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Summer in Tallinn
here is a reason the streets of Tallinn are packed with tourists…it’s summer! Winter has its own charm, but summertime in Estonia is truly magical. Midsummer is one of the most important holidays in Estonia, perhaps even more important than Christmas for some. It’s celebrated on the evening of June 23. City-dwelling Estonians escape to their summer homes to celebrate with family and friends. Enormous bonfires are lit, saunas are had, and beer is drunk. One of the most interesting customs associated with Midsummer or Jaanipäev in Estonia is swinging. Large platform swings made out of wood can be found close to bonfire sites in the countryside. You stand up on the swing and push back and forth to gather more speed and height. The goal is to do a full 360 degree turn around the bar. It's no surprise that beer drinking has been associated with Midsummer for centuries. In 1640, there is mention in church records that locals were
found to have consumed 20 barrels of beer on Midsummer’s Eve, and were handed fines for public intoxication. That's not to say you can't enjoy a few beers fireside, but be careful. Midsummer's Eve also coincides with Victory Day, which marks the defeat of the German Landeswehr on June 23, 1919. This was the biggest and most significant victory for Estonia during the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920). Victory Day celebrations start with a festive military parade. The President lights a torch and fires are then lit all over the country as a symbol of independence and freedom. For a traditional celebration of Midsummer, head to the Open Air Museum on June 23. Whatever you do, don’t stay in the city. Most shops and restaurants are closed on June 24, and citizens have left for holidays. And lucky for you our special summer travel guide will help you do just that. Enjoy travel outside of Tallinn, and experience Estonia as the locals do. Happy travels!
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 nonreligious, 30 % Lutheran, 28 % Orthodox and 3 % Catholic. Currency: Euro. Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Diner’s Club and American Express are widely accepted. Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz, European (Type C) plug.
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Kristina Lupp Editor-in-chief
restaurants Dining in Kalamaja Tallinn's best patios and terraces
7 reasons to visit Estonia's wilderness 01 Regardless of its size, Estonia’s nature is varied. Distances are short and the landscape changes quickly between them. Interesting natural settings can be found in every county –flat grasslands, hills, sandstone cliffs, and dense forests are around every turn.
02 Estonia is peaceful and quiet outside of its cities. Untouched landscapes like the beaches on the tiny islands of Kihnu, Vormsi, and Prangli are ideal places for a hike.
04 The limestone precipices on the island of Saaremaa and northern Estonia offer spectacular sights. The large waterfalls on the northern coast are impressive as well. 05 Gorgeous sandstone caves can be found throughout the country. The most impressive can be found in southern Estonia in Piusa, where one of northern Europe’s largest bat colonies can be found. 06 A unique world of plants: 1500 plant species, including orchids that can be found mostly on the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. There are a total of 36 orchid species that grow in Estonia. 07 Hiking in Estonia is safe and easy. The Estonian State Forest Management Centre (RMK) looks after nature reserves and hiking trails. Everyone can use campfire sites, camping areas and huts, free of charge. Pick up your free copy at:
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PORTS B-Terminal, D-Terminal HOTELS Barons Hotel, Bern Hotel, Braavo Hotel, City Portus Hotel, My City Hotel, Domina Ilmarine Hotel, Ecoland Hotel, Economi Hotel, Euroopa Hotel, Go Hotel Schnelli, Imperial Hotel, Kalev Spa Hotel, Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn, L'Ermitage Hotel, Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel, Metropol Hotel, Nordic Forum Hotel, Old House Hostel, Old Town Maestro Hotel, Oru Hotel, Palace Hotel, Park Inn Central Tallinn, Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn, Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Reval Park Hotel Tallinn, Savoy Hotel, Scandic St. Barbara Hotel, Sokos Hotel Viru, St. Olav Hotel, Susi Hotel, Swissotel, Tähetorni Hotel, Tallink Express Hotel, Tatari 53 Hotel, Telegraaf Hotel, Ülemiste Hotel, Vana Wiru Hotel, Viimsi Spa Hotel, Von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn OTHER TV Tower, Hansabuss Business Line, Swedish Embassy, Sadama Market, Stockmann Info, Tallinn Airport, Tallinn Tourist Information, Citytour Buses, Hansabuss Airport, Merekeskus Lootsi keskus, Puumedi Group OÜ RESTAURANTS Pirita Yacht Club, Arizona, Beerhouse, Clazz, Molly Malones, O
'Malleys, Odessa Restaurant, Seven Seas Restaurant, Troika Restaurant, Turg Restaurant, Waynes Coffee PÄRNU Astra Hotel, Legend Hotel, Pärnu Visitor's Centre, Strand Hotel, Sanatorium Tervis, Tervise Paradiis, TRK Viiking, Koidulapark Hotel, Pärnu Airport TARTU Dorpat Hotel, London Hotel, Pallas Hotel, Tartu Visitor's Centre, Tartu Airport, Turu Linna City Information Point WESTERN ESTONIA Pärnu Yacht Club, Arensburg Boutique Hotel, Fra Mare Thalasso Spa, Haapsalu Tourist Information, Hiiumaa Tourist Information, Johan Spa Hotel, Kuressaare Airport, Kuressaare Tourist Information, Promenaadi Hotel Haapsalu, Meri Spa Hotel, Rüütli Spa Hotel EASTERN ESTONIA Jõhvi Tourist Information, Meresuu Spa, Narva Tourist Information, Rakvere Tourist Information, Saka Cliff Hotel & Spa, Toila Sanatorium, Vihula Manor, Villa Theresa, Sagadi Manor SWEDEN EAS Stockholm, Estonian House Göteborg, Estonian Air Stockholm,Tallink Mariehamn, Tallink Stockholm RIGA Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel, Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel, The Blue Cow Backpackers Hostel, The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel
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03 Estonia is home to many rare species of birds, like the Black Stork, the Pied Avocet, the Lesser Spotted Eagle, and different species of Chickadee. Matsalu and Haapsalu are a birdwatcher’s paradise, along with Tartu’s surrounding areas, and Sõrve on the island of Saaremaa. The astounding migration of hundreds of thousands of waterfowl can be witnessed in spring and in autumn.
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Non-residents and tourists can purchase a ticket for 1.60€ from theMERIMETSA driver. Exact change is always appreciated. And don’t forget to validate your ticket. You can also purchase a smartcard. If you plan on using public transport more than three times, this is your best option. Smartcards can be purchased and topped up at R-kiosks, and are transferable. Or, save yourself time and money by purchasing a Tallinn Card. The Tallinn Card allows you to use public transport for free, but remember to validate by touching your card to the orange reader.
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Solaris Center, Estonia pst. 9, Tallinn Near the National Opera Theatre. Ph. +372 6 285 999
Take a tour of Tallinn on the red doubledecker bus. Simultaneous translation in 10 different languages. Hop On Hop Off - bus tickets valid for 24h on three different lines.
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Foorum Center, Hobujaama 10, Tallinn Near the harbour. Ph. +372 6 829 010
Red Line - City Centre Green Line - Pirita Blue Line - Rocca al Mare Tour routes last approximately one hour. All services begin at Viru Square. Tickets start at 13€. www.citytour.ee
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Restaurant/Pub Första stället i Tallinn när man kommer sjövägen och sista när man beger sig till havs! The ﬁrst place to come when You arrive and the last place to visit before leaving!
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Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam) Lastekodu 46, Tallinn www.tpilet.ee, www.peatus.ee From the bus station to the city: tram no.2, bus no. 17, no. 23 Ecolines – www.ecolines.ee Hansabuss Business Line – www.businessline.ee Lux Express – www.luxexpress.eu Temptrans – www.temptrans.ee
■ BY SEA: From the Port of Tallinn to the city/airport: bus no. 2
TO/FROM HELSINKI Eckerö Line - www.eckeroline.ee Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com Viking Line - www.vikingline.ee Linda Line Express www.lindaline.ee
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TO/FROM ST. PETERSBURG St. Peter Line - www.stpeterline.com
Öppet/Open: varje dag/every day 8-19. Köket öppet från kl/ The kitchen open from 8. Sadamarket Shopping Centrum 1a vån/1st ﬂoor, 100m från A och B-terminalerna/100m from A and B terminals. Sadama 6/8, Tallinn, tel. +372 661 4605, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seitsemerd.ee
■ BY AIR: Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (Lennujaam) Tartu mnt 101, Tallinn From the airport to the city: bus no. 2, no. 90K. www.tallinn-airport.ee/eng FAST CLASS By Copterline – www. copterline.ee Travel between Tallinn and Helsinki City Centres, from the Port.
■ Customs Regulations Visitors from EU countries may carry unlimited amounts of tobacco products into Estonia. ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS MUST DISPLAY HEALTH WARNINGS. IN THEIR ABSENCE, THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLIES: 200 CIGARETTES OR 200G OF LOOSE TOBACCO
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Train Station (Balti jaam)Toompuistee 37, Tallinn From the train station to the city: tram no. 1, no. 2, or ten minute walk to the Old Town www.edel.ee www.gorail.ee
Cars or motorcycles entering Estonia may carry up to 10L of petrol in regulation containers.
Drugs may not be brought into Estonia without permission. Live animals and plants, as well as rare animal and plant species and also require special permission. Firearms and other weapons are prohibited. Pirated materials are prohibited. Estonian Tax and Customs, information for the traveller: http://www.emta.ee/index.php?id=1089 p p p
■ Airport and Port Transfers Getting to the port:
Free Bus from the Port
The distance between the Viru Shopping Centre and the port is about 1 km. Bus no. 2 will get you there, and pass by the airport as well. The Mõigu Bus Line also passes through the port. For more information and timetables visit: http://soiduplaan. tallinn. ee/#bus/2/ab. The name of the Viru Shopping Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60€.
The Viking Line offers a free shuttle service to and from the city. The name of the bus stop is Mere puiestee, opposite the Viru Shopping Centre. The bus departs at 14.15, 14.30 and 14.45. The Rocca al Mare Prisma supermarket has a free bus that also passes through the port terminals everyday between 10–17. Please consult the website for departure times: www.prismamarket.ee/prismabuss. php?lang=fin
Getting to the Airport The distance between the Viru Shopping Centre and the Tallinn airport is 4 km. The no. 2 bus goes to the airport and the schedule can be found at http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee/#bus/2/ab. The name of the Viru Shopping Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa and the airport stop is called Lennujaam. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60€
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INDIAN RESTAURANT Come and enjoy exotic Kerala, Thai and European dishes! The restaurant's owner is from Kerala in Southern India. Excellent prices
Just 25 metres from Town Hall Square Open Everyday 11-23 MĂźndi 4 / Pikk 14 (Old Town) Saia
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No international driverâ€™s license required. It is important for drivers to follow the following regulations: â– Blood alcohol level must be 0. â– Estonia has no freeways. Please mind intersections and cyclists. â– The speed limit in towns is usually 50 km / h, but can vary between 30- 70 km / h. Speeds will be marked. Outside built-up areas, the speed limit is 90 km / h, in some sections 110 km / h, but only in summer.
Pepper Steak 13.90â‚ŹĂŠUĂŠSouth Indian chicken curry 8â‚Ź
Cantina Carramba celebrates its 16th birthday this summer Stylish Mexican restaurant the h heartt off K Kadriorg, llocated t d iin th di ÂĄfeliz close to the KUMU Art cumpleaĂąos! Museum and the Kadrioru Palace. On the menu: hot mexican and traditional tex-mex foods, mexican beers, wines, and cocktails.
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wheel chocks, first-aid kit, and fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear a fluorescent vest when stopped at night. â– In case of collision, and in the event of injury, it is advisable to call the police. Insurance documents and driver information should be exchanged. â– Parking and speeding fines will still be charged if visiting from overseas. Please pay fines on time to avoid penalty.
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Easy Car Rent â€“ www.easycarrent.ee Hansarent â€“ www.hansarent.ee Sir Autorent â€“ www.sirrent.ee Yes Rent â€“ www.yesrent.ee
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There are many other companies to use in Tallinn, some which have a car drop-off and pick-up option to your hotel or holiday apartment. For more information on driving in Estonia, turn to page 6-7 in this guide or visit www. mnt.ee.
