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ummer is the time to travel, and here in Estonia we are lucky. Distances are short, days are long, and there is just so much to see outside of Estonia’s capital. In this month’s issue, we make travel around Estonia even easier. Use our special summer travel pullout to plan a memorable trip. Visit Tartu, Narva, and Pärnu, Estonia’s other cities. Tartu is known as the City of Good Thoughts –visit the University, take part in many great cultural events, and enjoy some delicious local gastronomy. Narva is the easternmost city in Estonia and is mainly Russian speaking, and Narva-Jõesuu boasts one of the longest beaches in Estonia. Pärnu is Estonia’s summer capital, with pristine beaches and beautiful green parks. Southern Estonia, particularly Setomaa and the small villages along the shores of Peipsi Lake give visitors a glimpse into old world customs. The islands of western Estonia are picturesque and offer a relaxing getaway. Every five years the Song and Dance Celebration takes place in Estonia. This year’s theme is “Touched by

Time. The Time to Touch.” 187,800 spectators attended the last Song and Dance Celebration and 35,320 performers took part. The Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. One of the top moments of the Song and Dance Celebration is the procession through the city. Participants dressed in traditional folk costume walk, dance, play, and sing. Tens of thousands of spectators line the streets. This is an event not to be missed! There is something for everyone in Estonia. Children will not be bored either with all of the castles to explore or a visit to a fairy tale wonderland. With the wide array of history, culture, architecture, art, and even a few different dialects, it will certainly be a summer trip to remember.

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10-11 nightlife 12 June events 23 shopping 24 beauty 26 museum 27 2 getting around 28 transport 29-30 maps and information

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Tallinn’s most interesting cinema is located on the roof of the Viru Keskus shopping centre. Katusekino will be showing both new and old films, so there is sure to be something for every taste. Films begin before midnight, and tickets cost €6.

03 CONTEMPORARY THEATRE Baltoscandal brings 14 contemporary theatre productions from all over Europe to the stage in Rakvere, 2-5 July. The headliners will be the performance duo Ana Borralho and João Galante, who will perform their noteworthy production Atlas.

04 A MEDIEVAL HANDICRAFT MARKET During the medieval fair in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square, a medieval market will also take place where artisans and craftsmen sell their products. Musicians and dancers, from near and far will also take to the stage. 10 – 13 July.

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in Low German, as this was one of the main things soldiers spent their time doing while on the lookout for intruders. Kiek in de Kök dates back to the 15th century. The tower is 38 metres tall, and the walls are four metres thick. Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn B1.

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

Raeapteek The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe's oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location, in the Town Hall Square. Tallinn Old Town H 1.

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

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

Tallinn Old Town H 1-2.

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

Kiek in de Kök and the Bastion Tunnels

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

The Kiek in de Kök tower is the entrance to historical underground bastion tunnels. In Soviet times they were supposed to serve as bomb shelters and protect the communist elite in case of a war. Kiek in de Kök means, “look into the kitchen”

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

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

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

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

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

A quick history of the city of Tallinn

Outside of the Old Town TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Kalamaja & Kopli Kalamaja (Fish house) is a historic suburb filled with wooden houses and old factories. From the 14th century, Kalamaja has served as Tallinn’s main fishing port and was home to fishermen and fishmongers. When the railroad connected Tallinn with St. Petersburg in 1870, many factories opened. The colourful wooden houses you still see today were built in the 1920s and 1930s to house the growing working population. Kalamaja has seen a revival over the last few years as artists and other bohemian types moved in for the large spaces and cheap rent. Restaurants and cafés began to open, and the area continues to grow .

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

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

1285 Tallinn joins the Hanseatic League. 1346 The Danish sell Tallinn to the German Order. Toompea was divided among princes and bourgeoisie in the upper-town and craftsmen in the lower-town.

by the Russian tsar. The construction is architecturally unique since it was the largest armoured concrete ceiling in the world at the time of construction.

Küti 17 / Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn By tram: No. 1 or 2 from the city centre to the Linnahall stop. From there, by foot along the Cultural Kilometre trail.

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

1561 Tallinn goes to the Swedish. 1721 The Russians conquer Estonia and Tallinn.

Pirita Pirita is an area located a short distance to the east of the city centre and offers a variety of things to see and do. Start by visiting the ruins of St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster) whose colourful history dates back to the 15th century. A stroll through the ruins and the surrounds, including the small cemetery, is a moving reminder of the past. Its proximity to the Pirita River and the beach makes it perfect as part of a day excursion. The 2km long beach can attract up to 30,000 visitors a day in summer. Also located a short distance from the beach is the city’s Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) and the famous Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn), which is a must see as it not only provides a number of interactive exhibits but also offers one of the best views of the city and the district. A starting point for information on these can be found at:

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.

■ 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

St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster)-Kloostri tee 9, Tallinn Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn) Kloostrimetsa tee 58A, Tallinn Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) Kloostrimetsa tee 52, Tallinn.

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1944–1991 Tallinn becomes a Soviet capital and hosts the sailing competitions of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 1991 Tallinn becomes Estonia's capital. In 1997, it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2011 Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture along with Turu. Its population is estimated at 411,000: 53% Estonians, 38% Russians, 9% Other.

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

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Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) Have you ever seen the hull of a real submarine from below? Or better still, crawled through the narrow living and working quarters of a fully refurbished sub from the 1930s? The submarine Lembit was one of two Estonian submarines built in the UK in the mid 1930s. Another sight is an authentic replica of the Short Admiralty Type 184 seaplane, a British two-seat reconnaissance, bombing, and torpedo carrying folding-wing seaplane used in the Estonian war of Independence in the early 1920s and later for mail service. The museum is located in the former seaplane hangars built during WWI

Kadriorg Park is the area that houses the Presidential Palace (Presidendi kantselei) and the Kadriorg Palace (Kadrioru loss), and the KUMU Art Museum. (All located on Weizenbergi). Kadriorg means Catherine’s Valley in Estonian, and dates back to the 18th century. The park and the palace were built by Peter the Great, who apparently helped in its building. As was customary at the time, the main house was named after his wife. There are plenty of other things to see in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace, head straight along the park trail to the Russalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The famous Song Festival Grounds (Lauluväljak) are only a short walk from the park as well.

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

Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn.

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.

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.

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Seaside dining The Viimsi peninsula lets you escape the city without travelling too far. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, KRISTINA LUPP

Viimsi is an easy day trip from Tallinn, where you can visit the Estonian War Museum, the Museum of Coastal Folk, and the Viimsi Open Air Museum. It’s also the worth the short bus trip to Viimsi to try one the fantastic restaurants and enjoy a meal seaside.

a bit of Scandinavian flare. The menu boasts appetisers, fish, and meat dishes in three price categories. The Surf & Turf was a light and fresh choice for lunch, and their steaks cooked on a Josper grill can be ordered with a selection of sides, the roasted potatoes and béarnaise sauce being my favourites.

■ Roots ■ Rannarestoran Paat Rohuneeme tee 53, Viimsi.

Paat means boat in Estonian, and considering the restaurant is built under the hull of an overturned boat, the name fits. The menu has a good selection of fish, meat and vegetarian options. Local ingredients are used when possible too. If the weather is nice, you can dine on the their wonderful seaside terrace that overlooks Tallinn and the Old Town on the opposite side.

Rohuneeme tee 57 b, Pringi Parish, Viimsi.

Paat's seaside terrace.

Roots has the nice casual vibe of a seaside gastropub. The outdoor terrace is a relaxing place to sit with friends. The menu boasts locally inspired dishes with a hint of international flare. The beef carpaccio with rosemary, horseradish foam, and cowberry sauce was an interesting twist on a classic dish. Portions here are very generous, so keep this in mind if you want to leave room for dessert.

■ Café Lavendel Sõpruse tee 9, Haabneeme, Viimsi.

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Café Lavendel offers a truly international menu, with everything from sushi, to pasta, to burgers. Be sure to try their house made desserts too. While not located right on the coast, Café Lavendel does have a beautiful summer terrace where you can enjoy your meal al fresco. Live music on Saturday nights.

