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Sunshine and Summer Travel Plans Another sign of summer is The Baltic Guide’s summer travel issue, which you will find the middle of this paper. It covers all of the must-see sights of Estonia, from eastern Estonia and Narva to western Estonia, Haapsalu, Pärnu, and the Islands. We tell you what to see and do, as well as how to get there. Not sure where to go? Why not plan your trip around one of the many festivals or concerts happening throughout Estonia. There is sure to be something for every taste and to suit every budget. Happy travels! Kristina Lupp Editor-in-chief

Contents 3 editorial 24-25 sightseeing

May Highlights

restaurants 5 restaurants: Ancho Toiduakadeemia Nõmme Jaamarestoran Lido Farm C'est La Vie

01 Bold Circus Tricks Canada’s Cirque du Soleil will visit Tallinn at the Saku Suurhall from May 27-30 with their performance Quidam. See acrobats, dancers, and musicians for what will surely be an incredible show.

02 Men’s Dance Party Watch 2000 men and boys dance together from June 6-7 at the Rakvere Dance Festival. The dance festival brings together modern elements to traditional folk dance with this year’s theme body, mind, and soul.

03 Verdi’s Aida in Pärnu The bi-annual PromFest brings Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida to Parnu’s Endla Theatre on May 5. You can see soloist Klaudia Taevi, Latvian song competition winner Jomante Šležaitet, and Belarusian Eduard Martõnjuki. A song competition will also take place at this year’s festival from May 22-27.

04 A Night at the Museum

Photo: Promo

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05 Tallinn Bicycle Festival Tallinn Bicycle Week (4-7 June) is a well-known city festival, but it’s not just about bikes. Concerts, races, parties, and seminars will all take place at the same time. Take part in the night race Tour d’öö, which bring thousands of cyclists to the street. For more information visit: www.tbw.ee

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

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

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ne thing that I absolutely love about Estonia is the seasons. Why? Because it really makes you appreciate when summer finally arrives after a long cold and dark winter. Summer in Estonia means long days, outdoor concerts and festivals, fresh local produce, and enjoying the sunshine on an outdoor terrace. In April the patios were set up in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square. With the sunny days we had, seats were already filled with tourists and locals soaking up the sun’s rays. Cruise ship season has also begun and every day, day-trippers from Scandinavian cruises fill the streets of Tallinn’s Old Town. It’s great to see the city coming to life again!


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5 restaurants news

Lido

What’s your favourite Mexican dish? Chances are, they’ve got it on the menu at Ancho.

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Ülemiste Shopping Centre Suur-Sõjamäe 4, Tallinn C 4-5. Ülemiste Shopping Centre in Tallinn now houses Estonia’s largest Lido at 1400m2. The Latvian chain restaurant specialises in family dining, with such a large menu that there is sure to be something for everyone and every taste. They offer close to 180 dishes every day!

Text Kristina Lupp, Photos Andrei Chertkov

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Tallinn's love for Mexican food continues to grow.

all down with one of their Mexican beers. Lunch is a great time to come to Ancho because they offer a €4 lunch special, which includes a main dish and a free coke. Check

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Location Ancho Müürivahe 17, Tallinn Old Town I2-3.

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New Ideas for Home and Work Toiduakadeemia offers many different kinds of cooking classes. Text Mikko Savikko, Photos Andrei Chertkov

Do you want to organise an event for work or spend your birthday learning something new? Lootsi Keskus is located just a few hundred meters from the D-terminal at the Port of Tallinn and the Toiduakadeemia (Food Academy) can be found on the third floor. Every cooking class starts with

a welcome drink. You put on your apron and listen to the chef ’s instructions. The course lasts about four hours, and Toiduakadeemia can accommodate up to 40 people in two different rooms. Everyone can take part and learn new tips and tricks in the kitchen. The smaller room can accommodate 12 people. Toiduakadeemia’s chef Tarvo Kullama specialises in Thai cuisi-

Müürivahe 27B, Tallinn Old Town H3. Local food is something that Estonians have always been proud of and now there is another great restaurant where you can try home-grown specialities. Come and try their daily lunch special, where you get a soup and main course for €4.80. For dinner, the restaurant has a cosy atmosphere and you won’t miss any of the action in their open kitchen.

Nõmme Jaamarestoran

Jaama 18, Tallinn Located just a short trip from the city centre, the suburb of Nõmme boasts a new fine dining restaurant without the snobbery and prices of a typical fine dining establishment. While we haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, there are a few things on the menu that do look quite interesting.

Cooking can be taught in a fun way, especially if you don’t have to wash the dishes. ne, having himself learned from a Thai chef. Toiduakadeemia offers all kinds of courses, from traditional cooking to BBQ, or baking. There is a beer-snacks course in the works. All of the instructors are specialised in their respective fields. Recipes and tutorials are designed to inspire you to cook the food at home. They tell you where to

find the ingredients. And if you can’t finish all of the food you prepared, then it’s packed up and sent home with you. n

Location Toiduakadeemia, Lootsi 8, 3rd floor, Tallinn A3. The door to Toiduakadeemia is located at the entrance of Lootsi Keskus facing the port.

Photo: C’est la Vie

Located on the narrow street Müürivahe, in Tallinn’s Old Town, Ancho has been open for just over a year now. Tallinn’s love for Mexican food continues to grow. In the year since Ancho opened, many other Mexican-TexMex places have opened, but Ancho’s success can be attributed to good, simple food, at a reasonable price. The stuffed jalapenos are a must, especially if you like spice. The chillies are stuffed with melted cheese, battered and fried, and served with sour cream. Tacos come with a choice of crispy or soft shell. They are not filled with minced meat either; the beef taco was filled with savoury shredded beef and accompanied with cheddar cheese and guacamole. Wash it

C’est la Vie

Suur-Karja 5, Tallinn Old Town I2. Step back in time to the 1930s at C’est la Vie, a restaurant and café decorated in Art Deco style in Tallinn’s Old Town. The menu offers bistro favourites like mussels and foie gras, as well as a great selection of champagne and sparkling wines. The café is a great place to come for coffee and light snack. Daily specials are also available and posted to their Facebook page every Monday.


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

Bars & Pubs

Gay

Clayhills

G-punkt

Drink Baar

X-baar

Hell Hunt

Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2.

Karaoke

Mad Murphy’s

Gelsomino Karaoke

Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Lai 2, Tallinn Old Town G1.

Nimeta Baar

Koskenkorva Karaoke Bar

Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Roseni 13, Tallinn A2.

Protest

Laif Restoran & Karaoke Club

Mere pst 6a, Tallinn A2.

Lai 5, Tallinn Old Town G1

Põrgu

Nightclubs

Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1. Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

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A Night Out in Telliskivi

t’s important, when you visit Tallinn, to step out of the Old Town and see the exciting and lively scene just a short walk, or a shorter tram or taxi ride, from the cosy surroundings of your hotel. If you want a fun time, with the coolest people, head to the complex of former factory buildings in Tallinn’s Telliskivi district. It’s not hard to get there, but when you do, it’s like being in a new world. Below we profile some of the places you can find.

F-Hoone

Rüütli 4, Tallinn Old Town I1.

