 50 km / h, but can vary between 30- 70 km / h. Speeds will be marked. Outside built-up areas, the speed limit is 90 km / h, in some sections 110 km / h, but only in summer.

â– All cars must carry a warning triangle,

wheel chocks, first-aid kit, and fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear a fluorescent vest when stopped at night. â– 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. â–  Parking and speeding fines will still be charged if visiting from overseas. Please pay fines on time to avoid penalty.

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Tel. +372 641 6440 An Estonian village in the capital of Estonia Summer Season from April 23! Farm work of the past, handicraft demos and more. Spring Fair on May 1 76 historical buildings, a village shop from the 1930s, traditional Estonian food at the inn Open daily at 10-17, after Apr 23 at10-20. Buses: 21 and 21B from the Baltijaam train station. City Tour Blue Line from Viru Square. VabaĂľhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. Ph. +372 654 9100, www.evm.ee.

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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.

The first 15 minutes are free at: ■Tallinn Parking 15 min / 0,26₏ Payment required M–F 7–19, Sa 8–15. Free on Sundays. ■ City Centre 15 min / 0,58₏ Payment required M–F 7–19, Sa 8–15. Free on Sundays. ■ Old Town 15 min / 1,15₏ Payment required 24h, 7 days.

■Tallinn Taxis ■ Day and evening (23.00–6.00) taxi fares can vary. Each taxi company has their own rates. Every taxi must display driver information and photo. ■ For example, a one-way ride starting at Viru Hotel and lasting approximately 1.5 km should cost about 6₏. With traffic congestion, the amount may be higher. For a listing of taxi fares, please visit: www.taksod.net

Taxi drivers must print a receipt. If for some reason the taxi driver does not offer a receipt then the passenger is not obliged to pay. If you feel that the price was unreasonable, then make note of the car registration number, date of journey, and the name of the taxi company.

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upcoming events ■ SEB Maijooks A 7km run or walk starting at the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn. www.jooks.ee 18 May

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■ Tallinn Day 2013

■ Tallinn Flower Festival

Tallinn Day commemorates Tallinn gaining admission to the Hanseatic League of European Cities in 1248. Concerts and cultural events will take place in the Old Town, Freedom Square.

International landscape designers will take part in the 5th annual Flower Festival just outside the Old Town walls in the Tower’s Square (Tornide väljak). This year’s theme is "Garden as work of art" and "Healing gardens.”

www.tallinn.ee 15 May

www.lillefestival.tallinn.ee 24 May – 24 August

Estonian Music Days

World Stars of Ballet

Tallinn

Nokia Concert Hall, Tallinn

Estonian Music Days 2013 will focus on juxtapositions and oppositions. Estonian Music Days have been held since 1979, and focus on new Estonian composers and their work.

World-renowned soloists from the New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet London, Staatsballet Berlin etc. – will take to the stage for a grand ballet gala. Some incredible ballet artists will perform for the first time in Estonia in short pieces directed by modern ballet’s foremost choreographers.

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Alegria - Cirque du Soleil

Club Panoraam, Tallinn

Saku Suurhall, Tallinn

Remember that song early 90s song “Mr. Vain?” Take yourself back to 1990s club land and the sounds of the German musical collective Culture Beat at Tallinn’s Club Panoraam.

This year’s theme “Alegría” means “jubilation” in Spanish, and portrays a universe of old and young, rich and poor, all resisting the passing of time and the social transformations that go along with it.

www.cirquedusoleil.com Tickets: www.ticketpro.ee

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Lord of the Dance Saku Suurhall, Tallinn

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Michael Flatley’s award-winning dance performance comes to Tallinn this spring, as part of the show’s European tour.

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www.panoraam.ee Tickets: www.piletilevi.ee

Tallinn Music Week Various Venues, Tallinn 233 artists from 20 different countries, 50 venues, and one week of the best music Tallinn has to offer. This year’s festival also includes a restaurant festival with 10-15 restaurants taking part.

www.tallinnmusicweek.ee Tickets: www.piletilevi.ee

The 24th annual Jazzkaar jazz festival will take place from 19-28 April in the unique Marina Pavilion at the Port of Tallinn. Headliners are Zara McFarlane (UK), Hiromi (JPN), Gregory Porter (US), and the New Quartet of the legendary composer-sax player Charles Lloyd featuring Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, and Gregory Hutchinson.

www.jazzkaar.ee Tickets: www.piletilevi.ee

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Culture Beat (Tania Evans) Live

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Jaan Tätte and Udupasun

Shrek - The musical Nokia Concert Hall

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Pärimuusika Ait, Viljandi Popular Estonian singer Jaan Tätte will perform with the musical ensemble Udupasun (Cätlin Mägi, Paul Daniel, Silver Sepp, Marti Tärn) in a spring performance in Viljandi.