Rohuneeme tee 103, Viimsi.

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Ranna tee 3, Tallinn.

Brought to you by the same owners as OKO restaurant in Kaberneeme, NOA opened this spring and has turned into a favourite among locals. Rain or shine, NOA is a lovely place to enjoy a meal by the sea. The interior is clean and simple with

Villa Mary is located near the end of the Viimsi peninsula and offers fine dining and a gorgeous seaside view. The modern menu uses local and Scandinavian ingredients, creating colourful and fresh dishes. It’s a wonderful place to come for a romantic evening out. ■

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The seaside terrace at Roots.

The grilled steak and sides at NOA.

Fresh fish at Paat.

Café Lavendel offers an international menu.

Fine dining at Villa Mary.

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■ Tassikoogid Or ‘cupcakes’ in English is a small cupcake café in Tartu’s Tasku Centre. While many other parts of the world have already been hit by the cupcake craze, here in Estonia it is only recently these decorative desserts have started gaining in popularity. The creativity at Tassikoogid knows no limits; flavours include sea buckthorn, black bread-yoghurt, baked apple, and more. All desserts are made in house. And those in Tallinn need not worry, you can taste Tassikoogi cupcakes at Kohvik Wabadus in Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak).

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■ A meal with a view Dinner in the Sky will visit Tallinn twice this summer: 10-15 June in the Rotermann Quarter and 12-17 August in the square of the Estonian Academy of Arts (Tartu mnt. 1). This year, chef Vladislav Djatšuk of Tchaikovsky restaurant in Tallinn and chef Jouni Toivanen of the Michelin starred restaurant Luomo in Helsiniki will be taking to the skies to prepare an unforgettable meal at 50 metres high. Djatšuk is Estonia’s first chef to make it to the Bocuse d’Or finals. He is known for modern Russian and French cuisine. Toivanen is known for his innovative flavour combinations and use of modern gastronomical technology. Choose between Lunch in the Sky, Moët & Chandon in the Sky, or Dinner in the Sky.

Tasku Centre, Turu 2, Tartu.

Gourmet Theatre Enjoy fabulous food in a unique setting at No99 Café and Restaurant. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

This cool, hip café/restaurant is found in the most interesting of places –the No99 Theatre, or rather the foyer of the theatre. For those that don’t know, No99 Theatre has been running since 2004 and was founded by Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper. They have won many awards in Estonia for best director, best stage production and best stage designer. And what goes best with award winning theatre? Fantastic locally inspired dishes, of course!

Dine inside or outside in summer.

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

Massor av härliga smakupplevelser!

Head chef Riho Heinmets has prepared a wonderful a la carte menu, inspired by Estonian cuisine. You don’t have to attend the theatre to dine here (though I recommend checking out their fantastic programme), the kitchen is open for lunch and dinner, and on Friday nights, the foyer turns into a jazz café. Portions at No99 are generous, and for lunch, one course will do. On my visit though, I tried a little bit of everything. The feta, almond and pomegranate salad was a meal in itself. As

a true fan of fish and chips, I just had to try No99’s version. The crispy coating was just the right amount to cover the whitefish. And the mushy peas and house made tartar sauce were the perfect accompaniments. And even after all of that, I just could not pass up trying the No99 carrot cake with maltose ice cream and carrot-orange succade. ■

Location No99 Café/Restaurant Sakala 3, Tallinn B2

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

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

Taste one of our delicious dishes! Öppet/Open: varje dag/every day 8-19. Köket öppet från kl/ The kitchen open from 8. Sadamarket Shopping Centrum 1a vån/1st floor, 100m från A och B-terminalerna/100m from A and B terminals. Sadama 8/Kai 5 (opposite the Sadamaturg), Tallinn, tel. +372 661 4605, info@seitsemerd.ee, www.seitsemerd.ee

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


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Cheers to Summer 2014! The big wait is finally over – summer is officially here. The weather is getting hotter and so are the parties all over the town! It’s time for some outdoor activities and to have a drink on a terrace while enjoying a warm summer night. Here is a little list of Tallinn’s hottest outdoor terraces: ■ TELLISKIVI LOOMELINNAK

parties, and even some events for children.

(or in English ”Telliskivi Creative City”) is a set of eleven different buildings and a total surface area of 25,000 m2, located between the city centre and northern suburbs of Tallinn. After enjoying great food or drinks in one of the many summertime gardens, there is lot more to do to keep the groovy vibe this place offers going. Many regular events take place in the area: markets, workshops, comedy nights, concerts,

Telliskivi 60a,Tallinn, 1A-B.

■ KATUSEKINO KOHVIK Katusekino or the rooftop cinema above Viru Keskus has opened again for the fifth year in a row. This year’s programme promises something for every film lover. There will be a wide selection of different genres, as well as new and older films. You can read the full programme on-line. For the second year in a row, Katusekino Photo: Katusekino

Enjoying an evening outdoors at F-hoone.

Delicious food and great films at Katusekino.

Gig Guide ■ Sigma @ Club Hollywood (Vana Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2, 12.06.2014, tickets start from 5€) ■ David Guetta @ Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Narva maantee 95, 13.06.2014, tickets start from 49€) ■ Robert Plant @ Saku Suurhall

Arena (Paldiski maantee 104B, 16.06.2014, tickets start from 49€) ■ Tom Jones @ Saku Suurhall Arena (Paldiski maantee 104B, 17.06.2014, tickets start from 39€) ■ Tallinn Star Weekend Rock Day: The Offspring, Lordi, 2 Cellos

@ Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Narva maantee 95, 27.06.2014, tickets start from 39€) ■ Tallinn Star Weekend Red Carpet Day: Andrea Bocelli @ Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Narva maantee 95, 28.06.2014, tickets start from 49€) Photo: Noorus

Fabulous cocktails with a view over Tallinn at Komeet.

The shots at Kohvik Noorus have the most creative names.


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

Gay Sports

Club 69 Sakala 24, Tallinn B2.

Clayhills

G-punkt

Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1.

Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn.

Drink Baar

X-baar

Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Varblane is located next to Freedom Square.

has paired with MoMo to bring cinemagoers a wonderful Japanese menu. The MoMo kitchen is open daily for lunch (12.00-15.00, weekdays only) and dinner (from 20.00). Due to the short nights of the northern European summer, the films start late (23.00-24.00 in June), after the sun has set. Enjoy the film while relaxing on comfortable deck chairs, and don’t worry if it’s a little chilly, the cinema provides blankets.

Lounge 24 has a beautiful view over Tallinn.

rooftop terrace turns into terracediscotheque with free entry. Estonia pst. 9, 5th floor, Tallinn, B2.

■ LOUNGE 24 With its unique view of Tallinn, Lounge 24 is definitely a rooftop terrace worth a visit. It’s located on the

■ KOMEET

Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2.

Mad Murphy’s

Karaoke

Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Gelsomino Karaoke

Nimeta Baar

Lai 2, Tallinn Old Town G1.

Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Koskenkorva Karaoke Bar Roseni 13, Tallinn A2.

Cigar Lounges Chicago 1933

Nightclubs

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.

The Bank Club 777

La Casa del Habano

Tartu mnt 17, Tallinn B3.

Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town H1.

Bibabo

Rävala Puiestee 3, Tallinn, B2.

Sigari Maja

Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn Old Town J1.

Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town H2.

CatHouse

■ VARBLANE

Estonian

Located in the centre of town, next to Freedom Square, Varblane is one of those places where you can really sit back and relax. Have something to eat from the grill, salads, sushi, snacks or a dessert. It’s one of the city’s most popular meeting points for people to have something to drink and a Hookah before hitting the clubs. But, if you're having fun, just stay there until the sun rises, enjoying fresh summer breezes, music and the relaxed atmosphere this place has to offer.

Viru Keskus, 4th floor rooftop terrace, Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2. Mon – Friday 12-02, Sat – Sun 17-02.