The Highlander

Kuninga 1, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Cigar Lounges

Quite possibly the daddy of all the modern Telliskivi bars (though those living in Tallinn for longer might dispute this), F-Hoone or F-Building is a former factory building with two rooms, plus a breakout room that is used as a children’s play area these days. It’s a marvellous space, and the restaurant uses it creatively. There are comfy sofas for remote working during the day, and for lounging at night, and up high by the tall windows there are surprisingly secluded seating areas, perfect for planning that topsecret creative project. At night the restaurant turns, periodically, into an open-plan party venue, with the possibility of using the two rooms for two very distinct experiences. I went to a party which even had two DJs playing different styles of music, and that was amazing.

Club Hollywood

Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town H1.

Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Sigari Maja

Club Privé

Teater

Kolmas Draakon

Vabank

Seiklusjutte Maalt ja Merelt

Venus

Valli Baar

Late Night Dining

Lendav Taldrik

Roseni 9, Tallinn A2.

Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1. Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1. Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Istanbul Kebab

Estonia pst 7, Tallinn B2.

Café Amigo

Loca

Chicago 1933

Söögiplats

Clazz

Taco Express

Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.

Just across the path from Lendav Taldrik is this smaller café/bar, recognisable by the big white letters painted on the outside of the grey building. Although F-Hoone and Lendav offer food which is decent but not outstanding,

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Kochi Ait Tavern

Live Music

Telliskivi 60a

Club Studio

Loung Club Violet

Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Kivi Paber Käärid

Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1.

Karja Kelder

Tartu mnt 44, Tallinn B3.

The restaurant known in English as Flying Saucer took its bow last year and became popular with an international crowd, including families. Like F-Hoone, Lendav Taldrik is something of a hybrid, in that the former factory space has the ability to function as a café or as a restaurant.

Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2. Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Telliskivi 60a

Café Amigo

La Casa del Habano

Lootsi 10, Tallinn A3.

At night the atmosphere, lightened by the bright colours and pinewood, becomes mature without being po-faced. As Lendav stays open late, it’s a very effective chilling place, where you can bring friends or relations without embarrassing anyone with your choice. Although there is an impressive choice of drinks, and Lendav wins credit for being one of very few affordable Indian restaurants in Tallinn, the food was, at first try, average at best. Nonetheless, it’s surprisingly difficult to foster a friendly atmosphere in a new restaurant / bar, and Lendav certainly does that.

Vana-Viru 13 / Aia 4, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Club Baila

Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Lendav Taldrik

Butterfly Lounge

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Estonian

Kivi Paber Käärid

Tatari 1, Tallinn B2.

Chicago 1933

Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Telliskivi 60

Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3. Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Tatari 1, Tallinn B2. Tatari 1, Tallinn B2. Suur-Karja 18, Tallinn Old Town I2.

NYC Piano Bar

Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Rock Café

Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn C4.

Tapper

Pärnu mnt 158g, Tallinn

Kivi Paber Kaarid raises the bar with some truly impressive, and healthy, options. The gluten-free cakes are also a treat. As with all the other bars in the complex, there is a good drinks list. The bar will, at weekends, organise live music from local bands. In spite of the echo that is audible all around, KPK is an easy place to talk in. It’s quite popular, so make sure you book a table if you want to try it out, but of the places in Telliskivi where you can sit down, eat, have a drink and chill into the night, it’s probably the best, and it definitely tries the hardest to impress.

Pudel Telliskivi 60a

When the night has progressed a little, there’s only one place you

should consider going to. Pudel has been open for more than two years, but it’s not fallen out of fashion, maybe because it was never trying to be in fashion. It just does what it does (a constantly-evolving list of craft beers from around the world and some wellcurated quiz and comedy nights), without distracting itself with the latest fad. The result is a bar that will welcome anyone with a bright interior and staff with a warm disposition. n

. Stuart Garlick is a journalist and English language teacher based in Tallinn. Since 2012, his blog, Charm Offensive, has covered food, music and fashion in Estonia.


www.solaris.ee

Life is beautiful! Just a few steps from the Old Town you will find Solaris Center – the newest and most unique center of entertainment, shopping and culture. IN SOLARIS YOU WILL FIND: • A variety of leisure and lifestyle shops for all tastes, including Apple, women’secret, Weplay, Hemtex etc. • Food Court, including a café Komeet with the best view of Tallinn. • The most innovative food-store in the city. • The latest 3D multiplex cinema Solaris Kino with its 7 screens. • 2 screens for classic movies at Cinema Artis. • Nordea Concert Hall – the best equipped concert hall in Estonia. The most fashionable life-style and shopping centre in the very heart of Tallinn! Estonia pst 9, Tallinna

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

n Central Shopping

Centres

Foorum, Narva mnt 5. B2. Almost opposite the Viru Shopping Centre, Foorum houses a promenade of stylish boutiques. Postimaja Shopping Centre, Narva mnt 1. B2. The newest shopping centre in Tallinn houses an H&M. Rotermanni keskus, Rotermanni 8. B2. This modern shopping centre in the Rotermanni district houses gourmet food shops, a Scandinavian furniture store, and many international clothing brands.

Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Free bus from the port. This massive centre was completed in 1998 and resembles a large mall in North America. It is over 54,000 square metres in size and houses 170 shops – everything from food to fashion, Marks & Spencer to a children’s play world. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Busses 2, 15 and 54 (Sossimägi), Trams 2 and 4 (Lubja). A small shopping centre located near the airport that houses fashion outlets, a few electronics shops, and restaurants. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Buses 2, 7, 15, 65. Located close to the airport, this two-level shopping centre is one of the biggest in Tallinn.

n Near the port: Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. A3 This shopping centre houses a food store, large liquor store, and top brand clothing and shoe stores.

Solaris, Estonia pst 9. B2. One of Tallinn’s newer shopping centres that houses a cinema, numerous restaurants, as well as a top-end supermarket. Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4. B2. This modern shopping centre houses top name designer stores, great cafés and restaurants, as well as a large bookstore.

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

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

n Food Markets Baltijaam (Train Station) – Kopli 1. A1. Keskturg (Central Market) – Keldrimäe 9. B3. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Free bus from the port. A modern mall just outside of the city centre. Mustikas keskus, A.H.Tammsaare tee 116. Trolleys 1, 2 and 3. A shopping centre in the west end of the city.

Kalaturg (Fish Market) – Kalaranna 1. A2. Lasnamäe Market – Punane 48a. Mustamäe Market – E. Vilde tee 75a. Nõmme Market – Turu plats 8. Sadama Turg – Sadama 25. A2.

Brand name clothes without brand name prices You don’t have to spend a fortune on fashionable clothes. Tommy Hilfiger jeans can be found in Tallinn for just €49.

Text Mikko Savikko, Photos Andrei Chertkov

Popular brand-name clothes, shoes, and accessories can be found for half the regular price, or even cheaper. These brands include Gant, Gerry Weber, and Samoon, with sizes that start at 46. The outlet store FAB, located next to the D-Terminal in the Lootsi Keskus sells formal children’s clothes and there is a pretty good selection for bigger “girls and boys” too. You will also find a sizeable range of formal, as well as casual shoes. Prices start at €5, with children’s Tommy Hilfiger shoes for less than €40. You won’t find anything in the store over €65. In addition to clothes and shoes, the shop also sells Swarovski crystal jewellery. The collection at the Lootsi Keskus Outlet changes all the time, meaning you can now expect to find summer dresses. n

Location FAB Fashion & Accessory Bay, Lootsi keskus, Lootsi 8, Tallinn A3.