Tickets: www. piletilevi.ee

The Estonian Puppet Theatre NUKU is staging the world famous family musical ”Shrek”. Previously shown in London, the musical ”Shrek” is based on the DreamWorks animation of 2001.

Tickets: www.piletilevi.ee

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■ Beauty News

Joik JOIK is an Estonian natural cosmetics brand. The name JOIK comes from the word “joik“ – the ancient singing style of the Sami people. All JOIK products are hand-made in Estonia, and made with natural ingredients. While their products are available at shops and chemists across Estonia, why not visit their showroom in Tallinn to try out some of their great products, like scented candles, hair and body products, and soaps for yourself.

Location JOIK candles & spa SHOW-ROOM, Pärnu mnt. 388a, Tallinn www.joik.ee

Beauty, right in the heart of Tallinn While in Tallinn, why not visit Ilusalong Gersi for all your beauty needs. The salon is located across the street from Stockmann in Tallinn. Facials, massages, hair –cut and colour, waxing and more is available for reasonable prices by professional stylists and cosmeticians.

Location Ilusalong Gersi Liivalaia 40, Tallinn www.gersi.ee

A small world Here’s a new addition to the ever-growing Telliskivi complex in the Kalamaja suburb of Tallinn. This shop has nothing but environmental –and local friendly children’s clothing. Clothes are made from organic fabrics like cotton and wool, and accessories include natural cosmetics, swings, and much more.

Stylish children’s wear

Location Minu Väike Maailm Telliskivi 60a, Tallinn www.facebook.com/MinuVaikeMaailm

There’s a new designer clothing store for children called Ovane. This shop offers mostly Scandinavian designed children’s clothing like Mini Rodini, Soft Gallery, Ebbe, Wheat, and more! You can also find pacifiers, baby bottles, and bibs, as well as toys made by the French designer Vilac. Djeco, and Tousselier.

Location Ovane Pärnu mnt 40, Tallinn www.facebook.com/ovaneshop

A workout for YOUR FACE Beat tired eyes and wrinkles in just 15 minutes a day! TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTO ANDREI CHERTKOV

I visited the Noole Beauty Salon where Raili, the owner introduced me to the procedure. I wasn’t sure really what to expect. After describing how the Tua Tre’nd works, my first question was: does it hurt? Not all at. In fact, after you get used to the sensation, it’s quite pleasant. Tua Tre’nd has five different programs, targeted at different areas of your face. Each program lasts two minutes. The facial wands have two electrodes each, which can be used simultaneously or individually. The intensity of the current can be regulated, as everyone has different sensitivities. Tua Tre’nd is a non-invasive portable facelift machine that generates a micro-current at specific frequencies, optimised for different areas of the face and neck. The microcurrents stimulate facial muscles, which in turn contract to give your face a workout. This antiageing treatment will leave your skin feeling firm, sculpted,

and radiant by simply using it 15 minutes a day. The best news, this beauty regiment is easy. You don’t have to remove your makeup, and you can use the machine while doing something else. Daily use shows the best long-term results, but change is visible after just one use. Lines will diminish, and your face will have a radiant glow. Perfect for use in the morning for a tired face, or before going out. At Noole you can enjoy all the services a beauty salon has to offer: hairstyling, cosmetics, massage, manicure, and pedicure. Noole

has been open for five years in the quickly growing suburb of Kalamaja in Tallinn. The salon is open by appointment only. If you are in Tallinn and plan on visiting the Seaplane Harbour, the salon is just around the corner. The Tua Tre’nd is for sale at Noole. To promote the Tua Tre’nd facelift machine, Noole is offering one quick session for 5. ■

Location Noole Ilusalong Noole 4-1B, Tallinn www.nooleilusalong.ee


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ACTIVE VACATION IDEAS  Shooting Ever wonder what it’s like to fire an AK 47? Well wonder no more, because at the Tactical Shooting Centre in Tallinn, expert instructors will teach you how to fire this weapon, along with many others. Their indoor range is equipped with all modern standards and is fully licenced. And according to their website, is the only indoor range in Estonia where you can shoot any calibre pistols/rifles without restrictions.

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.

Merepuiestee to Linnahall, walk along the Cultural Kilometre.