Komeet is located at the top of the Solaris shopping centre. It provides 120 seats, and delicious food combined with a really nice atmosphere and view. People often go there to just enjoy cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked cake. Wednesdays and Fridays are the days when special events take place. Starting in the evenings and lasting to the early morning hours, the

24th floor of Radisson Blu Hotel, or 90 metres above street level. When it comes to food, some people even say that the Caesar salad there is the best in town. Creative cocktails can be also be ordered. It’s a really popular place among locals, as well as hotel guests.

Tatari 1, Tallinn.

Hell Hunt

Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2.

Club Hollywood Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Karja Kelder

Club Münt

Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Mürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Kochi Ait Tavern

Club Privé

Lootsi 10, Tallinn A3.

Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1.

Kolmas Draakon

Club Studio

Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Valli Baar Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Panoraam

Live Music

Parlament

Café Amigo

Tapper

Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2. Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2.

Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.

Pärnu mnt 158G, Tallinn.

Chicago 1933

Teater

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1.

Clazz

Vabank

Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.

Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1.

NYC Piano Bar

Venus

Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.

Rock Café Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn.

Von Krahl Rataskaevu 10/12, Tallinn Old Town H1.

Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town, J1. The courtyard terrace at Must Puudel.

Where the locals go: ■ MUST PUUDEL

■ KOHVIK NOORUS

Müürivahe 20, Tallinn Old Town I2.

Lai 10, Tallinn Old Town G1.

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ust Puudel is definitely one of the coolest places in Tallinn. It has an awesome bohemian vibe and a unique vintage atmosphere. In summer, they have a garden terrace where you can breathe some fresh air and enjoy delicious food. Definitely the perfect place to have dinner (or any kind of meal) and get some refreshing drinks – at the weekend it’s open until 2 a.m.!” KATRI, AGE 28

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y favourite place to hang before hitting to clubs is Kohvik Noorus. Youth café, as it translates to English, is one of the greatest shot bars in Tallinn. The drinks are cheap and the shots have the most creative names in Tallinn, so it’s impossible not to be in the party mood in this bar. If I want to guarantee myself a great night out, I can’t go wrong with Kohvik Noorus.”

KATRE, AGE 22

■ BAYERN BÖHMEN KELLER Suur-Karja 18, Tallinn Old Town I2.

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y latest discovery in Tallinn is Bayern Böhmen Keller. My friends and I booked a table to have some drinks, grab something to eat and just enjoy good company before diving into Tallinn’s crazy nightlife. It has great value for money and a cool medieval interior. One of the big advantages of the pub is its perfect location in the Old Town. Book a table and I promise you won’t regret it!” HELEN, AGE 27


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june events ■ Tallinn Star Weekend 2014

■ Treff Theatre Festival

For the second year in a row major music stars will take to the stage for two nights of unforgettable music. Day one: 27 June is Rock Day, Eurovision winners Lordi (FIN), Leningrad Band (RUS), and MTV Music Award winner The Offspring will perform one impressive show! Day two: 28 June is Red Carpet Day, Andrea Bocelli, the Italian tenor will bring his unique charisma to the stage for an elegant evening. Tickets on sale now!

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 year’s programme includes shows from the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Finland, Russia, Slovenia, France, Czech Republic, and Estonia. This year’s special guest will be Compagnie Philippe Genty with their visual theatre performance “Ne m’oublie pas”. They will perform 7 June at the Vene Theatre. Visit the Treff website for a full programme listing of shows for children and adults.

27-28 June, Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

Photo: E.M. Concert Group

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5-8 June, Tallinn

■ At-a-glance: Hanseatic Days 6-8 June, Viljandi 27-29 June, Pärnu Summer cultural celebrations are in full swing in Pärnu and Viljandi in June, with a festival to celebrate each city’s Hanseatic past. Viljandi’s Hanseatic Days will open 6 June in the town square, followed by a concert with Jarek Kasar and Tõnis Mägi at the Viljandi Song Festival Grounds. On the second day, the streets will be filled with tradesmen. The Hanseatic fare will open along with the Craftsmen’s Courtyard, Hanseatic stage, Theatre Courtyard, Art garden, and children’s area. The Pärnu Hanseatic Days explore our roots and customs. The threeday festival includes a poultry and livestock fair, a market, and a knight’s tournament. Enjoy various concerts and great food as well.

Midsummer’s Eve

The world’s largest choir Conductor Eri Klas has said, that the world’s musicians praise the ability of Estonians in conducting a choir of over 20,000 singers. TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTO EAS

This phenomenon takes place every five years. This year marks the 26th Song Festival. The participants have been chosen and about 70 of those who applied were accepted. The 10,000 or so that were not accepted into the choir can enjoy the party along with the other 100,000 spectators. The Dance Festival also takes place at the same time, and there are few tickets now left. The Kalev

Stadium just cannot fit any more spectators. The Song and Dance Celebration is an experience that is difficult to describe with words and images. On Saturday 5 July, the performers parade through Tallinn’s city centre, dancing and singing towards the Song festival Grounds. The streets are filled with spectators and other supporters. On the evening of the same day and on the Sunday as well, everyone can enjoy the con-

cert. The first concert covers songs of previous Song Festivals, 1869-2009. The seven-hour Sunday concert combines new and old materials.

It is estimated that this year 42,000 performers will take part. ■

■ Event and Concert Tickets Tickets to just about any event or concert in Estonia can be purchased on-line at Piletilevi, Piletimaailm, and Ticketpro. Or, visit their central locations at: ■ Piletilevi: Viru Shopping Centre, Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2 ■ Ticketpro: Solaris Shopping Centre, Estonia pst 9, Tallinn B2 ■ Piletimaailm (Eesti konsert): Estonia pst 4, Tallinn B2

What – Where – When

Useful Information

Song and Dance Celebration 2014 “Touched by Time. The Time to Touch” ■ TuleTulemine (The arrival of the flame) 15 June – 4 July The torch is brought from Tartu by bicycle. Events along the way. ■ Friday 4 July 18.00 Dance Festival 1st performance, Kalev Stadium (about 750 metres from Hotel Olümpia). ■ Saturday 5 July 11.00 Dance Festival 2nd performance, Kalev Stadium 14.00 Festival procession from Freedom Square to the Song Festival Grounds. 21.00 Song Festival 1st concert, Song Festival Grounds ■ Sunday 6 July 11.00 Dance Festival 3rd performance, Kalev Stadium 11.00 Song Festival 2nd concert, Song Fstival Grounds More information: 2014.laulupidu.ee

■ Accommodation is usually booked months in advance, so be sure to book something quickly. At the end of May there was still some accommodation left. ■ Comfortable shoes are a must. Due to the large crowds, walking is the best way to get to and from the Song Festival Grounds. ■ Long concerts mean different kinds of weather. The most practical thing to bring along is a raincoat or poncho, which can also be used to sit on. ■ Bring cash. Queues for ATMs at the Song Festival Grounds are long. ■ The procession can be followed from the sidewalks along Narva manatee. But, the best view of the procession is from hotel windows that line route to the Song Festival Grounds. ■ Tickets for the Song Festival can be purchased at the gates, but you can also buy them before, from Piletilevi kiosks. Tickets for seats cost €20-€50, depending on proximity to the stage. In July, a general admission tickets costs €9, before that, €6. Entrance for children six and under is free.

23 June Estonian Open Air Museum 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 songs” and folk games. Experience the traditional Estonian customs associated with this ancient holiday at the Estonian Open Air Museum.

Grillfest 6-7 June, Pärnu 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.

Concerts and Festivals ■ 16.6. Robert Plant, Saku Suurhall, Tallinn ■ 17.6. Tom Jones, Saku Suurhall, Tallinn ■ 21.–22.6. Sõru Jazz, Sõru Port, Hiiumaa ■ 23.–29.6. Inaugural Orchid Festival (Orhideefetival Märka lille!) Vilsandi, Saaremaa ■ 24.–29.6. Juu jääb, Muhu. 18th annual music festival taking place on the island of Muhu. ■ 27.–28.6. Seto Folk, Värska. The festival brings together great folk artists and songwriters from Setomaa, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, and Finland to showcase the fascinating Seto culture. ■ 27.–28.6. Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala. An annual hard rock music festival.