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“We were a group of 42 people and we decided to visit the Estonia Concert Hall. On the way back to the hotel, we stumbled upon the Beer Garden, a restaurant in the Old Town. They had a great selection of beers and fantastic food, but the best part was that we got to sit together at one big table! We danced until we could dance no more! Some of us even partied until morning and did not even make it back to the hotel…” Jane, 36; London

Al Bastione is an Italian pizzeria and grill located in Tallinn’s Old Town, where pizza is prepared right before your eyes in a stone oven, as well as different dishes on the grill. A café is located on the first floor where you can enjoy Al Bastione Suveaed French desserts like macaroons and cardamom pastries and don’t forget about the wide variety of coffee either. A café is located on the first floor where you can enjoy French desserts like macaroons and cardamom pastries, and don’t forget about the wide variety of coffee either.

Restaurant Al Bastione | Viru 23, Tallinn Info and reservations : info@albastione.ee or +372 666 0005

Aia 10 / Inseneri 1, Old Town, Tallinn info@beergarden.ee Ph.: +372 688 0013; Mob.:+372 565 2004 Fri - Sat 10.00-05.00, Sun - Thur 10.00-00.00


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The white nights of summer mean that there is no shortage of things to do all over Estonia CULTURAL EVENTS n 5 – 26 May – Seto Lace Days, Seto Farm Museum, Värska Alevik n 9 May – Narva Spring Fair, Narva n 15 May – Tallinn Day 2015, Various Locations, Tallinn Tallinn Day commemorates Tallinn gaining admission to the Hanseatic League of European Cities in 1248. Concerts and cultural events will take place in the various locations throughout the city. n 15 – 17 May– 38th Türi Flower Fair, Türi n 16 May – Museum Night 2015, Various locations n 30 May – 6 June – Tallinn Old Town Days, Various Locations, Tallinn The Old Town Festival brings concerts, dance, theatre, and the feel of the market to the streets. The eight-day program of events is wonderfully diverse. The main venue is Town Hall Square, which has daily programs through to the evening. 30 May – Opening Day 31 May – Church Day 1 June – Children’s Day 2 June – Health Day 3 June – Museum Day 4 June – Theatre Day 5 June – Music Day 6 June – Medieval Day Tallinn Maritime Days

Tallinn Old Town Days

n 27-31 May – HeadRead, Various Locations, Tallinn This annual literary festival gives the public a chance to meet a number of well-known local and international writers. The programme includes discussions, readings and performances. n 4-7 June – Tallinn Treff Festival, Tallinn n 4-7 June – XXXV International Hanseatic Days in Viljandi n 4-7 June – Narva Days, Narva n 6 June – Northern Livonia Festival, Häädemeeste n 22 June – 8th Estonian Wife-Carrying Championships and Rapla County Tug-of-War Open, Reonda Village, Kassi-Võllimägi n 23 June – Avinurme Fair, Avinurme n 9-12 July – XVI Medieval Days, Tallinn n 10-12 July – Tallinn Maritime Days 2015 n 10-12 July – Kihnu Sea Party, Kihnu Island n 22 July – Saaremaa Opera Days, Kuressaare n 27 July – 21 August – Pärnu Bluusipäevad (Blues Festival), Pärnu n 31 July – 1 August – Bluesfest ”Augustibluus”, Haapsalu n 31 July – 1 August – Leigo Lake Music Festival, Lutike Village, Leigo Farm n 1 August – Seto Kingdom Day, Obinitsa Village, Meremäe County n 3-8 August – Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF, Tartu n 7-9 August – Historical Festival ”Narva Battle”, Narva n 7-8 August – Kuressaare Maritime Festival, Saaremaa n 28-30 August – White Lady Festival, Haapsalu Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF

Photo: Elena Rudi

Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Photo: Ahto Sooaru


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a. Check out our summer event calendar to see what’s on this summer from May to August. Photo: Jarek Jõepera

FOOD EVENTS n 16-17 May – Dandelion festival on the nights Romantic Coastline, Neitsiraba Visitors Centre, Kihlepa Village n 12-13 June – Grillfest – Good Food Festival, Pärnu n 13-14 June – Tallinn Street Food Festival, Telliskivi n 31-2 August – Kärdla Café Days, Kärdla, Hiiumaa n 8 August – 9th Kalevipoeg Fish & Water Festival, Tiheda Village, Kasepää n 15 August – Seto Food Day, Setomaa n 20 August – Pickle festival, Tahkuranna Village n 22-23 August – Lüübnitsa Onion & Fish Fair, Lüübnitsa Village n 29-30 August – Summer in the Jar Harvest Festival, Narva

SPORTS EVENTS n 1 May – 85th Grand Race Around Lake Viljandi, Viljandi n 3 May – 14th Mulgi Cycling Marathon, VIljandi n 10 May – SEB Tartu Jooksumaraton (23/10 km running and Nordic Walking), Otepää n 23 May – SEB Maijooks (May Run), Tallinn Song Festival Grounds A 7km run or walk for women only at the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn. n 25 – 30 May – Tour of Estonia 2015 n 31 May – SEB Tartu Cycling Rally (road cycling, 133/71 km), Tartu n 13 June – Narva Energy Run (Narva Energiajooks), Narva n 18-19 July – Yoga Festival, Haapsalu n 31 July – 2 August - TriSmile Otepää Triathlon 2015, Pühajärve, Otepää n 15 August – Night Run Estonia, Rakvere n 23 August – SEB Tartu Inline skating, 42/21 km, Tartu

Leigo Lake Music Festival

CONCERTS n 8-12 June – Tallinn Guitar Festival, Tallinn n 13-14 June – Nargen Festival, Haapsalu n 1-4 July – Õllesummer, Tallinn Song Festival Grounds n 1-5 July – 19th Haapsalu Early Music Festival, Haapsalu n 2-7 July – Juu Jääb Festival, Muhu Island n 3-4 July – Hard Rock Laager 2015, Vana Vigala n 4 July – Schilling Festival of Beautiful Music, Kilingi-Nõmme n 16-19 July – Festival Hiiu Folk, Kassari Village, Hiiumaa n 17-23 June – Suure-Jaani Music Festival, Suure-Jaani n 16-18 July – Mustjala Festival, Mustjala n 23-26 July – XXIII Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Viljandi n 6-16 August – Birgitta Festival, Pirita

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Top 5 Northern Estonia

01 Narva-Jõesuu Narva-Jõesuu Spa, is located in one of the oldest resort-towns, Narva-Jõesuu. The town is situated on the far eastern coast of Estonia, a short drive from the historic border town of Narva. With a beach under the pine trees, and 39 different rehabilitation procedures, plus very affordable prices, it’s well worth taking a break in this secluded corner of Estonia.

02 Paldiski A Trip into the hv vvistory of the City of Paldiski, a guided tour of the former military port, will show you the fascinating history of Paldiski and the Pakri Peninsula. Along the way, you’ll get to see Peter the Great’s fortress, a lighthouse, Paldiski Naval School, some truly enormous windmills, and the famous (and very scary) cliffs.