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Budget â€“ www.budget.ee Europcar â€“ www.europcar.ee Hertz â€“ www.hertz.ee National â€“ www.europcar.ee Sixt Rent A Car â€“ www.sixt.com
You donâ€™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:
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New German Schnitzel Restaurant in Tallinnâ€™s Old Town.
Parking in Tallinn The first 15 minutes of parking are free when using a parking clock. This does not apply in parking lots. Parking tickets can be purchased from a kiosk or in select stores. Parking tickets must state the year, month, day, hour, and minute of purchase. Shopping centres are equipped with an automatic teller that accepts coins. In Tallinn, most parking lots are paid. Parking fines vary. Failure to pay for parking may result in a fine of 20ď™Ž. If the parked car is obstructing traffic, the fine will be 64ď™Ž, with
the possibility of it being towed. In this case, please contact the city police 14410. Unpaid fines do not go away, even if you are from overseas. Unpaid fines may triple in value. Please read the signs carefully.
The first 15 minutes are free at: â– Tallinn Parking 15 min / 0,26â‚Ź Payment required Mâ€“F 7â€“19, Sa 8â€“15. Free on Sundays. â– City Centre 15 min / 0,58â‚Ź Payment required Mâ€“F 7â€“19, Sa 8â€“15. Free on Sundays. â– Old Town 15 min / 1,15â‚Ź Payment required 24h, 7 days.
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Pork Schnitzels, Chicken Schnitzelsâ€Ś Always up to 500g Childrenâ€™s Menu Available All dishes prepared by our German chef.
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â– Tallinn Taxis â– Day and evening (23.00â€“6.00) taxi fares can vary. Each taxi company has their own rates. Every taxi must display driver information and photo. â– For example, a one-way ride starting at Viru Hotel and lasting approximately 1.5Â km should cost about 6â‚Ź. With traffic congestion, the amount may be higher. For a listing of taxi fares, please visit: www.taksod.net
Taxi drivers must print a receipt. If for some reason the taxi driver does not offer a receipt then the passenger is not obliged to pay. If you feel that the price was unreasonable, then make note of the car registration number, date of journey, and the name of the taxi company.
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â– If you feel that you have been cheated, you may send complaints to: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or The Baltic Guide: email@example.com. Or call the Tallinn Service Line 1345.
â– From the airport to the city centre, a taxi will cost between 7-10â‚Ź with the following taxi companies: Tallinna Takso, Tulika Takso, and Tallink Takso. These three taxi companies have a contract with the Tallinn Airport, and will be waiting outside the main entrance in the taxi queue.
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6 upcoming events
■ Narva Days 2013 Narva Days, in Estonia’s easternmost city of Narva includes a festive street parade, sports competitions, cultural events, exhibitions, markets, and all the entertainment you could possibly fit into a three-day festival.
PHOTO: JAAK KADAK
7-9 June www.narva.ee
■ Midsummer’s Eve Midsummer’s Eve is perhaps the most anticipated holiday of the year. It is a beautiful summer evening filled with flaming bonfires, dancing and music, “swinging” and folk games. Experience the traditional Estonian customs associated with this ancient holiday at the Estonian Open Air Museum. 23 June, 19:00–00:00 Farms open from 19:00 to 22:30 www.evm.ee
Ava lava, Tallinn! 2013 TEXT: MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTO: ALBERT TRUUVÄÄRT
Familiarise yourself with the different regions of Estonia over three weekends this summer during the Ava Lava, Tallinn! festival in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square. These regions contain many interesting castles, fortresses, manor houses, spas, farms, outdoor activities and different festivals; each area has its own unique differences. The programme will include performances by folk ensembles, choirs, and dance groups. Regional handicrafts, and local foods will also be on sale. It’s a great way to see a bit more of Estonia without having to leave the capital, and it might even inspire you to book another trip to Estonia to visit these regions. ■
29-30 June Southern Estonia (Jõgevamaa, Viljandimaa, Põlvamaa, Tartumaa, Võrumaa, Valgamaa) www.southestonia.ee
20-21 July Northern Estonia (Harjumaa, Raplamaa, Järvamaa, Lääne-Eesti, Ida-Virumaa) www.northestonia.ee 3-4 August Western Estonia (Hiiumaa, Saaremaa, Läänemaa, Pärnumaa) www.westestonia.ee www.tallinn.ee/avalava
Tallinn Old Town Days TEXT: MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTO: TOOMAS VOLMER
1-8 JUNE 1.6. Children’s Day 2.6. Church Day 3.6. Health Day 4.6. Traditions Day 5.6. Museum Day 6.6. Theatre Day 7.6. Music Day 8.6. Medieval Day www.vanalinnapaevad.ee
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Since 1982, Tallinn’s Old Town Days have been bringing everything from theatre to concerts to this city’s medieval streets. The event kicks off on June 1st in Town Hall Square where the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, led by Eri Klas will perform Carmina Burana. This concert, as well as many of the other activities on the eight day programme are free. Each day of the week will have its own theme. For example, June 3rd is Health Day, where dancing, Zumba, and other sports will take place on the cobblestone streets. The festival closes on June 8th at the Skoone Stadium with the May Count Tournament, and the celebration of the beginning of summer. ■
■ Treff Festival Treff is an international street festival where buskers, actors, and other performance artists can showcase their talents. Enjoy a packed programme of puppet art, dance, theatre, music, lectures, and workshops. This festival is ideal for children. 6-8 June, Tallinn www.nuku.ee
■ Upcoming Summer Events JUNE 15.–16.6. Rock Summer 25 www.rocksummer.ee 6.–12.6. Pärnu PromFest – International Opera Music Festival, Pärnu www.promfest.ee 17.–23.6. Suure-Jaani Music Festival www.concert.ee 23.6. Avinurme tünnilaat – Midsummer’s Eve Fair, Avinurme www.avinurme.ee
3.–6.7. Õllesummer, Tallinn Song Festival Grounds www.piletilevi.ee 4.–7.7. Medieval Days, Tallinn www.folkart.ee 11.–15.7. Võru Folk, Folklore Festival, Võru www.vorufolkloor.ee 12.–14.7. American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu www.american.ee/carshow 12.–14.7. Tallinn Maritime Days www.tallinnamerepaevad.ee 12.–14.7. Kihnu Maritime Days 12.–14.7. Hanseatic Days, Tartu www.hansapaevad.ee 15.–16.7. Sõru Jazz, Hiiumaa www.kaunismuusika.ee/soru-jazz 18.–21.7. Hiiu Folk, Hiiumaa www.hiiufolk.ee 19.–20.7. Rally Estonia 2013, Valgamaa www.rallyestonia.com 19.–21.7. Narva Bike 2013 – Narva Castle International Bike Fest www.narvabike.com
AUGUST 21.–28.7. Saaremaa Opera Days, Kuressaare 25.6. Green Day, Tallinn Song www.saaremaaopera.eu Festival Grounds 25.–28.7. Viljandi pärimusmuusikafestival www.piletilevi.ee – Folk Music Festival 28.–30.6. Hard Rock Laager – Hard rock www.folk.ee/festival/2013/en/ and metal music festival, 1.–4.8. Jõgevatreff – Motorcycle Event Vana-Vigala www.jogevamc.ee www.hardrocklaager.ee 1.–4.8. Haanja Smoke Sauna Week, 28.6. Jose Carreras, Tallinn Song Võrumaa Festival Grounds http://haanja.eu/sann/english/ www.piletilevi.ee 2.–3.8. Augustibluus – Estonian Blues Festival, Haapsalu www.augustibluus.ee 2.–3.8. Kuressaare merepäevad 2.8. Seto Kingdom Day, Luhamaa http://kuningriik.setomaa.ee 3.8. Cafés’ Days, Kärdla 29.6. Elton John, Tallinn Song Festival www.kohvikutepäev.ee Grounds 9.–11.8. Viru Folk, Käsmu www.piletilevi.ee www.virufolk.ee 10.–18.8. Birgitta Festival, Pirita Konvent JULY Ruins, Tallinn 1.–21.7. Pärnu International www.birgitta.ee Documentary and Anthropology 16.–17.8. Military History Festival, Valga Film Festival www.visitestonia.ee www.chaplin.ee/filmfestival/ 23.–25.8. White Lady Festival, Haapsalu index.htm www.valgedaam.kultuurimaja.ee 3.–7.7. Juu Jääb – Future Music Festival, 24.8. Garlic and Fish Festival, Muhu Lüübnitsa, Põlvamaa www.visitestonia.ee 24.8. Garlic Festival, Jõgeva
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The TV Tower is located 10 min. from the city centre and 4 min. from the Pirita Marina. Kloostrimetsa tee 58A, Tallinn How to get here: You can take buses 34A, 38, and 49 (stop "Teletorn"), or the City Tour bus. Our premises are handicap accessible.
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One of the nicest, and largest shopping centres in Tallinn has to be Rocca al Mare. ■ Shopping Centres & Department Stores in Tallinn:
Mack Bar-B-Que. Here you can find that rack of ribs, or giant burger you have been craving. Mack Bar-B-Que also has another location in Tallinn’s city centre, located near the bus station. Feeling like something a bit lighter, try Silk Sushi, also located on the second floor. If you’re headed out that way, why not stop in at the Estonian Open Air Museum, located just down the road. (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum, Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn, www.evm.ee)
TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV
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. The shops are mainly clothing and beauty related, but you can find sports apparel, children’s toys, home wares, health stores and chemists, as well as a large Prisma supermarket where you can buy just about anything! Ex-pats living in Tallinn will be pleased to know that the Marks & Spencer with the best grocery department can be found at Rocca al Mare. This is where you can buy those hard-to-find dried herbs and spices like celery salt. The Prisma supermarket is massive. It has a large wine and spirits section, and sells home wares, clothing, everything for the kitchen, and even
items for the sauna. And of course, food too. The second floor of this twofloor shopping complex has a Stockmann outlet. The main location of the Stockmann department store is located in Tallinn’s city centre. Come to the outlet for bargains on last year’s styles.
Children will be entertained at Juku Mängumaa. This playworld has its own children’s café and playground, guaranteed to keep your children entertained for hours. Babysitting services are also available. Hungry? Rocca al Mare has its share of great dining options, like
Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Prisma, Free bus from the port. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Prisma, Free bus from the port. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Prisma, Busses 2, 15 and 54 (Sossimägi), Trams 2 and 4 (Lubja). Mustikas keskus, A.H.Tammsaare tee 116. Prisma, Trolleys 1, 2 and 3. Järve Keskus, Pärnu mnt 238. Selver, Buses 5, 18, 32 ,36, 57. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Rimi, Buses 2, 7, 15, 65. Solaris, Estonia pst 9. Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4.
Foorum Narva mnt 5. Tallinna Kaubamaja, Gonsiori 2. Stockmann, Liivalaia 53.
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Location Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102, Tallinn www.roccaalmare.ee A free bus leaves the Port daily, approximately every half hour.
Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. Kochi Aidad, Lootsi 10. SadaMarket, Kai 5. Merekeskus, Mere pst 10. Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7. Rimi Most large shopping centres are open daily 10-21 and the supermarkets 8-23.