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ESTONIAN SUMMER 2014 Travel tips for Estonia and the summer’s top cultural events.

Family vacation This year’s big news: The long awaited opening of The Lottemaa theme park will take place in July and the Tallinn Science Centre will open in June. Families can now spend time at many different renovated attractions and dozens of cultural

– now there are more options than ever for things to do with the whole family in Estonia.

events. This summer’s main event is the Song and Dance Celebration, taking place at the first weekend in July. Together with the Estonian Tourism Development Centre, we have made this spe-

cial Estonian summer travel newspaper. For more information about tourism in Estonia visit: www.visitestonia.com, which also works on mobile phones. ■


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TOP 5 Northern Estonia

Energy and a different kind of nature East of Estonia’s capital are some of the most beautiful coastlines in the country. TEXT: MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS: EAS

01 RAKVERE CASTLE The castle in Rakvere is a destination for the whole family. Try your hand at various medieval activities.

02 VEMBUTEMBUMAA Vembu-Tembumaa is a family theme park located in nearby Saku.

03 KOHTLA MINING PARK At Kohtla Mining Park you can go 25 metres underground to experience the life of a miner.

04 VIRU FOLK & KAUNID KONTSERDID The summer’s concerts begin in the small town of Käsmu and end with the Viru Folk festival in August.

05 LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK Located close to Rakvere, here you will find many interesting manor houses, some of which have been converted into hotels.

North-eastern Estonia is the energy centre of the country. Most of the power used in Estonia comes from Narva. While this area has been forgotten by tourism in the past, recent renovations and facelifts are bringing tourists to this historic city once again. Narva-Jõesuu is a beautiful summer destination and continues to grow each year. Sandy beaches stretch for kilometres, and the old wooden summer homes are a reminder of a bygone era. The counties of Northern Estonia are filled with manor houses, some of which are only a short distance from Tallinn. Nature lovers must visit Lahemaa National Park, and in summer, the small seaside town of Käsmu turns into a cultural centre. Rakvere, which is located about an hour’s drive from Tallinn, is a very interesting small town. Its main tourist attraction is a medieval castle. Near the castle stands one of the town’s symbols, a bull, or as the locals call it, an Auroch, or “Tarvas”. The statue was made by Estonian sculptor Tauno Kangro and is

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

Populations of the largest towns, as of 1.1.2014: ■ Tallinn 429,829 ■ Narva: 62,068 ■ Kohtla-Järve: 38,197 ■ Sillamäe: 14,586 ■ Rakvere: 16,338

considered the largest animal statue in the Baltics. ■

How to get there: Trains to Rakvere, Jõhvi, and Narva leave from Tallinn twice daily. The journey to Narva lasts about two and a half hours and tickets cost €9.90. You can change trains in Tapa to reach Tartu. West from Tallinn, a train will take you to Paldiski, leaving nine times daily. Buses travel to each of these destinations as well.


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An Estonian village in the capital of Estonia

Welcome to the zoo!

Granny’s and Grandpa’s Days on June 7 & 8 MIDSUMMER EVE on June 23 Folk dance performances every weekend Smithwork, rug weaving, farm work of the past Horse and carriage rides, village shop from the 1930s, Estonian national food at the inn. Open daily at 10-20 (except June 24) Buses: 21 and 21B from the Balti jaam train station. City Tour Blue Line from Viru Square. Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. Ph. +372 654 9100, www.evm.ee.

Zoo open daily 9–21 Ticket office open daily 9–19

Tallinn Zoo

Ehitajate tee 150 / Paldiski mnt. 145, Tallinn Tel. +372 6 943 300, zoo@tallinnzoo.ee, www.loomaaed.ee

Japanese and international flavours. Sushi, pasta, salads, soups, desserts, children’s menu. We also have a large selection of Japanese drinks.

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TOP 5 Haapsalu

The blue pearl of the west

TOP 5 Pärnu

In Haapsalu, you are never far away from the sea. TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS EAS

01 HAAPSALU EPISCOPAL CASTLE The ghost of Estonia’s White Lady lives inside the castle.

02 ILON’S WONDERLAND Find out about Ilon Wikland’s career as a children’s illustrator, and partake in children’s activities too.

03 MATSALU NATIONAL PARK Admire orchids, beavers, and other interesting wild life in one of Estonia’s most beautiful parks.

04 RESORT HALL This seaside restaurant is one of Estonia’s most impressive.

Haapsalu is known in a way through Astrid Lindgren’s books, because the beloved illustrator Ilon Wikland was from Estonia and spent her childhood summers in Haapsalu. Wikland illustrated many of Lindgren’s books over the decades, as well as the Bullerby Children, Karlsson on the Roof, and the Brothers Lionheart. Wikland’s early illustrations and the progression of her career can be seen in an old wooden house at Ilon’s Wonderland. The top floor is the Karlsson on the Roof room and playroom. The exhibits in the children’s centre were updated this winter. Haapsalu is a truly child-friendly city filled with playgrounds, the most impressive of which is located in the moat of the Episcopal Castle. The castle itself is also striking, standing tall among the wooden houses. The summer brings Haapsalu back to life. Get to know the city by taking a ride on the tourist train, which weaves its way through the city’s narrow streets. You can also see the city from the sea with a ride on the steam ship. Haapsalu has many interesting museums, including the Museum of the Coastal Swedes, the Evald Okase Art Museum, the Episcopal Castle Museum, and the Railroad Museum. From the 17th of May, a new permanent exhibit will open in the Town Hall. ■

Relax in the sunshine on one of northwestern Estonia’s most beautiful beaches.

Warm and shallow water, ater, sandy beaches, and good service make Pärnu Estonia’s number one beach destination.

02 LOTTEMAA Located just east of Pärnu, the Lottemaa theme park will open at the end of July, offerering fun for the whole family.

03 CYCLING Riding around on a bicycle is fun in Pärnu. New cycling paths were opened last autumn.

04 CANOEING

Haapsalu is less than two hours away from Tallinn by car. Buses connect to Haapsalu frequently.

Peaceful and serene landscapes can be enjoyed on a canoe trip through Soomaa National Park.

■ Tallinn-Haapsalu 100 km

05 SANDY BEACHES

TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS EAS

01 PÄRNU BEACH

How to get there:

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Largest cities ■ Haapsalu: 11,000 ■ Lihula: 2500 More information: www.visithaapsalu.com

Beaches, sun, and parks make Pärnu Estonia’s summer capital

05 AUDRU AUTO24RING RALLY TRACK Try driving a car yourself, or just watch. Either way is fun.

Pärnu is a great place for family vacations, especially because of the long sandy beach with shallow, warm waters. Recently, a new child-friendly attraction opened, the Lottemaa theme park, located about 10 km from Pärnu. The theme park offers games and activities, sure to keep children entertained for hours. The best way to familiarise yourself with Estonia’s summer capital is to hire a bike and take a ride through the beach side park. Bicycles can be hired from many places near the beach and from Tervise Paradiis Aquatics Centre. Some places even offer tendem bikes. Don’t forget to visit one of the city’s many interesting museums. Across from the concert hall is the Pärnu Museum where you can learn about the city’s fascinating history. This summer there will be a temporary exhibit on display about Estonia’s alcohol producers. Another popular summer tradition is a visit to the nude exhibit, Man and Woman. This year’s exhibit will be devoted to modern Ukrainian art. Motor sporting events are regularly organised at the Audru rally track. Of the four tracks, the longest is 3.2 km. Speed lovers can even try driving a Toyota GT86 or BMW 325. Go-karting is also offered. ■

How to get there: A bus leaves for Pärnu almost every hour. The journey takes about two hours with a car. The train trip between Tallinn and Pärnu lasts about 2 1/2 hours.