Tallinn TV Tower Take the high-speed lift to the top and take in the beautiful view over the Muuga forest, Tallinn’s Old Town in the distance, and the Baltic Sea. Apparently on a clear night you might even be able to see the distant lights of Helsinki. Once at the top, you can enjoy an interactive exhibit, and great food. The tower first opened in 1980 for the sailing events of the Moscow Olympics. Its construction took five years. The TV tower quickly became a popular destination for family outings. In 1991, the tower was an important structure in the events leading up to the restoration of Estonia’s independence. Its defense was crucial when Soviet troops tried to seize it on August 20, 1991.

Taktikalise laskmise keskus OÜ Kopli 103, Tallinn www.tacticalshooting.ee

 Indoor Tennis There is no better way to experience a city, than like a local. When in Tallinn, do as the locals do and play tennis. As Estonia has a rather short outdoor tennis season, tennis clubs have adapted by building covered courts. Some of the biggest tennis centres are: Rocca al Mare Tennis (Haabersti 5, www.ramtennis. ee), and Tere Tennisekeskus (Sõjakooli 10, www.teretennis.ee). Kadrioru Tennisekeskus (Koidula 38, www.kadriorutennis.ee) has more outdoor courts than indoor, but this club has been open since 1921 in one of the most beautiful areas of Tallinn. Wherever you decided to go, be sure to call in advance to book a court.

 Tallinn Swing Dance Weekend Whether you are an experienced or beginner Lindy Hopper, all levels are welcome at the Tallinn Swing Dance Weekend. This is a weekend filled with workshops, and in the evenings, social dances. It’s a great way to meet some locals, or fellow travellers and burn a few calories at the same time.

26-28 April www.tsds.ee/tsw

Tallinn 28 April, Iisaku 9 June, Kärdla 20/21 June , Kambja 31 August www.xdream.ee

Xdream

Kloostrimetsa tee, 58A

The Xdream adventure sports series comprises four events and involves a combination of cycling, canoeing, running/trekking and navigation with other additional challenges often added

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 A Day at the Spa While this may not sound very active, this spa hotel has a great water park for children, and lane swimming and saunas for the adults. Upstairs, visitors can also use the gym, or sign up for fitness classes.

Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark, Aia 18, Tallinn F3

 Lahemaa National Park Why not organise a day trip to Estonia’s first and largest national park. Located about 70km from Tallinn, many tour operators organise day trips from Tallinn to the park. Enjoy hiking trails, bird watching, and picturesque landscapes.

www.traveller.ee; www.lahemaa.info; www.visitestonia.com

 Seaplane Harbour  Walking tour of Old Town While Estonia is mostly flat, the Old Town is full of steep passageways and staircases. The Kohtu street platform (B1) offers the best view of the Old Town and cannot be missed. After a visit to the platform, the likelihood of getting lost in the labyrinths-like streets of the lower town is smaller. The Patkul platform (B1) 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

Walk the Cultural Kilometre from the Old Town, and visit the new Seaplane Harbour. The Seaplane Harbour or Lennusadam (as it is called in Estonian) is more than just a maritime museum. The largest exhibits are the ships and a submarine. Many of the exhibits are interactive so for example, visitors can try navigating a ship in the dark Tallinn harbour. There is plenty to see and do for people of all ages and the building itself is quite the sight.

Seaplane Harbour, Küti 17 / Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn On foot: From the Viru Centre by the

to this mix. The events take part in different parts of country, thus offering participants the chance to explore more of Estonia at the same time. The first event takes place in Tallinn on 28 April, the second in Iisaku in Eastern Estonia, the third (an overnight event) in and around Kärdla on the island of Hiiuma, and the final event will be held near Kambja, which is located between the University city of Tartu and the winter capital of Otepää. The various Tartu Marathons are the other major sporting events held in this country every year. While the famous ski marathon has already been completed, a 10/23km cross-country running/ Nordic walking event will be held on 12 May, followed by a 74/137km road bike marathon on 2 June, a 19/48km rollerblade race on 25 August and finally a 40/89km cross-country bike marathon on 15 September. Information about other upcoming running events can be found at www.jooks. ee, including a spring cross-country race, the very popular SEB Maijooks (women’s event) and SEB Marathon. Information about a night running event in the town of Rakvere can also be found at www.eestimaraton.ee