03 Lahemaa National Park Take a day-trip to Lahemaa National Park. Legendary peaceful fishing villages, huge forests, bogs and swamps. Stare in wonderment at Nõmmeveski waterfall, explore the quiet life in Võsu, and then head to Sagadi manor. The best thing? The trip will leave right from your hotel!

04 Sillamäe Sillamäe Town and Maritime Days. The former Soviet industrial town, featuring some beautiful examples of post-WW2 urban architecture, between 28 and 30 June showcases live performances from artists hailing from all over Estonia.

05 Naissaar Book early and take a fast speedboat to the deserted island of Naissaar. A military truck will take you on a round-trip of the island. For army buffs, there is an imperial-Russian artillery battery, there are stores sea mines and a factory for them and pretty little Maarja Church. The lighthouse on the northern side of the island offers breathtaking views of the wide-open Baltic.

Northern Estonia The northern part of Estonia, stretching from Paldiski on the north-western tip of the country to the capital, Tallinn, out to Narva on Estonia’s eastern border, is full of surprises and wonder. Because your journey into Estonia begins in Tallinn, it is easy to explore the north of the country, and travel distances are short. In Narva, walk along the Narva River promenade. Visit the Hermann Fortress, which houses a museum and hosts many outdoor events in summer. Avinurme hosts the most famous summer event in Estonia on Midsummer’s Eve, 23 June, which includes a big bonfire and barrel market. And finally, don’t forget to try a lamprey, a delicacy of the Narva River. The annual Lamprey Festival takes place on 26 September in Narva-Jõesuu. n

How to get there? Trains leave twice daily to Jõhvi and Narva. Travel time is about 2.5 hours to Narva and a ticket costs €10.90. Buses leave almost halfhourly to Narva, stopping in Rakvere and Jõhvi. For a full timetable visit: www.tpilet.ee

Travel Distances: n Tallinn - Jõhvi 165 km n Tallinn-Narva 211 km n Tallinn-Mustvee 173 km n Narva-Mustvee 119 km Largest cities (population): n Tallinn: 429,829 n Narva: 62,068 n Kohtla-Järve: 38,197 n Sillamäe: 14,586 n Rakvere: 16,338 Additional information: www.northestonia.eu


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By road or by train Text Mikko Savikko, Photos Andrei Chertkov

The majority of tourists travel to Tallinn, but Estonia is so small that you can drive across it in a matter of hours. Drivers in Estonia need to remember two things: there is zero tolerance for drunk driving, meaning that your blood alcohol level must be at zero and speeding and parking tickets must be paid. The biggest change in Tallinn this year, as far as traffic goes, is that busses from the city centre to the end stops will replace the

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can charge five times more than their competitors. One of the easiest ways to get a taxi is to download the Taxify app on your smartphone. It searches for all nearby taxis, meaning that you can compare fares right on your phone. n

Important! Before you get in a taxi: Look for the fare on the back window. A taxi must take the most direct route to the destination. If you are unsure, travel only with well-known taxi companies. If you did not receive a printed receipt, you don’t need to pay for the ride.

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Top 5 Haapsalu

Western Estonia

01 Summer festivals Haapsalu is bustling in summer with some great festivals and events like Open Doors Day, Italian Wine Festival, the yoga festival, Early Music and String Instruments Festival, August Blues, and finally the White Lady Festival.

Text Kristina Lupp, Stuart Garlick, Photos Andrei Chertkov, EAS

Estonia’s west has everything a holidaymaker could want, from the chilled, hurry-free atmosphere of historic Haapsalu down to the summer capital and party central, Pärnu. If you want a stress-free lifestyle, and a chance to unplug and forget all your troubles, this is the region for you. See the Estonia that Estonians escape to in the summer, and experience the real way to enjoy the Baltic heat.

How to get there

02 Episcopal Castle This castle dates back to the 1200s and is a symbol of Haapsalu. The Episcopal Castle is also home to Estonia’s most famous ghost, the White Lady.

A bus leaves for Pärnu almost every hour from Tallinn. If you decide to go by car, driving time is approximately two hours. The train journey from Tallinn to Pärnu takes about 2.5 hours. Haapsalu is located about 100 km west of Tallinn. Unfortunately you can’t take the train to Haapsalu, but a bus leaves almost hourly from Tallinn. Bus: www.tpilet.ee Train: www.elron.ee More information: www.visitparnu.com www.visithaapsalu.com

Top 5 Pärnu

Love the outdoors?

n Marvel at the flight of white-tailed eagles, grey herons, geese, swans, ducks, black terns, and marsh harriers in Estonia’s birdwatching capital, Matsalu National Park. n Take the Kilingi-Nõmme Hiking Trail, in one of the southernmost parts of the country, on a woodland path with 12 lookout towers. n Go hiking or biking or walking through lovely Soomaa National Park, near Pärnu. n

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01 The beach The warm and shallows waters and the stunning sandy beach make this a wonderful place for families with children. It’s no wonder Estonians keep coming back year after year.

n Tallinn- Pärnu 135 km n Tallinn-Haapsalu 100 km

02 The idyllic countryside

Largest cities n Haapsalu: 11,000 n Lihula: 2500 n Pärnu 43,000

Pärnu's surrounding countryside is well worth a visit. A beach road follows the coastline all the way to the Latvian border, with many interesting stops along the way.

03 Bicycle tours There is no shortage of places to hire a bike in Pärnu. The city is covered with new bike paths, making getting around a breeze and a great way to see the summer capital's sights.

03 Resort Hall The Resort Hall or Kuursaal, as it’s known in Estonian, is another important landmark in Haapsalu. The beautiful wooden structure dates back to the end of the 19th century and is the only one of its kind to have survived in its original form.

04 Sandy beaches Relax in the sunshine on one of north-western Estonia’s most beautiful beaches.

05 A steamboat journey Take a trip on the steamboat “Kallis Mari” (Sweet Mary). The boat seats up to ten people and leaves the port hourly. Bookings are required: info@salm.ee

04 Mud baths Estonians and visitors alike have been flocking to the healing mud baths in Pärnu for years. Visit the newly renovated Hedon Spa, located in the historic mud baths building for a day of relaxation.

05 The need for speed Love motorsport? Then look no further than Auto24Ring, a race track where you can try your hand at driving, or wait for one of the many events taking place this summer.


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Top 5 Western Estonia's Islands 01 Hiiumaa Cycle around Hiiumaa, following in the bike tracks of American author Justin Petrone, who wrote the hugely-successful ”My Estonia” series of books, and described stopping by the side of a deserted road to pick berries in the middle of summer.

02 Kärdla Visit Kärdla, the capital with character, Hiiumaa’s biggest town and a picturesque port that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Kärdla is also known for its Café Days, which takes place on the first week of August. Local residents open up their yards to serve homemade pastries, food, and drinks.

03 Kuressaare Castle Stroll around the vast Kuressaare Castle, which dominates the Saaremaa capital and provides a link to the tranquil island’s history of conflict.