Distances ■ Tallinn- Pärnu 135 km Population ■ Pärnu 43,000


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Fairytale summer in Haapsalu Explore a medieval castle and search for the White Lady! Play and take part in handicraft workshops in the idyllic Ilon's Wonderland, where you will see Ilon Wikland's original illustrations.

Opening soon! TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTO LOTTEMAA

Estonia’s favourite puppet girl Lotte, comes to life in June. The beloved children’s character, illustrated by Heiki Ernitsa and Janno Põldma, and written by Andrus Kivirähk will soon have her own theme park, located close to Pärnu. Lottemaa is familiar to children at Leiutajateküla, where very special machines are built. The best way to familiarise yourself with Lotte is to watch the films. Lotte’s best friend is Bruno the cat. They have all kinds of adventures in their films.

The Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu has made a few Lotte musicals as well: Detektiiv (Detective) Lotte and Kosmonaut (Astronaut) Lotte. Songs were composed by one of Estonia’s top composers Priit Pajusaar and Leelo Tungal wrote the lyrics. Gerli Padar has even played Lotte. Both musicals are available on CD and Detective Lotte is also available on DVD. Lotte dolls are available for sale, as well as doll versions of her friends. The Lottemaa theme park will open on 25 July in Tahkurand, which is about 15 minutes away by car from Pärnu. ■

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Koidulapark Hotel is a small and family frindly hotel in the heart of Pärnu. This homey and cosy hotel has 39 rooms with park views. The hotel also has a luxurious suite and a spacious family room. The modern conference room holds up to 25 people and is ideal for small meetings. The Koidulapark Hotel is serious about the environment; look for the “Green key” Koidulapark Hotel, Kuninga 38, Pärnu, Estonia. Tel. +372 447 7030, e-mail: info@koidulaparkhotell.ee www.koidulaparkhotell.ee


18-19 Western Estonia's Islands

Secrets of the islands Seaside horseback riding between the junipers in the fairy-tale forests is an everyday treat on the islands of Estonia. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS RATSUKIEVARI, TIHUSE, EAS, ANDREI CHERTKOV

Horseback riding is the main attraction at Tulla Makkonen’s Ratsukievari Recreation Centre. Makkonen built this centre in Saaremaa 12 years ago. In the beginning, the idea had been to turn this old Soviet era factory farm into a place to raise horses for sale. A tourism attraction was also a viable idea and visitors from nearby towns starting visiting Ratsukievari for horseback riding. Ratsukievari is located about one kilometre from one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Saaremaa, a popular place for hiking. Riding through the shallow water is just what some people are looking to do when they visit the island. You can also take your car to the beach, or simply enjoy walking. Ratsukievari has 15 Estonian horses and Island ponies. The horses have been trained since birth and riders of all levels of experience will find a good match. Even total beginners will be able to go riding. If you are too scared to try riding, then don’t worry, you can ride in a cart. “Visitors can go riding on

Distances ■ Tallinn- Virtsu 135 km ■ Tallinn- Rohuküla 110 km ■ Tallinn- Munalaiu 165 km

a track, on our new obstacle course, but riding through the forest is certainly the most popular adventure”, says Makkonen. Riding excursions are led by a guide. Visitors can bring their own lunch, or enjoy a meal at a local summer restaurant. Excursions can be organised to last an hour or all day. Tihuse Farm on Muhu Island has specialised in horseback riding trips and raising Estonian horses. Their large herd run freely in summer and winter. Some of the horses are trained for outings, but the raising and sale of horses is also very important. Tihuse offers accommodation for riders, including meals, and can take riders on very interesting tours about ancient culture, with or without horses. Martin Kivisoo, owner of Tihuse is well versed in local history, and will certainly never run out of stories to tell. ■


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Vormsi

Hiiumaa Muhu Saaremaa PÄRNU KURESSAARE

Kihnu

Ruhnu

TOP 5 Western Estonia's Islands

01 SPAS Kuressaare’s spas always offer something new. Relax in the mineral waters at Saaremaa Spa and enjoy the saunas at Georg Ots Spa, where their restaurant has also been renovated. Thalasso Spa has renovated their rooms and the hotel. Arensburg has expanded, and Grand Rose is now offering yoga.

02 GOLF The golf courses of Saaremaa are located close to Kuressaare. The history of the course is a little bit unusual, because in the beginning it was actually owned by the city. Now, due to economic problems, the golf course has a new owner to ensure it will live on. This is great news because this course is one of Estonia’s most beautiful.

Western Estonia’s largest islands ■ Saaremaa: Area about 2670 km², population approximately 40,000. ■ Hiiumaa: Area close to 1000 km², population approximately 11,000. ■ Muhu: Area about 200 km², population under 1900. ■ Vormsi: Area about 93 km², population 400. ■ Kihnu: Area about 17 km², population 500. ■ Ruhnu: Area about 11 km², population 70. Beer from Saaremaa You don’t get much more local that beer from Saaremaa. Breweries that came to the island have disappeared, but the small breweries Pöide and Pihtla have brought the brewing tradition back to life. Pöide makes an especially good rye beer. Pihtla makes a traditional strong beer. Tourists and windmills The symbols of Estonia’s islands are windmills and lighthouses. Many original structures can still be found on the islands. The most well known and historically important is the Kõpu lighthouse on the island of Hiiumaa. On the

island of Saaremaa, in Angla, you can see five windmills. Cycling The roads on Estonia’s islands are flat; distances are short, with little traffic, and beautiful natural landscapes surround you. There is no better place to go cycling. Try cycling from Hiiumaa to Saaremaa and Muhumaa. You can also find bike rentals for shorter distances. Ferries to the islands Take the ferry to Saaremaa and Muhumaa from Virtsu to Kuivastu. The ferries to Hiiumaa depart from Rohuküla and arrive in Heltermaa. There are also regular ferries from Hiiumaa to Saaremaa between Triigi and Sõru. Find schedules and ticket information on-line: www.tuulelaevad.ee The ferry to Vormsi Island leaves from Rohuküla and arrives at Sivby Port. Ferries to Kihnu leave from Pärnu. Munalaiu Port connects Kihnu and Ruhnu to the mainland. Ticket information and schedules can be found at: www.veeteed.ee

03 HALLIKIVI ADVENTURE PARK Located just outside of Kuressaare, Hallikivi Adventure Park offers hours of fun for active people. With four different levels of difficulty, the park has ropes, cable bridges, and other kinds of obstacles, some even with a height of 5 metres.

04 HIIUMAA WAR MUSEUM This small war history museum is a local stop for all interested in history, rifles, and war history. The museum is located in the village of Tahkuna, at the northern-most point of Hiiumaa where you will also see a beautiful lighthouse.

05 EXOTIC ANIMALS Visit the ostriches on Muhu Island. They have been raised at Jaanalinnfarm since the early 1990s. There are also other animals living there, not common in Estonia, like alpacas, kangaroos, and even a few zebras. The café and farm is open to tourists from mid May. You can buy ostrich products as well.


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JÕGEVA

TARTU

VILJANDI PÕLVA

VALGA

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Crossroads TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, VÄRSKA SPA, JAAK JÕEPERE

01 SUUR MUNAMÄGI is Estonia’s highest peak, at the top of which stands a lookout post.

02 RUSSIAN OLD BELIEVERS The Old Believers on the shores of Peipsi Lake still honour old traditions. Varnja, Kasepää, Kolkja – all three are diverse villages. While you explore these, the museums, prayer houses and graveyards are worth visiting. Be sure to try some of the fish, onions and other agricultural products here.

03 VÄRSKA SANATORIUM IN SETOMAA Värska is known for its water, which in addition to hydration is also known for its healing properties.

04 ALATSKIVI CASTLE Alatskivi Castle was built between 1876 to 1885 by Baron Arved von Nolcken. He was particularly inspired by the royal residence at Balmoral, Scotland, that was built in 1856 by the order of Prince Albert. Alatskivi Castle is considered the most beautiful neo-gothic building in the Baltic States.