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0 1 P Đž Đ˘ OUTDOOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES í˘ľ Beaches
TEXT: ROBERT BROOKES, PHOTOS: JAREK JĂ•EPERA, TOOMAS TUUL, ROBERT BROOKES
With the onset of summer, locals and visitors alike are flocking to the various beaches around the country. The summer capital of PĂ¤rnu is a popular destination due to its good climate, white sandy beaches and social, recreational, and cultural surroundings. In and around Tallinn, there is the main beach at Pirita and Stroomi Beach, located just west of the city centre. All beaches offer safe swimming and the promise of childrenâ€™s playgrounds, on-beach activities such as volleyball, and refreshment outlets. www.visitestonia.com www.visitparnu.com
í˘ą Hiiumaa Bike TripÂ With the return of summer, itâ€™s time to get outdoors to explore and experience more of what this country has to offer. In contrast to travelling around by car or bus, cycling offers the rider the opportunity to take in the sights at a leisurely pace. As Estonia is a relatively flat country, this mode of transport is suitable for riders of all ages and fitness levels. Whilst there is the possibility to explore Tallinn on two wheels, set your sights beyond the capital and discover the delights of Estoniaâ€™s second largest island, Hiiumaa, located off the west coast. It is possible to circumnavigate the island comfortably in 3-4 days with plenty of time to visit various beaches, forests, and the iconic lighthouses. There are also several well-maintained campsites. For more information about what to see and do on Hiiumaa visit www.hiiumaa.ee
í˘˛ Scuba diving An interesting way to explore parts of this country not seen by most is to take the plunge and explore some of Estoniaâ€™s unique underwater wonders. There are numerous dive sites catering to divers of all skill levels and experience. These range from exploring the countless wreck sites located in Estonian waters to clear-water lakes located in various parts of the country. Just 50km from Tallinn is one such lake at Rummu, which is an abandoned limestone quarry containing submerged machinery and buildings. The possibility also exists in Estonia to get up close and personal with playful seals. www.waterworld.ee
í˘ł Sailing If you would prefer to be on the water rather than under it, sailing is a wonderful way to experience this part of the world. Estonia is an ideal sailing destination and is blessed with over 3,700 km of coastline, and more than 1,500 islands. The large number of yachts located at Pirita, just a few minutes from Tallinnâ€™s city centre attests to this fact. The city also had the distinction of hosting the 1980 Olympics sailing regatta. River and lake sailing is also a possibility, with more information at www.visitestonia.com. For something a little different: KĂ¤smu Viking Ship Tel: (+372) 529 7135 e-mail: email@example.com Built in 2010, this ship lets you try your hand at rowing and sailing, Viking style. Puulaevaselts Vikan www.vikan.ee With Vikanâ€™s wooden boats you can experience what it was like to sail in olden times. Children welcome.
í˘´ Kayaking in Tallinn A unique way to view Tallinn, including Toompea Castle, the majestic towers and medieval churches of the Old Town, is to view it from the sea. A 3-4 hour sea kayaking outing under experienced guidance is available for even those adventurous novices with no previous experience. The trip starts and finishes a short walk from the city centre and also promises a visit to the impressive Seaplane Harbour, Paljassaare beach and views of the port area and of old Soviet buildings. www.360.ee/eng
í˘ś Golf Golf is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours alone or with friends in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Estonia has a number of high quality international standard courses, where equipment can be hired and training can be sought. The NiitvĂ¤lja Golf Centre is only a half hour drive from Tallinn, the Estonian Golf and Country Club is also near the capital, while courses are available on Saaremaa Island and OtepĂ¤Ă¤ as well. www.golf.ee; www.visitestonia.ee.
í˘ˇ Horseback riding farm on MuhuÂ For something different, why not experience some adventure of the four-legged variety. The Tihuse horse-riding & tourism farm in the village of Hellamaa on the small island of Muhu in the west of Estonia offers guests a wide range of equestrian activities for all ages and levels of experience. There are 10 riding trails, plus a historical trail where there is an opportunity to learn more about the areaâ€™s old customs and traditions. Accommodation, saunas, and massage are also offered. www.tihuse.ee
í˘¸ Paintball Paintball is an exciting and adrenalinefilled sport that can be played in various locations around Estonia, with a few located close to Tallinn. Grab a few friends or colleagues, don some camouflage and protective equipment and spend a couple of hours â€œpaintingâ€? your opponents. Paintballi Takso in Tallinn can organise events for you. www.paintballitakso.ee/eng/
í˘š Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks located around Estonia. NĂľmme Adventure Park in Tallinn offers treetop activities including climbing in trees, zip lines and net jumping, which are guaranteed to challenge your fear of height. Similar venues in OtepĂ¤Ă¤, Valgeranna and Kubija in southern Estonia offer these and other adventure-type activities. Search adventure parks at www.visitestonia. com for more information.
í˘ą 10 Windsurfing & Kite Surfing These two sports are increasing in popularity in this country and the regular sea breezes, vast coastline and countless lakes offer the would-be surfer endless venues and opportunities. Equipment can be hired from the lakeside or coastal resorts, harbour and surf clubs. Courses can also be arranged for beginners eager to experience this energy-charged sport. www.surfa.ee/en/
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■ 50 Best Restaurants
■ New Restaurant in Pirita
The votes are in! Estonia’s 50 best restaurants have been chosen for 2013. While the rankings aren’t determined until autumn, for now you can decide for yourself. Look for the sticker on restaurants doors. The chosen restaurants can be found throughout Estonia and range from casual to fine dining establishments. For a complete listing visit: www.eestimaitsed.com
The newly opened River Restoran boasts a fresh and seasonal menu that is sure to please. Located inside the Regatti Maja complex in Pirita, you can enjoy a view over the harbour from inside, or sit right by the water on their beautiful dock-side patio, soon to open at the beginning of June. Dishes are elegantly presently and incorporate continental cuisine with a bit of Estonian flair. Merivälja tee 1, Tallinn www.riveris.ee
TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV
SUMMER PATIO GUIDE The Baltic Guide has compiled a list of Tallinn’s great patios and terraces that take in the best view or are a little off the beaten track, but most importantly, aren’t found on the Town Hall Square. Some you might not know about, and some, if don’t know about them yet, what are you waiting for, there’s a drink and a good meal waiting for you at the end.
menu. L & M have recently added a dry sparkling and a rosé to their list. Follow their updates on Facebook to find out about upcoming live music events. Cash only. Kohtu 12. Tallinn Map Code A2.
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at Leib changes seasonally. In summer, the kitchen moves outside to an open grill. Bookings are a must. Uus 31. Old Town F3. Chakra: If you are craving some spice visit Chakra for some wonderful Indian food. The courtyard patio is in the back of the restaurant and is situated off a quiet Old Town street, making this a great place to relax with friends. Bremeni käik 1. Old Town G3.
A BIT FANCY: Hotel Telegraaf: This summer terrace is perhaps one of the most tranquil in the Old Town. It’s located less than a minute's walk from the Town Hall Square along Apteegi, in a secluded courtyard. Enjoy excellent food, excellent service, and relaxing live music. Vene 9. Old Town H2.
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A LITTLE DIFFERENT: Luscher & Matiesen: This is an old wine company originally founded in 1910. In the summer they open a terrace almost overlooking Tallinn in the upper part of the Old Town. They serve a French white and a Spanish Red under their label, as well as small snack
Leib Resto & Aed: Good food, good wine, secluded lush green courtyard…what more could you ask for. Leib Resto ja Aed is the dream of sommelier Kristjan Peäske and chef Janno Lepik, two friends turned restaurateurs. Their love for good food and good wine can be seen in the restaurant’s changing menu, and the elegant, yet unpretentious wine list. Located in the Old Scottish Club in Tallinn’s Old Town, their secluded courtyard is perhaps one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a meal outside in Tallinn. The menu
Pierre Chocolaterie: While you may not fancy a hot chocolate in June, this quirky little café off of Vene is a lovely place to come for coffee and a pastry in the morning. Enjoy house-made truffles and other sweet treats in this quiet and cosy courtyard patio. Vene 6, Tallinn Old Town
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WITH A VIEW: Lounge 24: On the roof of the Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn, is
the highest open-air patio you are going to find in Tallinn. Enjoy good food, great cocktails, and an even better view. The 360-degree view lets you look over Tallinn’s Old Town, the city centre, and out over the water. Ravala Puiestee 3. Tallinn B3.
Kohvik Komeet: The cakes at this café are divine, as are the cocktails. The quirky round booths are the perfect place to enjoy a warm summer evening. While not quite as high up as Lounge 24, you still get a great view of the Old Town. Estonia Puiestee 9, Solaris Centre 4th floor. Tallinn B2. ■
ESTONIAN CUISINE IN TALLINN'S OLD TOWN SQUARE
At Liisu’s June Offer Lunch or dinner for four: receive a free bottle of sparkling wine
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Restaurant Liisu Juures Open everyday 10-23, Raekoja plats 13, Old Town, Tallinn tel +372 6 441 983
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11 ■ Grillfest – Good Food Festival
■ Sessoon We just can’t stop hearing enough great things about this recent addition to the Kalamaja neighbourhood. Daily lunch specials (soup, main, dessert) going for 5.70€ fill you up without emptying your wallet. Menu items are also fairly priced, and portions are generous.
In case you needed another reason to visit the summer capital of Estonia, Pärnu, here you go: grilled meat. But that’s not all, Grillfest is also a chance to taste local products by Estonian producers, watch cooking competitions, and take part in the evening programme. 7-8 June, 2013 www.grillfest.ee
Niine 11, Tallinn Facebook: KohvikSesoon
TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, MARK BENN, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV
KALAMAJA A culinary guide to Tallinn’s most colourful neighbourhood. Kalamaja (Fish house) is a historic suburb filled with wooden houses and old factories. From the 14th century, Kalamaja has served as Tallinn’s main fishing port and was home to fishermen and fishmongers. When the railroad connected Tallinn with St. Petersburg in 1870 many factories opened. The colourful wooden houses you still see today were built in the 1920s and 1930s to house the growing working population. Kalamaja has seen a revival over the last few years as artists and other bohemian types moved in for the large spaces and cheap rent. Restaurants and cafés began to open, and the area continues to grow as the waterfront continues to be restored. Apart from the unique architecture and bohemian culture, Kalamaja is home to some of Tallinn’s most interesting cafés and restaurants. And what better way to become acquainted with the city than to do as the locals do, eat.
■ Kolm Sibulat If you don’t speak Estonian, you’ll understand the name of this restaurant as soon as you walk in. Onions, and shapes that resemble onions are placed all over this two-room restaurant. The menu at Kolm Sibulat (Three Onions) is short, but covers all of the bases. Vegetarians will certainly be pleased with some great dishes, like roasted beetroot with pearl couscous, spicy hummus and yoghurt –a dish called Vegetarian Love. The attraction of the place has to be the fresh house made noodles. The duck confit, chicken broth, poached egg, pickled vegetables and herb noodle bowl was a great balance of sweet and sour, and a filling dish on its own.
Telliskivi 2, Tallinn www.kolmsibulat.eu
■ Kukeke The two-level restaurant is located in an old railway depot. The interior is simple, keeping with the industrial look of the building. Daily specials and desserts are written in chalk behind the bar. What jumps out from the menu, is the list of juices and nonalcoholic cocktails. And you know that the dining scene in Tallinn is changing when you see ‘lactosefree’ written beside the mangostrawberry smoothie. Try the iced tea with lemon and mint. An extensive list of classic cocktails is also available, and the modest wine list features mostly European wines.
most bars to shame, every customer should be able to find at least one beer that will appeal to their tastes. Indeed, Punk IPA on tap is a welcome addition. It's minimalist décor of white walls and benches may not make for the cosiest atmosphere but this hasn't put off Tallinn's great and good who can be seen there most nights of the week.
Telliskivi 60A, Tallinn B1 Facebook: PudelBaar
■ Boheem Boheem Café, like the name suggests is a café, but also a great restaurant. The menu offers soups, wraps, crepes, and salads. Portions certainly satisfy hunger without emptying your wallet. Their Caesar salad is one of the best in the city. And there were certainly no complaints about the crepes and soups either. In summer, tables are set up outside on the sidewalk. A lovely place to spend the afternoon.
Telliskivi 57, Tallinn B1 www.kukeke.ee
■ Pokaal The Telliskivi creative complex continues to grow with new restaurants and cafes opening along with little shops and other creative endeavours. One of the newer additions is Pokaal, a wine bar serving snacks and appetisers, and wine, of course! DJs can be heard spinning on the weekends. A great place to spend an evening!