The Islands of Estonia Text Kristina Lupp, Stuart Garlick, Photos Andrei Chertkov, EAS

The true otherworldly magic in Estonia happens on the islands, and with more than 1500 islands in this seafaring nation, it’s likely that you’ll find a bit of that fairy dust at some point in your travels.

How to Get There You can fly from Tallinn to Kuressaare or Kärdla, or for the more budget-conscious, bus services from Tallinn are remarkably cheap, and include ferry transfer. Bus information and schedules: www.tpilet.ee Flight information: www.lendame.ee Saaremaa & Muhu Ferries depart from Virtsu to Kuivastu, or from the mainland to Muhu. Then from Muhu, a causeway connects the island to Saaremaa. The journey lasts about 30 minutes. Hiiumaa A ferry service from the Rohuküla port to Heltermaa connects Hiiumaa to the mainland. The journey lasts about 90 minutes. You can also get to Hiiumaa via Saaremaa, between Triigi and Sõru. This trip last about 75 minutes. Ticket information and schedules available at www.tuulelaevad.ee

Travel Distances: n Tallinn- Virtsu 135 km n Tallinn- Rohuküla 110 km n Tallinn- Munalaiu 165 km

For more information on accommodation and tourism visit: www.saaremaa.ee www.muhu.ee www.hiiumaa.ee www.vormsi.ee www.kihnu.ee www.ruhnu.ee

04 Kihnu & Ruhnu Visit Kihnu and Ruhnu, two tiny islands off the western coast of Estonia. Kihnu is like a cultural time capsule, where the women of the island can be seen wearing the traditional colourful skirts. Ruhnu is smaller than Kihnu and its highlight is a wooden church that dates back to 1644.

05 Vormsi Retrace the Top Gear team’s tracks and head for Vormsi. Ok, you can’t take the ice road in summer, but you can see enchanted nature – and yes, Jeremy, you CAN take your car, on the ferry.

Kaali Crater Lake on Saaremaa

The largest islands are Saaremaa (literally ”Islandland”), Hiiumaa, Muhu and Võrmsi. But don’t forget about the tiny islands of Kihnu and Ruhnu either. It’s not fair to say that if you’ve seen one island, you’ve seen them all. Each one is, in its own way unique, with its own culture and traditions. n The Vormsi ferry departs twice daily from the Rohuküla and Sviby ports. The “Liisi” ferry from Pärnu to Kihnu takes about two and a half hours. The ferry from the Munalaiu port will get you to Kihnu in about an hour. Ruhnu can be accessed from the Munalaiu port and the Roomasaare port on Saaremaa a few times a week. Ticket information and schedules can be found at www.veeteed.com

Western Estonia’s Largest Islands n Saaremaa: Area 2,670 km ², approximate population 40,000 n Hiiumaa: Area 1,000 km ², approximate population 10,000 n Muhu: Area 200 ​​ km ², approximate population less than 2 000 n Vormsi: Area 93 km ², approximate population 400 n Kihnu: Area 17 km ², approximate population 500 n Ruhnu: Area 11 km ², approximate population less than 100


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01 Supilinn This neighbourhood, made up mainly of wooden houses almost makes you feel like you’re in the country. Wander through the streets of this quiet part of town for a nice walk.

02 Tartu’s Old Observatory This UNESCO protected observatory celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2011. Visit this fascinating museum for only €3.

03 Tartu Cathedral If you’re not scared of heights, then climb the old cathedral’s tower, located on Toomemägi hill. Bring your camera because the view is stunning.

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04 Tasku Shopping Centre Find brand name clothes and cosy cafés at Tasku Shopping Centre. It’s just a quick walk from the city centre and also houses a cinema.

05 Tartu University Treasury Do you know what the original monument of Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus looks like? Visit the Tartu University Treasury for look at some real rarities. Guided visits are also available.

Estonia’s Cultural Capital Tartu is trip worth taking with the whole family. Picturesque Tartu offers visitors a quick vacation, as well as a romantic weekend. A trip to Tartu won’t break the bank either, and its relatively small size means that the best way to see it is by foot. Walk along the Emajõgi River to enjoy beautiful flowers, or escape the city centre with a walk through Toomemägi Park. Do you feel like getting your groove on? Tartu has no shortage of nightclubs or bars. For example, Atlantis nightclub offers a great night out for those looking for a party. Or just walk through the city centre and you’ll no doubt find a great bar for a quieter night out. Estonia is known for its excellent desserts and Tartu is no exception. The Town Hall Square is filled with café patios in summertime, where you can taste some of the best cakes. In the centre of the square you will see one of Tartu’s

Travel Distances: n Tallinna–Tartto 185 km Population: n Approximately 104,000

well-known sights: the kissing students statue in the fountain. History buffs should mark the weekend of July 10-12 in their calendars, as it is the start of Tartu’s Hanseatic Days. Visitors can enjoy a Hanseatic Market, as well as see many different concerts and exhibits. The medieval market sells some great food, some of which you can even bring home as a souvenir. Be sure to book your hotel early for this weekend. n

How to get there Tartu is located about 185 km from Tallinn. It is accessible by bus or train. For full ticket information and schedules visit: www.tpilet.com (bus) or www.elron.ee (train).


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Go to Viljandi Folk Festival (23-26 July), a weekend event that attracts traditional musicians from all over the world to a little town in south Estonia.

02 munamägi Go hillwalking up Suur Münamägi and Vaike Münamägi, Estonia’s highest hills, offering Instagram-worthy views of the countryside for miles around.

03 Taevaskoja Go forest-trekking in Taevaskoja, a tiny and unspoilt village surrounded by a 150 year-old coniferous forest.

04 Traditional Estonian Music Visit the Estonian Traditional Music Centre for a look at Estonia's greatest emerging musical talents, and to better understand the history of this musical form of which Estonians are so proud.

05 Adventure Parks Zip-lining, climbing, and catapulting are all thrills to be experienced at some of Southern Estonia’s adventure parks, like the Otepää Adventure Park, the Tartu Adventure Park, or the Valma Adeventure Park on the shore of Lake Võrtsjärv.

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It is often said that the nicest people in Estonia come from the south. To find out if this is true, set co-ordinates due south and head for the true soul of the country. From small, friendly and independentminded towns through to the hilliest part of a flat country, there is everything you could need to loosen up. Valgamaa, Põlvamaa, and Võrumaa are three counties in Southern Estonia, where Estonia borders Russia and Latvia. The population of these three counties is a little under 100,000. Distances are short and there is a great deal to see! The country’s largest trees, tallest ‘mountains’ and deepest lakes, are just some of the reasons to visit this area and its people. Here you will also hear different dialects of the Estonian language, including that of the Seto people. The Seto people celebrate their king on the first Saturday in August, along with some of the best folk music and beer. This year, Kingdom Day will be celebrated at Obinitsa. In Võru, the folklore festival will take place from 8-12 July, which will include dancers, singers, and musicians from all over Estonia.