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

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Valgamaa, Põlvamaa, and Võrumaa are three counties in Southern Estonia, near the borders of Latvia and Russia. The population of these three counties is a little under 100,000. While the distances are short, there is still a great deal to see! The country’s largest trees, tallest ‘mountains’, and deepest lakes, are just some of the reasons to visit this area and its people. Here you will also hear different dialects of the Estonian language, including that of the Seto people. The Seto people celebrate their king on the first Saturday in August, along with some of the best folk music and beer. This year, Kingdom Day will be celebrated at Mikitamäe. In Võru, the folklore festival, taking place in mid-July for the

Distances ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

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 Populations in the largest towns, as of 1.1.2014 ■ Võru 13,171 ■ Valga 13,427 ■ Põlva (county) 10,005

20th year in a row, will include dancing and music. Visitors come from as far as Mexico. War history enthusiasts will be interested in memorials from the Estonian War

of Independence in Paju and Valga. Julius Kuperjanov, the Estonian commander, died in the Battle of Paju. Many rivers flow through this area, and in some places, around high sand cliffs that the rivers have dug out naturally over time. One of the most impressive is Taevaskoda on Ahja River, where at its peak, the sandy cliff reaches 20 metres. Even taller is the Härma wall beside the Piusa River in Meremäe County. The name for the region, Meremägi or Sea Mountain, was given due to its height and the fact that one could ‘see’ to the sea. ■

How to get there? The train from Tartu to Põlva and Taevaskoja leaves twice daily. There is also a regular train from Tartu to Valga. Take the bus from Tallinn to Võru in about four hours. A ticket costs €15. The trip from Tallinn to Valga takes about the same amount of time. There are dozens of connections.

Viljandi: Culture and hundreds of years of tradition Viljandi was established in 1283. This is one of four of Estonia’s hanseatic cities. The castle ruins in Viljandi are a familiar meeting place. It is know as the cultural capital of Estonia. The Academy of Culture at the University of Tartu is located in Viljandi. Some of the graduates of the Academy are well-known Estonian musicians, but many art teachers and craftsmen have also completed their training there. During the summer, may cultural events take place in Viljandi, of which the biggest and most popular is the Viljandi Folk Music Festival. It’s referred to as Viljandi Folk. The event brings in people of all ages and every year the music programme offers something for every taste. The theme of this year’s festival is games. Distances are short in Viljandi and there is plenty of free parking. The Old Town is filled with many cafes and restaurants. The centre of all cultural events is the Estonian Traditional Music Centre (Pärimusmuusika ait), where from the top floor you can experience a beautiful view over the lake

TOP 5 Viljandi 01 Viljandi Lake. The swimming beach is fun for the whole family. The playground is filled with all kinds of activities too. 02 The Parkour Track in Valuoja Park, in Viljandi’s city centre gives visitors the opportunity to try their hand to make it through various obstacles. 03 Skating in a t-shirt. Skate on a paraffin covered rink in Võhma, located about 30km north of Viljandi. 04 The suspension bridge that crosses the moat that surround the castle ruins in Viljandi is a sight not to be missed. 05 Water tower. The view from the old water tower lets you see over the whole city.

and the Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle. One of the newest restaurants in town is Fellini, which puts on musical events in addition to serving great food. There are many places to stay while in Viljandi. There is also Estonia's first auto-

Distances ■ Tallinn–Viljandi 159 km ■ Tartu–Viljandi 78 km ■ Pärnu–Viljandi 96 km Population, as of 1.1.2014: ■ Viljandi 18,490 ■ Võhma 1391 ■ Mõisaküla 864 (Estonia’s smallest city)

matic hotel, Just Rest. A double room costs 35 per night. The hostel is located close to the swimming beach. ■

How to get there: A train connects Tallinn and Viljandi four times daily. The journey lasts about two hours and a ticket costs €7.50. A journey from Pärnu takes about 1-½ hours and leaves 16 times daily. The one-hour bus trip from Tartu departs 18 times daily.


Summer in Tartu

June Tartu is referred to as the City of Good Thoughts. It is Estonia’s second largest city and is home to the University of Tartu. Summertime in Tartu is full of wonderful events and activities, and many great restaurants too! Come and visit Tartu for a summer of fun.

The preliminary schedule is as follows: Thursday 17 July Qualifying Stage Shakedown Ceremonial Start in Tartu Friday 18 July FIA European Rally Championship Leg 1 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship Leg 1 Tartu city stage Open-air concert in Tartu

The race covers 235 kilometres in total, over a 99% gravel, 1% tarmac surface. The Rally will be broadcast to 20 million viewers throughout the world, thanks to Eurosport and partners. The start and finish will be Tartu’s city centre, passing through Toomemägi, the most beautiful area of the city. Rally Headquarters and Service Park will be located in Otepää. This promises to be an exciting event for the whole family, including concerts, a children’s playground, women’s area, and shopping. For more information visit: www.rallyestonia.ee; www.rallyestonia. com; or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages under the heading RallyEstonia.

7.06. Tartu Song Festival. The song festival tradition got its start in 1869 in Tartu, and continues to this day. The Tartu Song Festival “Then and Now”, celebrates Estonian composers, choirs, and the 150th birthday of the organist Miina Härma. www.laulupidu.tartu.ee 7.06. Võrtsjärve Fish and Handicraft Fair, Jõesuu. Try the delicious Võrtsjärve fish prepared in many different ways and sail on Võrtsjärve Lake with the sailboat “Paula”. Enjoy music and dancing as well. www.vortsjarv.ee

Picture Estonia through the National Geographic Window Since last summer, you can travel through southern Estonia and discover points of interest through the yellow window of the National Geographic. From June onwards, follow five different thematic tourism routes. There are four yellow windows located in Tartu County: Tartu Town Hall Square, Alatskivi Castle, the ancient valley of Järvselja, Lake Saadjärve Lake, and the Tõravere Observatory. There are ten yellow windows in total throughout southern Estonia. www.visitsouthestonia.com

Saturday 19 July FIA European Rally Championship Leg 2 FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship Leg 2 Round of Estonian Rally Championship Finish Podium and awards ceremony in Tartu

Discover Toomemägi – The window to Tartu! Starting in May, the University of Tartu is offering guided tours on Toomemägi. Toomemägi is Tartu’s birthplace. The fortress that sits atop the hill is where Tartu was first mentioned in medieval history. Tartu as an academic centre also got its start on Toomemägi. This summer’s guided tours introduce the visitor to Toomemägi with visits to the most important landmarks.

Medieval Tartu

A visit to Tartu’s Dome Church and University Treasury. The two-towered Tartu Cathedral is one of the Baltics most stunning brick Gothic building. The Tartu Treasury is Estonia’s only publicly exhibited medieval crypt. The view from the towers of the Tartu Cathedral is stunning.

Scientific Tartu A visit to the Tartu Observatory. Tartu’s Observatory is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the main attraction being a world famous Fraunhofer telescope. The Observatory also has many interesting informative and interactive exhibits.

4-9.06 Estonian Composers Festival or Eesti Heliloojate Festival (EHF) is one of Estonia’s largest music festivals. www.composer.ee 4-8.06 10th Tartu International Wind Instrument Festival "Mürtsub pill". This festival fills the streets of Tartu with wind instrument orchestras and ensembles, as well as many musical collectives. www.potartu.ee

Rally Racing in Tartu

This is the first time a European Rally Championship (ERC) will be taking place in Estonia. Auto24 Rally Estonia is FIA Europe’s official phase of the World Rally Championship taking place in Tartu and on the gravel roads of Southern Estonia. Take part in three actionpacked days of pure racing adrenaline. See some of the best drivers in Europe!

