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Looking forward to the summer ahead stonia keeps appearing in the news. Many articles about tourism to Estonia have been published over the past couple of months, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Independent. The Guardian praised Estonia for embracing the Internet. And even Stephen Colbert wished Happy Birthday to the tiny country with a good PR department. This is all good news for the Estonian tourism industry, as it approaches the upcoming summer season. Signs of summer are popping up everywhere around Tallinn, though the weather does not always agree. Restaurants and cafés in the Old Town and the Town Hall Square are building their street-side patios. Concert and festival announcements are starting to appear in the newspapers and on signposts. And best of all, the days are long. This summer there is so much to look forward to. The Tallinn airport has announced that it plans to expand in order to accommodate more low-

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cost airline carriers, meaning that it will now be even more convenient to get to Tallinn. A virtual map of Tallinn’s Old Town is available on-line to let you explore the private gardens, and alleyways you may not otherwise get to explore. And the festivals! You can look forward to a packed program this summer including Tallinn’s Old Town Days, starting May 26, and then in June, the Türi and Jäneda Flower Shows will attract visitors from all over. Enjoy music by the sea at the Kaunid Kontserdid Käsmus Summer Concert Series starting on June 5. In this month’s issue, we take you on a shopping excursion along Pikk Street in Tallinn’s Old Town, tell you where to go to enjoy live music and a great meal; and if that’s not enough, we have a historical guide to Ida-Virumaa county in the north eastern part of Estonia. This is a fascinating, predominantly Russian speaking area of Estonia, with an even more interesting history.

5 editorial 6-7 TOP 9, sights 8 day tripping 10-11 travel 12 museum 13 work and play 18 relax 20 shopping 21 culture 22-26 information

14-15 restaurants At Guitar Hunt, Scotland Yard, Chicago, Clazz and Kochi Ait listen to great music and enjoy some delicious food.

Happy travels!

Tallinn TV Tower Restaurant: a meal with a view.

3 Nights in Tallinn, Estonia My three nights in Tallinn were a trip back in time. It wasn’t just the medieval candle lit soup restaurants or the Depeche Mode themed bars but it was a return to my childhood. Unlike other kids—I’m thinking of my friends who stare at me blankly with “Where-is-Estonia?” faces—I had grown up in an Estonian family living in Canada. I knew who Kalevipoeg was and the words tere and aitäh were firmly ingrained in my tourist mental toolbox. I learnt all this from my summers at an Estonian summer camp and when I was even younger, back at my grandmother’s place. As a student of English literature, my studies and life in recent years has taken me far away from the other language and culture of my childhood, something that had perhaps been forgotten, but revived when I landed in Tallinn. At this childhood summer camp, I was one of the kids who couldn’t speak Estonian and yet unlike in Rome or Vienna where I was lost in translation, here in Estonia I was in a medieval city, not understanding anything and feeling perfectly natural—at home, even. Regardless, the majority of Estonians I ran into seemed to speak wonderful English and looked insulted almost, when I did the usual tourist round about questioning of “ohexcuse-me-do-you-speak-English?” The answer was always: “Of course.”

What was there to do in Tallinn? The old town is pretty and quaint and for those in a rush, every nook, cranny, corner and alley could probably be explored in the span of a day. There are a handful of great restaurants and cafés but even more bars, clubs, and places (one place, literally called the place in Estonian was essentially a comfortable living room with a fire and couches) where one can drink. For a small city, Tallinn has got an eclectic nightlife. One only has to turn an eerily quiet alleyway to emerge into a cobblestone street of partygoers, all on their way to themed bars, European pubs, and other places. On my final night I stayed up until five a.m. coasting through the city’s bars, one pint to the next. The following morning my friend asked me what I would like to do and more importantly since I was leaving in a few hours, had I done everything I wanted to do? Being hung-over I couldn’t think of anything and even now I still can’t. At the time I wanted solely a bowl of elk soup from the Viking restaurant with dimly lit candles. Tallinn in terms of size can’t compete with the larger cities and doesn’t try to. But what it does have is great and worth doing again; just like returning to one’s childhood memories or to the homeland of their grandparents. Jakob Tanner

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Distribution Network 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 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

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• Every Friday and Saturday at 21.00 Latin American dance revue, including the Argentinian tango

Mother’s Day, celebrated on May 13, is a festive event with family activities and concerts all over the country.

05 Flower Show in TĂźri TĂźri, a small country town some 100 km south of Tallinn prides itself with the annual flower fair from May 18-20. The fair dates back three decades. Come and buy seeds and plants from 800 merchants. In recent years, gardening firms and garden enthusiasts from other European countries have shown interest in the event as well. In addition to big businesses, local hobby gardeners are active in trading during the three days. In their baskets, one can find rare plant varieties often forgotten.

Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is held worldwide, including in Tallinn and Estonia. This year the event takes place on May 18 and is followed by the popular museum night on the 19th. International Museum Day aims to increase public awareness of the role of museums in developing societies. The theme for 2012 is Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations. Come visit an Estonian museums and follow their developments.

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A definite sign of the arrival of spring are the cafĂŠ and restaurant patios popping up on the streets and squares of Tallinn and all over Estonia. No matter if the weather is cold, the locals are still flocking outdoors. Most chairs and tables are wooden, a sign of Estonian respect for the environment.

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08 XXXI Old Town Days Everybody knows that Tallinn is ancient and has a fabulous Old Town. This is further accentuated through lots of activities in and around the historical Town Hall Square between May 26 and June 2.

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Tallinn Zoo is full of cute animal babies this time of the year. Most spectacular are the three Amur tiger cubs that were born in early April. Since the Amur tiger is an endangered species, Tallinn Zoo takes special pride in offering them a home. Many of the other animals are also busy taking care of their newborn darlings. Family day is June 1.


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The Russalka memorial next to the waterfront at the edge of Kadriorg Park is considered to be the most beautiful monument in Estonia. The statue of an angel holding an orthodox cross was raised 110 years ago to honour the victims of the Russian warship Rusalka that sank en route to Finland in 1893. The father of Rusalka was the famous sculptor Amandus Adamson. The waterfront stretching all the way to Pirita beach marina 4 kilometres away is popular among cyclists, joggers, and inline fans throughout summer. Walkers sometimes have to take refuge on the grass when the enthusiastic sports fans pass by. The views from the waterfront are stunning. The bay of Tallinn and the silhouette of the skyline are especially impressive at sundown.

Take a ride on a tram or trolley Budget travellers and tram enthusiasts should try the Tallinn trams and why not a trolley bus as well. Tallinn has four tramlines and eight trolley lines, giving a good overview of the city. Go to a stop and the next tram or trolleybus will arrive within minutes. Trams are shaky and noisy. The rides give a true picture of ordinary citizens and a window into their lives. Don’t expect too many smiles or politeness. Just hang on! You never know who you will meet along the way. Rides from downtown to the last stop take half an hour and then you come back. In Tallinn there is a hot debate on whether to introduce free tickets for citizens of Tallinn from next year or not. Opponents say that social problems will simply be moved from the streets to trams and busses. Tickets can be purchased from kiosks or from the driver and have to be validated on board.

 

   

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Around the Estonian Maritime Museum The Estonian Maritime Museum is about to move to the newly renovated Seaplane Hangars in the harbour area of the Kalamaja district in May. Visitors will enter a state-of-the-art interactive world of submarines, icebreakers, seaplanes, and everything that goes along with maritime activities. On the way to the museum, many visitors will feel lost, especially if you take a look at the deserted Patarei prison premises next to the museum. This was the entrance gate to the Soviet Gulag system for thousands of Estonians. Kalamaja is one of the most interesting architectural entities and dynamic quarters of Tallinn, with an active and socially dedicated population. Recently, streets and back yards were opened up for concerts as part of the Tallinn jazz festival Jazzkaar. The history of Kalamaja goes back to medieval times. Most buildings today are from the turn of the 20th centuries up to the 1930s. Kalamaja was then, and is still today, home to people with diverse social backgrounds, from factory workers to business people and intellectuals. This mix gives Kalamaja its specific atmosphere. Take a look at the fantastic buildings. Most of them are made from wood. The staircases in the newer buildings are made of stone and these are called Tallinn houses. The buildings may be run down but are certainly unique. Kalamaja has been the home of many prominent persons. The mother of the late empress Soraya, exwife of the shah of Iran, was born in Kalamaja!

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Estonia: Quick Trips Not sure what to do while you’re in Estonia? Too much to see, too little time? The Baltic Guide is here to help. We’ve put together a few suggestions for you.

Day 1 in Tallinn

From Tallinn, about 180km southeast, is the university town of Tartu. Daily connections by train or bus from Tallinn are convenient and inexpensive. (For more information, timetables and ticket prices visit: www.bussireisid.ee; www.edel.ee) Visitor information: www.visittartu.com See page 20 for Tartu city map.

Shopping: For some unique souvenirs, visit Oma Asi (Saiakang 4, Tallinn Old Town Map Code H2). Here you’ll find distinctive handicrafts including knitwear and jewellery. Nu Nordik (Vabaduse väljak 8, Tallinn Old Town Map Code J1) has modern Estonian designs, including clothing, jewellery and home décor items. A. Galerii (Hobusepea 2, Tallinn Old Town Map Code G2) features mostly modern Estonian jewellery.