Travel Distances: n Tallinn- Viljandi 159 km n Tallinn- Võru 253 km n Tallinn- Valga 267 km n Viljandi- Valga 88 km n Viljandi- Võru 124 km n Tallinn- Põlva 231 km n Võru- Põlva 25 km For more information visit: www.visitsetomaa.ee www.southestonia.ee

Many rivers flow through this area, and in some places, around high sand cliffs that the rivers have dug out naturally over time. One of the most impressive is Taevaskoja on Ahja River, where at its peak, the sandy cliff reaches 20 metres. Even taller is the Härma wall beside the Piusa River in Meremäe County. n

How to get there? The train from Tartu to Põlva and Taevaskoja leaves twice daily and takes about an hour to get to Valga. Take the bus from Tallinn to Võru in about four hours. The trip from Tallinn to Valga takes about the same amount of time. There are dozens of connections. For a full train schedule visit: www. elron.ee. For a full bus schedule visit: www.tpilet.ee


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Individualised Luxury Skin Care Enjoy a facial, specially targeted to your skin type at Freya Estetica.

Text Kristina Lupp, Photos Andrei Chertkov

Everyone’s skin type is different. This depends on age, lifestyle, and of course, stress levels. That’s why you need skincare that is specifically targeted to your needs. At Freya Estetica, they have just the thing – Luxury Skin Care from Cosmetica Salin de Biosel. A relaxing, yet invigorating one hour facial that will leave your skin feeling revitalised and balanced. This is a facial that is customised for everyone. Depending on your skin type, different vitamins and minerals will be added. The masks and creams are prepared

and mixed right before your eyes. First, your face is cleansed with cleansing milk, then exfoliated. Then relaxation truly begins with a micro massage using Oligo Yin serum, followed by the Yin Yang massage with regenerating Yang milk. After, the Dead Sea tonic is applied and the balancing mask is put on, but while you wait, you get a shoulder massage too. In fact, most of the Lux facial procedures come with two to three massages. It’s a great way to truly relax and escape for an hour. After the facial my skin was softer and my complexion, noticeably better. I felt relaxed, yet ener-

gised, a feeling that lasted well throughout the rest of the day. Freya Estetica is conveniently located in Tallinn’s city centre, right on the edge of the Old Town. The procedure rooms are modern and comfortable. While they have a regular client base, stepping in as a first time client, you felt right at home. I was offered tea or coffee. Relaxation begins the moment you step in the door. There are a few different versions of the Luxury Skin Care: the Balancing, Cleansing Facial, the Lifting Facial, Balancing Care for Sensitive, Rosacea and Rosaceaprone Skin, as well as the Yin Balan-

cing Acne Skin Care, Osmo Limph Facial and Eye Area, Anti-Age Delicate Facial and Eye Contour, and Lipo Slim Yin and Yang. All of the facials and body care use a balance between the Yin and Yang energies. The qualified beauticians will assess your skin type and tell you which procedure is right for you. Each procedure lasts 60 minutes. For the month of May, the Luxury Skin Care from Cosmetica Salin de Biosel facial costs only €59. n

Location Freya Estetica Aia 4/VanaViru 13, 2nd floor, Tallinn A2.

Review: Vestige Verdant Organic Bioactive Anti Ageing Mask & Rare Oil Blend Text Kristina Lupp, Photos Andrei Chertkov

If you love to pamper yourself at home, the Vestige Verdant Organic Bioactive Anti Ageing Mask & Rare Oil Blend are certainly worth the splurge, especially if you are a fan of organic. Both products are 100% organic and Vestige Verdant is an Estonian company, meaning you can support local too. Let’s first start with the Organic Bioactive Anti Ageing Mask. The mask is deep cleansing and moisturising; in fact you can feel go to work almost immediately. As you apply the slightly thick,

black mask to your face, within a couple of minutes you can feel a light tingling sensation. That’s when you know it’s working. You leave the mask on for about ten minutes and by that point it will have dried. Once you’ve rinsed it off, your skin is noticeably fresher looking and much softer to the touch. So what’s it made from? Estonian balneological peat is its base component, along with minerals, and the ash is what gives it its dark colour. Now let’s take a look at the Rare Oil Blend. The oil can be used

daily, before applying your make-up (though you have to wait ten minutes, as the directions suggest). A couple of drops on your fingertips is all you need before you gently massage it onto your face, neck, and cleavage. When used daily, the oil moisturises, repairs, and rejuvenates the skin, and what’s best is that it doesn’t stay oily on your skin. What are the rare oils that go into the rare oil blend? It contains neroli, patchouli, carrot seed, sea buckthorn, and argan oils. It has a

light scent that is not overpowering. After a week of using the Rare Oil Blend, my skin was noticeably softer and more balanced. n

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Text kristina lupp, Photos Andrei Chertkov

Must-see sights of the Old Town

Raekoja plats Tallinn’s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) is Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval town hall square and was built at the beginning of the 1400s. Tallinn Old Town H 1-2.

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Kiek in de Kök and the Bastion Tunnels The Kiek in de Kök tower is the entrance to historical underground bastion tunnels. In Soviet times they were supposed to serve as bomb shelters and protect the communist elite in case of a war. Kiek in de Kök means “look into the kitchen” in Low German, as this was one of the main things soldiers spent their time doing while on the lookout for intruders. Kiek in de Kök dates back to the 15th century. The tower is 38 metres tall, and the walls are four metres thick. Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn B1.

Viewing Platforms

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

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

Katariina käik

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

Raeapteek The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe's oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location, on Town Hall Square. Tallinn Old Town H1.

KGB Museum

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

Hop on, Hop off Bus Tour

Toompea Castle

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

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

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

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


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25 Estonia at-a-glance

Text kristina lupp, Photos Andrei Chertkov

Outside of the Old Town Kalamaja & Kopli

Kalamaja (Fish house) is a historic suburb filled with wooden houses and old factories. Since the 14th century, Kalamaja has served as Tallinn’s main fishing port and was home to fishermen and fishmongers. When the railroad connected Tallinn with St. Petersburg in 1870, many factories

Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) Küti 17 / Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn By tram: No. 1 or 2 from the city centre to the Linnahall stop. From there, by foot along the Cultural Kilometre trail. Have you ever seen the hull of a real submarine from below? Or better still, crawled through the narrow living and working quarters of a fully refurbished sub from the 1930s? The

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

Kadriorg Park is the area that houses the Presidential Palace (Presidendi kantselei) and the Kadriorg Palace (Kadrioru loss), and the KUMU Art Museum. (All located on Weizenbergi). Kadriorg means Catherine’s Valley in Estonian, and dates back to the 18th century. The park and the palace were built

Pirita is an area located a short distance to the east of the city centre and offers a variety of things to see and do. Start by visiting the ruins of St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster) whose colourful history dates back to the 15th century. A stroll through the ruins and the surrounds, including the small cemetery, is a moving reminder of the past. Its proximity to the Pirita River and the beach makes it perfect as part of a day excursion. The 2km long beach can attract up to 30,000 visitors a day in

Estonian Open Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the Estonian countryside and village life

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

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

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

by Peter the Great, who apparently helped in its building. As was customary at the time, the main house was named after his wife. There are plenty of other things to see in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace, head straight along the park trail to the Russalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The famous Song Festival Grounds (Lauluväljak) are only a short walk from the park as well.