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Spotlight: VIRU KESKUS Right in the heart of Tallinn, this shopping centre has something for everyone. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Twenty years ago the site of this shopping centre was nothing but a parking lot, right beside the Hotel Viru. In 2004, it turned into a modern shopping complex with over 100 stores. Starting in the basement, you’ll find the only underground bus terminal in Tallinn. From here you can catch a bus to different parts of the city, including the beach suburb of Pirita. With the weather, slowly but surely trying to get

warmer, it’s a nice place to spend an afternoon. The other side of the basement, accessible by the central elevator and escalators houses the Kaubamaja grocery store, Toidumaailm. This is one of the best grocery stores in Tallinn. Avoid coming at lunchtime, as locals on their lunch break are picking up food from the deli counter and it can get a bit crowded. Moving up one level, the ground floor has electronics and camera shops, a florist, Kalev cho-

■ Kaubamaja – Estonia’s department store Kaubamaja was founded in 1960 as a government enterprise. Once Estonia gained reindependence, it was transformed into a public limited company. This is a department store where you will find just about anything. Over the last few years, the store has undergone some renovations, including improvements to its children’s department and women’s sections. Kaubamaja is connected to Viru Keskus through an overpass that leads to additional departments. This department store sells brand name designer fashions, and stocks top name appliances and cosmetics.

colate shop (Estonian chocolates make great souvenirs), women’s and men’s clothing and shoe stores, as well as a café. Viru Keskus offers visitors free WiFi access, though it can sometimes be a little slow. There is a Piletilevi ticket kiosk on the main floor, where you can buy tickets for many events and gigs happening in Tallinn. The second floor houses two sports apparel shops, Ivo Nikkolo and Baltman clothing stores, a cafeteria restaurant, and Reval Café, which overlooks the main

■ Shopping Centres & Department Stores in Tallinn: Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Prisma, Free bus from the port. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Prisma, Free bus from the port. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Prisma, Busses 2, 15 and 54 (Sossimägi), Trams 2 and 4 (Lubja). Mustikas keskus, A.H.Tammsaare tee 116. Prisma, Trolleys 1, 2 and 3. Järve Keskus, Pärnu mnt 238. Selver, Buses 5, 18, 32 ,36, 57. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Rimi, Buses 2, 7, 15, 65. Solaris, Estonia pst 9. Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4.

Foorum Narva mnt 5. Tallinna Kaubamaja, Gonsiori 2. Stockmann, Liivalaia 53.

■ Near the port: Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. Kochi Aidad, Lootsi 10. SadaMarket, Kai 5. Merekeskus, Mere pst 10. Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7. Rimi Most large shopping centres are open daily 10-21 and the supermarkets 8-23.

floor of the mall. Another great café in Viru Keskus has to be Café More, located in the Rahvaraamat bookstore on the fourth floor. The café is a great place to enjoy a coffee and good book, or meet a friend for a light lunch. Rahvaraamat is one of the biggest bookstores in Tallinn, and has a relatively large and well-stocked English language book section. Above Rahvaraamat is the fitness centre My Fitness. Viru Keskus has the first rooftop cinema

ever built in Tallinn. During the summer, features don’t usually start until after 22.00 or later because of the long daylight hours. If you’re coming by car, it’s easy to find parking among the 456 spots available. ■

Location Viru Keskus & Kaubamaja Viru Väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2 www.virukeskus.com


T H E B A LT I C G U I D E ™ A P R I L 2 0 1 3 * These spring fashions can be found at Viru Keskus, Viru 6. Kaardikood B2.

11 April News

■ A lovely white jacket with an attractive brooch, and an even more attractive price. 59,99€ Mohito.

TEXT LAURA KOIVISTO, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Stores are filling their racks with spring fashion –an excellent reason to go shopping in Tallinn. The warmer weather fashions cater to everyone’s tastes. This year spring and summer styles are all about colour, and you can see this on the racks of Tallinn’s boutiques. Stripes are also back, but if you prefer softer colours, or the classic black and white, don’t worry, these can be found too. Each of us has a different travel budget, some higher or lower than others. In Tallinn, there is fashion to be found for every budget, in particular in Tallinn’s shopping centres. ■

shopping

BMW Partners with Estonian-Founded Tech Firm

■ Leather trim adds a lot to this jacket. Guess's spring version feels and looks great! 186€, Guess.

SPRING!

The car manufacturer BMW recently signed an agreement with the Estonian-founded tech company NOW! Innovations. The company will be providing mobile payment and billing solutions to BMW. The service, ParkNow, allows drivers to reserve and pay for their spaces in advance. "The integration of on-street parking is a major step in creating a one-stop parking experience," said Joachim Hauser, Director of BMW Mobility Services.