Take a walk through Tartu’s Old Town. Visit the Town Hall Square to see good examples of neoclassical and late-baroque architecture. The fountain in the middle of the square in front of the Town Hall features a young couple kissing under an umbrella in the rain. About a block from the square is the main building for Tartu University (Ülikooli tnv 18, Tartu). A little further on are the Botanical Gardens (Lai 40, Tartu) that have an impressive collection of over 6500 plant species, many of which are housed in a giant greenhouse.

Church: Visit the Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral (Lossi plats, Tallinn Map Code B1). Built between 1894-1900, this Orthodox cathedral was part of the Russification of the Baltic provinces in the last quarter of the 19th century.

Museum: The Estonian History Museum in the Great Guild Hall (Pikk 17, Tallinn Old Town Map Code G2) was recently renovated in 2011. This museum has wonderful exhibits to help you get acquainted with Estonia’s past. Free entry on the last Thursday of every month. Dinner: Get a taste of the Russian side of Estonia with a meal at Troika (Raekoja plats 15, Tallinn Old Town Map Code H1). Try a selection of Russian dumplings (pelmeenid), roasted eel, or bear meat stew. Then wash it all down with a shot of vodka. Photo: Andrei Chertkov

Day 2 in Tallinn:

Take a walk, or rather hop on the City Tour bus to see greater Tallinn. Get off at Kadriorg Park (Tallinn Map Code A4), and enjoy a stroll through the gardens. Or stay on the bus and visit the ruins of the Pirita Convent (Merivälja tee 18).

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Take a walk through Tallinn’s Old Town, and up the hill to Toompea. Toompea, located on the upper part of the Old Town has great views over the city and the Gulf of Finland. In the lower part of the centre, wander through narrow streets and get a true feeling for this medieval northern town.

Lunch: Enjoy a quick medieval lunch at the Town Hall (Reakoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town Map Code H1). Elk soup and traditional ale are served in earthenware bowls and cups. Stuffed pastries (pirukad) are baked throughout the day, and are worth the wait, should they run out. Too nice to sit inside? As the weather warms up, patios pop up all over the Town Hall Square, a great place to people-watch.

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Day Trip from Tallinn: RAKVERE: is located close to Lahemaa National Park, a favourite place for hiking in the summer. About 100km east of Tallinn, Rakvere is the fifth largest city in Estonia. Rakvere Castle Ruins: This is the city’s main attraction. Located on the hill just outside of the city centre, the ruins of this medieval castle will entertain both adults and children. There are informative displays on the castle’s history, as well as weapons history. Try your hand at shooting a bow and arrow, or take a tour of the torture chamber. Town Hall Square: Built in 2004, this is probably Estonia’s most modern town hall square. Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity: (Pikk 19, Rakvere) A medieval church built in the 17th century with a strangely tall and slim spire. Rakvere Town Citizen’s Home Museum: (Pikk 50) Get a feel for life in Estonia at the end of the 19th century. This museum showcases how people lived in Rakvere at the time. Dining: Try the Art Café (Lai 13), for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It has a cosy, yet modern interior. Taste their selection of savoury pancakes.

Museum: Visit the Estonian National Museum (Kuperjanovi 9, Tartu). This museum displays temporary and permanent exhibits about Estonian history and culture. It is a wonderful place to become acquainted with Estonian customs and life in Estonia. Or, for something a little different, visit the Toy Museum (Lutsu 8, Tartu). Fun for both children and adults, this museum showcases everything from traditional Finno-Ugric toys, to nostalgic toys from the Soviet era. Lunch: Enjoy a quiet lunch at the Eduard Wilde Café (Vallikraavi 4, Tartu). This restaurant has a large patio open in the summertime. Their long menu has everything from curries to schnitzels, Caesar salad to crispy pork salad. Church: Founded in 1330, the Jaani Church (Jaani 5, Tartu) has been rebuilt many times. Despite being ruined by Soviet bombing in 1944, its restoration reflects the original structure. Enjoy 15 minutes of music every Tuesday and Friday at 12.15pm. Dinner: Built in a former gunpowder cellar, the Püssirohukelder (Lossi 28, Tartu) is a unique place to come for good hearty food. Popular among students, this pub often features live music. Evening entertainment: Enjoy everything from ballet, opera, musicals, and children’s plays at the Tartu Vanemuine Theatre (Vanemuise 6, Tartu). For more information and tickets visit www.vanemuine.ee)

Museum: Visit the KUMU Art Museum (Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1 Tallinn Map Code B4) in Kadriorg. Admire Estonian art from the beginning of the 18th century to present. The gallery also has a café with a nice view over the park. Lunch: Get a taste for modern inspired Estonian and Russian food at Kohvik Moon (Võrgu 3, Tallinn Map Code A2). Try the Siberian dumplings in mushroom stock, or the herring. Bookings recommended. Church: Experience another great view over the city from the tower of the Oleviste Church (Lai 50, Tallinn Old Town Map Code F2). Once the tallest structure in Northern Europe, this church was dedicated to the 11th century Norwegian King Olaf II. During the Soviet period, it worked as a surveillance centre for the KGB. Dinner: Restaurant Ö (Mere pst 6E, Tallinn Map Code B2) serves modern Estonian food, using fine local ingredients and experimenting with traditional flavours. Try the six-course degustation menu to get a taste of what modern Estonian cuisine is all about. Evening Entertainment: Take in a performance at the Estonian National Opera and the Estonia Concert Hall (Estonia pst 4, Tallinn Map Code B2). Enjoy opera, ballet, or a concert in this theatre founded at the beginning of the 20th century. For tickets and information: www.opera.ee; www.concert.ee

Photo: Toomas Tuul The 'kissing fountain' is located in Tartu's Town Hall Square.


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Aseri Rannu

Aa Purtse

KohtlaJärve

Kiviõli Püssi

Käva

KohtlaNõmme Savala Kiikla

Sonda

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Kukruse Edise

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■ Narva

■ The Hermann Castle

In the Nordic countries and especially in Sweden, Narva is associated with the period of the Swedish Empire from 1561-1718. Sweden was a super power and King Carolus XII gloriously conquered the Russian army of tsar Peter the Great in the battle of Narva in 1700. Narva was then an important trading post between east and west.

One of the few historic buildings in Narva is the medieval Hermann Castle (14th – 17th century) on the embankment of the Narva River. Right across, on the Russian side, you can see the equally impressive Russian fortification Ivangorod from the 15th century. This is perhaps one of the best places in Europe to see where two different worlds meet. Coffee versus tea drinking cultures; a Latin versus Cyrillic alphabet; the Lutheran church versus the Orthodox Church; liberalism versus byzantine and dogmatism.

Today Estonians think of Narva as a Russian city. In January and February of 1944, heavy fighting took place along the Narva River between advancing Red Army units and retreating German units. Estonians were hoping for the reestablishment of independence lost in 1940. Instead the country was brutally occupied by Stalinist Soviet forces, an occupation that lasted until 1991. The Soviets forced the population to leave the city in February 1944 just before it was more or less wiped out by air raids. Until then Narva had been one of the most unique cosmopolitan baroque cities in northern Europe with Estonian, Russian, German, Jewish, as well as other nationalities living peacefully.

Narva today is an important border city between the European Union and Russia. If you want to cross to the Russian side a visa is required.

How to get there? Narva is 210 km east of Tallinn. It is the Estonian-Russian border town. There is frequent bus serviceto and from Tallinn. The journey lasts about 3 hours. www.narva.ee

A glimpse of Russian Estonia A historical guide. TEXT: TOOMAS KÄBIN, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Interested in contemporary history? Want to have a glimpse of a different Estonia? A trip to the predominately Russian speaking towns of Narva, Sillamäe and Kohtla-Järve in the north eastern parts of the country is a must. It is always difficult to write about

the area because it is perhaps the most controversial part of Estonia. During the Soviet occupation hundreds of thousands of non-Estonians moved to Estonia from all over the then USSR. Many were forced to move due to Soviet migration policies aimed at integrating the population and others sought refuge from

hunger and misery after WWII. Non-Estonians make up approximately one fourth of the total population of Estonia, almost 80 of which reside in Ida-Virumaa County. Ida-Virumaa is an important industrial area but it is also known for its unspoiled beaches and forests with a wide variety of flora and fauna. ■

■ Sillamäe Population 17,000

The city was in ruins until the early 1950s when reconstruction began. Baroque was replaced by Stalinist neo-classicism, so strange for Estonia, and according to the plans it was to become a “socialist city with a proletarian population” in line with the Soviet ideology. People were brought to Narva from all over the USSR, and Estonians were kept out! Today 97% of the population are non-Estonians. However the residents of Narva today cannot be blamed for what happened.

Sillamäe was built after WWII and was a closed town during Soviet times. It is no wonder because this town was a centre for uranium mining, enrichment, and the Soviet defence industry. The architecture is unique – it contains some of the best examples of true Stalinist architecture in Estonia with an impressive Palace of Culture and terraces facing the Gulf of Finland. www.sillamae.ee

In spite of the fact that old Narva was destroyed, its history and how it once was remains in the minds of the Estonian people. People talk about how the Old Town used to look, but today its remnants seem misplaced. A Baroque City Hall sits among dull and grey massproduced Soviet-style buildings. In the middle it is crowned with a misplaced object - the Baroque city hall.