Pirita

Currency: Euro € Independence: 24 February 1918 Re-independence: 20 August 1991 Weather: Average temperature July 16C, February -9C Time Zone: GMT +2 Elevation: The highest point in Estonia is Suur Munamägi (318m) located in Võru County. Islands: 1,521. The largest are Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, and Muhu. Lakes: Lake Peipsi, located on the border between Russia and Estonia, is Europe’s fourth largest lake (3,555km2).

The name Tallinn originates from the Danish occupation (1219–).

submarine Lembit was one of two Estonian submarines built in the UK in the mid 1930s. Another sight is an authentic replica of the Short Admiralty Type 184 seaplane, a British two-seat reconnaissance, bombing, and torpedo carrying folding-wing seaplane used in the Estonian War of Independence in the early 1920s and later for mail service. The museum is located in the former seaplane hangars built during WWI by the Russian tsar. The construction is architecturally unique since it was the largest armoured concrete ceiling in the world at the time of construction.

Patarei Prison (Patarei Vangla)

Kadriorg

opened. The colourful wooden houses you still see today were built in the 1920s and 1930s to house the growing working population. Kalamaja has seen a revival over the last few years as artists and other bohemian types moved in for the large spaces and cheap rent. Restaurants and cafés began to open, and the area continues to grow .

Area: 45,227 km². Population: approximately 1,350,000 Capital: Tallinn, population approximately 400,000. Other cities: Tartu 98,522, Narva 64,057, Pärnu 42,433 Ethnicity: Estonians 68%, Russians 24.8%, Other 6.5% Language: The official language is Estonian, which belongs to the Finno-Ugric group of languages (Finnish, Hungarian). Russian is the mother tongue of more than 300,000 inhabitants. English is widely spoken throughout the country. Religion: Approximately 20% of Estonians are non-religious, others Lutheran, Orthodox, Catholic.

summer. Also located a short distance from the beach is the city’s Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) and the famous Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn), which is a must see as it not only provides a number of interactive exhibits but also offers one of the best views of the city and the district. A starting point for information on these can be found at: St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster)-Kloostri tee 9, Tallinn Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn) Kloostrimetsa tee 58A, Tallinn Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) Kloostrimetsa tee 52, Tallinn.

n Medical Centres and Pharmacies 24H Pharmacy Tõnismägi 5, Tallinn Tel. +372 644 2282 Mustamäe Medical Centre Ehitajate tee 27, Tallinn Tel.+372 659 8318 Keskhaigla Medical Centre Ravi 18, Tallinn Tel. 1900, +372 622 7070

Tourist Information Tallinn: Niguliste 2/Kullassepa 4, Tallinn Tartu: Raekoja plats 1A, Tartu Pärnu: Uus 4, Pärnu

1944–1991 Tallinn becomes a Soviet capital and hosts the sailing competitions of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 1991 Tallinn becomes the capital of newlyindependent Estonia. 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.

n Central Post Offices Postimaja Post Office Narva mnt 1, Tallinn B2. Kristiine Post Office Endla 45 (Kristiine Shopping Centre), Tallinn Airport Post Office Tartu mnt 101, Tallinn Toompea Post Office Lossi plats 4, Tallinn Old Town, B1. Old Town Postal Store Viru 20, Tallinn Old Town, H3. Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva Rakvere: Laada 14, Rakvere Järvamaa: Keskväljak 8, Paide Räpina: Kooli 1, Räpina Jõgeva: Suur 3, Jõgeva Saaremaa: Tallinna 2, Kuressaare Hiiumaa: Hiiu 1, Kärdla Haapsalu: Karja 15, Haapsalu Jõhvi: Rakvere 13A, Jõhvi Otepää: Tartu mnt 1, Otepää Valga: Kesk 11, Valga Viljandi: Vabaduse plats 6, Viljandi Võru: Jüri 12, Võru Rapla: Viljandi mnt 4, Rapla

n Currency Exchange Debit and credit cards are widely accepted throughout Estonia, especially VISA and Mastercard. American Express is not as widely accepted.

Holidays

1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday 1 May – Spring Holiday; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer’s Day; 20 August – Re-independence Day; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day

Currency can be exchanged in banks throughout the country. Major Estonian banks include: LHV, Swedbank, SEB, and Nordea. There is a wide network of ATMs in major cities and smaller towns. Currency can also be exchanged at Eurex, and Tavid.

The work day preceding New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, and Christmas Day is reduced by three hours.

2014/2015 School Holidays Christmas break 20 December 2014- 4 January 2015 Spring Break 14-22 March 2015 Summer Break 4 June - 31 August 2015


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Estonian Museum of Natural History

Text Kristina Lupp, Photos Andrei Chertkov

Considering the size of Estonia, it’s a wonderful fact to know that over half of this small country is covered in wilderness. Estonia has beautiful forests and stunning coastlines. Nature lovers will fall in love with Estonia.

The Estonian Museum of Natural History is located on Lai Street in the heart of the Old Town. In fact, many of the city’s museums can be found on Lai, like the History Museum’s Great Guild Hall, the NUKU Puppet Museum, the Health Museum, and the Design Museum.

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

The exhibits at the Estonian Museum of Natural History span over three floors. The ground floor houses the temporary exhibits. Until May 31, you can learn all about owls in the Night Flyers exhibit. The first floor covers aquatic life. The second floor looks at the

TALLINN Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum) Lai 17, Tallinn Old Town, 1G. www.etdm.ee. We-Su 11 - 18.

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

Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace

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

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

CITY MUSEUM at 17, Vene Street. The Tallinn City Museum is housed in a medieval merchant’s dwelling in the centre of the Old Town. Tu-Su 10.30 am - 6 pm New! CERAMICS COLLECTION open Tu-Su 10.30-17.30 Remodelled MUSEUM KIEK IN DE KÖK and BASTION PASSAGES at 2, Komandandi Road New! THE MAIDEN TOWER MUSEUM-CAFÉ at Lühike jalg 9 a DANISH KING’S GARDEN Exhibition open Tu-Sa 12 am - 7 pm, CAFÉ Tu-Sa 12 am - 9 pm PHOTO MUSEUM at 4/6 Raekoja Street HOUSE OF PETER I at 2, Mäekalda Street CHILDREN’S MUSEUM MIIAMILLA in Kalamaja and Kadriorg Kalamaja, at 16, Kotzebue Street. Museum of childhood with a collection of children’s toys and playthings Kadriorg, at 21, Koidula Street. Colorful theme museum for children Writer’s museums with authentic interiors: A. H. TAMMSAARE MUSEUM at 12a, Koidula Street E. VILDE MUSEUM at 3, Roheline Aas www.linnamuuseum.ee

Location Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum) Lai 29A, Tallinn Old Town F2 Open W–Su 10–17

Museums & Galleries

n Museums

MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS Toompea 8, Tallinn Open Tue-Sun 11.00 - 18.00 Phone: +372 668 0250 muuseum@okupatsioon.ee www.okupatsioon.ee

biodiversity of Estonia’s forests and meadows. Together, the museum has close to 260,000 specimens. There is a lot to learn at the Estonian Museum of Natural History and you can really get up close to get a good look at the animals. There is something to learn for both kids and adults. n

Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum) Lai 29a, Tallinn Old Town, F2. www.loodusmuuseum.ee. We 10-17, Th 10-19, Fri-Su 10-17.

