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The numbers are looking good ccording to Statistics Estonia, 431,421 foreign tourists stayed in overnight accommodation across Estonia. That is an increase of 9.6 per cent from last year. The growth in the first quarter sets a new record for inbound tourism to Estonia, something to be proud of indeed. What makes Estonia such popular destination? Certainly not the drizzly weather of late June! In the past year the number of direct flights to Tallinn has increased. The 2011 European Capital of Culture designation for Tallinn certainly put the city on the map, or rather reminded Europe where it was. The ease of travelling to Estonia makes Tallinn a prefect weekend getaway. But why not stay a little longer? Obviously I don’t need to tell you

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that summer is a great time to visit this northern European country. The program of summer concerts and other cultural events is a great reason to visit too. This issue is packed full of things to do. We have a guide to Tallinn’s port district. Do you enjoy nature? Why not go on a canoe trip along one of the many rivers in Estonia. Visit Põltsamaa, where Estonian fruit wine is produced. Or stay in Tallinn and dine at one of the many fabulous restaurants in town. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our summer guide for information on events and other destinations in Estonia outside of Tallinn.

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The capital of Estonia and birthplace of Skype will host the European Innovation Academy 2012. The Tallinn University of Technology, in co-operation with world famous Samsung and Microsoft are organising a large-scale event in Tallinn - The European Innovation Academy (EIA) from July 16 to August 3, 2012. It is the biggest training course in the field of innovation ever organised in Europe, bringing together experts from all around the world like Nobel Prize Winner Sir Harold Kroto, Professor Mark Harris, former head of INTEL, as well as top-level professors from Nordic countries. The EIA will provide a platform to learn and try out innovation management in an entrepreneurial way. EIA is suitable for engineering, science, and business students as well as professionals who are intending to pursue a career in innovative management.

Approximately 100 students from 25 different countries will participate. A winter innovation academy is planned for January. In my opinion the EIA conference is the best proof that small Estonia is at the forefront among innovative countries that offer outstanding opportunities to gain knowledge in the field of innovation, science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Therefore if you are a student, join the EIA and the wonderful spirit of Tallinn.

Anni Sinijärv, anni.sinijarv@ttu.ee Project Manager, Tallinn University of Technology www.ttu.ee/innovationacademy

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Under the full moon in August in Haapsalu, through the circular window of the Episcopal Chapel, the white lady makes her appearance. According to legend, the maiden appears to show the immortality of love. This legend is familiar to many Estonians. There were once strict rules forbidding women inside the walls of the Episcopal Castle. One man however, brought a young girl dressed as a boy into the castle. The secret was soon revealed and the girl was sentenced to be sealed alive in the walls of the Dome Church. The man

was put in prison and left to starve. The unfortunate girl waited for death between the walls. Â The White Lady performance has been shown in Haapsalu since 1979. The performance has been changed a little every year. Let's play White Lady, as the name of this year's performance suggests is playful and is set in both the past and present. â– 

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  01 Youth Football Championship  July 3-15 Estonia will compete in the under 19-year-old boys's football final. The 15 games of the tournament will be played in Tallinn, Rakvere, and Haapsalu. Playoffs will take part in the host country of Estonia. The tournament will bring some of the best young players to Estonia.    

02 South Estonian Rally

 The year's biggest rally will take place from July 20-21, 200km from Tallinn in Otepää. There are 12 speed tests, each 162km in length, of which 5.2km are on asphalt. Auto24 Rally Estonia will feature several artists from Estonia, for example, Getter Jaani and Ott Lepland from Eurovision.    

03 Open-air Opera Night in Pärnu

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 July 10 to August 10, the Summer Aria Pärnu festival will feature many great music events in the evenings. In early August, enjoy the sounds of Mozart's Titus.    

04 Tango Charm in Tallinn

Tango Festival 2012 will bring Argentinian tango enthusiasts to Tallinn. The tango quintet, Quinteto Ange will perform July 14 in the White Hall of the Estonia Theatre. On July 13, Estonia's tango stars with shine at the Tallinn port. Aires de Finlandia will perform July 15 at the seaplane harbour with Petri Kaivanto and Alejandro Polemann.   

05 Caribbean Beach Party

 Kabli, a small town about an hour's drive south from Pärnu, is known to seafarers and for its Sunset Festival. 60 concerts and other events will take place on the sandy beaches of the small town throughout the summer. Enjoy the performances of Estonian stars Getter Jaani July 7, Lenna Kuurmaa and Märt Avandi July 12, and Singer Vinger July 18.


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Hit the beach! Go west from Tallinn to Laulasmaa and Klooga Beach (Kloogaranna). Why not rent a bike to get there? The distance is only 35 kilometres. You will discover summer in Estonia – though neither sunshine nor heat are guaranteed! Many nice beaches can be found along the road such as Vääna. Enjoy superb sea views from the plateau. Make a stop at VäänaJoa and admire the small waterfall. If you feel like swimming just choose the area

you like most. If you are biking you can come back by train from Klooga Beach, but check the timetable beforehand. It’s hard to believe that the whole area was covered with military airfields, missile ramps, garrisons, and radar installations only 20 years ago. The town of Paldiski, located another 15 kilometres away was once a closed navy base. ■

A Photographic History of Narva Follow the changes in Narva between 1944-1990 as seen through the eyes of the photographers in the city. The exhibition at the Narva castle gives excellent insight into Soviet life and propaganda. They depict everyday life and changes in the city. Narva, on the Estonian-Russi-

an border was one of the nicest baroque towns in northern Europe until Soviet air raids wiped it out in 1944. After that, it was to become a Soviet town with a proletarian population. Narva is located 210 kilometres east of Tallinn. www.narvamuuseum.ee ■

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Matsalu National Park and Bird Sanctuary Birds love Estonia because of the wetlands. The Matsalu National Park, founded in 1957, is there to protect nesting, moulting, and migratory birds. There are 282 bird species, 49 fish species, and 47 mammal species, as well as 772 species of

vascular plants. The landscapes are unique with floodplains, reed beds, coastal meadows, wooded meadows, and islets. The Matsalu National Park is located 130 kilometres south west of Tallinn. www.keskkonnaamet.ee ■

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

Day 1 in Tallinn

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

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

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

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

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

Day 2 in Tallinn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See the Red Hot Chili Peppers live on July 30 in Tallinn.