■ Kohtla-Järve Population 46,000 Kohtla Järve is a mining town and the centre of the Estonian oil shale industry. During Soviet times it was supposed to be the so-called exemplary socialist city. Stalinist monumental buildings dominate the centre. www.kohtla-jarve.ee

Riches in the soil When travelling along the main road from Tallinn to Narva in the Kohtla-Järve area huge ash piles can be seen. Some are black; others have been reforested and are green. The piles are mine dumps from oil shale mining - the most important mineral and energy source in the country, used for electricity production. Also various chemicals such as fuel oils, bitumen, and synthetic resins are produced from the shale. The use of oil shale is controversial because of its environmental impact, although much has been done in recent years in this field. The Estonian national energy corporation Eesti Energia will inaugurate a state of the art oil-plant in Narva in 2014. Oil shale is mined underground as well as in open pits in and around Kohtla-Järve.

A statue of Lenin stands in the courtyard of the Hermann Castle.


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Where music meets the sea Early summer blooms and beautiful Estonian music blend into one at Käsmu.

Pühtitsa Convent – The blessed convent Deep in the forest, off the beaten track in the middle of nowhere you will find the Pühtitsa Convent between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Peipus TEXT: TOOMAS KÄBIN, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

The towers of the convent are magical amidst the thick forest. The convent is surrounded by a high stone wall. The mysteries that are hidden behind the walls

and the area are open to visitors during the day. The main Russian Orthodox church with its traditional onion shaped towers dominates the scene. The church, like everything else is impeccably clean and shiny. Everything is

in order. The sisters even brush the tiny candleholders after each service. Look at the beautiful flowers and ornaments and discover the spirituality. On the compound there are another five churches and chapels. From the communal kitchen you can hear the nuns laugh, some are tending the garden, others are preparing firewood that is piled in huge stacks. They are a sight of their own! The history of the convent goes back to the 16th century, when according to legend a shepherd witnessed a divine revelation in a nearby spring. This water is holy and is said to heal. An ancient icon of Dormitian of the Mother of Good was also found. This today belongs to the convent that was founded in 1891. Estonia is a predominately Lutheran country, although active churchgoers are few. Many people converted to Russian Orthodox towards the end of then 19th century as they were promised better lives by tsar Alexander III. Strangely enough, the convent could operate during the Soviet occupation. The late Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia, Estonian born Alexius II, was connected with the convent for many years. ■

Mari Pokinen TEXT: MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTO: VEIKO TUBIN, TOOMAS TUUL

The Kaunid Kontserdid Käsmus Summer Concert Series will take place in beautiful Käsmu for the fourth year in a row. Idyllic Käsmu is located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, which is also known as the village of sea captains. During the eight days of the concert, on a stage near the sea, eleven of Estonia's most popular artists will perform. This year the program focuses on the acoustic style.   The concert series begins June 5 with Mihkel Raud (Singer Vinger) and Hendrik Sal-Saller (Smilers). These rock musicians will perform punk and hard rock classics as well as their own music.  A legendary night of music on June 7 brings to the same stage Ultima Thule, Tõnis Mägi, and Silvi Vrait This is the Ultima Thule 25th anniversary concert, so in Käsmu one can also hear the band's older songs.

Great music can be heard on the following evenings as well. The singer-songwriter Mari Pokinen will perform her spirited melodies on June 9. The Vuosaari film actress Lenna Kuurmaa will perform with Märt Avandi on June 12. The program will feature the beloved classical ballads of Estonians.  Three very popular male singers, Ott Lepland, Margus Vaher and Uku Suviste will perform on June 10, selections of Tõnis Mäe's works.  Käsmu is in Lahemaa National Park, which is about 80 kilometres from the capital city Tallinn. Concert tickets can be purchased from Piletilevi sales booths. The concert series program can be viewed on the Internet: www. virufolk.ee ■

Location Kaunid Kontserdid Käsmus Summer Concert Series will run from June 5-14 at Käsmu, in Vihula parish.

Location Pühtitsa Convent, (also Kuremäe klooster) approx 30 km south of Jõhvi on the main road between Tallinn and Narva.

The sky, sea, and open water provide Käsmu with the ideal setting for a concert.


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Tallinn's History, Then and Now At the City Museum, learn about this old Hanseatic city's history. The exhibition features some real curiosities. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

A medieval merchant's house houses the museum and paints a colourful picture of Tallinn over the centuries. The Hanseatic peri-

od, Russia governance, and Soviet occupation have been divided into separate sections. Start on the first floor and find a model of the Old Town pieced together by using drawings of 1825 faca-

Typical household objects from various periods of history are on display.

des. The same room also displays an aerial photograph of the same area. The comparison shows that not much has changed over the past few centuries. The second floor features exhibits of the Hanseatic period, when ships were made of wood and were steered by sails. Marvel at gold and glitter, including the key to the city, which at that time belonged to the city’s conqueror. Many objects from daily use have been preserved, but many metallic objects have been lost over time. Museum tour guide, Ando Pajus told us that the showy bronze axehead in the display is the only one of its kind in the world – a true rarity.

While the city has not changed that much, modes of transportation certainly have.

The top floor brings the visitor closer to modern day. Many examples of typical city furniture and other objects from before the Second World War and the Soviet Era are on display.   The exhibitions document the entire history of Tallinn. The

beautifully preserved medieval merchant’s house is worth alone a visit. ■

Location Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum), open W - M 10-17.30. Vene 17. Old Town Map Code G2.

A Doll's Broadway The Estonian Puppet and Youth Theatre NUKU is a doll art centre, and a rare international museum. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Estonia has had a strong tradition of puppet theatre since the beginning of the 17th century. The theatre building itself is in a prime location in the middle of Tallinn's Old Town. There is so much space because in addition to the puppet theatre, the building also houses a museum, café, and gift shop. Theatre performances are held everyday, but for the tourist, the museum is probably the most interesting attraction.  The NUKU museum introduces the visitor to modern techniques using the history of the Puppet Theatre. Puppets, as well

as their makers are represented in the exhibits. See how theatre puppets are made professionally. Or try your hand at making your own puppet, and for an extra few euros, you can even get a lesson. There are puppets on display in the large exhibition room that have been used in theatre productions, as well as puppets that have been imported from around the world. Information in many different languages is available on the touchscreen. Interactive tutorials are fun for children and include dolls that can be manipulated from the touchscreen. Just inside the entrance is a room where you can watch video

archives of theatre performers, their roles, songs, and thoughts. In the basement is the "room of horrors,” which is full of voices and monsters that will surely be exciting for children.  Even the outside of the building has an interactive display window that features "The Steam Theatre," which is activated by mobile phone. ■

Interactive displays are fun for children.

Location NUKU, Lai 1, Tallinn. Tallinn Old Town Map Code G1. (The Steam Theatre is located on the Nunne-street side of the building). Puppets from various theatre productions are on display.

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Tips for green thumbs One can find ideas for home gardens at the Türi and Jäneda Flower Shows.

Marit Antik has managed Talentor Estonia since the beginning.

Searching for talented and enthusiastic staff Talentor is looking for skilled individuals and helps businesses with all of their HR needs. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Talentor Estonia is a consulting firm that has partners in 16 countries and specialises in HR services, recruitment solutions and offers many of these services online. Talentor Group began business in Finland in 2003. In 2006 Marit Antik took the opportunity to franchise. "Our international focus is beneficial. Although we operate in Estonia, we can search for people throughout the Baltics, Scandinavia as well as other regions," says Antik. Antik manages Talentor in Estonia and has worked through both an employment boom and recession. Recruiting is cyclical. "Until 2007, employment was on the rise, and we had many businesses looking for staff. With the economic downturn, this has decreased. During that time companies were using mostly outplacement and HR Management services. A few years ago, companies in Estonia began looking for new middle management, which reflected in increased work for us. Now, businesses are looking to grow and are searching for sales staff, managers and middle managers."

Interest in Estonia from foreign companies continues to rise. The attraction comes from reasonable labour costs and business-friendly taxation. Starting a new business in a foreign country is not easy and the aid of a local consulting firm can be invaluable. “Talentor Estonia offers unique situation based consultancy services, at the basis of which lie hands-on experience and practical know-how in the HR field. Our solutions are highly focused and closely related to practical issues – employment contracts, job descriptions, HR audit, consulting and so on,” describes Antik of the needs of their customers. Talentor Estonia's main focus is headhunting. "We are mostly looking for managers, specialised staff, and sales people. It is hard to find suitable candidates because most people in these positions already have a good job. Our mission is to find the right people, and "sell" them new jobs.” "Usually, we offer three to five suitable candidates to a company; and they can look at a CV, consultation assessment, and a video interview, to decide with whom they would like to meet. This is how we find the right emp-

loyee. We also provide a guarantee. If the selected candidate is for some reason terminated within the guarantee period, then we will find you a suitable replacement.” Video interviews and candidate portfolios are protected via extranet, and can be accessed at the company's convenience. The search process usually takes six to eight weeks from the beginning of the search to the start of employment. Talentor presents the candidates within 3-5 weeks. Talentor offers all the staffing solutions. Outsourcing HR can save small companies money in labour costs. Local knowledge is essential to employment contracts, negotiation of wages, paying taxes, an so on. Talentor offers its HR services for approximately 50 per hour. A direct search is 20-26 per cent of an annual salary, but each case is individual. There are many other similar international companies operating in Estonia. Talentor offers a high level service and separates itself from the crowd by offering additionally video interviews and an Internet-based candidate presentation system. ■

Türi Flower Market is a garden wonderland for green thumbs.

TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTO KATRIN SOOMETS

Türi is located about a 100 kilometres from Tallinn and is also known as the Spring Capital of Estonia. Now in its 35th year, the flower market will be held from May 18-20. The annual event attracts even green thumbs from Finland. The market garden also has a music program. Typically, there are over 700 vendors at the Türi market. Last year nearly 25,000 visitors, of whom a few thousand were foreigners, attended the market.  Another important event is the Jäneda Garden and Flower Show, from June 1-3. In Lääne-Virumaa, about 70 kilometres from Tal-

linn, Jäneda attracts thousands of people to the home garden show, even though it is a slightly smaller event than the one in Türi. At both events there are nurseries selling seedlings, nursery stock, and ornamentals. One may also find handicrafts and homemade goods.  These are events not to be missed because there is a good plant selection and great prices. ■

Location Türi Flower Fair, from June 1-3 at Türi. Jäneda Garden and Flower Festival from June 1-3 at Jäneda village in Tapa parish.


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■ Restaurant Cru

■ Rotermanni Centre

On the main street of Tallinn’s Old Town, a new restaurant, Cru has opened its doors. The menu offers a smoked eel salad as well as many interesting seafood dishes. Cru is a stylish restaurant, with prices for main courses ranging between 10-20€. On Wednesdays try the chef’s special menu for 28€.

The Rotermanni Centre is quickly becoming the spot for wine and cheese lovers. KORK is a new wine bar and shop that sells wines as well as whiskeys and cognacs. Try some of the small dishes and products from next door, at Juustukuningas. Juustukuningas imports Dutch cheeses, including aged and flavoured Goudas.

Location Restaurant Cru Viru 8, Tallinn Old Town Map Code H2

Location Rotermanni Centre Rotermanni 5/Roseni 10, Tallinn Map Code A2.

EAT AND BE ENTERTAINED The Baltic Guide visited some of Tallinn’s pubs and clubs to see how music and food pair up. atmosphere is relaxed and loungy. Clazz makes fantastic cocktails, but be sure to try their food. And best of all, the kitchen stays open late, the only catch, you might have to pay cover. If you are really hungry, try the burger (10,90), served with salad and potato gratin. For sharing, the baked camembert (12,80) is infused with rosemary and served with crunchy bread. ■ Scotland Yard takes the Sher-

Step back in time to the 1930s at Chicago.

TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV, STINA KASE, TOOMAS TUUL

■ You don’t get much more

simple and straightforward than an evening at Guitar Hunt. It is a bar and grill with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Its reddish-orange walls and black light lit bar make you feel like you’ve returned to the 90s. What you see is what you get. The same goes for the food. Guitar Hunt serves up all the pub

favourites. Spicy chicken wings come in platters of 10, 20, or 30 pieces (4,90 - 9,90). Want a little bit of everything? The Guitar Hunt Beer Platter satisfies all you fried food cravings: cheese balls, onion rings, calamari, dumplings, garlic bread, and spicy quesadillas (14,90). ■ Kochi Ait is a brew pub and

tavern close to Tallinn’s port. This old stone storage warehouse has been beautifully converted into

Guitar Hunt serves up simple pub favourites.

a cosy pub. While the modern brewery is visible, the room stills holds a jovial port tavern atmosphere. Enjoy live music by Estonian performers on Friday and Saturday nights, while enjoying some above average pub food. The Mixed Platter (15), perfect for sharing comes with slices of salted beef, pickles, a selection of Estonian artisan cheese, a large pretzel, and beetroot cream for spreading and dipping. There is no burger on the menu here, but the lamb patties (7) are a good substitute. They come served with baked veggies and a pumpkin and yogurt cream. The braised moose was rich and soft, with an excellent side of seasonal vegetables and a Jerusalem artichoke and potato mash (14,90). ■ Clazz is located in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town and features live music or DJs every night of the week. In the summer, enjoy a cosy patio while watching the busy midnight sunlit streets. Whether inside or outside, the

lock Holmes era and turns it into an elegant pub, complete with police memorabilia. Its dark wood panelled walls and bookshelves give a cosy library feel, along with the comfortable leather booths located over two levels. The toilets are designed like electric chairs. The burger comes with all the fixings and chips on the side (7,50), and good if you are hungry. For sharing try the beer wagon platter (10,55) with chicken wings, cheese balls, onion rings, smoked ribs, and green onion and BBQ sauces for dipping. The šašlõkk or kebab plate was filling, yet refreshing with a tomato onion salad on the side and soft lavash bread. ■ Step back in time to the 1930s

at Chicago. One of the best and most distinguishing features of

this bar is the massive round booths spotted throughout the room. The service is fast and friendly. Listen to live jazz music every night of the week. The menu has a little bit of everything. Bruschetta (4,90) to buffalo wings (5,70). The large burger (12,90) came served with all the fixings, including cheddar cheese. Feeling really hungry? Try the monster T-Bone steak (25,50) with a red wine jus. ■

Location Guitar Hunt Pärnu mnt 19, Tallinn Map Code B2 - Classic, no frills bar featuring live music on the weekends. Kochi Ait Lootsi 10, Tallinn Map Code A3 - Tavern/Brew Pub with mostly Estonian bands performing on weekends. Clazz Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town Map Code H2 - Swanky jazz club with live music or DJs every night. Scotland Yard Mere pst 6E, Tallinn Map Code A2 - Scottish pub with police department theme and live music on weekends. Chicago Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town Map Code G3 - 1930s theme bar with nightly jazz acts.

Kochi Ait has live music by Estonian performers on Friday and Saturday nights.


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■ Massimo Trattoria

■ Finnish beer now in Estonia

Near the Stockmann department store, on Maakri Street is a red brick house that is home to the large Massimo Trattoria. The menu offers fresh antipasti and pastas, as well as other Italian dishes including tiramisu. Main courses cost about 10€.

The famous Finnish beer Laitila Cock is now available in Estonia. The first taps have been installed in Tallinn's Old Town at Pikk 1 in the pub Brewery. Its selections include four different types: lager, dark, pilsner, and cellar beer. The latter is unfiltered. Starting in May, Laitilas products will be available in all Prisma grocery stores in Estonia. Other products include a new Long Drink, Bitter Brandy, Oiva cider, and a strawberry cider called Skumppa.

Location Massimo Trattoria Maakri 25, Tallinn. Map Code B3.

A Meal with a View The newly opened TV Tower restaurant has patrons talking about more than just the view.

TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Clazz????

In April, the newly renovated Tallinn TV Tower reopened its doors to the public. Diners can enjoy a 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. Priit Toomits is the chef de cuisine at the 22nd floor restaurant of the TV Tower. He has worked at some of Tallinn’s best restaurants, and in 1998 won the title of Estonian Chef of the Year. His latest endeavour, is a brasserie and serves a fusion of world cuisines. Local Estonian ingredients are used to create classic French and Italian dishes with Asian influences. The décor is clean and modern, and the view, well that just speaks for itself. Dining at 170 meters above the ground on a clear evening is spectacular. The food certainly lives up to Toomits’ reputation. Every dish that was served was colourful and represented his vision. The beef carpaccio was served with baby rocket, caramelised pistachios, parmesan foam and drizzled with a little bit of olive oil (11.20).

How to get there?

The atmosphere at Scotland Yard is both elegant and cosy.

The Tallinn TV Tower is about 10km from the city centre and 4 km from the Pirita Marina. Take buses 34 A, 38, or 49 to the Teletorni stop. The City Tour Bus also stops here.

The toasted nuts were a fantastic addition and the short burst of sweetness they added to the plate really recreated this classic dish. The tuna tataki (12.30) was an interesting fusion of Japanese and Estonian cuisine. The sliced tuna was marinated in soy and spices and served with lettuce, mirin, and beetroot cream, the Estonian twist. For a main course, try the beef tenderloin (26) with Savoy pota-

toes, onion quiche, ginger chilli cabbage and red wine black truffle sauce. You can’t go wrong. The lamb (17.50), cooked sous vide was tender and melted in your mouth. It was served with polenta, seasonal vegetables and a red wine and rosemary sauce. Dollops of green pea foam spotted the plate and added a burst of freshness. This dish was truly a dish of spring. The tower stands 314 meters tall and was first opened in 1980 to broadcast 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 defence was crucial when Soviet troops tried to seize it on August 20, 1991. ■

Location Tallinn TV Tower Kloostrimetsa tee, 58A


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May News Price of national fish rises From September 2011 to March 2012, the price of Baltic herring, Estonia’s national fish rose 72 percent due to cuts in fishing allowances. It is predicted that the price of Atlantic herring will also rise, as it holds an 83 percent share in the salted fish market.

Medieval ship remains buried The remnants of a 13th century ship found near the city’s old D-terminal under Lootsi Street will remain buried due to lack of funds. Construction workers pouring concrete below Lootsi Street discovered the ship in 2009. More than 50 percent of the ship remains relatively intact, compared to the Salme Ship, discovered in Saaremaa dating back to 750, of which, which only pieces remain.

Andres Toode – historian in charge of a castle The Narva Hermann Castle, sometimes also referred to as the Swedish Castle, is run by historian Andres Toode (41), head of the Narva Museum. Andres is also doing his PhD at the Estonian Academy of Arts in the field of renovation and cultural heritage. Estonians make up only 3% of the population in Narva, and Andres is one of them.