1.06 SEB 33rd Tartu Cycle Marathon, This is the largest bike rally in the Baltics, where professionals and amateurs come together to ride side by side. Children’s races are organised as well. www.tartumaraton.ee

Academic Tartu

A visit to University’s Festive Hall and Lock-up. The University of Tartu’s main building is a symbolic building in Tartu. This guided tour will take you to the hall, which is known for its good acoustics in Estonia. There will also be a tour to the lock-ups and an introduction to 19th century student life. For more information and bookings: muuseum@ut.ee, http://muuseum.ut.ee/

11-13.07 Tartu Hanseatic Days. The Hanseatic Days bring a part of Tartu’s history back to life, to a time when Tartu was the meeting point between the east and the west in trade and culture. The heart of the festival is the huge handicraft and farmer’s market. www.hansapaevad.ee 12.07 3rd Show Choir Party. The best of Estonian pop and rock music performed by amazing choirs and soloists. www.popkooripidu.ee 12.07 Tartu Mill Triathalon. The Tartu Mill Triathalon takes place at the same time as the Haseatic Days. The programme includes the European Cup stage for athletes, amateurs, and children. www.tartutriatlon.ee

August 1-3.08 Alatskivi Manor House Days, Alatskivi. The Manor House Days will take place on the magnificent grounds of Alatskivi. www. alatskiviloss.ee 4-9.08 Tartu Love Film Festival tARTuFF. The almost weeklong film festival in Tartu Town Hall Square boasts the largest outdoor screen in the Baltics, filling the evenings with romantic films. www.tartuff.ee

7-10.08 Tartu Music Week. This annual pop music festival fills the university town with free 23.06 Victory Day and Midsummer’s Eve in Raadi. concerts. www.tartu.ee www.tartumuusika.ee 29.06 Tartu Day. This annual event includes 15-16.08 XI Emajõe Festival. This festival is concerts, tours, competitions, and many more centred around Tartu’s most important natural exciting activities. Events will also be organised symbol, the Emajõgi River. Competitions, activby some of Tartu’s museums. ities, and concerts take place around the river www.kultuuriaken.tartu.ee that runs through Tartu’s city centre. www. tartu.ee/emajoefestival

July

10-16.07 Glasperlenspiel Music Festival. This music festival brings together musicians that interpret musical compositions from an unconventional perspective. Special instruments, unusual compositions, and links to other areas of the arts, like philosophy are what make this festival so spectacular. www.erpmusic.com

24.08 SEB 8th Tartu In-line Skating Marathon. The biggest in-line skating event in the Baltics and Scandinavia. www.tartumaraton.ee 30.08 Kallaste Fish and Onion Fair, Kallaste. The traditions of the residents near the shore of Lake Peipsi will be presented at this annual festival in Kallaste. www.sibulatee.ee

Tartu for Gourmands Tartu is also known for some of its great restaurants and is an ideal destination for food lovers. The 50 Best Restaurants of Estonia (www.flavoursofestonia.com) list includes the meat restaurant Meat Market, the London Hotel restaurant Polpo, the Antonius Hotel restaurant, the Italian restaurant La Dolce Vita, and the restaurant Cafe Truffe, as well as Werner café. Recently, there have been many new restaurant openings in Tartu, like Volga (http:// restoranvolga.ateen.ee), the French restaurant Päris Pariis (www.parispariis.ee), and German restaurant Graz

(www.graz.ee). Don’t forget about the pubs J. R. Schramm’s “Keller”, and Punane Ronk; ‘Red Raven’ – a micro-bar for gourmet beer lovers. The micro-bar can seat about 15 people and serves 50–60 different kinds of beer to its customers.

400 Years of Academic History Come to Toomemägi this summer to discover the rich history of the University of Tartu’s past and find out about science, art, astronomy, medicine, and student life from the 17th century to today. The main museum building of the University is situated in the medieval Dome Church that was turned into to the University Library at the beginning of the 19th century. Viewing platforms are located at the top of the towers of the building and are open from May to November, offering a stunning view over Tartu. The University Treasury can also be

found in the same building where you can discover some real rarities. In 2013, the University of Tartu History Museum opened the Mad Scientist’s Office, where you can get answers to many intriguing scientific questions like, why is the sky blue, does sugar melt in water, how to fish breathe under water, and many more! The Mad Scientist’s Office is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Every Saturday, from 11 am to 1 pm, the Mad Scientist performs different experiments in his office. www.ajaloomuuseum.ut.ee


Italian

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Authentic Italian food prepared by our Italian chefs. - Our pizzas are cooked in a wood fire oven. - Delicious pasta that melts in your mouth. - Located in the heart of Tartu. - A cosy summer terrace. - WiFi

The TaarapĂľllu Farm, located in beautiful South Estonia, produces organic juices, juice drinks, confitures, jams, dried berries, berry crisps, berry powders, concentrates and syrups. Our state-of-the-art berry crisps are essentially concentrated natural berries with a little bit of sugar. A one of a kind product you cannot find anywhere else in the world! Everything we make is clean, healthy and suitable for everyday consumption. Our products also make perfect gifts! Kangsti, Varstu vald, VĂľrumaa I Tel: +372 5919 0227 I www.taarapollu.ee I info@taarapollu.ee

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shopping

A sunny spectacle TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

The 2014 summer season is upon us, and why not update your look with a new pair of sunglasses. This year you will find some classic styles, like aviators and cat-eyes, but revamped with bursts of colour. We visited a few of Tallinn’s eyeglass shops and here are some of our favourite finds, for both men and women. ■

A bit of colour goes a long way with these large frames from Dior. Dior, €475, Norman Optika

Stand out from the crowd –this French company specialises in frames for active people and offers specific lenses for specific sports. Julbo, €235, Norman Optika

A classic cat-eye frame never goes out of style. Nina Ricci, €210, Norman Optika

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

■ Central Shopping

Centres

Foorum, Narva mnt 5. B2. Almost opposite the Viru Shopping Centre, Foorum houses a promenade of stylish boutiques.

Bright colours spruce up classic frames this season. Calvin Klein, €115, Norman Optika

These chunky black men’s frames are sturdy, yet fun. Emporio Armani, €165, Stock Optika

Rotermanni keskus, Rotermanni 8. B2. This modern shopping centre in the newly renovated Rotermanni district houses gourmet food shops, a Scandinavian furniture store, and many international clothing brands. Solaris, Estonia pst 9. B2. One of Tallinn’s newest shopping centres that houses a cinema, numerous restaurants, as well as a top-end supermarket.

Make a bold statement, these frames reflect colour all around. Carrera, €135, Tallinna Optika You can’t go wrong with black and white. Emporio Armani, €180, Stock Optika

These luxury men’s frames have timeless elegance. Chopard, €485, Tallinna Optika

Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4. B2. Twenty years ago the site of this shopping centre was nothing but a parking lot, right beside the Hotell Viru. In 2004, it turned into a modern shopping complex with over 100 stores.

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

Cartier never goes out of style. Cartier, €550, Tallinna Optika The small mosaic pattern on the arms adds a bit of exotic colour to these classic frames. Dolce & Gabbana, €355, Tallinna Optika

Postimaja Shopping Centre, Narva mnt 1. B2. The newest shopping centre in Tallinn houses an H&M.

Location Stock Optika Tartu mnt 18, Tallinn B3. Tallinna Optika Tartu mnt 6, Tallinn B3. Norman Optika Rävala 6, Tallinn B3.

Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Free bus from the port. A modern mall just outside of the city centre. Mustikas keskus, A.H.Tammsaare tee 116. Trolleys 1, 2 and 3. A shopping centre in the west end of the city. Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Free bus from the port. This massive centre was completed

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

■ Near the port: Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. A3 This shopping centre houses a food store, large liquor store, and top brand clothing and shoes can be found as well.

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

■ Food Markets Baltijaam (Train Station) – Kopli 1. A1. Keskturg (Central Market) – Keldrimäe 9. C3. Kalaturg (Fish Market) – Kalaranna 1. A2. Lasnamäe Market – Punane 48a. Mustamäe Market – E. Vilde tee 75a. Nõmme Market – Turu plats 8. A2. Sadama Turg – Sadama 25.