Telliskivi 60a, Tallinn B1 Facebook: PokaalVeinibaar
■ Pudel Also located in the Telliskivi complex, Pudel concentrates solely on bringing us some of the finest drinks from around the world. With a beer list that puts
Kopli 18, Tallinn A1 www.boheem.ee
■ F-Hoone F-hoone was one of the first restaurants to open in Kalamaja. Located in the Telliskivi complex, this large restaurant built into an old factory often houses events and special evenings. In summer the courtyard is filled with tables, perfect for a nice sunny lunch outside. The menu offers simple dishes in large portions. Both vegetarians and meat eaters will be pleased. Prices are reasonable, almost half to those you find in the Old Town.
Telliskivi 60A, Tallinn B1 Facebook: F-Hoone
NEAR THE KALASADAM (FISH PORT)
nings. Great food, great prices, and a great service.
Võrgu 3, Tallinn A2 www.kohvikmoon.ee
■ Estonian Design House This shop houses displays, promotes, and sells the works of Estonian artists and designers including Monika Järg, Karin Kersa, Stella Soomlais and more. Food and design must go together because right next door is Café Klaus, another modern restaurant/café where you can enjoy good food, good music, good design, and most importantly, free WiFi. ■
Kalasadama 8, Tallinn B2 www.estoniandesignhouse.ee
■ Baltijaam Market Located behind the central train station. Open daily 8.00-16.00
■ Kohvik Moon One of Tallinn’s hidden gems, though not so hidden anymore, as it it frequently booked in the eve-
If you walk to Kalamaja from the Old Town you will inevitably pass by the Baltijaam Market. Here you will find just about anything, from home grown veggies to World War II memorabilia.
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Beautiful Matsalu The Baltic Guide’s editor, designer, and photographer visited Matsalu in the spring and were not disappointed. TALLINN
Tarvo Valker, nature guide and bird watching enthusiast explains: “bird watching in Matsalu National Park has become so popular that at weekends in May the observation towers are so full of people that there is hardly room to set up a telescope. Visitors come from Sweden and Finland, but there are also many from Holland and England.”
Water birds are best observed early in the morning in Virtsu, where you will surely spot Velvet Scoters, Common Scoters, Divers, and Skuas. Haapsalu is also another great bird watching spot, where you will find almost the same types of birds as in Matsalu. The day finished with a visit to the Kasarijõe bridge, where in the spring the melted snow had caus-
Tarvo Valker, 30, has been interested in bird watching for 30 years.
TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV AND MIKKO VIRTA
Storks can be seen throughout the countryside in Estonia.
ed the area to flood. Over us geese flew, and across from us a Whitebacked Woodpecker, one of the most common birds in Matsalu, was feeding. In June, the best bird watching spots are in Põgari, Haeska, and Keemu. You can follow the migration of the birds mentioned in this article from Põõsapea Cape and Virtsu. Restaurants and cafés can
Tundra and Whooper swans stop for a drink before continuing their journey to Scandinavia and Siberia.
ESTONIA'S BEAUTIFUL NATURE DESTINATIONS
TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS SVEN ZACEK
BEAR WATCHING Estonia has a few dozen companies that offer bear watching excursions, a business that draws in hundreds of thousands of euros for local residents.
National Park Nature Reserve
Every year more and more people come to watch bears. These tourists include visitors and photographers from England, Germany, Holland, and France. And bears are not all you might see: be on the lookout for wild boar, goats, foxes, and sometimes even wolves. ■
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Estonia’s first bear watching company was NaTourEst. The business is located in Alutaguse in eastern Estonia. It is thought that about 700 bears populate the country, most of which live on private land in eastern Estonia. Nature guide Triin Ivaldi has been involved with bear watching tours for a few years now. “We don’t just watch bears. We teach visitors about how bears live, how to identify their footprints and droppings, and we also look at where they hibernate,” she explains. The best time for bear watching in Estonia is from May to June, where it is more likely than not to spot one. “Bear watching is safe, as is walking in the woods. Bears are hunted in Estonia, so they are generally afraid of humans,” reassures Ivaldi.
be found in Lihula and Haapsalu, as well as accommodation. Guides, boats, and canoes can be booked through Estonian Nature Tours: www naturetours.ee Matsalu National Park is located about 1.5 hours from Tallinn by car. You can take a bus from Tallinn to either Haapsalu or Lihula, from where you can reach the park by bike. ■
The spring came very slowly this year, but a this didn't scare the birds away. In April, the seaside was still frozen and an icy wind blew strongly. The Common Redshank and Oystercatcher found food on the shore, the Greylag Goose ate in the field, the storks were calling, and Avocets were playing in the pond. A sure sign of spring was the sighting of the Black Redstart, and its song could be heard throughout the park.
Estonian Nature Tour Organisers ■ 360 kraadi – Skating, snowshoeing, skiing, canoe, and kayak excursions. ■ Reimann Retked – Bear photography and watching. Bird and plant tours. ■ Seikle Vabaks – Snowshoeing, kick sledging, kayaking, bird and nature walks. ■ Soomaa.com – Canoe, kayak, snowshoeing, kick sledging, and skiing excursions. Mushroom and wild berry foraging. ■ Pärimusmatkad – Nature and cultural tours of Saaremaa ■ City Bike – Bicycle tours of Tallinn and surrounds.
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14 Western Estonia
01 PÄRNU’S SANDY BEACHES Estonia’s most popular beach is filled with thousands of sunbathers on a hot day.
02 KIHNU ISLAND Kihnu makes an excellent day trip from the mainland. Points of interest on the island include a lighthouse, museum, and the locals. Kihnu has its own dialect and culture and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
03 HAAPSALU EPISCOPAL CASTLE A majestic castle rises from the centre of this small town. On the night of the full moon in August, the ghost of the White Lady can be seen from the window Baptistry.
04 MATSALU NATIONAL PARK One of Estonia’s most beautiful protected national parks is worth a visit in summer. The wetlands are best visited with a canoe or boat.
05 MUSEUMS When in Haapsalu be sure to visit the Estonian Swedish Museum and Railway Museum; and in Pärnu, wander through the History Museum and the Museum of New Art.
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Western Estonia’s spa towns Pärnu and Haapsalu connect old spa traditions with the sea. TEXT AND PHOTOS MIKKO VIRTA, JAREK JÕEPERA, EAS
It’s no coincidence that Pärnu has become Estonia’s favourite summer destination. Spas were already in operation in the town in the 17th century. There is a long sandy beach and the shallow waters make it an ideal swimming spot for children. The warm sea waters keep vacationers coming back year after year. Pärnu is also filled with tall shady trees, lush green parks, and elegant 1930s functionalist architecture. Pärnu’s beaches are filled from morning to night on hot days, with thousands of people soaking up the sun’s rays. For those that prefer a quieter beach, Audru Valgerand or Häädemeeste Beach are good options. Haapsalu is like something straight out of a fairy-tale: old wooden houses built on
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narrow streets, overlooking a sparkling sea. Be sure to visit the majestic Episcopal Castle in the centre of town. The beloved Ilon Wikland children’s book series illustrator, Astrid Lindgren lived in Haapsalu as a child, where she no doubt found inspiration for her work. Ilon’s Wonderland is found in an old green wooden house where you can meet all the characters and wander through the interactive exhibits. Haapsalu is the ideal quiet family destination with many playgrounds. ■
How to get there: Buses to Pärnu from Tallinn depart almost hourly. To drive, takes about two hours. The train journey from Tallinn to Pärnu takes about three hours. The car journey from Tallinn to Haapsalu takes under two hours. Buses depart for Haapsalu frequently.
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Tranquility, nature, and an old world atmosphere
TOP 5 01 FOLK CULTURE Kihnu Island’s culture is a UNESCO world heritage site. Elderly ladies driving motorcycles with sidecars, while wearing traditional folk clothing is a regular sight on Kihnu.
Estonia’s islands offer tourists everything they need for a relaxing break. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS JAREK JÕEPERA, GRAHAM MITCHELL, TOOMAS TUUL, WWW.VISITSAAREMAA.EE
02 NATURE Estonia’s islands are home to many interesting bird, plant, and animal species. You will find wild boar and deer, majestic eagles, and different types of orchids. Bird watching can be done on every island, all year round, but their migration period is the most spectacular.
03 LIGHTHOUSES Hiiumaa’s main attraction is the Kõpu lighthouse, built at the beginning of the 16th century. This is one of the world’s oldest working lighthouses. Kihnu, as well as some of the other islands have lighthouses that can be visited by tourists.
Anyone looking for a bustling city break should steer clear of Estonia’s islands. The fast-paced modern world has not reached the islands, yet. On the smaller islands, and Hiiumaa, there is a feeling of having gone back 100 years in time. And the largest island, Saaremaa, is quiet and peaceful compared to Tallinn. There is so much to see on Estonia’s islands, especially if you take a few extra days to see them all. Unique nature and preserved folk culture is the specialty of the islands, but don’t worry, modern amenities can be found as well. ■
How to get there: ■ A ferry connects Saaremaa and Muhu (Virtsu Port) from Kuivastu. (Approximate journey time 30 minutes). Muhu is connected to Saaremaa by a bridge. The distance between Kuivastu and Kuressaare is 75 km. ■ Ferries to Hiiumaa (Heltermaa Port) leave from the Rohuküla Port. (Approximate journey time 90 minutes). ■ A regular ferry runs between Hiiumaa and Saaremaa from the towns of Triigi and Sõru, respectively. (Approximate journey time 75 minutes). ■ Ferry schedules, and ticket sales can be found at: www.tuulelaevad.ee. ■ Vormsi is accessible by a ferry that runs between the ports of Rohuküla and Sviby. ■ The ferry from Pärnu to Kihnu takes about 2.5 hours, where as the journey from Munalaiu to Kihnu is about an hour. ■ Ferries to Ruhnu leave from Munalaiu and Roomassaare port on Saaremaa.
04 THATCHED ROOFS AND WINDMILLS Thatched roof houses can be seen on Estonian islands. Koguva, on the island of Muhu is the best place to see these traditional farmhouses. This village has many thatched roof buildings, including a museum. The windmills in Angla village on Saaremaa, is the best place to see these traditional structures, as there are not many left in other places.
05 KURESSAARE CELEBRATES 450 YEARS The main attraction of Saaremaa’s capital is the Episcopal Castle. This medieval castle with a moat houses the stage of the summer opera festival. The castle is in excellent condition, and the inside houses a museum that is well worth a visit. The city of Kuressaare celebrates its 450th anniversary this year.
Distances: ■ Tallinn–Virtsu 135 km ■ Tallinn–Rohuküla 110 km ■ Tallinn–Munalaiu 165 km Western Estonia’s largest islands: ■ Saaremaa: Approximate area 2 670 km2, Approximately 40,000 inhabitants. ■ Hiiumaa: Approximate area 1 000 km2, Approximately 10,000 inhabitants. ■ Muhu: Approximate area 200 km2, Under 2,000 inhabitants. ■ Vormsi: Approximate area 93 km2, 400 inhabitants. ■ Kihnu: Approximate area 17 km2, 500 inhabitants. ■ Ruhnu: Approximate area 11 km2, Under 100 inhabitants.
Hiiumaa Muhu Saaremaa KURESSAARI Kihnu
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Northern Estonia Rich in culture, natural beauty, and manor houses, northern Estonia offer visitors a little bit of everything. TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO PHOTOS TOOMAS TUUL, JAREK JÕEPERA, JAAK NILSON, VIRU FOLK, EAS
01 THREE BODIES OF WATER North-eastern Estonia is bordered by three bodies of water: the country's largest lake, Peipsi Lake; Narva River, and the Gulf of Finland. The sands of the shores of Narva-Jõesuu and Peipsi Lake are the best in Estonia.
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North-eastern Estonia is mainly Russian speaking, and is where most of Estonia’s energy comes from. Tourism has developed quickly over the last few years, and there is so much to see and do east of Tallinn, from the manor house hotel in Lahemaa to the summer destination town of Narva-Jõesuu. Travelling through the north-eastern part of Estonia, it’s difficult not to notice the differences in culture, language, architecture, and nature. The town of Sillamäe was closed during the Soviet period, but today it shows the visitor excellent examp-
les of Stalinist architecture. Nearby is Sinimäe, which has been fought over, over the years. When driving east of Tallinn take the coastal road, which will offer beautiful views over the sea. ■
How to get there: Trains depart from Tallinn to Rakvere, twice daily, and once daily to Jõhvi and Narva. Travel time between Tallinn and Narva is about three and a half hours. The train line splits in the town of Tapa and heads towards Tartu. Heading west from Tallinn, a train connects to Paldiski nine times daily. Bus service is available to all destinations mentioned above.