High fuel prices affect Estonian Air CEO Tero Taskila says that Estonian Air will not be able to turn a profit if fuel prices continue to rise. Estonian Air pays 15 percent more for aviation fuel than in 2011. After a 40 percent increase in costs from 2010, Estonian Air suffered a loss of 17.3 million euro.

Tallinn Airport to expand for discount carriers Tallinn Airport has announced plans to build a five-berth terminal for discount airline carriers this summer. The planned addition will aid the rapidly growing passenger flow. The number of passengers increased by 38 percent to 1.9 million passengers last year. Tallinn Airport board member Erik Sakkov expects the number to grow by another 20 percent this year to 2.3 million passengers.

Tallinn launches 3D map of Old Town The Tallinn Planning Department launched a 3D map of the Old Town allowing visitors to virtually explore rooftops and private gardens. The website, www.3d.tallinn.ee is available in English, Estonian, and Russian. It took 3 years to build and its organisers are now considering adding updates, like Tallinn at various points in history.

Tallinn-Tartu air route may close It is more than likely that Estonian Air’s Tallinn-Tartu route will close this summer if business does not improve. In order to balance expenses, the airline would have to sell 1,100 tickets per month. In February only 517 tickets were sold and in March, only 706.

New and Convenient Airport Transfer Starting in May, the 90K bus route from the Airport to the Tallinn City Centre will also include a stop at the A and D Terminals of the Tallinn Port. The ride costs 2€ and currently stops at the following destinations: Airport – Central Bus Station – Hotel Olümpia – Freedom Square – Mere pst – Balti jaam – Hotel Tallinn – Freedom Square – Estonian Academy of Arts – Central Bus Station – Airport. The bus leaves every 20 minutes from the airport. For more information and full timetable visit: www.tallinnairport.ee/eng/transport

TEXT: TOOMAS KÄBIN, PHOTOS: NARVA MUSEUM, ANDREI CHERTKOV

How do you get along as an Estonian in Narva? The knowledge of the Estonian language among young Russians has improved considerably in recent years. At the museum we note a generation change with many well-educated and multilingual local Russians with exams from Estonian universities. How would you describe the Narva identity? Many of the city’s residents are closely attached to the city. Others still identify with Russia, where they have their roots, but prefer to stay in Narva because of a higher living standard. For those people the identity question becomes more complicated. How are the contacts with Ivangorod Castle on the Russian side of the river? They are intense on the human and everyday level. Look at the bridge across the river from my office and you can see the traffic. As of late, thanks to vario-

us funding possibilities through the European Union, there is increased activity due to various joint development projects. How do Estonians look at Narva? The interest has grown considerably in recent years. Last year the number of visitors from other parts of Estonia was at a record high. More and more conferences and seminars are also being arranged in Narva. In the beginning of the summer for example, the Estonian Academy of Arts will arrange a summer school for renovation specialists. What is there to see as a tourist? The Hermann castle and the bastions – the latter can be considered as one of the most astonishing things from the Swedish reign of Estonia during the mid 16th century. The bastions are run down but still of interest. The view of the Ivangorod Castle on the Russian side is impressive. This is as close you can get to Russia when standing on the Estonian side.

Hermann Caslte sits on the Estonian side of the river.

For those who are interested in the industrial revolution, the huge premises of the former Krenholm textile factory are fascinating. Krenholms used to be one of the largest factories of its kind in the world in the late 1800s. Another sight is the newly renovated Alexander church, sea-

ting 30000, with excellent acoustics. And of course, don’t forget the seaside resort Narva-Jõesuu with its wonderful beach just north of the city! What are the plans for the museum?


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The aim is to convert it into a multifunctional cultural centre with a totally new service concept. The upgrading and renovation of the bastions are part of this. In our strategy we aim to introduce more flexibility into management and to make the administrative functions and renovation works more result oriented. We are currently in the process of creating a foundation for the entire Hermann Castle complex including the Narva Museum and the bastions. This will create a completely new and more powerful entity. What do you offer visitors in connection with the upcoming summer season? A journey in time! We have a history centre with insights into 17th century life that is in constant change. As of May 26 there will be events connected to history and handicraft in the courtyard almost every weekend. We start with a blacksmith festival with participants from Finland and Sweden. Many of the permanent exhibitions display Narva and Estonia with an emphasis on history, culture and architecture. Another treat is the guided bastion tour. Do the bastions have to be renovated?

We need 13 million euro for this renovation, of which we have already raised a quarter. This year, the renovation of the most impressive bastion - The Victoria bastion - will start. In a couple of years we will open the bastion tunnels and it will be a thrilling experience for visitors. Hopefully we will find the rest of the money during the ten-year renovation period. All kinds of support is needed – not the least, know-how and moral support. Where would you place the bastions on a scale among other cultural heritage monuments? They place very high on the national level. They were built during the Swedish reign as a “lock“ against the Russian enemy. The investment for the castle was bigger than for all the other fortifications in Estonia combined. That shows its importance. What is your favourite place in Narva? The Hermann Castle again and again! I’m sure that I work at the most beautiful place in Narva. Narva Museum, www.narvamuuseum.ee. Open daily 10-18 in summer ■

Most activities are taking place in the Town Hall Square, with something happening from morning to evening every day.

City streets come to life The Old Town Festival brings concerts, dance, theatre, and the feel of the market to the streets. TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTO TOOMAS VOLMER

The event will begin at the Town Hall Square on May 26 at 13.00, with the Põhjakonn performance accompanied by rock band Metsatöll. Later in the square as part of the program are dance, pantomime, and children's choir presentations. The eight-day program of events is breathtakingly diverse. The main venue is the Town Hall Square, which has events from morning to night. At the Freedom Square one can participate in yoga and zumba, as well as tower climbing and walking on stilts. In the heart of Tallinn, there will be performances by a number of wellknown Estonian bands, such as Hortus Musicus and Lenna Kuurmaa.

The Old Town Museum has arranged interesting activities, especially for children. For example, at the Children's Literature Centre on May 26 one can make a finger puppet and take part in a puppet theatre. In the Old Town, museums have interesting exhibitions and activities for adults. The traditional knights' tournament is

on June 2 at the Skoone Stadium near the harbour. From May 24-27, the Treff Festival will take place in Tallinn; events include music, performances, street theatre, and puppet theatre at the NUKU Centre on Lai Street. ■

Tallinn Old Town Days May 26-June 6

The main venue is the Town Hall Square, which has events from morning to night.

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TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

The i3 Viru Ilusalong inside the Viru Hotel offers a pedicure for problematic feet: 38 for women, and 36 for men. If you have dry or cracked skin, ingrown nails, calluses, or warts, this is the pedicure for you.

First, your feet are left to soak in warm water. Once the skin is soft, then your feet are filed and scrubbed, and the nails are trimmed. The best part is the massage. Your feet are massaged with a foaming cream. There are different creams for different skin types, as all feet are unique. After-

wards, you can choose a nail polish colour if you like, but it is recommended that you let your nails breathe without polish for at least a few months over the winter. “It is important that people not feel embarrassed to come in,” says Marge, pedicure technician, after telling me about a woman that

After the pedicure your feet are soft and clean.

had trimmed her toenails before coming to the salon. “When you come in, we treat your symptoms, and tell you how to care for your feet at home.” Marge recommends having a pedicure about once a month, but if time limits this, then every two months. “People tend to only think about their feet when sandal season arrives,” says Marge. “But

Classic colours like red are still popular.

you have to look at your feet every day, so why not keep them looking their best!” ■

Location i3 Viru llusalong Sokos Viru Hotel 3rd floor Viru väljak 4 Tallinn Map Code B2 M-Sa 9-20, Su 10-16 www.viruilusalong.ee

Turn it up! The Rock Café is the place to come for live rock and metal.

Upcoming Gigs ■ www.rockcafe.ee 04.05 05.05 11.05 12.05

Poets of the Fall The Watch plays Genesis “Yellow Show” Smilers Singer Vinger / Vennaskond

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Built into an old factory just past the Tallinn bus station, this club is a nice change from the clubs usually associated with the city. You won’t hear any bass beats here! The Rock Café has two floors and features mostly live rock and metal music. But be sure to check the listings, as sometimes you can hear blues, funk, and country music too. The club is usually

closed on nights when there is not a scheduled gig. As one concertgoer remarked, “the atmosphere depends on the show. I’ve been to metal and rock shows and at each gig the crowds were completely different. Each time is a different experience.” The venue certainly suits the atmosphere. The converted factory turned concert venue trans-

forms and suits all shows. Concert prices vary depending on the band. Overseas band performances will usually cost a bit more than local or European bands. No matter what the night, however, drinks are always cheap and flowing. ■

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2 Imperial Porcelain Boutique Pikk 38, Tallinn Old Town www.imperialporcelain.eu

3 Helina Tilk Pood ja Tuba

Pikk means long in Estonian, and there is no lack of great shops to fill this street.

Pikk 41, Tallinn Old Town www.helinatilk.ee

4 Anneli Viik Chocolate Café Pikk 30, Tallinn Old Town

5 Naiiv

Pikk 33, Tallinn Old Town www.naiiv.eu

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Unique jewellery is on display at A-Gallerii.

The only Imperial Porcelain Boutique in the Baltics can be found on Pikk Street.

TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Starting at the foot of the street near the Estonian Maritime Museum and the Fat Margarita Tower, walk towards the centre of Tallinn’s Old Town and check out some unique Estonian design, Russian porcelain, and handmade chocolate. ■ First stop, the Marzipan Galle-

ry and Shop. This is a café, gallery, and store all in one. For 3, try your hand at modelling and painting your own figurine. The lower level houses a gallery with large marzipan models, including an almost life-sized model of Estonian President Ilves. On the main floor, the replica of the Old Town City Hall is impressive.

Impressive marzipan models can be found at the Marzipan Gallery.

Designer, Liina Viira's knitwear is inspired by traditional Estonian folk patterns.

■ Next stop, the Imperial Porce-

lain Boutique. This is the only Imperial Porcelain shop in the Baltics. Since 1744, the porcelain has been hand made and hand painted in St. Petersburg in Russia. Elizabeth Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great, established the factory and it became the first of its kind in Russia. Choose between classic styles, like ‘Cobalt Net,’ which uses 22 karat gold paint, or have your very own design created and then shipped to anywhere in the world. ■ The Helina Tilk Shop is home

to the whimsical designs of Helina Tilk. You will certainly recognise the Estonian designer’s colourful portrayals of Tallinn’s Old Town. In the back of the shop, there is also a studio for large groups that

Traditional Estonian gifts and souvenirs can be found at Plaatsiveere meistrid.

can be booked for ceramic painting parties.

Estonian folk patterns. She uses these patterns to create traditional yet modern knitted designs.

■ Just across the street is the

Anneli Viik Chocolate Café. All of the truffles are made using fine Belgian chocolate, but handcrafted in Estonia. Try the Madame Butterfly truffle made with Bailey’s Irish Cream, or The Swan truffle, infused with whiskey. ■ Back across to the other side of

the street, is the Naiiv boutique. Swedish-born fashion designer Liina Viira has Estonian roots, and her designs are inspired by

■ A little bit further along, the

A-Galerii jewellery gallery is the place to come for a unique gift. The gallery is situated in an old goldsmiths house and has a large safe, which is opened for new exhibits. The jewellery is designed by Estonian designers or designers who have learned their craft in Estonia. The gallery features the work of close to 70 artists and includes both modern and traditional pieces.

Indulge at the Anneli Viik Chocolate Café.

■ Plaatsiveere Meistrid and

Eesti Käsitöö Maja have the same owner, and are both located on Pikk. This is the place for traditional Estonian gifts and souvenirs. Beautiful fabrics, knitwear, and

ironworks line the walls. Traditional jewellery can be found in the display cabinets. Walk to the back of Plaatsiveere Meistrid and find two more rooms filled with unique gifts and handicrafts. ■


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Opera and Theatre: Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper Estonia)

Russian Theatre (Vene teater)

Estonia pst 4, Tallinn, tel +372 683 12 14, www.opera.ee. Location: Old Town Map Code J3

Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn, tel +372 611 49 62, www.veneteater.ee Location: Old Town Map Code J1

Tallinn City Theatre (Tallinna Linnateater) Lai 21, Tallinn, tel +372 665 08 00, www.linnateater.ee. Location: Old Town Map Code G1

Estonian Drama Theatre (Eesti Draamateater)

Estonian Doll and Youth Theatre (Eesti Nuku- ja Noorsooteater) Lai 1, Tallinn, tel +372 667 95 50, www.nukuteater.ee Location: Old Town Map Code G1

Pärnu mnt 5, Tallinn, tel +372 680 55 55, www.draamateater.ee. Location: Old Town Map Code I/J2

Exhibitions & Museums:

Concerts: Saku Suurhall Paldiski mnt 104B, Tallinn, www.sakusuurhall.ee 8.6.–9.6

Nero, English electronic music DJ-duo

Estonia Concert Hall (Estonia Kontserdisaal)

Jõhvi Concert Hall (Jõhvi Kontserdimaja) Pargi 40, Jõhvi, www.concert.ee 12.5 17.5 18.5

Estonia pst 4, Tallinn, www.concert.ee Location: Old Town Map Code I/J3 19.5 8.5

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Swedish St Michael’s Church (Rootsi-Mihkli kogudus) Rüütli 9, Tallinn, www.stmikael.ee Location: Old Town Map Code I1 5.5 13.5 19.5 20.5 27.5

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TTÜ Chamber Choir Concert Service in Swedish Service in German Museum Night Service in Swedish Swedish Pentecostal Service Service in German

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Vanemuise Concert Hall (Vanemuise Kontserdimaja) Vanemuise 6, Tartu, www.concert.ee Location: Tartu and southern Estonia Map Code B2 18.5

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Tartu Jaani Church (Tartu Jaani kirik) Jaani 5, Tartu, www.jaanikirik.ee Location: Tartu and southern Estonia Map Code B1

Opera Singer Pille Lill Charity Concerts(PLMF) www.plmf.ee:

Tallinn City Hall (Tallinna Raekoda)

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Raekoja plats, Tallinn, veeb.tallinn.ee/raekoda Location: Old Town Map Code H1/2

Jaani Church (Jaani kirik) Vabaduse väljak 1, Tallinn, www.tallinnajaani.ee Location: Old Town Map Code J2

Pärnu Concert Hall (Pärnu Kontserdimaja) Aida 4, Pärnu, www.concert.ee Location: Pärnu and Western Estonia Map Code A1 10.5 20.5

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Final Concert Family Musical "The Snow Queen"

Grand Gala Concert "Music Bridges", Kohtla-Järve Cultural Centre

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Smilers/Supernova Singer Vinger/Vennaskond/ Köömes Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society (USA) Dolphin (RUS) Mastodon (USA) Fear Factory (USA)

Guitar Hunt Pärnu mnt. 19, Tallinn, www.guitarhunt.ee 12.5 18.5 19.5 24.5 25.5 26.5

Laur Joamets and Mikk Tammepõld Nevil Blumberg & Bluesaurus Shaker Tribute to Eric Clapton - D'Black (RUS) SYHB Easy

Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum) Weizenbergi 34/Valge 1, Tallinn, www.ekm.ee, tel +372 602 60 00. Location: Map Code B5 Opening Hours: October–April Wed 11am– 8pm, Thu–Sun 11am–6pm. May–September  Tue 11am–6pm, Wed 11am–8pm, Thu–Sun 11am–6pm

Estonian History Museum, Maarjamäe Castle(Eesti Ajaloomuuseum, Maarjamäe loss) Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, www.eam.ee, tel +372 622 86 00. Location: Map Code A5 Opening Hours: We-Su 10–17

Every Tuesday night: Salsa Night. Beer Pong every Wednesday.

Free Concerts: Restaurant C'est La Vie (Suur-Karja 5, Tallinn) Location: Old Town Map Code I2

Classical Wednesdays Café Wabadus (Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn) Location: Old Town Map Code J1

Festivals: 10.–13.5 Türi Spring Festival (More info: www. kevadfestival.tyri.ee) 17.–20.5 Jõhvi Ballet Festival (More info: www.concert.ee/JohviBallet) 17.5 18 Jõhvi Ballet Festival 2012: Children's Gala 18.5 10.30 Jõhvi Ballet Festival 2012: "A Dream About a Swan Princess" 18 Jõhvi Ballet Festival 2012: Documentary "Blue Desert" 19.5 18 Jõhvi Ballet Festival 2012: Nacho Duato Short Ballet Evening 20.5 18 Jõhvi Ballet Festival 2012: Mihhailovksi Classic Ballet Theatre Evening 24.–27.5 Pärnu International Choir Festival (More info: www.prkf.ee) 24.5 19 Opening Concert "Requiem", Pärnu Concert Hall 25.5 Choir Fold Song Competition, Pärnu Concert Hall 26.5 12 Pärnumaa and Visiting Choirs Concert, Rüütli plats, Pärnu 27.5 12 Final Concert of the Festival, Pärnu Concert Hall

KUMU Art Museum.

Tallinn Botanical Gardens (Tallinna Botaanikaaed)

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)

Kloostrimetsa tee 52, Tallinn, www.tba.ee, tel +372 606 26 66 Opening Hours: 11 -16

Vene 17, Tallinn, www.linnamuuseum.ee, tel +372 615 51 83 Location: Old Town Map Code G3 Opening Hours: We – Mo 10.30–18

Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum) Toompea 8, Tallinn, www.okupatsioonid.ee, tel +372 668 02 50. Location B1 Opening Hours: Tu-Su 11 - 18

Adamson-Erics Museum (Adamson Ericu muuseum) Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn, www.ekm.ee, tel +372 644 58 38. Location: Old Town Map Code I1 Opening Hours: We-Su 11–18 Ticket office closes 17.30

Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum) Niguliste 3, Tallinn, www.ekm.ee, tel +372 631 43 30. Location: Old Town Map Code I1 Opening hours: We-Su 10–17 Ticket office closes 16.30

Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum) Weizenbergi 28, Tallinn, www.ekm.ee, tel +372 606 64 00. Location: Map Code B4 Opening Hours: January–June Wed 10–20, ThuSun 10–17. July–December  Tue 10–17, Wed 10–10, Thu-Sun 10–17

Kadrioru Castle (Kadrioru loss) Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn, www.ekm.ee, tel +372 606 64 00, Map Code/Kartkod A4 Location: Map Code A4 Opening Hours: January–April Wed 10–20, Thu– Sun 10–17. May–June  Thu 10–17, Wed 10–20, Thu–Sun 10–17. July–December 2012  Closed

Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum) Lai 29a, Tallinn, www.loodusmuuseum.ee, tel +372 641 17 39 Map Code Old Town/Kartkod gamla stan F2 Location: Old Town Map Code F2 Opening Hours: We-Su 10–17

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design(Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum) Lai 17, Tallinn, www.edtm.ee, tel +372 627 46 00 Location: Old Town Map Code 1G Opening Hours: We-Su 11 - 18

Estonian Maritime Museum, Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta) Pikk 70, Tallinn, www.meremuuseum.ee, tel +372 641 14 08. Location: Old Town Map Code D3 Opening Hours: We-Su 10–18

Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu) Ahtri 2, Tallinn, www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee, tel +372 625 70 00 Location: Map Code A2 Opening Hours: We 12–18, Th 12-20, Fr-Su 11-18 Permanent exhibitions: Greater-Tallinn, Art Nouveau, Wooden Architecture, Functionalism, Power and the Square, Contemporary Architecture.