A summer of festivities TEXT: TOOMAS KÄBIN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, ANTON KLINK, CONCERT ORGANIZERS

■ Festival Country Summer is festival time in Estonia with events ranging from sophisticated world-class events to local village fairs. The key to their success is keeping a strong sense of national identity yet adding a dimension of constant change and innovation.

strange as that may sound. Beer tents are plenty, as is bratwurst, music, food and Stimmung. Beer is foaming and spirits are high. Many of Estonia’s top bands perform. If you don’t like beer or pop-rock you can find wine and alternative music such as jazz as well. www.ollesummer.ee

■ Õllesummer - July 4-7 The Õllesummer (Beer Summer) at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is the largest beer festival north of and next to Oktoberfest in Munich. The Beer Summer is a true family event –

■ Baltoscandal July 4-7, Rakvere Baltoscandal has positioned itself as the oldest theatre festival in the Baltics with a definite international touch. This year 18 performances will be given over four days. Everything is of a different kind with installations and alternative theatre. Rak-

vere is located 100 km east of Tallinn, close to the beautiful Lahemaa National Park. www.baltoscandal.ee

■ Tallinn Maritime Days – July 13-15 Estonia is a nation of seafarers and Tallinn is a maritime city, thus the Maritime Days are among the most popular events, even with locals. This year the newly renovated Seaplane hangars that are part of the Maritime Museum will be in the limelight. Events will also take place around the Admiralty basin with vendors, musicians, and food. Environmental and sustainability issues will be a big part of the festival. www.tallinnamerepaevad.ee ■ Misso Folk – July 14 Misso is a village close to the Russian border in south eastern Estonia. Under the dormant cover there is a bustling cultural life that can be enjoyed on July 14 at the Misso Folk Festival. Visitors will have the possibility to see a glimpse of the ancient Seto culture with, influences from Estonia and Russian orthodox traditions, which is unique even among Estonians. Misso is located 260 km south east of Tallinn. www.misso.ee

■ The Saaremaa Opera Days

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– July 16-22 The highlight of the Saaremaa Opera Days, which take place in the picturesque town of Kuressaare on the equally picturesque island of Saaremaa will be The Helikon Theatre from Moscow and their performance of Mussorgski’s Boris Godunovi. Other operas are Maria Stuart by Donizetti and The Barber of Sevilla by Rossini. Most operas and concerts are

given in the impressive medieval Kuressaare castle. Concerts can also be enjoyed in churches around the island. Kuressaare is located 220 km south west of Tallinn. www.concert.ee/saaremaa-ooperipaevad-2012

■ Tartu Hansa Days - July 20-22 The university city of Tartu has traditions dating back to the Hanseatic League and beyond. The Hanseatic League is rightfully associated with trading and commerce, which is one of the themes of the Tartu Hansa Days. Another theme is physics, with the International Physics Olympiad that recognises the academic strength of Tartu. Tartu is located 190 km south east of Tallinn. Air connections are avlaible via Tallinn and Helsinki. www.hansapaevad.ee

■ Viljandi Folk Music Festival - July 26-29 The theme of the XX Viljandi Folk Music Festival is Man’s Song with performers not only from Estonia but also from Corsica, Brittany, Georgia, and Québec. Male songs honour the man, and make the eyes of the women sparkle. The Viljandi Folk Festival brought to mind memories of Woodstock when it was founded. Ever since, it has developed into

one of the most prestigious folk festivals in northern Europe. Performers come from all over the world. Viljandi is located 160 km south of Tallinn. www.folk.ee

■ Red Hot Chili Peppers July 30 Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the world’s most popular and successful rock bands have included Tallinn as a stop on their world tour with yet another amazing concert at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Tickets: ticketpro.ee

■ Lady Gaga August 25 See Lady Gaga, as part of her latest tour at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Known for her electrifying performances, this show promises to be magnificent. The tour consists of 110 concerts worldwide and will finish in March 2013. Tickets: www.ticketpro.ee

■ The Nicest Concerts in the Churches of Estonia – July 3-28 The Nicest Concerts in the Churches of Estonia is a tour covering 21 churches around the country with top Estonian musicians and singers Maria Listra and Jassi Zahharov. The church settings are beautiful, and the musicians professional. Tickets and information: www.piletilevi.ee

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In the Old Town centre, near the Town Hall Square, is the newly opened shop that sells old vinyl records. The stock is mostly made up of old Soviet era records. Choose between classical music, and legendary rock records from the Beatles' repertoire. Prices are reasonable. You can also browse through "import records", which include the works of many western artists and were generally very hard to come by during the Soviet period.

This year's Man and woman - nude art show brings artists from the shores of the Baltic Sea to Pärnu. The exhibit features artists from Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Finland, each with their own interpretation of the theme: man, woman, and the sea. Admire large paintings, soft watercolours, photography, and much more. The show is now in its third year. The exhibition started in June and runs until September 3. Location The Museum of New Art in Pärnu (Uue Kunsti Muuseum Pärnus) Esplanade 10, Pärnu   

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Treats from the 1930s The 55th birthday of the Estonian Open Air Museum celebrated the opening of the village store as well. Old and new meet at the Bank of Estonia Museum.

Estonian president on Twitter Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonia’s president made the “Twitterati 100” list as the “who’s who of the foreign policy Twitterverse in 2012.” Ilves posts regularly and made the headlines recently with his rant against New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

In the green

Large spider found in bastions The European Cave Spider or Meta menardi was found living the medieval underground tunnels of Tallinn. They are Estonia’s biggest spider and only discovered in the country in 1990. They measure a little larger than the two-euro coin. The spider lives in darkness and is not harmful to humans.

Learn about the history of money, modern banking operations, and everything in between at the Bank of Estonia Museum.

English proficiency high among Estonian students

TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

English proficiency was found to be the fourth highest of 14 countries where standardised tests were carried out. The European high commission published the study recently. 53,000 lower European Union secondary school students took part in the study.

Bicycle medics in Tallinn’s Old Town Since 2009, paramedics on bicycles have been helping tourists in the Old Town during the summer season. It is easier for the bicycle medics to manoeuvre the narrow Old Town streets and response time is three and a half minutes.

2.1 million euro for diaspora From 2009-2011, 2.1 million euros have been given for education, culture, and heritage studies for Estonians living abroad. Another 1.49 million will be given for 2012-2013. The money has been used to study émigré Estonian cultural heritage and publish works both academic and popular. Other cultural festivals including the ESTO festivals also received funding.

Estonia climbs one place in EU’s GDP rankings Last year, Estonia’s GDP was 67% of the EU average. It places the country 21st, one place higher than the previous year. Luxembourg was at the top of the list. Lithuania placed 24th and Latvia 25th. Romania and Bulgaria were at the bottom of the list.