Limestone banks or escarpments run along the northern coast of Estonia. The closest one to Tallinn is in Türisalu. The highest are in Ida-Virumaa in the area of Ontika.
03 LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK AND MANOR HOUSES Since the Soviet period this national park has been a favourite destination for families. There are three manor house hotels nearby, Vihula Manor being the one that has grown in popularity over the last few years.
04 VIRU FOLK AND KAUNID KONTSERDID Summer music festivals and concerts begin in the small town of Käsmu at the beginning of the summer, and end in August with the Viru Folk Festival.
05 RAKVERE Lääne-Virumaa’s most interesting cultural city has grown over the last few years to make it a truly fascinating tourist destination. A medieval castle is among the noteworthy sites.
Distances: ■ Tallinn—Rakvere 99 km ■ Tallinn—Jõhvi 165 km ■ Tallinn—Narva 211 km ■ Tallinn—Mustvee 173 km ■ Narva—Mustvee 119 km ■ Tallinn—Paldiski 49 km Largest cities: ■ Narva: 65,500 inhabitants ■ Kohtla-Järve: 37,200 inhabitants ■ Sillamäe: 16,000 inhabitants ■ Rakvere: 16,600 inhabitants
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01 PÜHA MÜRISTUS!
and ancient traditions make southern Estonia truly unique
Is the theme of this year’s Viljandi XXI Folk Festival (25-28 July), meaning “Holy commotion” in English. It introduces different celebration traditions from Estonia, as well as elsewhere in the world. People of all ages will flock to towards Viljandi to enjoy the music and the festive spirit.
TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS TOOMAS TUUL, URMAS VOLMER, EAS
02 THE SETO KINGDOM On the third day of August, you are invited to the XX Seto Kingdom in Luhamaa. During the day the best Seto craftsmen from different trades will be chosen and the next “sootska” or king will be chosen for the upcoming year.
The area that now makes up Southern Estonia was once part of Latvia. The Russian Petseri County, Võrumaa, and the Seto community in Põlvamaa, are also points of interest. A distinct dialect can be heard in Võrumaa. For example the word "keel," meaning language in Estonia, is pronounced "kiil" in the Võru dialect. It is particularly noticeable in the written language. The inhabitants of Mulgimaa, the area outside of Viljandi, are known as “Mulks.” The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik
Ilves is from this area. This region has some of the best farmlands in the country. It is worth becoming acquainted with southern Estonia’s history, and the surrounding landscapes are beautiful. Tall spruce trees, large oaks, deep lakes and rolling hills make up the landscape. During the summer be sure to visit one of the many festivals taking place in the area. ■
How to get there: Take the train from Tallinn to Valga, and then from there, to Viljandi. Trains leave twice daily. A bus service to Viljandi runs almost hourly. Buses leave for Võru and Valga seven times daily.
Distances: 03 PÜHA V
■ Tallinn – Viljandi 159 km ■ Tallinn – Võru 253 km ■ Tallinn – Valga 267 km ■ Viljandi – Valga 88 km ■ Viljandi – Võru 124 km ■ Tallinn – Põlva 231 km ■ Võru – Põlva 25 km
… Or the towns of southern Estonia. Valga’s neighbour is Valka in Latvia, residents of Võru speak their own language, and Viljandi’s history dates back to the 11th century. The centre of the Seto community can be found in Värska.
04 SOOMAA Soomaa National Park offers hikers and paddlers many challenging routes. Culture enthusiasts can head towards Hüpassaar for a sunrise concert on Midsummer’s Day.
Largest cities: ■ Viljandi 19,900 inhabitants ■ Võru 14,300 inhabitants ■ Valga 13,600 inhabitants ■ Põlva 6,500 inhabitants
Restaurant and Pizzeria Open M-Th 11.30-23.00 F,Sa11.30-24.00, Su 12.00-23.00
05 SAND DUNES Sand dunes are dug out from the Ahja River that runs through Taevaskoda near Põlva, but the Härma walls made by the Piusa River near Meremäe are even taller.
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Cultural Summer Summer Cultural As the weather warms up, different events can be seen on the streets of Tartu. The programme offers something for everyone for babies and the elderly, sports enthusiasts and artists. JUNE 2.6. Tartu Cycling Rally (Tartu Rattaralli) The Tartu Cycling Rally is the most popular road cycling event in neighbouring countries. In addition to professional cyclists, the 135 km and 60 km distances attract thousands of amateur sportsmen. The race starts and ends in the Tartu city centre and mostly takes place on winding South Estonian roads. Shorter distances are available for youngsters and children. www.tartumaraton.ee
8.6. Blues Festival (Bluusifestival EMAJÕE BLUUS 2013) This festival is a collaboration between Tartu Blues Club and the Trehv Club. The main concerts of the festival will take place in the two rooms of the Trehv, Narva mnt 25a. The festival program has close to 20 concerts performed by Estonian and international artists. www.emajoebluus.com
6.–9.6. Estonian Composers Festival (Eesti Heliloojate Festival) The Estonian Composers Festival brings a first-rate programme of contemporary Estonian music to listeners, and includes the premieres of around a dozen new works by Estonia’s younger composers. In addition to orchestral concerts and master classes, there will also be interdisciplinary street and club programmes. The heart of the festival is Tartu’s most dignified concert site, St John’s Church. www.composer.ee
JULY 19.7–21.7. Tartu Hanseatic Days (Lõhnavad Tartu Hansapäevad) Hanseatic Days revive the idea of Tartu as an ancient trading town on the border of East and West. The festival heart is the big handicraft and farm product market in the city centre squares and park areas. Old techniques and customs are introduced; concerts, dance parties and exhibitions take place. www.hansapaevad.ee
18.–23.7. Festival “Glasperlenspiel” 2013 (Festival Klaaspärlimäng ) The festival name has been inspired by the events of Hermann Hesse's novel of the same title. This hints that “Glasperlenspiel“ showcases musicians interpreting musical works from an unusual angle. The reputable festival focuses on original instruments, unusual collectives and connections with other arts and philosophy. www.klaasparlimang.com
AUGUST 1.–4.8 9th Wind Band Festival (9. rahvusvaheline puhkpillifestival ”Mürtsub pill”) “Mürtsub pill“ is a cheerful international summer event filling Tartu’s city centre with diverse wind music. At the largest orchestral music festival in Estonia one can listen to children’s orchestras, dance to big band music and enjoy a grandiose concert by joint orchestras. www.potartu.ee
5.–10.8 Love Film Festival (Armastusfilmide festival tARTuFF) For one week “tARTuFF“ will use cinematic language to speak about cultural tolerance and love in all of its forms. On tender August nights, this unique and popular open-air cinema will gather thousands of film fans in Town Hall Square. A colourful selection of art-house cinema, an insightful documentary programme with lectures, conversation tables and concerts – are free to everyone. www.tartuff.ee
25.8. 7th In-Line Skating Marathon (Tartu Rulluisumaraton) The SEB Tartu In-Line Skating Marathon is the largest in-Line skating event in Scandinavia and the Baltics. The race starts in Jõgeva and finishes in Tartu. Distances are 48 and 19 km, presenting good challenges for skaters of all abilities. www.tartumaraton.ee
SEPTEMBER 2.-8.9. Estonian Theatre Festival DRAAMA (Teatri festival DRAAMA) The theatre festival "Drama“ is a meeting place for those who are interested in Estonian theatre and how it addresses contemporary times and society. In addition, side programmes and festival buzz is created by club nights and concerts.
15.9 SEB Tartu 16th Mountain Biking Marathon (Rattamaraton) The SEB Tartu Cycling Marathon is the world's thrid largest mountain biking marathon. About 7500 cyclists take part each year. There are two trails of 89 km and 40 km each, which take riders over gravel, sand, and smoother paths. The marathon runs through southern Estonia's forests.
22.-29.9. Tartu Science Festival 2013 (Tartu teadus festival) During the Tartu Science Festival science laboratories as well as companies implementing new technologies, open their doors. The highlight of the week-long festival is the Pan-European Scientists Night on 27th September. The heart of the festival is the Ahhaa Centre with its eye-catching building in the city centre, where exciting activities and exhibitions for the whole family are offered all year long.
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A CITY OF GOOD THOUGHTS TOP 10 Sights 01 TOWN HALL SQUARE (RAEKOJA PLATS) A well-known fountain, numerous restaurants and cafés create a vibrant centre in Tartu. Museums and small shops can also be found nearby. 02 UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
MAIN BUILDING (TARTU ÜLIKOOLI PEAMAJA)
The university's main building is located right in the centre of the city. Visit the main hall, art museum, and the historical detention chamber, where mischievous students were once punished for bad behaviour. For a virtual tour of the university visit: http://www4.ut.ee/virtuaaltuur/ 03 TOOME HILL (TOOMEMÄGI) A towering ridge located in the centre of the city has a park area that is a favourite for jogging enthusiasts and dog walkers. Stop at the small café or kiss your sweetheart on Musimägi, where it is customary to bring a padlock to hang from the railing to express your love. 04 SUPILINN "Soup Town" can be found near the city centre and is made up of authentic wooden houses. The best way to get acquainted with the area is to attend the annual spring festival, but even a leisurely walk through the neighbourhood will give you a good picture. 05 FESTIVALS AND CULTURE TartuFF, PÖFF, and DRAAMA. The city organises many festivals and events throughout the year. Enjoy film festivals and theatre performances. During the spring and autumn, there are many student festivals as well.
06 TARTU MUSEUMS Tartu has many wonderful museums. Be sure to visit the University of Tartu History Museum to become acquainted with the history of science and university education in Tartu from the 17th century to the present day. The
Old Observatory was once one of the most advanced astronomical research facilities in the world. Built in 18081810, the observatory was used until 1964 when researchers moved to the newly built observatory in Tõravere. A three-year renovation was completed in 2011, and the Old Observatory is open once again to visitors.
07 AHHAA The Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu wants to bring science to everyone through interactive exhibits, fun for the whole family. There are three main rooms: the hall of technology, the hall of nature, and the hall of temporary exhibits. The temporary exhibits change about every six months. AHHAA also has a planetarium and flight simulator.
Summer in Tartu is packed full of cultural events, for children and adults alike. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: JAAK NILSON
Tartu’s history dates back to the 13th century, but became known in 1632 with the establishment of the university. Since then, Tartu has become a student’s city, where 20,000 of the 100,000 inhabitants are students. Some of the Tartu’s most well known landmarks include the Emajõgi River that flows through the centre of town, Toome Hill, the university’s main building with its distinguished columns, and of course the “kis-
sing students” in the Town Hall Square fountain. It is the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state. It is often referred to as the city of good thoughts; and no doubt, new ideas are sprawling and bubbling in the auditoriums, laboratories, and in the minds of students. Because of its dynamic development and innovative atmosphere, Tartu University is attracting an ever growing number of foreign students and researchers. ■
08 STUDENT DAYS Tartu’s city centre is taken over by students who put on entertaining cultural and sporting events. One of the most significant and crazy events is the boat race, which takes place along the Emajõgi River that runs through town. The fun is in the eye-catching vessels, made out of anything that floats or doesn’t float. If you prefer to stay dry, warm, and on land, enjoy the student market, song festival or one of the pub rallies. The Student Days finish up with a huge party on the night of Walpurgis, which marks the definite arrival of spring! 29 April – 5 May, www.studentdays.ee
09 TARTU ADVENTURE PARK Opened last June, the Tartu Adventure Park is the latest in outdoor fun. Located in the Raadi district in an old gravel pit, there are 50 different challenges for you to conquer like climbing and zip lining. www.tartuseikluspark.ee
10 BOTANICAL GARDENS Summer is the best time to visit Tartu’s Botanical Gardens. Take a tour of the large greenhouse, housing hundreds of foreign species, or enjoy the sunshine in the outdoor garden.