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

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum) Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, I2. www.tmm.ee. 1.09-31.05 May, Tu-Sa 10-18. 1.06-31.08, Mo-Sa 10-18.

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

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

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

Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri muuseum) Vene 16, Tallinn Old Town, G3. www.kloostri.ee. 1.06-30.09 Mon-Sun 11-17. Winter by appointment only.

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

Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU) Lai 1, Tallinn Old Town, G1. www.nuku.ee. Tu-Su 10-19.

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

Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum)

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

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)

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

Viru Hotel and KGB Museum (Hotell Viru ja KGB muuseum)

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

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

Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum)

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

Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum)

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

Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum)

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

Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum)

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


getting around

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27 Ticket Information

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

KOPLI

1, 2 9 Kopli Sepa Marati

Maleva Maleva

Sirbi

Sitsi

Lõime

Angerja

Madala

KALAMAJA

PÕHJA-TALLINN

From the driver

Ehte Volta

Trolley-buses 1 3 4 5 6 7

Nisu

Trams

Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Balti jaam – Keskuse Balti jaam – Mustamäe Kaubamaja – Väike-Õismäe Balti jaam – Väike- Õismäe

1 2 3 4

Balti jaam Telliskivi

Kadriorg – Kopli Ülemiste– Kopli Kadriorg – Tondi Ülemiste – Tondi

Kolde puiestee Ädala Lille

Pirni

Zoo

Ülase Taksopark

Hipodroom

Mooni Koskla

Välja

Haabersti

UUS-MAAILM

VÄIKE-ÕISMÄE 7 6 Väike- ÕISMÄE

Õismäe PR

VäikeÕismäe

Nurmenuku

Linnu tee

TallinnVäike

Sääse

Kullerkupu

TONDI

Siili

A. H. Tammsaare tee

1 3 5

Mustamäe

Kaja

Szolnok

Tondi

3, 4

MUSTAMÄE

MUSTAMÄE

Lepistiku

Akadeemia tee KESKUSE Männi Vambola Mustamäe Liivaku Keskuse 9 4 Raja Keemia Ehitajate tee

1, 3

KADRIORG

KADRIORG

Paberi Keskturg Autobussijaam Lubja Bus Station

NB!

Löwenruh Aiandi

Tallinna Ülikool

L. Koidula

Majaka

ÜLEMISTE

Sikupilli Majaka põik

Vineeri

KRISTIINE

Karikakra

Hobujaama

VEERENNI

Tedre

Sinilille

n single ticket €1.60 n student ticket €0.80 Try to have exact change for the driver. Cards are not accepted. The ticket is valid for one journey only on that specific vehicle. Discounts are only available to ISIC cardholders.

J. Poska Mere pst

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Tihase

Marja

Sinilille

Taksopark Koskla

Linnahall Port

4 7 5

Balti jaam

Kelmiküla

Ristiku Sõle

Hipodroom

Humala

Looga Mustjõe

HAABERSTI

Põhja pst

The Smartcard or Ühiskaart can be topped up with money or e-tickets and can be purchased from any of the sales points listed at www.pilet. ee. A €2 deposit is needed to purchase the Smartcard. If you are using pay-as-you-go credit, your Smartcard automatically calculates the cheapest fare for you within a 24-hour time period. You must validate your card at the beginning of each journey.

2, 4

Pae VäikePaala

Airport

Due to construction, tram lines 2 and 4 will be out of service until autumn. Bus #42 will run between Vesse – A. Laikmaa in the meantime.

JÄRVE

Ülemiste

E-tickets

n 1 hour ticket n 1 day (24h) n 3 days (72h) n 5 days (120h) n 30 days

€1.10 €3 €5 €6 €23

Where to buy

n from the driver n from kiosks n from post offices n online www.pilet.ee (Top up your smartcard with MasterCard or Visa)

Free

n preschool children n adult travelling with children 3 years and under n holders of a validated Tallinn Card

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

PIRITA

6-118-000

11-800 (+€0.74 / min)

www.pilet.ee, info@pilet.ee

LASNAMÄE KOPLI port

KALAMAJA ROCCA AL MARE

PELGULINN

OLD TOWN

KADRIORG

MERIMETSA VEERENNI

SIKUPILLI

Red Line - City Centre Green Line - Pirita Blue Line - Rocca al Mare Tour routes last approximately one hour. All services begin at Viru Square. Tickets 19€ www.citytour.ee

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

Tallinn Card is available at: Tallinn

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

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

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


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■ Getting to and from Tallinn

www.visitestonia.com Tartu

n By bus:

■ Phone calls

Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam) Lastekodu 46, Tallinn www.tpilet.ee, www.peatus.ee Ecolines – www.ecolines.ee Hansabuss Business Line – www.businessline.ee Lux Express – www.luxexpress.eu Temptrans – www.temptrans.ee

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

■ Free WiFi Ye s , t h a t ’s right, the rumours are true! Almost everywhere you go in Estonia, you will find free WiFi access for your mobile devices. Look for the orange and black WiFi sign, or visit www. wifi.ee for a listing of all Internet hotspots.

■ Emergency Phone  Numbers: POLICE 110 EMERGENCY 112 AUTOMOBILE 1888 (24 h) ■ Taxis

From the bus station to the city: n tram no. 2 n bus no. 17, no. 23

Driving in Estonia No international driver’s licence is required to drive in Estonia, but the following rules apply to all drivers: n Blood alcohol level must be zero. n Estonia has no motorways per say. Please mind intersections and cyclists. n The speed limit is most often 50km/h in towns, but can vary between 30-70km/h depending on the area. Speed limits will be posted. Outside of cities and towns the speed limit is 90km/h and 110km/h on dual carriageways. n All cars must carry a warning triangle, wheel chocks, a first aid kit, and fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear fluorescent vests when stopped at night. n In case of collision, please call the police. Insurance documents and driver information should be exchanged. n Please pay parking and speed fines to avoid penalty.

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

Car Hire You don’t need to hire a car to get around the city of Tallinn, but a car is a great way to see the countryside and explore small towns. If you are arriving by plane, your most convenient option is to use one of the many rental companies at the Tallinn Airport: n Budget – www.budget.ee n Europcar – www.europcar.ee n Hertz – www.hertz.ee n National – www.europcar.ee n Sixt Rent A Car – www.sixt.com

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

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Parking in Tallinn can be confusing. There are public paid areas as well as private parking lots. The first 15 minutes of parking is free , if the driver is using a parking clock or written notice stating the start time – placed visibly on the windscreen of the vehicle. This does not apply to privately owned off-street car parks.

CITY CENTRE / KESKLINN:

0,30€ / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mo - Fr 07:00 to 19:00; Sat 08:00 to 15:00 Parking is Free on Sundays and on public holidays

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

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

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

DOWNTOWN / SÜDALINN:

0,75€ / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mo - Fi 07:00 to 19:00; Sat 08:00 to 15:00 Parking is Free on Sundays and on public holidays

OLD TOWN / VANALINN:

1,20€ / 15 minutes Paid parking around the clock Parking for motorcycles (two-wheeled vehicles) is free of charge in the public paid-parking areas of Tallinn. For more information: http://www.tallinn.ee/eng/Parkingin-Tallinn

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


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