The spirited opening of the village store.

TEXT AND PHOTOS MIKKO SAVIKKO

The village shop has been brought from Laulu Village in Rapla County. It truly gives you a feel for 1938. At that time, Mrs. Tikerberg and her daughter ran the shop. The shop is always open during museum hours and sells everything from lamps to sweets, basically everything that was for sale 75 years ago. Loose candy is packaged in paper, and beer is sold in old-fashioned bottles. The store's back room houses a seamstress, as was customary in the old days. Have period clothing sewn and fitted for you upon order.

The Estonian Open Air Museum is located at the beach, one kilometre from the Rocca al Mare shopping centre. The houses at the museum have been collected from all over Estonia and give insight into rural history and architecture. The museum also has a working inn that serves traditional Estonian farm food. ■

Location West of Tallinn, in the Haabersti district. Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum), Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12

The Bank of Estonia Museum opened a new exhibition hall at the beginning of the year and celebrated its 15-year anniversary. The building, which used to house the Estonian Nobility's Credit Union, is more than one hundred years old.  The exhibits are housed in three different halls and cover the following topics: the history of the Estonian currency, money production, and the organisation of the Bank of Estonia. Start with a display of the history of Estonian currency, then move through time to see the progression of the Estonian banking system. See old money once used by ancient merchants and learn about modern banking technology as well. Finally, see Estonia's participation in world trade over the last 100 years.  To add to the interesting collection, there is also an exhibit that shows how money is made and explains how to identify counterfeit bills. The museum also gives an overview of the

financial system and discusses Estonia and the Euro. Learn about Estonian history and culture and about the people on the old Estonian crown notes, poet Lydia Koidula and linguist Jakob Hurt to name a few. ■

Location Bank of Estonia Museum (Eesti Panga muuseum), Estonia pst. 11. Open T-F 12-17 and Sa 11-16


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A proper grill Casa do Brazil serves Latin American delicacies near the heart of Tallinn.

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Brazilian food is not yet very well known in Estonia, but after eating at Casa do Brazil, that's about to change.

The Kreutzwald hotel restaurant recently changed into the Latin American restaurant Casa do Brazil. The décor is reminiscent of the hotel, but pleasant nonetheless. Ceiling fans create a sense of being in the tropics. The restaurant is also where the hotel breakfast is served in the mornings.  At lunchtime (12.00-15.00), the restaurant is filled with hotel guests, tourists, and locals alike. The soup (2.50) comes served with salad and bread. Larger portions can be had for 3.50.  The best feature is of course the abundance of food on the menu. A good selection of seafood is available as either an entrée or main. Meat dishes are cooked on the lava stone grill. Picanje is a big beefsteak cooked on the lava stone grill. You can choose potatoes, rice, or vegetables on the

Casa do Brazil is the perfect place to enjoy a great meal with friends.

side. Our server recommended Picanje to us, and it was truly tasty. The local Estonian beef was especially delicious and tender, and the wok vegetables along with the mango salsa added an exotic flare and freshness to the dish. It's worth a try! Our server also recommended the mussels and Brazilian seafood casserole. The wine list featured a few bottles of Brazilian wine. The house red paired will with the sea-

food dishes and the beef. The prices fall somewhere between Old Town restaurant and Kopli pub prices. The desserts were around 5 and the main courses between 8-18.50. A bottle of house wine costs 17. Children have their own menu, with prices that range between 2.50 to 4.50. There is also a play area for children, should they become restless and no longer want to sit at the table. Mojitos and other cocktails, as well as the

food can be enjoyed outside on the terrace. Live bands often play Latin music on Saturday nights. ■

Location Tõnismägi, about 10 minutes from Independence Square towards the National Library of Estonia. Casa do Brazil, Endla 23, Tallinn Map Code C1

Every room in the hotel is unique.

A good cru Eat and sleep in the lap of luxury at Cru. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

It did not take long for word to get around about Cru. Upstairs, the 15-room boutique hotel offers peaceful accommodation. Downstairs, the restaurant menu balances classic and modern, local and international for a truly unique dining experience. Let’s start upstairs. Upon entering a deluxe suite that faced the Old Town main street Viru, I almost forgot where I was. It was so quiet. For anyone that has stayed in the Old Town before,

they know that the old stone buildings echo the sounds of the busy tourist-filled streets below. In other words, it’s noisy. Each of the rooms is unique and range from standard to deluxe to suite sizes. In the basement, guests can enjoy use of a small swimming pool and sauna. One of the stunning features of the restaurant on the main floor is the courtyard patio located at the side of the building. Again, it is so peaceful that you almost forget where you are.

Chef Dimitri Haljukov's dishes are seasonally inspired and colourful.

Chef Dimitri Haljukov is currently serving his summer menu. This new menu focuses on light summer fare –salads, local fish, vegetables and so on. Haljukov ensures that there is something for everyone. To start, the lightly smoked moose tartar (10.50) has a lovely earthy flavour with the marinated milk mushrooms it was served with. The Arctic char, served with saffron mashed potatoes (16) was perfectly cooked. The chef told me that Cru was the only restaurant in Estonia (as far as he

The courtyard patio is so peaceful that you almost forget where you are.

was aware of ) that was serving this fish. To finish, the rhubarb crème brulée (5) was rich, yet refreshing. Not feeling that hungry, but still want to enjoy the terrace? Nibble on a cheese or meat platter for two (12) while sipping on a glass of wine from the diverse wine list. ■

Location CRU Viru 8, Tallinn Old Town Map Code H2. www.cruhotel.eu www.crurestoran.eu


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Tallinn's por most stylish shopping and dining centre in the port district. Super Alko takes up most of the main floor, and upstairs there are many boutiques, beauty salons, and restaurants. The Merekeskus is the oldest shopping centre in the area. The two-level complex houses many

clothing stores and souvenir shops. The prices are cheap and you can also try bargaining. There is a café and a bar on the upper level and on the main level is a liquor store. The SadaMarket is situated near the A Terminal near the parking lot. The complex was built bet?

Local produce is available at the Sadama Market.