Starting in late June, it will be possible to rent electric cars in Estonia. As part of the electromobility project delivered to Estonia last year, it is hoped that this car rental service will allow more of the population to experience these vehichles. According to electromobility program director Jarmo Tuisu there Mitsubishi will be 18 Nissan Leafs and 6 M hire. Rental iMiEVs for hire outlets o ou tlets in Tallinn can found in the bee fo Viru Keskus Vir shopping sh center, bus station, Technopolis Ülemiste, Ü Business TTammsaare Tammsaa a Center and Tehnopol science park in Mustamäe. Tartu will have two outlets, at the Ahhaa discovery center and the railway station. For more information visit elmo.ee
Men Caught Stealing Eggs from Bird Nests The Environmental Inspectorate intercepted two men who had stolen 314 eggs from birds' nests. The men were caught in an inflatable boat near Topu Harbour in May. The men had taken eggs from nine different species of birds, mostly black-headed gulls. None of the species were endangered. The men were not aware that this activity was illegal, but authorities estimated the damage to the environment was around 1760 euros.
Tallinn Airport Opens Library If you arrived in Tallinn Airport you were sure to notice the newly opened library in the waiting area. “People waiting for their flights at the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport may now do so in the comfort of a new armchair and pick up one of the more than thousand books available at the lending library, all donated by the public,” according to ETV. Erik Sakkov, a board member of the airport, said “Tallinn will never become the largest airport in the world, but it can strive to become the coziest.”
Police Museum opens in Rakvere
How to get there? ■ Air Flybe has six weekly connecting flights to and from Helsinki. Flight time is 50 minutes. www.tartu-airport.ee, www.flybe.com ■ Bus An express bus runs between Tartu and Tallinn between 7.00-20.00 on the hour. Estonian buses offer free WiFi, and pass through the Tallinn Airport. Information and schedules for national bus lines can be found at: www.tpilet.ee Lux Express busses run between Riga and St. Petersburg, stopping in Tartu. These buses are comfortable and luxurious, with en route service of warm drinks and snacks. Information and schedules for international bus lines can be found at: www.eurolines, www.ecolines.ee ■ Train Morning and evening trains connect Tallinn and Tartu daily. The Tartu-Valga line connects to the Riga line from Valga. For more information and schedules visit: www.edel.ee
For more information about Tartu visit: www.visittartu.com Tourist Information Raekoda, Tartu. Summer opening hours (starting 15.05): Mo-Fr 9-18; Sa, Su 10-17.
“The museum is a story of us, it displays our hard, yet interesting job,” said Elmar Vaher, the new chief of Estonia's Police and Border Guard Board. The Police Museum in Rakvere displays guns, counterfeit currency, and a machine to detect reaction speeds, among other attractions. The museum is hoped to attract 20,000 visitors annually.
Landmarks to Be Marked With QR Codes Over 100 cultural heritage landmarks around Estonia will be marked with QR codes that will link to official tourism websites. The first marker was installed at a Haapsalu resort, erected in 1898. The project is the result of collaboration between the National Heritage Board and Enterprise Estonia. It is funded by EU regional funds.
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KURESSAARE TURNS 450 The capital of Saaremaa Island will celebrate with concerts and festivals all summer long. TEXT: JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTO: TOOMAS TUUL, I. MICHELSON
While Kuressaare’s actual birthday was on May 8, the upcoming summer season will keep the festival spirit alive. Visitors can look forward to the annual Opera Days opera festival in July. The event’s artistic director is Estonia’s own opera legend Arne Mikk. The festival’s program will include Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, and Madame Butterfly. Kuressaare’s most noteworthy sight is the Episcopal Castle and surrounding park grounds. The castle was built in the 14th century, making it even older than Kuressaare. In fact, the city’s name was Arensburg until 1918. The German bishop sold the castle, and the island to Denmark in 1559, and four years later, Kuressaare became a city. Throughout this city’s long history, it has had many names. It was named Kuressaare from 1918-1952,
Almost 200 years of mud treatments ■ Therapeutic mud was discovered on the island of Saaremaa in 1820. Kuressaare’s first mud baths were opened a few decades later and visitors flocked to the new spa. Spa traditions continue in Kuressaare, in the romantic boutique hotel Arensburg, the modern Grand Rose SPA, and many more. Spa in Kuressaare: Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa, Lossi 15. Johan SPA Hotel, Kauba 13. Georg Ots SPA Hotell, Tori 2. Grand Rose SPA, Tallinna 15. Spa Hotell Meri, Pargi 16. Spa Hotell Rüütli, Pargi 12. Spa Hotell Saaremaa Valss, Kastani 20.
and then once again in 1988. In the meantime, it was called Kingissepa, after the founder of the Estonian Communist Party, Viktor Kingissepa (1888-1922). Kuressaare is a small and idyllic city, in which there are about
Step back in time on the old cobblestone streets of Kuressaare.
15,000 inhabitants. The city is the commercial centre of the island. Shops, restaurants, quirky cafés, spas, and hotels are many. The best time to visit is in summer, but book in advance, because Saaremaa and Kuressaare are popular vacation destinations for Estonians too. The ferry that connects to the mainland fills up quickly, so advance bookings are advised. Virtsu port is about 130 kilometres from Tallinn, and the distance between Kuivastu and Kuressaare is 75 kilometres. The ferry travels between Virtsu and Kuivastu frequently. ■
■ Travel tip ABRUKA ISLAND. Located a few kilometres away from Kuressaare’s city centre is the Roomassaare port. From here, visitors can visit Abruka Island (6 kilometres from the mainland). The island has beautiful untouched forests, and is home to about 40 inhabitants.
Kauno Kangro's sculpture decorates the promenade.
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New port in Tallinn
Located right next to the Seaplane Harbour in Tallinn, the seaside centre at Port Noblessner is quickly coming together. The beginning of June will see the opening of a terrace café/restaurant called Café Noblessner, and the Bagjump Action Centre, where you can try free falling from ten metres high onto a giant air mattress. Port Noblessner also offers guests wintering options for their boats, boat repair and maintenance services.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES TALLINN
Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum)
Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn, A4. www.kadriorumuuseum.ee Jan–Apr: We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17 May–June : Th 10–17, We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17
Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum)
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum)
Weizenbergi 28, Tallinn, B4. www.mikkelimuuseum.ee Jan–June: We 10–20, Th-Su 10–17 July–Dec: Tu, Th-Su 10–17, We 10–20
Lai 17, Tallinn Old Town, 1G. www.etdm.ee. We-Su 11 - 18
Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum) Pikk 17, Tallinn Old Town, G1 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee 01.09 - 30.04 Th-Tu 10–18
Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace
These colourful cars bring art into three dimensions.
Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum) Niguliste 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.nigulistemuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17 Ticket office closes 16.30
Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum)
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Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum)
Estonian Literary Museum (Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum)
Lai 29a, Tallinn Old Town, F2 www.loodusmuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17
Vanemuise 42, Tartu www.kirmus.ee. Mo-Th 9 - 17, Fr 9 - 16.30
Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum)
Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum)
Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. www.evm.ee 23.04-28.09 Mo-Su 10-20, 29.09-22.04 Mo-Su 10-17
Kuperjanovi 9, Tartu. www.erm.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18
Estonian Sports Museum (Eesti Spordimuuseum)
Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum)
Rüütli 15, Tartu. www.spordimuuseum.ee. We-Su 11 - 18
Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, I2 www.tmm.ee. We-Sa 10-18
KGB Cells Museum (KGB Kongide Muuseum)
Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Passages
Riia 15b, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. Tu-Sa 11- 16
Kommandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town, J1 www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/ 1.03-31.10 Tu-Su 10.30-18 1.11-29.02 Tu-Su 10-17.30
Museum of the 19th Century Citizen of Tartu (19. Saj. Tartu Linnakodaniku Muuseum)
Miia-Milla-Manda Museum (Muuseum Miia-Milla-Manda)
Jaani 16, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. We-Su 10-15
L. Koidula 21C, Tallinn B4 www.linnamuuseum.ee/miiamillamanda. Tu-Su 12-18
Tartu City Museum (Tartu Linnamuuseum)
Vene 16, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.kloostri.ee. 1.06-30.09 Mon-Sun 11-17 Winter by appointment only.
Narva 23, Tartu. Tu-Sa 11- 18. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee
Old Observatory (Tähetorn)
Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu)
Lossi 40, Tartu Tu-Su 10 - 18. http://www.ajaloomuuseum.ut.ee/tahetorn
Tartu Song Festival Museum (Tartu Laulupeomuuseum)
Ahtri 2, Tallinn, A2. www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee We 12–18, Th 12-20, Fr-Su 11-18
The BMW Art Cars exhibit is on display for the first time in Estonia. Four cars have been brought to Tallinn of the exhibit’s 17 total. The cars have visited the Louvre and the Guggenheim.
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AMAZING MUSEUM FULL OF TOYS AND MEMORIES FUN FOR FAMILIES AND PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
Each of the cars at KUMU Art Museum is different. The cars feature the works of famous artists Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Coons, A. R. Penck and David Hockney. Roy Lichtenstein’s BMW 320 was painted in 1977. The travelling collection was first launched in 1975. The BMW Z1 is truly unique, A.R. Penck has transformed the car into a modern day cave painting. The red top has to be seen with your own eyes. David Hockney’s painted BMW 850C certainly has no lack of colour either. Painted in 2010, Jeff Koon’s BMW M3 GT2 is one of the most recent additions to the exhibit. The car’s colours portray strength, movement, and energy. The exhibit is organized by the KUMU Art Museum and the Goethe Institute. ■
Lutsu str 8, Tartu www.mm.ee, Open Wed-Sun 11-18
Postal Museum (Postimuuseum) Rüütli 15, Tartu www.erm.ee/en/visit/postal-museum. We-Su 11- 18
Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum)
TEXT: MIKKO VIRTA , PHOTO: BMW GROUP
Weizenbergi 34/Valge 1, Tallinn, B5 www.kumu.ee Oct–Apr: We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18 May–Sept: Tu 11–18, We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18
Maarjamäe Castle, Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, A5 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee We-Su 10–17
Pikk 70, Tallinn Old Town, D3 www.meremuuseum.ee. 01.10-30.04 Tu-Su 10–18
Art on four wheels
Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum)
Jaama 14, Tartu Tu-Sa 12 - 18. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee
Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU) Lai 1, Tallinn Old Town, G1. www.nuku.ee. Tu-Su 10-19
Tartu Toy Museum (Tartu Mänguasjamuuseum)
Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum)
Lutsu 8, Tartu www.mm.ee. We – Su 11 – 18
Toompea 8, Tallinn Old Town, B1 www.okupatsioon.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18
City Hall Museum (Raemuuseum)
Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum) Raekoja 4, Tallinn Old Town, H2. (Located behind Tallinn’s Old Town Square) www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum 1.03-31.10 Th-Tu 10.30-18, 1.11-29.02 Th-Tu 10-17.30
Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum) Vene 17, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.linnamuuseum.ee We – Mo 10.30–17.30
Viru Hotel and KGB Museum (Hotell Viru ja KGB muuseum) Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2 http://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/hotels/tallinn/ basic-information/hotel-viru-and-kgb-museum/ N.B. 01.11.12-31.03.2012 closed on Mondays Please contact the hotel to make a booking. Tours available in English, Finnish, and Russian.
■ Art Museums &
Adamson-Eric Museum (Adamson-Ericu muuseum)
BMW Art Cars, 14.04- 28.07. Kumu, Weizenbergi 34, Tallinn B5.
Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.adamson-eric.ee We-Su 11–18
Raekoda, Tartu (Town Hall Square) http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee/?m=4 15.09-14.05 Mo 9-18, Tu-Fr 9-17, Sa-Su 10-14 15.05 -14-09 Mo-Fr 9-18, Sa-Su 10-17
Insight into the life in Estonia during three occupations (1940-1991) Temporary exhibitions Forest Brothers Olga Kistler-Ritso - the woman who founded the Museum MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS Toompea 8, 10142 Tallinn www.okupatsioon.ee firstname.lastname@example.org Tel +372 66 80 250 Open Tue-Sun 10.00 - 18.00
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Summer is here and that means it's music festival time. Here's our guide to the best places to wear your silly hat and enjoy good music under the sun's rays.