Tartu Toy Museum (Tartu Mänguasjamuuseum) Lutsu 8, Tartu, www.mm.ee, tel +372 746 17 77 Location: Tartu and southern Estonia Map Code B1 Opening hours We – Su 11 – 18


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Parking in Tallinn ■ 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 so forth, also require special permission. Firearms and other weapons are prohibited. Pirated materials are prohibited. See also http://www.emta.ee/ index.php?id=1089 Customs Information Tel. +358 20 690 600

The first 15 minutes of parking are free when using a parking clock. The 15 minute free parking 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 malls 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 overseas. Unpaid fines may triple in value.

Toompuiestee 37, 10133, Tallinn Tel. +372 1447 (Schedules www.edel.ee/soiduplaanid/)

Eckerö Line Bookings +358 6 000 4300 (1.64 €/received call+local call cost). Tallinn Tel. +372 6 646 000 Nordlandia Tallinn: Reisisadam A-terminal Helsinki: Länsi Terminal

Linda Line Bookings Tel. +358 60 0066 8970, (1.64 €/received call+local call cost). Tallinn Tel. +372 6 999 333. www.lindaliini.ee Merilin & Karolin Tallinn: Linnahall Port Helsinki: Makasiini Terminal

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Parking Fees ■ 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.

Bookings everyday from 07–22, Tel. +358 6 001 5700 (1.64 €/ received call+local call cost), Tallinn info and bookings Tel. +372 6 409 808. Tickets also available in travel agencies. Tallink Star, Baltic Princess, Superstar Tallinn: Reisisadam D-terminal Helsinki: Länsi Terminal

■ Airport and Port Transit Getting to the Port The distance between the Viru Centre and the port is about 1 km. Bus no. 2 goes to the port. It passes by the airport. The Mõigu Bus Line passes through the port. For more information and timetables http://soiduplaan. tallinn.ee/#bus/2/ab. The Viru Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60€ or from R-kiosks for 1€.

Free Bus from the Port The Viking Line offers a free shuttle service to and from the city. The bus stop is Mere puiestee, opposite the Viru Centre. The bus departs at 14.15, 14.30 and 14.45.

Rocca al Mare Prisma has a free bus that 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 Centre and the airport is 4 km. The no. 2 bus goes to the airport. The exact schedule can be found at http://soiduplaan.tallinn. ee/#bus/2/ab. The Viru Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa and the airport stop is Lennujaam. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60€ or from R-kiosks for 1€.

■ 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. ■ It pays to be careful when choosing a taxi, because some companies have much higher rates than others. Taxi prices are displayed on the right rear window and on the vehicle’s dashboard. The minimum fee must be displayed on the price list, as well as the rate per kilometer and standing rate. The

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Viking Line Helsinki Bookings Tel. +358 6 004 1577 (1.64 €/ received call+local call cost), Tallinn Tel. +372 6 663 966 Tallinn A-terminal, Helsinki Katajanokka

Finnair www.finnair.ee. Tallinn +372 6 266 310, +372 6 266 309 Helsinki–Vantaa Airport +358 600 140 140 (3.04 €/ received call+local call cost)


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TOURIST INFORMATION

Mustamäe Medical Centre Ehitajate tee 27, Tallinn Tel.+372 659 8318

Tallinn: Niguliste 2/Kullasepa 4, Tallinn. Tel. +372 6 457 777

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

Pärnu: Uus 4, Pärnu Tel. +372 44 73 000 Saaremaa: Tallinna 2, Kuressaare, Saaremaa Tel. +372 45 33 120 Hiiumaa: Hiiu tn 1, Kärdla Tel. +372 46 22 232 Haapsalu: Posti 37, Haapsalu Tel. +372 47 33 248

■ Post Office Tallinn Post Office Narva mnt 1, 10111, Tallinn Open M–F 8–20, Sa 9–17 Tel. +372 617 7037

Jõhvi: Rakvere 13A, Jõhvi Tel. +372 337 05 68 Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva Tel. +372 359 91 374 Otepää: Lipuväljak 13, Otepää Tel. +372 766 12 00 Valga: Kesk 11, Valga Tel. +372 766 16 99 Viljandi: Vabaduse plats, Viljandi Tel. +372 433 04 42 Võru: Tartu mnt. 31, Võru Tel. +372 782 1881 Rakvere: Laada 14, Rakvere Tel. +372 324 27 34 Rapla: Viljandi mnt. 4, Rapla Tel. +372 489 43 59 Tartu: Raekoda, Tartu Tel. +372 744 2111

Holidays 1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday Easter Monday; 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.

School Breaks 17–25.3. Spring Break 6.6.–31.8. Summer Break 22.–30.10. Autumn Break 23.12.–8.1. Winter Break

■ Tallinn Shopping Centres Hours of Operation

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

Rocca Al Mare Shopping Centre Centre Open 10–21 Prisma Open 8–23

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

Kristiine Shopping Centre Centre Open 10–21 Prisma Open 8–23

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

Stockmann Open M–Sa 9–20 (Groceries and Cosmetics 9–21), Su 10–20

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

Tallinna kaubamaja Open everyday 9–21, Grocery store open 9–22

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

Mustika Shopping Centre Open M–Sa 10–20, Su 10–18 Prisma Open 8–23 Ülemiste Shopping Centre Open 10–21, Grocery store open 9–22

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Norde Centrum Open 10–21, Grocery store open 8–22

in Estonia, from Estonia, to Estonia With a mobile phone from Estonia to outside the country: + (country code)(phone number) When calling Estonia enter country code +372 then the phone number. For example +372 6 666 666. When calling within Estonia the country code may be omitted. For example, 777 7777. Russia’s country code is +8, Estonia +372.

WIFI Networks When travelling in Estonian please consult www.wifi.ee for wireless hotspots. At the end of September there were 1136 wireless networks listed. In Tallinn, the city is divided into several sections. In the city centre, 185 hotspots can be found, and most of them are marked in green, meaning that 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. Many cities including Tallinn, offer their guests and residents free connections. These can be found on the website listed above. If you are in need of a constant internet connection, it is advised to purchase a pre-paid plan from a mobile company.

SadaMarket Open 8–19 Foorum Shopping Centre Open M–Sa 10–20, Su 10–19 Solaris Open 10–21, Grocery store open 9–23

Event Tickets Tickets to Estonian events are sold at Piletilevi, Piletimaailm and Ticketpro. Piletilevi (www.piletilevi.ee) The site is in English, Estonian, Russian and Finnish. Purchases require login. Sales outlets can be found in shopping centres and Statoil stations. Piletimaailm (www.piletimaailm.com) The website is in Estonian only and sells theatre tickets. Sales outlets can be found in theatres and supermarkets. Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.ee) The website is in Estonian, English and Russian. Sales outlets can be found in post offices and at the Solaris Shopping Centre.

Tallinn Card is available at

■ Currency Exchange

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.

Banks will exchange currency for a small commission.

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

Tavid Kristiine Shopping Centre Endla 45, Tallinn. M–Su 10–21 Järve Selver Pärnu mnt. 238, Tallinn M–Su 10–21

■ Useful Phrases

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Viru Shopping Centre Open everyday 9–21, Grocery store open 9–22

Rocca Al Mare Shopping Centre Paldiski mnt 102, Tallinn M–Su 9–21 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?

Sikupilli Prisma Tartu mnt 87, Tallinn Lõunakeskus Ringtee 75, Tartu. M–Su 10–21

Eurex Viru Keskus Viru väljak 4, Tallinn. M–Su 9–21 Mustakivi Shopping Center Mahtra 1, Tallinn M–Sa 10–20, Su 10–18 Kaubamajakas Papiniidu 8/10, Pärnu. M–Su 10–20


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ABOUT ESTONIA Area: 45,227 km2. Population: about 1,350,000. Capital: Tallinn, population about 400,000. Independence: 24 February, 1918, Re-independence: 20 August, 1991. Weather: Average temperature July 16°C, February -9°C. Time zone: GMT +2 Language: Official language Estonian. Russian is the mother tongue of more than 300,000 inhabitants. Religion: Approximately 20 % of Estonians are non-religious, 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.

■ 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.

■ 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: ■ Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn) Kloostrimetsa tee 58 A, Tallinn, tel. +372 57 503 650 E-mail: info@teletorn.ee www.teletorn.ee Open everyday May - September 10–19, Open October - April W - M 10–18, Closed Tuesday. The restaurant is open everyday May - September 10–23, October - April 11–23. ■ 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).