The port area of Tallinn continues to grow at an alarming rate. New restaurants and shopping centres are popping up everywhere. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

After arriving in Tallinn by cruise ship, you need not go far for a meal, or shopping. The Viking Line store, Sadama Market, and many different kinds of restaurants are diversifying the area. Everything is available to you, as soon as you step off the cruise ship. One of the biggest shops in the area is the Viking Line Quality

Outlet. The food section on the lower floor of the Lootsi Centre sells everything from beef tenderloin to whitefish caviar (frozen). The beverage selection is even bigger. Prices are comparable to those on the cruise ships. Top brand clothing and shoes can be found as well. Find designer labels, like Calvin Klein, Burberry, Gant, and Armani. Many of the styles are samples, or one-offs. To give you an idea of the prices, Armani and Polo shirts are under 50 and

Gant gloves are under 100. You can also find other brand name shirts for as low as 9.90. Although the shopping centre has already been open for a few years, it is not until recently that it started to take off. Many shops have stood empty, and renovations have been on-going. The increase in new store owners is changing all of this. The old storerooms have been renovated and the entire complex is now the

A meal for every taste Tallinn's harbour area is filled with many kinds of restaurants for both fast and slow food. TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Neh was voted one of Estonia's top restaurants.

Tokyo 55 On the second floor of the Sadamarket is sushi restaurant offering a large selection of Japanese dishes. Prices start at 1,60. Take away is available as well.  Sadamarket, 2nd floor, Kai 5/ Sadama 6, Tallinn. Map Code A2.   The Seven Seas  A stone's throw away from the A terminal is the Seven Seas restaurant serving soups, meat dishes, salads, and pizzas. It is easy to stop

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t area gets a facelift ween 2001-2005 and was completed in three stages. Inside you can find many small boutiques, larger stores, cafés, restaurants, and beauty salons. The "new" market of the port district is located right in the centre of things. The Sadama Turg sells local Estonian produce, and various other meats, cheeses, and

at is great for people-watching.

dairy products. Complement your picnic with a bottle of wine from the small shop inside. Near the Tallink or D Terminal is another shopping centre where you can find alcohol and sweets. If you are walking from the terminal to the port then you will certainly pass by it.

lux, Sportland, pharmacy, eyeglass store, and cosmetics. What makes this place unique is the Saaremaa Sepad (blacksmiths) shop selling wrought iron items. Admire the high quality work and the range of products available. The closest service station to the Tallink Terminal is the Statoil Eesti Sadam (Lootsi 1). Right next to it is the Liviko store that has a huge selection of Estonian drinks and spirits including Viru Valge vodka, Vana Tallinn liqueur, as well as other popular brands and wines. An even bigger Liviko store can be found behind the Lootsi Centre.  Parking in the port district costs 2 for 24 hours. Free parking spaces can also be found.

Everything is available to you as soon as you step off the cruise ship.

Long lines of bottles fill the shelves of the many liquor stores located at the port.

Viking Line Quality Outlet Store is one of the biggest in the port.

Right next to this shopping centre is the Norde Centrum where you will find fewer tourists. Many Estonians shop here, mostly to go to the Rimi grocery store. Inside there is another alcohol store that specialises in quality wines and has a good variety of spirits. You will find a Seppälä, Esprit, Nova-

Location Merekeskus, Mere pst. 10 Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8 Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7 SadaMarket, Kai 5 / Sadama 6 Sadama Turg, Sadama 25-4. Super Alko Uus-Sadama 19/11, Lootsi 4 Alko.ee, Lootsi 4. AlkoMarket OÜ Paadi 14 A. Liviko Lootsi 3A ja Lootsi 8. Saaremaa Sepad is located in Norde Centrum.

Enjoy simple grilled meats and Finnish music at Kekkonen.

Kochi Ait is the new brew pub near the D Terminal.

in for a quick bite if you are coming from the ship. The sunny terrace is usually filled with people. Sadamarket, 1st floor, Sadama 8, Tallinn. Map Code A2. Taldrik Inside the Sadamarket mall is Taldrik (or plate in English). They offer grilled foods like burgers and steaks, as well as pizza. Sadamarket, Map Code A2

Kekkonen The Kekkonen restaurant is situated near the D Terminal on the third floor of the Lootsi Centre. Enjoy simple grilled meats and top Finnish hit songs. Lootsi 8, Tallinn. Map Code A3 Kochi Aidad, Tavern and Coffee Shop   Kochi Aidad is the new brew pub near the D Terminal. The menu

offers a wide variety of foods including a half-day breakfast. The pleasant café is next door and serves inexpensive and tasty lunches. Lootsi 10, Tallinn. Map Code A3 City Marina This modern restaurant is located right next to the Admiralty Basin. The terrace is a nice place to enjoy a meal and to watch the traffic in

the port. Kuunari, Tallinn. Map Code A2. Neh A short walk from the D terminal takes you to one of the best restaurants in town. Neh is run by the kitchen staff from Pädaste Manor on Muhu Island, and was voted as one of Estonia's top restaurants. Lootsi 4, Tallinn. Map Code A3. ■


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Rotermanni Centre, the new destination for gastronomes? Wine and dine at the Rotermanni Centre. "Drink-in" or takeaway a bottle of great wine at Kork.

TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Great restaurants and cafés surround the Rotermanni Centre, located in Tallinn's city centre. Inside however, the centre has seen many different kinds of shops. The recently opened Kork Wine Bar and Store, and Juustukuningad are turning this centre into a destination for foodies.

Kork Wine Bar and Store is located just across from Juustukuningad. The shop has a great selection of wines, ciders, and spirits. In the back of the store, facing the street is the wine bar. Here you can sit either inside or outside and sip on a glass of wine while enjoying a light snack. Their menu consists of bruschettas, salads, cheese, and meat platters ideal for sharing.

Juustukuningad (or Cheese Kings in English) is Estonia’s first Dutch cheese shop. They have many different kinds of Gouda, including aged and infused cheeses. Colourful wheels line the shelves of the store, and all cheeses are available for tasting. The shop also sells a selection of knives and cutting boards. Jams and preserves are sold to accompany the cheese.

A glass of wine with a view The Luscher & Matiesen terrace on Toompea is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

Believe it or not, Estonia had a wine culture during the first period of independence. The story starts in 1910 when Swiss-born Arnold Lüscher and Estonian Paul Matiesen decided to open a vodka factory in Moscow. Due to the October Revolution, the pair were forced to leave. In 1921, they decided to open a cellar in

Matiesen’s hometown of Tallinn and began importing spirits into Estonia. They imported such products as Barton & Guestier wines, Gordon’s Gin, Johnnie Walker whisky, and Edmond Dupuy cognac. Their business flourished and by 1929 their Toompea cellars held over 200,000 litres of wine. In addition to the cellars, they also opened a wine bar and shop on Kuninga that was very

popular in its day. After the start of the war, the pair was forced to close their doors. Fast forward to 2009: Luscher & Matiesen reopened and have begun importing wine from France and Spain, with plans to expand their product line. In the summer they open a terrace almost overlooking Tallinn in the upper part of the Old Town on Toompea. They serve both a

French white and a Spanish Red under their label, as well as small snack menu. Follow their updates on Facebook to find out about upcoming live music events. Cash only. ■

Location Kohtu 12. Tallinn Map Code A2.