SUMMER CONCERT GUIDE tion even more. While the music should be a draw in itself, the small seaside town of Käsmu, overlooking the Ingmar Sea and on the outskirts of Lahemaa National Park, provides a lush backdrop that should be seen to be believed. In addition to ViruFolk, Käsmu will also be playing host to Kaunid Kontserdid Käsmus (Beautiful Concerts in Käsmu). These smaller concerts complement Viru Folk and are well worth visiting due to the stunning seaside location.
www.virufolk.ee/eng Day Tickets €25, Festival Pass €60 PHOTO: ELENA RUDI
■ LAULUVÄLJAK – THE SONG FESTIVAL GROUNDS Lauluväljak is once again Tallinn's summer focal point with a wealth of international talent taking to its hallowed stage. As written about below, Rock Summer (15th/16th June) offers a twoday festival that kicks off the summer in style. This is followed by performances from Spanish opera superstar Jose Carreras on the 18th, international punks of repute Green Day on the 25th, and the evergreen Elton John on the 29th. The fun doesn't stop there as the Õllesummer festival celebrates its 20th anniversary from the 3rd to the 6th of July. Featuring both international and local talent, the festival has managed to attract some of the biggest names in pop in previous years, with 2013 promising to be no different. The Pet Shop Boys are set to headline the Friday slot, and other acts of a similar stature are set to be confirmed for the others. Another mega star who will also be visiting Tallinn this summer is Robbie Williams. On the 30th of August, the former Take That man will take to the stage in what is bound to be a packed out extravaganza well worth catching. Especially as this is his only concert in NorthEastern Europe in 2013.
■ VILJANDI FOLK FESTIVAL (25-28 JULY) This legendary festival, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, is a must for many folk fans. Attracting artists from as far afield as China and India, this festival has an international feel and has attracted fans from across the globe. The festival always has a theme and this year's is holy commotion, focusing on the many religious rituals, especially the wedding rite, as celebrated throughout the world.
www.folk.ee/festival/2013/en Day tickets €15-€36. Festival pass €64
yachting to sailing, and some not so water based fun for those who don't want to get their feet wet. Southern Estonians will also get to celebrate at Jaanituli, which takes place at Pühajarve near Otepää. The two-day festival sees performances from Estonian stars such as rappers Põhja Tallinn, singer Ott Lepland and rockers Smilers, but this year’s big draw will be a performance from last year's Eurovision victor Lauren, all the way from Sweden.
www.watergate.ee Tickets €20 www.jaanituli.ee Day pass €15, Festival pass €25 (until 10 June)
www.schilling.ee/2013/ Tickets €25 (before 5 July)
■ HARDROCK LAAGER (28 & 29 JUNE) For those who like to rock, Californian thrashmerchants Testament headline this one day metal festival that takes place near the small village of Vana-Valaga, an hour south of Tallinn. Other artists confirmed are Marduk, Cryptosy, 4arm, and Endstille.
■ ROCK RAMP (1-3 AUGUST) Rock Ramp at Viljandi, which is now in its seventh year, is a must for those who want to judge the quality of the Estonian music scene. The festival, which is now in its seventh year, focuses on up and coming Estonian artists and provides a heady mix of variety, fun, and discovery. The castle takes centre stage, but the nightclubs of the town are also open and there will be plenty of stalls and events in the town to keep anyone occupied during the quiet bits.
www.hardrocklaager.ee Festival pass €36
www.rockramp.ee Day tickets €15, Festival pass €25
www.lauluvaljak.ee www.ollesummer.ee. Day tickets €15, 4-day pass €35
■ VIRUFOLK (9 - 11 AUGUST) & KAUNID KNOTSERDID KÄSMUS (2 – 13 JUNE) For a number of years, Virufolk has built itself a reputation for promoting the best of Nordic culture and music. This year's festival focuses on Sweden and is set to build the festival’s reputa-
■ SCHILLING (6 JULY) For those who like their indie music and fine cuisine, Schilling is a must-visit. Situated just south of Pärnu at Kilingi-Nõmme, this small festival will see performances from Krautrockers Camera, Finnish lo-fi merchants Melting Hearts and Estonian indie legend Pia Fraus. Along with some enchanted woodlands, fine cuisine and enough pinecones for everyone to share.
Merivälja tee 1, Pirita www.riveris.ee
■ JAANIPÄEV FESTIVALS 22 & 23 JUNE Jaanipäev, or midsummer to us non-Estonians, is the most-widely celebrated holiday in Estonia, and with near 24 hours of sunlight, it's no surprise that there is plenty going to on to keep everyone entertained. In Pärnu, two of the Baltic's biggest bands, Ewert and the Two Dragons and Latvian superstars Prata Vetra, join together to close the Watergate festival on the 22nd. The seven-day festival also sees a number of water-based activities from
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With a central location, Teater offers a modern take on the traditional nightclub of days past. Nightclubs come in many different guises – from the dark holes that play trance music till the early hours to the more high-class establishments that offer champagne, cocktails, and dress codes. However, it's rare that nightclubs pay homage to the glamorous past that made them such attractions in the 1920's and 30's. Situated just on Vabaduse väljak, Teater is a club that tries to right this wrong. Open on Fridays and Saturdays, the clubs allows the spirit of Cabaret to live on through some of the most sexy, raunchy, and theatrical entertainments around. With evenings that consist of leather-clad dancers, disco divas, and Vegas style fun, Teater is not a place for the shy and retiring. As the names suggests, the club has been built in what was once a theatre and uses its history as an opportunity to provide the
perfect setting for a truly decadent atmosphere. With a décor that dates back to the 1920's, Teater should be enough for anyone wishing to return to the Weimar Republic. However, the club manages to sustain a more modern feel too, making it the perfect place for some 21st century debauchery. Entrance is often around the 10 mark, with discounts available for those who sign up via the club’s Facebook page. The dress code changes depending on the night but expect the smarter end of smart casual. ■
Location Ööklubi Teater Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1 www.klubiteater.ee
The return of the freedom festival This summer will mark the 25th anniversary of the first time the legendary Rock Summer concert was organised. In celebration of this event, the Song Festival Grounds will rock again! TEXT: MIKKO VIRTA , PHOTO: ROCK SUMMER
1988 was not only a rock festival, but the first time international artists would take to the stage in Estonia. It also marked the occasion of the first time that the Estonian blue, black, and white flag had flown from the Song Festival tower in 40 years. 50,000 people were in attendance at the freedom festival. The first Rock Summer was organised by Jüri Makarov, who told The Baltic Guide a bit about what went on backstage: “We had
many purposes, but the one clear purpose was Markku Veijalainen’s Glastnost 88- Rock Summer 88 film that would be shown on television and would stoke the fires again. " Rock Summer 25 is first and foremost a non-stop music event. Performers will include: Bryan Adams, Zucchero, Mumiy Troll, and the ex-lead singer for the Sex Pistols John Lydon, and his band. Estonian bands will include Metsatöll, Dramamama, and Ivo Linna. “I hope that the music will sound into people’s hearts, be
heard from great distances, and transport us into another world,” Makarov describes in anticipation of the upcoming concert. For Estonians, a truly moving moment will indeed be when Ivo Linna will sing his legendary patriotic songs. Tickets are available from Piletilevi and Ticketpro kiosks. A twoticket costs 90. ■
Location Rock Summer 25 15-16 June Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1
Sadama 6, Tallinn A3
Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2
Mere pst 6E, Tallinn A2
Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2
Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2
Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2
Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2
Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2
Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2
Club Münt Mürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town I2
Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1
Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2
Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2
Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3
Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2
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Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2
Pärnu mnt 19, Tallinn
Rävala pst 8, Tallinn B2
Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn
Valli 1, Tallinn Old Town I3
Tapper Pärnu mnt 158G, Tallinn
Tallinn Nightlife Tallinn has a vibrant nightlife. The city has many kinds of clubs and pubs, fancy or casual. There is something for everyone. Be sure to check out individual club websites for upcoming gigs.
Gay G-punkt Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn
X-baar Tatari 1, Tallinn
Teater Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1
Vabank Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1
Venus Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3
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An Estonian village in the capital of Estonia June 8-9 – Granny’s and Grandpa’s Days June 23 – Midsummer Eve Performances by the Folklore Society Leigarid on Sat and Sun at 11AM 76 historical buildings, farm animals, handicraft demos, Estonian national food at the inn Open daily at 10-20 (except June 24). Buses: 21 and 21B from the Baltijaam train station. City Tour Blue Line from Viru Square. Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. Ph. +372 654 9100, www.evm.ee.
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Tallinn’s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
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IN THE OLD TOWN: ■ The watchtowers of Suur-Kloostri and Väike-Kloostri allow access to Nunna Tower and from there, access to Sauna Tower and Kuldjala Tower.
The old town of Tallinn is divided into a lower and upper part. The lower town was inhabited by hanseatic traders and the upper town, or Toompea was inhabited by nobility. The lower part of Tallinn’s Old Town can be seen from viewing platforms at Toompea. The best view of Toompea is from the tower of St. Olaf’s Church.
■ Town Hall Square (Raekoda). Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval town hall square was built at the beginning of the 1400s.
OUTSIDE OF THE OLD TOWN: ■ Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak). This square holds great symbolic importance and is located just south of the Old Town. The pillar located at the edge of the square, consists of a large pedestal with the Cross of Liberty (Vabadusrist) placed on top. This monument reads: “Estonian War of Independence 1918–1920”. On its other side in a the Freedom Bell (Vabaduse kell). ■ Kadriorg Park. This area houses the Presidential Palace and the palace of Peter the Great, where today the KUMU Art Museum stands. There are plenty of other things to see as well, in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace head straight along the park trail to the Rusalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
Toompea Castle species as well as many large mammals, including elephants, polar bears, chimpanzees and rhinoceros. Located opposite the Rocca al Mare Shopping Centre. ■ Kalamaja District (Fish House) is the area to visit if you want to get a taste for old Tallinn. The wooden houses are typical of those built in the 1920s and 30s, during the first period of Estonian independence. In recent years, this area has become
Town Hall Square ■ Built in 1246, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Püha Katariina klooster) is the oldest building in Tallinn. ■ Mustapeade House. Built in 1399 for the Brotherhood of Blackheads and is Tallinn’s only renaissance building. ■ The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location in the Town Hall Square.
The Ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent ■ The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Tallinna lauluväljak). Built in 1960, this amphitheatre can hold more than 30 000 singers. These grounds played an important part of the process that led to the restoration of Estonian independence, the initial phase in the Singing Revolution. ■ The Ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent (Pirita Klooster). Located near Pirita Beach, this monastery was built in 1407 during the Swedish occupation. The convent was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible’s troops in 1577.
quite bohemian, with many artists, and young entrepreneurs taking up residence here. ■ Patarei Prison gives an eerie glimpse into gloomy Soviet era prison life. For a small entrance fee you can take a self-guided tour through the dark halls of this old sea fortress that has served as barracks, and then as a prison during Soviet times.
■ The Tallinn Botanical Gardens. 4,500 varieties of plants and 123 hectares of greenhouses, and parks, the Botanical Gardens are an oasis in the summer and winter. Town Hall Pharmacy
■ Tallinn Zoo. Approximately 90 hectares, this zoo houses many rare
■ 1 Kohtu Platform The Kohtu street platform offers the best view of the Old Town and is a must-see. After a visit to the platform, the likelihood of getting lost in the labyrinth-like streets of the lower town is smaller. The impressive tower of the Niguliste Church seems at arms length. The gracious spire of the medieval City Hall has an Oriental touch and resembles that of the Pühavaimu Church (Church of Holy Spirit). The red tiled roofs with white edges are characteristic of Tallinn. ■ 2 Patkul Platform The Patkul platform shows both a view of St Olaf’s Church, and part of the city wall. The church used to be even taller in medieval times and was actually the tallest building in the world in its time. Nowhere else can you see the city wall from a better angel. The harbour and the sea are lying just in front. The Patkul stairs take you more or less to the city centre, and to the Tallinn railway station. Take a look to the left, and parallel with the platform you will see the pillars of Stenbock Palace, the seat of the Estonian government. Tallinn
■ 3 Kiriku Platform The platform at the end of Kiriku Street faces west and offers a view of splendid and romantic sunsets. The area is more genuine, calm, and bohemian than around other platforms.