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beauty

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Total Body Relaxation After seeing the sights, relax and unwind with a massage.

TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, MARI PUKK, HOTEL TELEGRAAF

The full body classic massage at Central Ilusalong.

Thai oil massage is one of the most popular types of massage in Europe.

Estonia is already known for its long history of spa culture. There are many day spas in Tallinn where you can pamper yourself from head to toe. Beauty salons also offer massages in addition to their long lists of services. This month, we decided to explore some of the massages on offer in town, and even asked locals where they like to go. Located a short distance from Tallinn’s city centre, Thaiana Massage offers different Thai massages. Their masseurs come from Thailand and offer traditional Thai massage, Thai oil massage, Thai foot reflexology, and Thai aromatic oil massage. When we visited, we tried the Thai oil massage, and what a treat it was! It is one of the most popular types of massage in Europe now, and it’s clear why. The massage uses sensitive massage oil that does not contain any preservatives. The hour long massage (90 minutes available as well) is a deep, full body massage that starts at the feet and works its way up, finishing with a face massage. The result: you feel both energised and relaxed. After the massage, you are served tea in the waiting area, where you can relax for just a few more moments until heading back out into the world. Central Ilusalong is a full service beauty salon offering everything from hair dressing, to manicures and pedicures, and to,

of course, massage. The massage rooms and the salon are separated, so you can ensure total peace and quiet. Central Ilusalong offers many different types of massage. Your massage therapist will ask you about any problem areas and tailor a massage to suit your needs. Choose between classic massage, aromatherapy massage, lava stone massage, and more. We opted for the classic massage on our visit. The one hour full-body massage was relaxing and calming, and sore spots had been relieved. The Elemis Spa at Hotel Telegraaf is an oasis in the Old Town, and is open to non-hotel guests as well. Upon arrival you are assigned a locker so that you can change into a robe and slippers and let the relaxation begin. You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, and your massage will be tailored to your needs. My massage began with a skin brush, which helps boost circulation and a hot lime compress on my feet. Your

senses are immediately stimulated with the fresh lime scent. The oil that was used for the hour-long deep tissue massage had essential oils from sea buckthorn, sea fennel, lemon, and juniper that was better absorbed into the skin with rhythmic massage techniques. This massage was intense and by the end of the hour, you are in a deep state of relaxation. To gently wake you up, the massage therapist rings a small bell. After the massage, you can enjoy a glass of water for rehydration on a lounge chair by the pool. Use of spa facilities is included with procedures. ■

Location Thaiana Massage Koidu 62, Tallinn. Central Ilusalong Narva mnt 7c, Tallinn (First floor of the Park Inn Central Hotel) Elemis Spa Vene 9, Tallinn Old Town (Inside the Hotel Telegraaf )

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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum)

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Toompea 8, Tallinn Old Town, B1 www.okupatsioon.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18

■ Museums Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum)

Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum)

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

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

Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum)

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)

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

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

Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum) Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, I2 www.tmm.ee. We-Sa 10-18

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■ Art Museums & Galleries The African Elephant

Adamson-Eric Museum (Adamson-Ericu muuseum)

A day at the zoo

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

Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum) Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn, A4. www.kadriorumuuseum.ee Jan–Apr: We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17 May–June : Th 10–17, We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17

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

Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town, J1 www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/ 1.03-31.10 Tu-Su 10.30-18 1.11-29.02 Tu-Su 10-17.30

Miia-Milla-Manda Museum (Muuseum Miia-Milla-Manda) L. Koidula 21C, Tallinn B4 www.linnamuuseum.ee/miiamillamanda. Tu-Su 12-18

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

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

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

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

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

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The Tallinn Zoo has one of Northern Europe’s best collections of animals. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Animal lovers, young and old, will enjoy a trip to Tallinn’s zoo. This 87-hectare animal kingdom is home to rhinos, vultures, camels, polar bears, pythons, The zoo makes for a great family outing. lions, and more. One of the most interesting residents of the Tallinn Zoo are the rare Amur leopards. Springtime is an exciting time to visit the zoo because this is when the baby animals are born. This April, the Amur leopard Daria gave birth to triplets. The Amur leopard is one of the most endangered species on the planet, with an estimated total wild population of less than 50. The zoo is separated into different sections, like the Tropical House. Here you can see crocodiles and chimpanzees. At the elephant house, you can see a pygmy hippo, different snakes and tortoises, as The Grey seal well as elephants, of course. The Tallinn Zoo has one of the world’s best collections Insight into the life of mountain goats and sheep. in Estonia during three occupations Entrance to the zoo is free with the Tal(1940-1991) linn Card. Please enter from the main gate Temporary on Paldiski mnt. The Tallinn City Tour Blue exhibitions Line bus also stops at the zoo. The National ■ Commitee of the Location Republic of Estonia 70 Paldiski mnt 145 / Ehitajate tee 150, Rocca al Mare, Tallinn From the City Centre - trolley 6, bus 22 (Zoo stop) From Baltijaam Central Train Station – trolley 7, bus 21 (Zoo stop)

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


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

KOPLI

1, 2 9 Kopli Sepa Marati

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Kolde puiestee Ädala Lille

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

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E-tickets 1 hour ticket 1 day (24h) 3 days (72h) 5 days (120h) 30 days

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Where to buy

Linnu tee

Aiandi

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

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

Free

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

TALLINN CITY TOUR PIRITA

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

6-118-000

11-800 (+€0.74 / min)

www.pilet.ee, info@pilet.ee

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Red Line - City Centre Green Line - Pirita Blue Line - Rocca al Mare Tour routes last approximately one hour. All services begin at Viru Square. Tickets 16€ www.citytour.ee

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

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

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

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


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■ Getting to and from Tallinn

www.visitestonia.com Tartu

■ By bus:

■ Phone calls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWNTOWN / SÜDALINN: 0,58 / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mon - Fri 07:00 to 19:00; Sat 08:00 to 15:00 Parking is Free on Sundays and on public holidays ■ Bt air: i

OLD TOWN / VANALINN: 1,15 / 15 minutes Paid parking around the clock Parking for motorcycles (two-wheeled vehicles) is free of charge in the public paid-parking areas of Tallinn.

CITY CENTRE / KESKLINN: 0,26 / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mon - Fri 07:00 to 19:00; Sat 08:00 to 15:00 Parking is Free on Sundays and on public holidays

For more information: http://www.tallinn.ee/eng/Parkingin-Tallinn

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


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MAD MURPHY ’S

Opened Monday-Thursday 10:00 - 02:00, Friday -Saturday 10:00 - 04:00, Sunday 11:00- 02:00

irish pub & grill • Largest whisky selection in Estonia • Live music & karaoke • Located in the old town, overlooking the Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square) Mündi 2, Tallinna Phone: +372 6 011 070 info@madmurphys.ee

www.madmurphys.ee

Modern German restaurant Baieri kelder was founded in 1997 in the city centre of Tallinn. We offer new tasty dishes made according to Modern German recipes.

Only at Baieri Kelder – Enjoy local Estonian beer and Paulaner unfiltered beer from Munich in the bottle and on tap.

BRASSERIE & RESTORAN TELETORN at 175 metres high, is northern Europe’s highest restaurant! It offers magnificent views as far as Helsinki.

SUMMER CAFÉ

How to get here

Open Mon-Sat 12.00-23.00; Su 14.00-23.00 www.baierikelder.ee Roosikrantsi 2a, Tallinn • Phone +372 640 0040

Our pork hocks are the most popular in Estonia!

By bus: 34a, 38 Viru Keskus – Teletorn City Sightseeing Tallinn, green line Mere pst – Teletorn Takso24 +372 640 8927

Book a table:

+372 581 50020

Open daily: 10–23

Brasserie & Restoran Teletorn Kloostrimetsa tee 58a, Tallinn Tel +372 5815 0020 E-mail: restoran@teletorn.ee /RestoranTeletorn www.teletorn.ee/restoran

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

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