Live jazz bands play frequently. The music events are promoted on their Facebook page. Don’t feel like staying out? Grab a bottle of wine from Kork, and some cheese from Juustukuningad to take home and enjoy. ■

Location KORK Veinibaar ja Pood Juustukuningad Rotermanni 5, Tallinn Map Code B2

Tasting Notes 2010 Luscher & Matiesen White Wine This style of wine was popular in Estonia in the 1920s and 30s. A simple, yet elegant wine that is fresh with floral and citrus notes. Enjoy as an aperitif. Girond, Bordeaux, France 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Colombard, 20% Ugni Blanc 11.5% alc/vol 2012 Luscher & Matiesen Red Wine This wine is produced according to tradition and aged in oak barrels. It has hints of ripe strawberry. Enjoy this light red alongside cheese, pasta, and meat dishes. Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain 100% Tempranillo 12% alc/vol


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Paddling in Estonia There are many companies organising canoe trips in Estonia. Less experienced paddlers are encouraged to organise a guided tour.   Organised canoe trips can be arranged through the following companies:   ■ Soomaa.com Canoe trips in Soomaa National Park.   ■ Estonian Nature Tours. Canoe trips in Matsalu National Park.   ■ Seikle Vabaks. Canoe trips near Pärnu.   ■ 360 kraadi. Canoe trips in Hiiumaa and near Tallinn.   ■ Matkajuht. Canoe trips in southern Estonia, as well as Ahja and Võhandu rivers.   ■ Reimann Retked. Sea canoe trips around the small Sommaa Islands.

The sounds of silence There are thousands of rivers in Estonia, perfect for canoeing.

■ Matsalu National Park The 3000 hectare reed-covered area of the park makes a unique setting for a canoe trip. Through the large reed beds flows the 112 kilometre-long Kasari River. Canoeing is easy on this river because it is straight and there are hardly any rapids. Strong winds however, will sometimes make you work hard. The river flows under the shade of the forest and the sounds of thousands of crickets and grasshoppers are the best soundtrack as you paddle along. Many different species of birds can be spotted. You can really hear the peaceful silence of the wilderness, lost among the reeds. You are not allowed to bring your own canoe into the park, but you can rent one from the local nature tour company. Get more out of your trip by taking along a guide who will tell you about Matsalu's nature and history. The trip will generally take you three to four hours. There are no maintained campsites or beaches.   ■ Soomaa National Park Located between Pärnu and Viljandi, Soomaa National Park is perhaps one of Estonia's most famous canoe destinations. The following rivers flow through the park: Halliste, Raudna ja Lemmjõe.

In addition to the marshes, this park has dunes, meadows, and glorious forests. Beautiful old oak trees grow on the dunes, each one lovelier than the last. In Soomaa there are a number of RMKs (Estonian Forest Management Centre) who maintain the campsites. Soomaa is a great place to spend a few days. The rivers generally flow calmly. You may come across the odd fallen tree along the way.

■ Southern Estonia The landscape in southern Estonia is different from the rest of the country. There are steep hills, farmland, and spruce trees. In

addition to the rivers, there are numerous lakes in the area. Beaver dams and rapids create many challenges for paddlers. Estonia's longest river, Võhandu (162 km), is another one of the most popular canoeing destinations. The Võhandu marathon is held in the spring, which runs 100 km from Võru to Lake Peipsus. Waterfalls, dams, and flood zones make this river a good challenge for advanced paddlers. First time paddlers are encouraged to take along a guide. Another favourite river in southern Estonia is Ahja, which flows into the Emajõgi. Ahja is beautiful and surrounded by uni-

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que red sandstone cliffs. It is considered one of the most scenic rivers in Estonia. ■ Lahemaa National Park Some of the most picturesque rivers are located along the north coast of Estonia, where you can often find a waterfall as well. The closest canoe destination to Tallinn can be found in Lahemaa National Park. Lahemaa's nature is diverse with its spruce trees, meadows, and marshes.   The Valge River, which flows into the Gulf of Finland, is the largest tributary and also the most favoured by paddlers. The river is well suited for more advanced paddlers because of its rapids. Canoe portaging is required in some places. Campsites can be found at Nõmmeveski. Organised canoe trips can be arranged for the Loobu River. ■


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A Unique Maritime Museum Mr Urmas Dresen, Director of the Estonian Maritime museum welcomes you to one of Europe’s most exciting new maritime museums – The Seaplane Harbour.

and experience Lembit as it was in its heyday. You also have a seaplane – the Short Type 184 It is a full-scale replica of the Short Type 184, a British pre-WWII seaplane, which was used by the Estonian armed forces. The short Type 184 has earned its place in military history by being the first aircraft ever to attack an enemy ship with an air-launched torpedo. None of the original seaplanes have survived, thus our replica is the only full-size Short Type 184 in the world.

Mr Urmas Dresen inaugurated the museum in May. TEXT: TOOMAS KÄBIN PHOTO: ANDREI CHERTKOV

The Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the British Second Sealord Vice Admiral Charles Montgomery and director Mr Urmas Dresen inaugurated the museum in May after the completion of the two-year renovation, and many years of ownership disputes. What does the museum display? What we have on display comprises more than a couple of hundred large exhibits. It revitalises the colourful history of Estonia with influences by tsarist Russia, WW II, and 50 years of Soviet occupation. With the help of modern

multimedia, the Seaplane Harbour tells exciting stories about Estonian maritime and military history promising a sea of excitement to the whole family.

Lembit is still in excellent condition offering a glimpse of 1930s technology. The submarine’s interior is fully restored providing museum visitors with an extraordinary opportunity to go on board

Sometimes museums in Estonia are considered boring – look but don’t touch - what about the Seaplane museum? The museum’s guests can take a trip in the simulators to enjoy a flight above Tallinn or go on a journey around the world in the Yellow Submarine, or navigate the Gulf of Tallinn.