Exotic Meat Imports Rise Statistics Estonia says the import of unusual meats increased 370 percent from 2011 to 2012. Estonia was not affected

Fashion finds in Tallinn

by the horsemeat scandal that affected other EU countries. Last year, 123 tons of horsemeat, entered the country along with 41 tons of domesticated rabbit. 532 kilograms of reindeer meat, 273 kilograms of frogs' legs, and 50 kilograms of crocodile and snake. Whale was not on the list, but 600 kilograms had been imported into Estonia in 2010. ■ This Desigual jacket will turn heads. The spring collection has both vibrant and more tame styles. 190 €, Denim Dream.

■ You can't go wrong with Tommy Hilfiger; iger; et will this orange jacket brighten even the he greyest of work days. figer. 279€, Tommy Hilfiger.

■ This Tara Jarmon jacket is an example of this spring's more classic, yet colourful styles. 599,95€, Kaubamaja.

■ Colours and different patterns can be seen on this season's dresses, like this one from Liina Stein. 249,95€, Kaubamaja. This classic dress from Reserved sits well and can be worn casually or dressed up. 39,99€.

■ Chose between many colours of trousers from Reserved. 17,99- 24,99€, Reserved.

Estonians Took Out Least Rubbish in EU Estonians produced the least amount of municipal waste per capita of any EU member state last year. While the average for that year was 503 kilograms per person, Estonians only tossed 298 kg. Denmark was at the top of the list, with 718 kg of garbage per person. Latvia and Lithuania produced 350 and 442 kg respectively, while Finland, 505 kg. The portion of Estonia's waste that was recycled grew from 24 percent in 2011. In other words, 337,153 tons of waste was taken in at Estonia's dumps and recycling centres in 2012.

Estonia's Largest Mural to Undergo Restoration St. Charles, a twin steepled, neoRomanesque church in central Tallinn, is currently undergoing renovation, with the altar painting to be restored in late spring. This is the largest mural in Estonia. "The wooden part of the arch will be painted and then the stone part. But the rest of the church ceiling will not be painted. It is technically too challenging, the pews would have to be removed," said Külli Saard, assistant to the clergy of St. Charles Church.


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■ New Restaurant in the Old Town

■ TMW Restaurant Festival

Owned by the same people that own Kreperii at Kölerii 2, this French brasserie boasts great cocktails, French cuisine, and of course Absinthe. Located on the narrow Old Town street Müürivahe, this restaurant could not have found a more suitable location to fit in with its décor.

Good music and good food go together. For the first time, this year's festival has handpicked a selection of Tallinn's best restaurants that will offer special menus and discounts to festival guests. Festivalgoers will have a chance to visit 16 restaurants over three afternoons, before going to a gig.

Absint Müürivahe 17, Tallinn Old Town www.absint.ee

Tallinn Music Week 4-6 April, Tallinn www.tallinnmusicweek.ee

DINING IN STYLE  Tchaikovsky

TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV, KRISTINA LUPP, BRAND MANUAL, RENEE ALTROV

The Baltic Guide decided to dine at some of Tallinn’s top, and most expensive restaurants to see what (if any) all the fuss is about. Restaurants were graded on food presentation and flavour, service (staff knowledge and friendliness), interest, appeal, and organisation of the wine list, the restaurant’s atmosphere, and finally, value for money.

This elegant restaurant does just about everything right. The staff is friendly, professional, and most importantly, knowledgeable. Ask them to suggest wine, there is no doubt they have tasted the menu and are confident in their ability to pair a glass with your meal. Food portions are generous, especially after an appetiser, soup, and main course; it’s difficult to squeeze in dessert. Try the langoustine pel-

 Egoist You can’t go wrong with classic French cuisine. This restaurant seems more of a private supper club in a castle, than a restaurant, but that is part of its charm. The head chef, Heidy Pinnak just came back from Lyon where she placed 14th in this year’s Bocuse d’Or cooking competition. Restaurant owner Dimitri Demjanov has been the face of Estonian gastronomy, promoting its chefs in Europe at various cooking evetns. Egoist offers both an a la carte

 Ribe and degustation menu. Dishes are plated in an elegant and simple manor; no elaborate stacks here, and flavours are simple, focusing on the delicate flavours of the fine ingredients used. 4 courses with wine pairing, about 260 for two people.

Location Vene 33, Tallinn Old Town G3 www.egoist.ee

It’s hard to compare Ribe to the previous two restaurants, as the atmosphere is just not the same. The first three places go to two fine dining restaurants, and Ribe could be classified under high end bistro. Ribe’s food presentation and food is superb. The plate design takes after some of the principles of New Nordic cuisine, meaning colourful, natural looking landscapes. Try the deer sirloin carpaccio, and the halibut with scallop mousse and crispy prawn. Save room for dessert because the soft meringue with strawberry consommé and bell pepper sorbet is divine. 3 courses (shared dessert) and bottle of wine, about 80 for two people.