■ 4 Best of both worlds Climb the stairs of the St Olaf Church and you will discover not only the lower town beneath but also the magnificent palaces facing the slopes of the Toompea Hill, and the upper town. ■ 5 Toompea Castle and Pikk Hermann Tower. The Toompea Tower (15th century) and the blue, black, and white Estonian flag signify independence and freedom for Estonians. The 46-meter tower is best seen if you walk downhill from Lossi plats square along Falgi Street. Now, turn around, look up and the impressive wall of the medieval fortification with the Pikk Hermann (Tall Hermann) will greet you!
A quick history of the city of Tallinn The name Tallinn originates from the Danish occupation (1219–). 1285 Tallinn joins the Hanseatic League. 1346 The Danish sell Tallinn to the German Order. Toompea was divided amongst princes and bourgeoisie in the uppertown and craftsmen in the lowertown. 1561 Tallinn goes to the Swedish. 1721 The Russians conquer Estonia and Tallinn. 1918 Estonia declares independence and Tallinn becomes its capital. 1939–44 Russians and Germans occupy Tallinn. 1944 The Soviet Army bombs Tallinn in March and causes extensive damage. 1400 people are killed. 1944–1991 Tallinn becomes a Soviet capital
and hosts the sailing competitions of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 1991 Tallinn becomes the Estonian capital. In 1997, it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2011 Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture along with Turu. Its population is estimated at 411,000: 53% Estonians, 38% Russians, 9% Other.
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■ Medical Centres and Pharmacies
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
Tallinn: Niguliste 2/Kullassepa 4, Tallinn Tartu: Raekoda plats 1A, Tartu Pärnu: Uus 4, Pärnu Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva Rakvere: Laada 14, Rakvere
■ Post Office
Järvamaa: Keskväljak 8, Paide Räpina: Kooli 1, Räpina Jõgeva: Suur 3, Jõgeva Saaremaa: Tallinna 2, Kuressaare Hiiumaa: Hiiu 1, Kärdla Haapsalu: Karja 15, Haapsalu Jõhvi: Rakvere 13A, Jõhvi Otepää: Tartu mnt 1, Otepää Valga: Kesk 11, Valga Viljandi: Vabaduse plats 6, Viljandi Võru: Jüri 12, Võru Rapla: Viljandi mnt 4, Rapla
Holidays 1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday 1 May – Spring Holiday; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer’s Day; 20 August – Re-independence Day; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day The work day preceding New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, and Christmas Day is reduced by three hours.
2012/2013 School Holidays Christmas break 22 December, 2012 6 January, 2013 Spring break 16-24 March, 2013 Summer break 5 June - 31 August, 2013
EMBASSIES AUSTRIA Vambola 6, 10114 Tallinn +372 627 8740
FINLAND Kohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn, +372 610 3200
ICELAND Tõnismägi 3A, 10119 Tallinn, +372 640 8711
NORWAY Harju 6, 10130 Tallinn +372 627 1000
TURKEY Narva mnt. 30, 10152 Tallinn, +372 627 2880
BELGIUM Rataskaevu 2-9, 10123 Tallinn, +372 627 4100
FRANCE Toom-Kuninga 20, 10122 Tallinn, +372 616 1600
IRELAND Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 681 1888
POLAND Suur-Karja 1, 10146 Tallinn +372 627 8206
UKRAINE Lahe 6, 10150 Tallinn +372 601 5815
BULGARIA A. Lauteri 5E, 10114 Tallinn +372 648 0388
GEORGIA Viru väljak 2, 10111 Tallinn +372 698 8590
ITALY Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 627 6160
PORTUGAL Kohtu 10, 10130 Tallinn +372 611 7468
UNITED KINGDOM Wismari 6, 10136 Tallinn +372 667 4700
CANADA Toom-Kooli 13, 10130 Tallinn, +372 627 3311
GERMANY Toom-Kuninga 11, 15048 Tallinn, +372 627 5303
LATVIA Tõnismägi 10, 10119 Tallinn, +372 627 7850
RUSSIA Pikk 19, 10123 Tallinn +372 646 4175
CZECH REPUBLIC Lahe 4, 10150 Tallinn +372 627 4400
GREECE Pärnu mnt 12, 10148 Tallinn, +372 640 3560
LITHUANIA Uus 15, 10111 Tallinn +372 631 4030
SWEDEN Pikk 28, 10133 Tallinn +372 640 5600
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Kentmanni 20, 10116 Tallinn +372 668 8100
DENMARK Wismari 5, 10136 Tallinn +372 630 6400
HUNGARY Narva mnt 122, 13628 Tallinn, +372 605 1880
NETHERLAND Rahukohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn Tel. +372 680 5500
Tallinn Post Office Narva mnt 1, Tallinn Open M–F 8–20, Sa 9–17 Tel. +372 617 7037
■ Tallinn Shopping Centres Hours of Operation Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Järve Keskus, Pärnu mnt 238. Mustikas keskus, A. H.Tammsaare tee 116. Solaris, Estonia pst 9.
How to make a phone call in Estonia, from Estonia, to Estonia ■ Using a mobile phone from Estonia to make a call to another country: + (country code)(phone number) ■ When calling Estonia, enter country code +372, and then the phone number. For example +372 2 222 222. ■ When calling from within Estonia, the country code may be omitted. For example, 777 7777.
WIFI Networks There are over 1000 wireless hotspots listed at www.wifi.ee. Estonia is known for its extensive network of free internet hotspots. For example, in Tallinn there are 185 and most of them are marked in green, meaning they can be used free of charge. The Viru Shopping Centre, as well as many hotels and bars also offer free connections. In some places, a password may be required to access the free network. If you are in need of a constant internet connection, it may be best to purchase a pre-paid plan from a mobile service provider.
Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4. Foorum, Narva mnt 5. Tallinna Kaubamaja, Gonsiori 2. Stockmann, Liivalaia 53. Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. Kochi Aidad, Lootsi 10.
Event Tickets Tickets for events and concerts in Estonia are sold at Piletilevi, Piletimaailm, and Ticketpro. Piletilevi (www.piletilevi.ee) On-line purchases require login. Sales outlets can be found in shopping centres, and at Statoil petrol stations. Piletimaailm (www.piletimaailm.com) The website is available in Estonian only and sells theatre tickets. Sales outlets can be found in theatres and supermarkets. Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.ee) Sales outlets can be found in post officesand at the Solaris Shopping Centre.
SadaMarket, Kai 5. Merekeskus, Mere pst 10. Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7.
Accepted in nearly 100 locations, the Tallinn Card gives you free entrance and discounts.
Tallinn Card is available at: Tallinn Tourist Information Kiosks, Kullassepa 4/Niguliste 2, from A and D terminals at the Port of Tallinn, as well as in many Tallinn hotels. www.tallinncard.ee.
■ Useful Phrases
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please...........................................palun thank you ...................................aitäh, tänan excuse me ..................................vabandage hello..............................................tere, tervist good morning ..........................tere hommikust good day.....................................tere päevast good evening............................tere õhtust good night .................................head ööd goodbye .....................................nägemist, head aega all the best..................................kõike head, kõike paremat have a good trip.......................head reisi bon appetite .............................jätku leiba, head isu cheers, to your health ............terviseks
How much does this cost? ............. kui palju see maksab? Do you have…?.................................. kas teil on? on teil? where is… ............................................ kus on… What is this?......................................... mis see on? What does this mean? ..................... mida see tähendab? How are you? (formal)...................... kuidas elate? How are you? (informal) .................. kuidas läheb? not bad .................................................. pole viga! nice to see you/to meet you.......... rõõm teid näha, meeldiv kohtuda it was nice meeting you .................. oli meeldiv tutvuda What time is it? ................................... palju kell on? I do not speak Estonian, Russian .. mina ei oska eesti (vene) keelt Do you speak English? ..................... kas te räägite inglise keelt? /Swedish/Finnish/German? ........... /rootsi/soome/saksa keelt?
■ Currency Exchange Debit and credit cards are widely accepted throughout Estonia, especially VISA and Mastercard. American Express is not as widely accepted. Currency can be exchanged in banks throughout the country. Major Estonian banks include: LHV, Swedbank, SEB, and Nordea. There is a wide network of ATMs in major cities and smaller towns. Currency can also be exchanged at Eurex, and Tavid.
Hanseatic Days Summer cultural celebrations are in full swing in Pärnu and Viljandi in June, with a festival to celebrate each city’s Hanseatic past. Viljandi celebrates the Hanseatic Days as a Hanseatic Night. The evening programme will be filled with concerts, theatre performances, and other artistic events. The festivities start with a performance by the Estonian-Ukrainian group Svjata Vatra. On June 8, the traditional
Hanaseatic Market will open. During the day visitors can enjoy poetry readings, choir performances, and dancing. The Pärnu Hanseatic Days include a market set up in Vallikääru and surrounds. Estonian handicrafts (everything from pottery, to silver jewelry, to knitted items) will be on sale. Estonian wines, sweets, sausages, and more will be available to sample and buy.
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Children will certainly enjoy the petting zoo, where they can meet ponies, bunnies, and pigs. And what Estonian summer event wouldn’t be complete without sashlik and other grilled meats; enjoy these and more in the food tents. Viljandi 7-9 June Pärnu 28 – 30 June
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ÂŠREGIO 2008 Riia 24, Tartu 51010 tel +372 738 7300
Motel in southern Estonia, Price €690,000
Lakeside commercial property 72,700 m2, bordered by lake on one side and road on the other. Price €550,000
Summer home in Võsu, located about 500m from the sea. House 360 m2, Price €130,000
Development project in northern Italy, Lake Como, land 17,000 m2, 16 lots, 3 completed housing structures without doors or windows. Price €2,100,000
Hunting manor in southern Estonia, Price €530,000
Beautiful property with pond and junipers, located 15km from Tallinn, Price €48,000
River-side land in southern Estonia, main house and ancillary buildings in need of renovation, suitable as summer home, Price €45,000
House in top Tallinn neighbourhood Nõmme, 360m2, suitable as guest house (shower and wc in every bedroom). Price €289,000
Beautiful property on Saaremaa, 5,224 m2, 2km to the seaside along a unique cobblestone road. Price €10,000
3 room apartment in Tallinn, Õismäe, 65.6 m2, Price €68,000
Boat harbour on Saaremaa, property 19,425 m2, various buildings on the property - main house, fisheries building, warehouse, and more. Price €230,000
Lakeside recreation centre/motel in southern Estonia, property 95,000 m2. Price €550,000
Manor house in southern Estonia, land 150 ha, manor house, two houses, granary (shop/café/house), manor surrounded by a park with ponds and a smoke sauna. Price €990,000
Saaremaa peninsula, manor house land 185 ha. Price €850,000
Manor house in Virumaa, property 49,800 m2, manor house needs renovation. Price €60,000
2 room apartment in Tallinn, Mustamäe, 43.6 m2, Price €47,000
House in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town, fully renovated, 726m2. Price €2,500,000
Summerhouse in Laitse, 35km from Tallinn, property 1080 m2. Price € 24,000
Riverside farm in Pärnumaa, property 746,000 m2 + 50,000m2, house, mill. Price €250,000
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All properties for sale are from Estonia. Large selection of manor houses. Large selection of commercial propertiesmotels, cottages, office buildings, industrial buildings, and much more.
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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...
Published on Jun 1, 2013
The Baltic Guide in English is a tourist newspaper for visitors to Estonia. The newspaper's broad content covers everything from cultural e...