What is the history of the hangars? The hangars were built in 1916 and 1917 as a part of Peter the Great’s sea fortress. They are the world’s first reinforced concrete shell structures of this size. Charles Lindbergh, who performed the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean landed here in the 1930s. The hangars also served as a summer resort to the Estonian air force unit and as a closed military base to the Soviet Army. How did you finance the project? The construction has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund for development of cultural and tourism objects of national importance. The Tallinn University of Technology helped us with the technical solutions. ■

One of the attractions is the submarine Lembit. Tell us more. Lembit is the centrepiece of the new museum. It was built in the UK in 1936 for the Estonian navy. Lembit served in WWII under the Soviet flag after the Soviet occupation. It remained in service for 75 years, being the oldest submarine in the world still in use until it was hauled ashore last year. What are the specifics of Lembit?

SOME FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE NEW MUSEUM: ■ The Seaplane Harbour’s exhibition area is approximately 6,500 m2 – the total area of more than 33 tennis courts. ■ The main exhibits are displayed in the hangars under domes with a thickness of 8 to 15cm. ■ The oldest exhibit is the Maasilinn shipwreck, which originates from the mid-sixteenth century. In comparison, the Vasa ship in Stockholm, Sweden is nearly a century younger.

■ Visitors can board a submarine and imagine themselves back in the year 1936. ■ The heaviest exhibit is the submarine Lembit weighing approximately 600 tones or the equivalent of 375 medium-sized motorcars. Watch a video of the Seaplane Harbour at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5aQIn0ge9k&feature=player_embedded


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A safe tan The Baltic Guide went to test the selftanning procedure "Touch of the Sun" at Sothys beauty salon. TEXT KIRLI LEMBINEN IMAGES SOTHYS BEAUTY SALON

Although tanned skin is beautiful to look at, sunbathing (both outside and in tanning beds) must be done in moderation and with proper protection! Sun tanning creams and sprays give you the colour without the risk. The treatment begins with body exfoliation. Sothys Delicious Scrub contains nutmeg, ginger, sea salt and corn oil that mois-

turise and leave your skin silky smooth. The body scrub is then rinsed off in the shower and Sothys self-tanning cream is applied. Unlike other self-tanning creams, this one has no unpleasant odour but rather a nice scent of vanilla. The cream contains a colourless derivative of sugar cane (erythrulose), which reacts with proteins and amino acids on a superficial layer of the skin. This gives you a more tanned complexion without any spots.

Both the body scrub, and self-tanning cream are applied through massage. After the treatment you are left relaxed, with lovely smooth and lightly tanned skin.

If you want a long-term effect or a darker result, why not buy some self-tanning cream to take home. The procedure can be repeated after 2-3 days. ■

Location Sothys Beauty Salon, Liivalaia 53, Stockmann 5th floor. Tallinn Map Code B3

The nail experts The Nail Lounge is the first salon in Estonia to offer an OPI-only experience. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV

The staff at Nail Lounge sure know nails, but more importantly they give an excellent manicure and pedicure. Summer is a time to relax and not worry about your nail polish chipping off in the sand and in the water. The OPI Gel Colour manicure or pedicure is the perfect solution to this problem. The colour stays on your nails for up to three weeks, and usually clients come back to the salon with the colour having grown out, rather than chipped. I decided to put this to the test and try a Gel Colour mani-

cure. What is different about this manicure is that your hands must remain dry. Your nails are first filed and cleaned. The base coat is then applied, followed by the colour of your choice, and then a top coat. Between each application of polish, your nails are placed under a UV light to dry. Once the manicure is finished your nails are dry and your hands are given a quick massage. The entire procedure takes about an hour and costs 24.50. After two weeks, my nails had grown out and were only slightly chipped on the thumbnails. I had been on vacation during this time,

My nails were just as shiny as the first day.

so it would be safe to assume that the chipping came from packing and having to carry around a heavy suitcase. The polish did not lose its shine and was still as sheeny as it was on the first day. This varies with different nail types and conditions. For example, the polish does not stand up well to extremely humid conditions. It is recommended that you return to the salon to have your nails touched up, or the colour removed altogether. While it is possible to remove the colour yourself, going back to the salon will ensure that your nails are left in good condition. To remove the polish, a pad soaked

with nail polish remover is placed on top of the nail and then wrapped in aluminium foil. After 10 minutes, the colour comes off almost as one piece. Some residual colour is left on your nails, which is then polished off by the technician. A touch-up with the same colour costs 24.50, 28 for a new colour, or 24.50 to have the polish removed completely. This includes a manicure. ■

Location Nail Lounge Mere pst 6A, Tallinn Map Code A2 www.naillounge.ee


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Where to golf in Estonia Enjoy inexpensive golf all over Estonia.

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TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN PHOTOS: SUUREST

There is no shortage of golf enthusiasts in Estonia. Golf is a relatively new sport to Estonia, so it is easy to book space on the greens. Of the seven golf clubs in Estonia, together they have a few thousand members, most of which are foreigners. Estonian golf courses are well kept. Prices are relatively inexpensive, especially for tourists. Membership has grown extensively, particularly at the Suuresta Golf Club, which attracts members with the low-cost Green Card training courses.   There are many golf travel packages available that are offe-

red by tour operators, ferry companies, hotels, and the golf clubs themselves. Some include accommodation, travel, and course fees, making a package deal that saves you money. Golfing in Estonia only started back in 1993. Since then the sport has grown and continues to grow in popularity. The courses themselves are growing in popularity among golf enthusiasts and professionals alike. In 2009, the Estonian Golf & Country Club was voted one of Golf World's TOP100 European Courses. And what's even better, Estonian summer days are long, which means you can play later into the evenings. ■

Summer 2012 Golf Course and Prices in Estonia: Course Green Fee / 18-hole Around Tallinn Suuresta 39/48€ EG & CC 70€ Niitvälja 49/59€   Elsewhere in Estonia White Beach 35/40€ Otepaa 42/47€ Saare Golf 55/60€ Haapsalu 22€

Other - Weekdays/Weekend closest to Tallinn Open daily Cheapest 9-hole course The oldest 18-hole course in the Baltics near Pärnu, link-style ski terrain in winter Almost in the centre of Kuressaare day, 9 hole par 34 course

The tradition of Estonian wine Taste local wines at the Põltsamaa Castle wine cellar. TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS ANDREI CHETKOV

Wine production in Estonia dates back to 1920 in central Estonia. The Põltsamaa Winery is the oldest in Estonia. The wine list includes a total of 13 different products, for example sweet apple wine (Põltsamaa Kuldne), sweet red currant wine (Põltsamaa Punane), and a dry blueberry

The raspberry, cherry, and black currant wines are the most popular.

wine (Wine Lossivein 85). Some products are also available as vintages. Try the sparkling apple wine, Fest Classic to start. In 2012, the 2003 Põltsamaa Tõmmu, a black currant wine was named best alcoholic drink.  Tourists frequent the wine cellar. The raspberry, cherry, andblack currant wines are the most popular. There is also old-fashioned winemaking equipment on display.   A flight of three different wines costs 2.20 per person and is accompanied by cheese. A flight of five wines costs 2.90. But if you feel like enjoying a full glass of wine (12cl), it goes for 1.30. The staff speak English and are more than happy to talk about their products with you. ■

Location Põltsamaa Wine Cellar (Veinikelder), Lossi 1, Põltsamaa. Open M-Su 10-19 Tasting blueberry wine.