Location Vene 7, Tallinn Old Town H2 www.ribe.ee

meni, black truffle and Jerusalem artichoke soup, and the pigeon, for something a little different. 4 courses (shared dessert) with wine pairing about 200 for two people.

Location Vene 9, Tallinn Old Town H2 www.telegraafhotel.com/restauranttchaikovsky


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■ Homemade Pies

■ A New Wine Bar

Estonians and Russian love their pirukad (pies/ pierogies)! Named after the Russian musician Nikolay Andreevich Peregoudov, this bakery/café makes fresh pies daily, available for dining–in or takeaway. Try a slice of the meat pie for something savoury, or for something sweet, the cottage cheese or cherry pies are delicious!

The Kalamaja suburb of Tallinn is slowly filling up with some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and bars. The latest addition is Pokaal, a wine bar serving snacks and appetisers, and wine, of course! DJs can be heard spinning on the weekends. A great place to spend an evening!

Bar-Buffee Nikolay Gonsiori 10, Tallinn http://en.nikolay.ee

Pokaal Telliskivi 60a, Tallinn https://www.facebook.com/PokaalVeinibaar

 Bordoo

 Bonaparte

Lunch and dinner at Bordoo are like night and day. During the day, the Three Sisters hotel menu is offered. If you want to spend 15 on a mediocre Caesar salad, then be my guest. The 16 burger, was however quite tasty. I suggest waiting until the evening and enjoying the four or five course degustation menu, where it often ends up being much more like eight courses, as chef Tõnis Siigur always adds a few amuse bouche at the start of the meal. 4 course degustation menu: 55 per person, +48 with wine 5 course degustation menu: 65 per person, +58 with wine

Bonaparte celebrates its 15-year anniversary this year with a new chef, Vitali Tihhonov. Tihhonov has worked in some of the world’s top restaurants, including Noma. The menu is very well put together, and the tasting menu gives a good overview of the new dishes. Presentation is a bit over the top, but maybe you like that sort of thing. Many of the dishes come bubbling with dry ice or decorated with pine branches. I felt a little sorry for some of the waiters coming to the table, trying to balance these elaborately placed dishes. Nevertheless, the taste of the food was spot on, especially the cep and truffle consommé. Tasting menu: 65 per person

Location Pikk 71/Tolli 2, Tallinn Old Town F2 www.bordoo.ee

 Bocca

Ö restaurant can also be classified under New Nordic Cuisine. While the food was elegantly yet simply presented, service friendly, and walnut bread noteworthy, the food itself was not mind-blowing. The wine list did not offer a good selection of wines by the glass, and considering the restaurant offers a tasting menu for 65 a person…just saying. The food itself was good, but I almost wish I had opted for the tasting menu, because smaller

The Sparkling Group, the same people that also own Tchaikovsky and Ö, owns Bocca. Locals seem to wonder how Bocca stays open, as I have frequently heard people comment something to the effect: “there is never anyone in there.” This restaurant offers Italian food with a twist: linguine with foie gras, anyone? That being said, the rabbit ravioli with walnut sauce was very good. The disappointment came with the lamb sweet breads, which were overcooked

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portions of each would have been ideal, for example the eel.

Location Mere pst. 6e, Tallinn A2 www.restoran-o.ee

Food

Service

Location Pikk 45-47, Tallinn Old Town G2 www.bonaparte.ee

and chewy. The accompanying risotto was more like milky rice. We visited the restaurant at lunch, and apart from our table there was only one other couple seated. Service was slow, very slow.

Location Olevimägi 9, Tallinn Old Town F3 www.bocca.ee

Wine

Atmosphere

Value for Money Overall Score

Presentation /5

Taste /5

Bread /5

Knowledge /5

Friendliness /5

/5

/5

/5

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1

Tchaikovsky

Russian

4

4

4

5

5

5

5

5

37

2

Egoist

French

5

5

3

5

4

5

5

4

36

3

Bordoo

NN/European

4

5

3

5

5

5

5

4

36

4

Ribe

European

5

5

4

4

4

4

4

5

35

5

Bonaparte

French

4

4

3

4

5

4

5

3

32

6

Ö

New Nordic

4

3

4

4

4

3

3

2

27

7

Bocca

Italian

3

3

2

3

2

3

3

2

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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES TALLINN

Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.adamson-eric.ee We-Su 11–18

■ Museums

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)

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

Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum)