■ Built in 1246, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Püha Katariina klooster) is the oldest building in Tallinn.

■ Kadriorg Park. This area houses the Presidential Palace and the palace of Peter the Great, where today the

Tallinn TV Tower 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.

Arena 3

Mere pst. 6a, Tallinn A2 www.protest.ee

Closed Sundays Vana-Viru 13/Aia 4, Tallinn H3 www.kokteilibaar.ee

Cathouse Open: Wed–Su. Viru Väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2. www.cathouse.ee

Cellar Open: Thu–Sa. Laikmaa 5, Tallink Hotel B2. www.hotels.tallink.com

Club Von Überblingen Open: Fri–Sa. Madara 22a, Tallinn www.uberclub.ee

Hollywood Closed Sundays. Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn I2 www.clubhollywood.ee

Inferno Open: Wed–Su. Viru 24, Tallinn H3 www.amneziaclub.ee

Korter Roseni 9, Tallinn A2. www.krtr.ee

Panoraam Open: Fri–Sa. Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2 www.clubpanoraam.ee

■ History Museums Bastion Tunnels (Bastioni käigud). Kommandandi tee 2. Map Code Old Town J1. Underground tunnels beneath Tallinn’s Old Town. Kiek in de Kök. Kommandandi tee 2. Map Code Old Town J1. Medieval watchtower. Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum). Müürivahe 33. Map Code Old Town G3. A medieval monastery with monk’s rooms. Viru Hotel and KGB Museum (Hotell Viru ja KGB muuseum). Viru väljak 4. Map Code Tallinn B2. Soviet era hotel culture and KGB surveillance room. Estonian History Museum – Maarjamäe Castle (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum – Maarjamäe loss). Pirita tee 56. Estonian History Museum – Suurkildi Building ( Eesti Ajaloomuuseum – Suurkildi hoone). Pikk 17. Map Code Tallinn G2. Both museums showcase

Estonia’s and the Estonian people’s history. The Suurkildi building was renovated in 2011. Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum). Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12. In the suburb of Rocca al Mare, the west end Tallinn museum with a model Estonian village.

Parlament Open: Fri–Sa. Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2 www.clubparlament.ee

Partei Open: Fri–Sa. Rävala *, Tallinn www.parteiklubi.ee

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Rock Café Tartu mnt. 80D, Tallinn C4 www.rockcafe.ee

Sossi Klubi Open: Fri–Sa. Tartu mnt. 82, Tallinn C4 www.sossi.ee

Teater Open: Fri–Sa. Vabaduse Väljak 5, Tallinn B2. www.klubiteater.ee

Vabank Open: Fri–Sa. Harju 13, Tallinn J1 www.vabank.ee

Venus Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn B2 www.venusclub.ee

Von Krahl Baar Rataskaevu 10/12, Tallinn H1 www.vonkrahl.ee

Tallinn Sports Pubs and Restaurants The following establishments show football as well as other sports. Clayhills, Pikk 13. Hiiu Pub, Pärnu mnt 325. Mack Bar-B-Que, Tartu mnt 63. Molly Malone’s, Mündi 2. Nimeta Baar, Suur-Karja 4. The Lost Continent, Narva mnt 19. Winners Sports Lounge, Kloostri tee 6.

pets at the Estonian Puppet Theatre in Tallinn.

this museum also has the icebreaker ‘Suur Töll’ on display.

Photo Museum in Tallinn’s old town prison (Raevangla fotomuuseum). Raekoja 4. Map Code Old Town H2. Located behind Tallinn’s Old Town Square, this museum showcases modern photography exhibits.

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti-ja disainimuuseum). Lai 17. Map Code Old Town F2.

■ Other Museums

Tallinn Science Centre (Tallinna teaduskeskus). Põhja pst 29. Map Code Tallinn A2. The wonders of energy and physics.

AHHAA Science Centre (AHHAA teaduskeskus). Vabaduse plats, Kaarli pst 2B. Map Code Tartu Old Town J1. Fun for the whole family.

Estonian Architecture Museum (Eesti arhitektuurimuuseum). Ahtri 2. Map Code Tallinn A2. Estonian architecture, past and present.

Children’s Museum (Lastemuusem). Kotzebue 16. Map Code Tartu A1. Children’s toys throughout the ages.

Estonian Nature Museum (Eesti Loodusmuuseum). Lai 29A. Map Code Tallinn F2. Estonian flora and fauna.

Miia-Milla-Manda Museum (Muuseum Miia-Milla-Manda). L. Koidula 21C. Map Code Tallinn B4. An interactive children’s museum.

Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti meremuuseum). Pikk 70. Map Code Old Town E3. Located in the Paks Margareeta tower and the Seaplane Harbour in Tallinn.

Puppet Museum (Nukumuuseum NUKU). Lai 1. Map Code Old Town G1. A museum about the world of pup-

■ Tallinn Zoo. Approximately 90 hectares, this zoo houses many rare species as well as many large mammals, including elephants, polar bears, chimpanzees and rhinoceros. Located opposite the Rocca al Mare Shopping Centre.

Open: Wed–Sa. Harju 6, Tallinn B2 www.clubprive.ee

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■ 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.

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Mere pst 6E, Tallinn B2 www.bonbon.ee

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

■ 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.

Open: Thu–Su Viru Väljak 4, Tallinn B2 www.amigo.ee

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Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam). Küti 17. Located on the north shore,

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■ 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.

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Open: Fri–Sat. Sadama 6, Tallinn B2 www.arena3.ee

Tallinn Nightlife

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.

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum). Müürivahe 12. Map Code Old Town I2.

■ Art Museums Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru plats – Kadrioru kunstimuuseum). A. Weizenbergi 37. Map Code B4. Located next to Mikkeli Museum, displaying foreign art. Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum). Niguliste 3. Map Code Old Town I1. Located in an old church, this museum has many silver objects on display. Kumu Art Museum (Kunstimuuseum Kumu). A. Weisenbergi 34/Valge 1. Map Code Tallinn B5. Estonian art museum, designed by architect Pekka Vapaavuori.

10,000 BC The Ice Age ends and people arrive in the territory of Estonia. 11th Century The main source of subsistence is agriculture and the provincial government is formed. 1200s The Livonian Brotherhood of the Sword is formed in Southern Estonia and the Danish occupy Northern Estonia. 1343 St. George’s Night uprising. Estonian peasants rise up against the occupiers with modest success. 1346 Denmark sells land in Estonia to the Teutonic Order. 1558 Ivan the Terrible of Russia goes to war against Livonia, when Estonia comprised part of Latvia. The war began in 1553 and included Denmark, Sweden and Poland. Estonia and Latvia were divided among Poland (Latvia and Southern Estonia), Sweden (Northern Estonia), and Denmark (Saaremaa). 1600s Schools are set up and the University of Tartu (1632) is under Swedish rule. 1700–1710 The Great Northern War inflicts fruitless years of famine and plague. The population decreases from 350,000 to 100,000. 1710 Tallinn and Uusikaupunki belong to Russia after the Treaty of Nystad. 1800s The power of the Tsar diminishes, serfdom is abolished and peasants are given the right to purchase land (1860). In 1914, half of the land belongs to the German nobility. Political power remains in the hands of the nobility. 1917 With the fall of the Russian Empire, Estonia receives autonomy. Estonia organises elections and Konstantin Päts becomes head of government. 1918 Germany occupies Estonia. The Estonian Provincial Assembly declares Estonia’s independence on February 24. Estonian forces fight against German and Russian forces. 1919 Estonian War of Independence continues and ends on 02.02.1920 in Tartu.

1920 The first formal law of Independent Estonia is made to expand democracy. Many small political parties are formed. 1929–35 The economic and political crisis of 1929-35 results in a state of emergency and a disbandment of the parliament. Päts rules by decree. 1937 A new constitution is written, 1938 Päts becomes president, there is a return to constitutional governance, but full democracy is not reached prior to the Soviet occupation. 1939 The German-Soviet NonAggression Pact is signed. On September 28, Estonia is forced to allow the Soviet Army to set up military bases in Estonia. 1940 “Elections” are held, after which Estonia becomes a Soviet Republic (27.7.) and merges with the Soviet Union. 1940–41 The Germans occupy Estonia. Nearly 70 000 Estonians join the German army. In September 1944, the Red Army sweeps in on Estonia again. 1944–91 Estonia is Soviet Estonia. Near the end of 1944, a large part of the population flees abroad. About 10,000 men (The Forest Brothers) will continue to fight. 1948–25,000 Estonians are deported to camps in the east. In 1940 the Estonian population was estimated at 1.1 million, but by 1949 it had decreased to 850,000. 1955 Over 200,000 non-Estonians move to Estonia. In 1980, more than 60% of the population is Estonian. 1987 An attempt is made by Estonians to break from the Soviet Union. There are demonstrations, including the environmental campaign against opening large phosphorus mines in Virumaa. 1988 The Singing Revolution, Estonia declares its sovereignty on 16.11.1988. 1991 Estonia regains independence on August 20 after the failure of the coup d’état in Moscow. 2004 Estonia joins the European Union and NATO. 2011 The Euro replaces the Crown, used since 1992 as currency.

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 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 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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The Baltic Guide in English is a tourist newspaper for visitors to Estonia. The newspaper's broad content covers everything from cultural e...

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