Põltsamaa Tõmmu


culture this&that/diverse

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Opera and Theatre: Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper Estonia)

Russian Theatre (Vene teater)

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

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

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

Estonian Drama Theatre (Eesti Draamateater)

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

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

Exhibitions & Museums:

Concerts: "The Worlds of Illusions", Worldwide Illusionists

Saku Suurhall Paldiski mnt 104B, Tallinn, www.sakusuurhall.ee

Estonia Concert Hall (Estonia Kontserdisaal) Estonia pst 4, Tallinn, www.concert.ee Location: Old Town Map Code I/J3 5.7

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

Every wednesday Beerpong

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

Classical Wednesdays Café Wabadus (Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn)

Great Summer Gathering. Friends , Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Neeme Järvi

3.- 8.7 6.- 15.7 6.- 22.7

Tallinn City Hall (Tallinna Raekoda)

6.7- 2.8 10.- 14.7 10.7- 10.8 11.- 15.7

Raekoja plats, Tallinn, veeb.tallinn.ee/raekoda Location: Old Town Map Code H1/2 In Vienna with a Guitar Forgotten Dreams. HELIN-MARI ARDER TRIO

11.- 15.7 12.- 14.7 12.- 14.7

St. John Church (Jaani kirik)

16.7- 22.7

Vabaduse väljak 1, Tallinn, www.tallinnajaani.ee Location: Old Town Map Code J2

16.7- 23.7

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"Valguste öö" in Tallinn St. John’s church 10 Organ Festival 2012: Organ Festival Mass 13.3 Organ Festival 2012: New generation 20 PETER VAN DIJK and VOX CLEMANTIS 21- 22 "Valguste öö", Lambertus Chamber Choir

Niguliste Church (Niguliste kirik) Niguliste 3, Tallinn, www.ekm.ee/niguliste.php 6.7 19 Summertime 10.7 19 Iiris Oja & Ulla Krigul 26.7 22 Organ Festival 2012: Praeludium: Big organ night at Niguliste 27.7 17 Organ Festival 2012: Opening Ceremony 27.7 22 Organ Festival 2012: JORIS VERDIN (Belgium) 27.7 19.3 Organ Festival 2012: Avakutsung- Niguliste tower trumpets 27.7 20 Organ Festival 2012: Opening Concert 28.7 16 Organ Festival 2012: TIIT KIIK (organ, Estonia) 28.7 20 Organ Festival 2012: Ulla Krigul ja Virgo Veldi 29.7 16 Organ Festival 2012: MATTEO GALLI (organ, Italy) 30.7 20 Organ Festival 2012: DANIEL ZARETSKY (organ, Russia) 31.7 20 Organ Festival 2012: HANS GEBHARD (organ, Germany)

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MUSIC FESTIVAL OF 7 TOWNS 2012: I come from Spain.., Kukruse Manor In Vienna with a Guitar, Maidla Manor MUSIC FESTIVAL OF 7 TOWNS 2012: Night White is Happiness, St. Michaels Church, Jõhvi Saaremaa Opera Days 2012: Bach. The Coffee Cantata, Kuressaare Castle Opera House Café Saaremaa Opera Days 2012: Bach. The Coffee Cantata, Kuressaare Castle Opera House Café

Vanemuise Concert Hall (Vanemuise Kontserdimaja) Vanemuise 6, Tartu, www.concert.ee Location: Tartu and southern Estonia Map Code B2 11.7

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Hungarian National Dance Ensemble Free Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert, Kassitoomel

19.- 24.7 25.7- 29.7 31.7- 4.8 26.7- 5.8 30.7- 4.8

Other Events: 7.7 7.7 11.7 14.7 19.7

Tartu Jaani Church (Tartu Jaani kirik)

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

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Forgotten Dreams. HELEN-MARI ARDER TRIO TOBIAS STRING QUARTETT

21.7

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Aida 4, Pärnu, www.concert.ee Location: Pärnu and Western Estonia Map Code A1 27.6 20 Organ Festival 2012: Daniel Zaretsky (organ, Russia)

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Väravatorn

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Lühike Jalg 9, Tallinn Karttakoodi I1

Nokia-konserttisali (Solarise Keskuses) Estonia pst. 9, Tallinna, www.tallinnconcerthall.com 25.7

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Andre and Tim Kole performance "The World of Illusions", Worldwide Illusionists Kiievin Symphony Orchestra and Choir IONA- Irish Celtic rock music Andre and Tim Kole performance "The Worlds of Illusions", Worldwide Illusionists Andre and Tim Kole performance

My Songs, Siiri Sisask, Rapla Church Organ Birthday Concert, Ville Uponen (organ), Juuru Mihkli kirik "Pure Sounds", Sigrid Kuulmann (violin), Johanna Vahemägi (viola), Andreas Lend (cello), Järvakandi Paulussen Church Estonia Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Mikk Üleoja, Rapla Church "River of Memories", Vahastu Church Rapla Church Music Festival, Helen Lokuta (mezzo soprano), HenryDavid Varema (cello), conductor Lauri Sirp, Rapla Church

Rock Cafe Tartu mnt. 80D, Tallinn, www.rockcafe.ee 8.7

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Raul Vaigla 50- Ultima Thule, Radar VSP Projekt JPT

Guitar Hunt

26.7 26.7

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Pärnu mnt. 19, Tallinn, www.guitarhunt.ee Every tuesday Salsa night

Muhu Future Festival "JUU JÄÄB", Muhu MUSIC FESTIVAL OF 7 TOWNS 2012 Järvi Summer Festival Pärnu, Pärnu Rapla Church Music Festival, Rapla Mustjala Festival, Mustla Suveaaria 2012, Pärnu Old Town Haapsalu Old Music Festival, Haapsalu Viljandi Old Music Festival, Viljandi Saare Jazz 2012, Saaremaa Watergate Regatta, Pärnun Jahtklubi Saaremaa Opera Days 2012, Saaremaa Suure-Jaani Muusic Festival, Suure- Jaani Klaaspärlimäng, Tartu (www.erpmusic.com) International Haapsalu String Instrument Festival, Haapsalu Kuressaare Chamber Music Days, Kuressaare Organ Festival 2012 Pärnu Blues Days 2012, Pärnu

KUMU Art Museum.