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

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

Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum)

Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace

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

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

Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum)

Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum)

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

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

Experience Something Different in Eastern Estonia Estonia is a relatively small country but is also a country packed with many unexpected delights... good things come in small packages, as they say! TEXT ROBERT BROOKES, PHOTOS KRISTI REIMETS

This small size is an advantage to anyone wishing to explore and experience more of what Estonia has to offer outside the nation’s capital, Tallinn. A one-day excursion to eastern Estonia promises a varied collection of things to see and do, with the most interesting of these being a visit to the country’s oil shale fields located around 2 hours drive towards the border city of Narva. The oil extracted from this region is exported worldwide and also serves as a fuel source for the generation of electricity in this country. Oil shale has long been Estonia’s main industry in this part of the country and the numerous ash ‘mountains’ are a visible reminder of this long history, with a climb to the top of these can provide an excellent view of the surrounding area.

Should you wish to go one step further and experience first-hand what life was like for the miners of yesteryear, a visit to the Kohtla Mining Park in Kohtla-Nõmme is a must. What better way to learn more about this industry than to join a tour group, don a miner’s helmet and light and head underground to walk in the footsteps of real miners and experience their moist and confined work environment. Each exhibit shows how the mining process was undertaken at different times in the past. There is around 1km of tunnels and an underground miner’s train takes visitors from one exhibit to the next in complete darkness. After returning to the surface and the welcoming daylight, take a leisurely walk around the grounds and see some of the old buildings and mining equipment. ■

■ While you're in the area... Other attractions in this region are worthy of a visit. Located a short drive south east of the Kohtla Mining Park is the beautiful and tranquil Kuremäe Convent which was established in 1891 and serves as Estonia’s only Russian Orthodox nunnery. While much of the site is off limits to the public, visitors are free to roam around the immaculately maintained gardens and buildings. At the base of the hill upon which the convent is located, and an area sacred to ancient Estonians, is a small natural spring known for its healing properties. Here you can collect some of its waters or indeed bathe in it should you so wish. A short journey north to the coastal town of Toila, and in particular Oru Park, lies a place

Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum)

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

■ Museums

Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum)

Estonian Literary Museum (Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum)

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

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

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

Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum) Estonian Sports Museum (Eesti Spordimuuseum)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum)

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

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

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

Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu)

Tartu City Museum (Tartu Linnamuuseum) Narva 23, Tartu. Tu-Sa 11- 18. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee

Old Observatory (Tähetorn)

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

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

Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU)

Tartu Song Festival Museum (Tartu Laulupeomuuseum)

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

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

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

Tartu Toy Museum (Tartu Mänguasjamuuseum)

Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum)

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

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) where vistors can take a leisurely stroll through the area, taking in the sights along the river and the coast as well as the site of the remains of a 19th century palace. A short distance away to the west lies Estonia’s highest waterfall at Valaste, where the water plunges around 30 metres down the face of the Ontika Limestone Cliff. This is the highest point in the Baltic Klint, a limestone escarpment extending over 1,100km in length. For information regarding car hire and other modes of transport, turn to page 4-5 in this guide. Kohtla Mining Park: http://kaevanduspark.ee/eng/ Kuremäe Convent: www.puhtitsa.ee/dc/ Toila/Oru Park: www.toila.ee/index.php/lang/0 Valaste Waterfall: www.visitestonia.com/en/valastewaterfall

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

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

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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-kgbmuseum/ 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)

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BonBon Still going strong after all these years, BonBon is the place for Tallinn's high-society Bonbon has been something of a mainstay on the nightlife scene for years. While other clubs have opened up that cater for a similar audience, BonBon continues to be one of the most popular and vibrant nightspots Tallinn has to offer. Previously a private members club, BonBon wisely decided to open its door to the general public a few years ago now and has become popular with a whole new group of enthusiasts. Always having seen itself as a club for the beautiful people, a recent redesign has seen the club abandon its 19th century smoking room feel for something a little bit more modern. Expect sharp angles, metallic surfaces, hexagonal sofas and lighting that wouldn't look out of place in a scifi blockbuster.

With a number of regular DJs who seamlessly manage to mix retro classics with modern tracks, BonBon is an excellent option for the well dressed and stylish throngs of Tallinn society to meet, drink, and dance. Hence, those on a stag (especially an underdressed stag) are discouraged. Cocktails are the order of the day and, while expensive, will certainly pack a punch. However, for the true experience, it's wise to book ahead and arrive with a table waiting for you along with a bottle of champagne and litre of vodka. ■

Location BonBon Mere pst. 6e, Tallinn A2 +372 661 6080 www.bonbon.ee

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The word pioneer is thrown about all too easily, but with the legendary American DJ, producer and record label owner Josh Wink ready to visit Estonia for a set at Studio on the 4th April, the word is apt.

In the early 90's, Wink was at the forefront of the American techno scene, producing a string of anthems such as Don’t Laugh and I'm Ready under the name Size 9. Then, in the mid 90's, Wink put his own name to one of the most memorable tracks of the decade, the acid tinged techno classic Higher State of Consciousness, a masterpiece that continues to sound as fresh today as it did in 1996.

Since then Wink has continued to work tirelessly; DJing throughout the globe and continuing to produce his own work while remixing some of the biggest names around. His 2010 album, When a Banana was just a banana was a fine piece of electronic genre switching that escapes easy classification. As a man with over 20 years experience at the decks, Wink is bound to deliver a set worthy of

his name and with this being the first date in a European tour that also encompasses Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and the UK, it's bound to be one hell of a night. ■

Location Josh Wink 4 April Studio, Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2 Tickets €10 on the door.

TMW Best Bets While international in nature, Tallinn Music Week offers many of Estonia's more talented groups to spread the word and gain a foothold on the path to international rock stardom. Here's our guide to who to see and where to go. Thursday night at Von Krahl should be the place to go for an introduction to Eesti rock. Spread over three stages is a whole host of local talent including 21st century hippies Armastus, electric wizards Teisikud and dreamlike popsters 3pead. Leading the bill are Tallinn Daggers, a band that's managing to make new wave new once again by combing the sound

of New Order with the melodic ear of Robert Smith of Prozac. At the same time, Sinilind sees the Britpop influenced Dahling take to the stage a band who are certainly worth a look. Saturday sees a garage rock fest at Von Krahl with Elephants from Neptune, Sibyl Vane and Facelift Deer on the bill. A bill which they share with the more esoteric Marten Kuningas and the should-be heard soundscapes of Jakob Juhkam. Elsewhere, 80's influenced electro darling Sinine can be seen at Rock Cafe, disjointed rock minimalists Candy Empire at Sinilind and Estonian folk superstars Zetod

at No99 which will certainly prove an eye-opener for international visitors. Saturday has a more international flavour, but Estonian talent can still be found. Tapper will be a treat for metal heads with Of Roofs Genes and Stolen Meanings, and the wonderfully titled Who Framed Roger Moore on stage. Tenfold Rabbit have been making headway by harnessing the power of beer and can be seen at Rock Cafe, as can rappers Põhja-Tallinn. All in all, it should be enough to keep you busy for three days. ■ Ticket info and venues: www.tallinnmusicweek.ee


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Laid-back and cool, Paar Veini offers a pleasant change to the typical wine bar. I was put off wine bars as a teenager following a mistaken visit to one where I discovered that they were the preserve of people who liked nothing more than to tell you about their golf handicap and their new Mercedes. As a result, I entered Paar Veini reluctantly. Thankfully, I found somewhere that is the polar opposite of what I'd imagined. What I found was THE place to hang out in Tallinn; where the youthful and vibrant crowd manages to create a cool and relaxed atmosphere that is the antithesis of the stuffy wine bars I'd visited in the past. With affordable wines (2.50 a glass, 10 a 1 litre carafe) it's no surprise that Paar Veini has

Estonia seems to have a vast production line of jingly, folky, indie groups with a nice-line in catchy pop and chequered shirts that are just waiting to take on the world. Ewert and the Two Dragons seem to be paving the way, but not far behind them are their label mates Tenfold Rabbit. The band's album 'Travel the World' won the band a large num-

ber of fans, winning album of the year at last year’s Estonian Music Gala. Following this the band have taken on a hectic schedule of dates, performing throughout the Baltic states and central Europe, and gained an even wider number of followers when a 10 song demo of their work was given away free with cans of Al Le Coq lager. With the new single 'Balan-

ce of Water and Stone' just out and a new album on the way this autumn, their forthcoming performance at Tallinn Music Week is bound to be one of the highlights and can provide visitors with the perfect opportunity to catch a band who've already been compared to the likes of the Fleet Foxes and Alt J. ■

become a hang out for locals and foreigners alike. Indeed, not only is it known for its wine, but also for the excellent yet inexpensive tapas dishes on the menu. As a result, the bar fills up quite quickly on a Friday or Saturday night so it's wise to arrive early. However, with good wine, good food and some excellent company, there's no reason for not getting a table and settling down for a night in this highly pleasing bar. ■

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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 Ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent ■ 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

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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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