Opera Singer Pille Lill Charity Concerts(PLMF)

Pärnu Concert Hall (Pärnu Kontserdimaja)

Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, www.eam.ee, tel +372 622 86 00. Location: Map Code A5 Opening Hours: We-Su 10–17

Festivals:

Rüütli 9, Tallinn, www.stmikael.ee Location: Old Town Map Code I1

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

Estonian History Museum, Maarjamäe Castle(Eesti Ajaloomuuseum, Maarjamäe loss)

Location: Old Town Map Code J1

Swedish St Michael’s Church (Rootsi-Mihkli kogudus)

12.7 19.7

Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum)

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Kummardus Valgrele, Raimond Valgre Music 18 Kanon pokajanen, Karksi St Peter Church 19 Hungarian International Dance Group 16 Hymn to Love (Silvi Vrait, Raivo Tafenau, Jürmo Eespere, Liina Amon) Karulan Church 18 Concert Series ESTONIAN MANORS 2012, (Baroque Ensemble Corelli Concert 20!), Suure- Kõpu Manor 18 Concert Series ESTONIAN MANORS 2012, (Baroque Ensemble Corelli Concert 20!), Saka Manor 20 Pärnu Philharmonic OrchestraJohann Strauss- Polka Waltz, Haapsalu Assembly Hall 18 Concert Series ESTONIAN MANORS 2012, (Baroque Ensemble Corelli Concert 20!), Vihula Manor Palm Hall 18 Concecrt Series ESTONIAN MANORS 2012, (Baroque Ensemble Corelli Concert 20!), Udena Manor 19 Ventriloquist David Pendleton, Nuku (Lai 1), small hall 19 Mime Carloz Martinez, Nuku (Lai 1), small hall 18 "Valguse ÖÖ",Baroque era songs, Kardioru park, (free concert) 21-22 "Valguse ÖÖ",Estonian, German, and English music, Tallinna Toomkirik (Tallinn Cathedral) ,(free concert) 21-22 "Valguse ÖÖ", Hanna Maarja Kangur, Adventkirik (Adventist Church), (free concert) 22-24 "Valguse ÖÖ", Crecendo Jazz concert, Kloostri Ait, (free concert) 22-23 "Valguse ÖÖ", Street Flyers and Rap Club, Tammsaare park, (free concert) 20 Hymn to Love (Silvi Vrait, Raivo Tafenau, Jürmo Eespere, Liina Amon) Kõpu Lighthouse 21 Gala Night "Believe", headliner Susan Boyle, Israel Houghton, A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn 20 Imre Kalman- 130. "Music Through Tears", Haapsalu Assembly Hall 20 Toomas Rull "Estonian Voices 2", Rebecca Kontus, Haapsalu Assembly Hall Love Film Festival TARTUFF

Tallinn Botanical Gardens (Tallinna Botaanikaaed)

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Ferry Schedule Tallinn–Stockholm

Tallinn–St. Petersburg

Tallink departs everyday at 18.00

St. Petersline “Princess Anastasia” Su 18.00

Helsinki–Tallinn

Таllinn-Helsinki

07.30–09.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

07.30–09.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

Temptrans AS

08.00–09.30

Lindaline (M–Sa)

08.00–09.30

Lindaline (M–Sa)

08.00–11.00

Nordlandia (M–F)

08.00–10.30

Viking XPRS

09.00–12.00

Nordlandia (Sa)

10.00–11.30

Lindaline

10.00–11.30

Lindaline

10.30–12.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

10.30–12.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

12.00–13.30

Lindaline

10.30–13.30

Nordlandia (Su)

13.00–16.30

Baltic Princess

11.30–14.00

Viking XPRS

13.30–15.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

12.00–13.30

Lindaline

(We–M)

13.30–15.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

15.00–16.30

(We–M)

16.00–19.15

Nordlandia (Su)

Ticket Counters Viru 6, Tallinn, tel. +372 6 480 777, open M-F 10–18, lunch 13–13.30. Nurga 1, Maardu, tel. +372 6 006 133, open M-F 8–19, lunch 13–14, Su open 10–15 Bus Station, Lastekodu 46, Tallinn, open M-Su 6.30–21 E-mail: temptrans@ temptrans.ee, www.temptrans. ee. Buses to Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

14.00–15.30

Lindaline

16.30–19.00

Viking XPRS (Su)

Ecolines

16.30–18.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

16.30–20.00

Nordlandia (M–F)

17.00–18.30

Lindaline

16.30–18.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

18.30–22.00

Baltic Princess

17.00–18.30

Lindaline

19.00–20.30

Lindaline

17.30–20.45

Nordlandia (Sa)

19.30–21.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

18.00–20.30

Viking XPRS (M–Sa)

20.00–22.30

Viking XPRS (Su)

19.00–20.30

Lindaline

20.15–23.30

Nordlandia (Su)

19.30–21.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

Lindaline

Office Tartu mnt 68, Tallinn, tel +372 6 062 217, e-mail: ecolines@ecolines.ee. Open M-F 9–18. Bus Station Lastekodu 46, Tallinn, tel. +372 56 377 997, e-mail: ecolines.kassa@ecolines. ee. Open M-F 6.30–21. Buses to Europe and Russia, as well as many other destinations.

Lindaline

21.00–22.30

Lindaline

21.00–00.15

Nordlandia (M–F)

22.30–00.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

21.30–00.00

Viking XPRS (M–Sa)

00.30–06.40

Nordlandia (M)

22.30–00.30

Tallink Star/Superstar

01.00–06.40

Nordlandia (Tu–F)

01.00–07.00

Nordlandia (Sa)

21.00–22.30

Schedules are based on current information at the time of printing and The Baltic Guide is not responsible for changes/errors. Please consult individual websites before booking.

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with the possibility of it being towed. In this case, please contact the city police 14410. Unpaid fines do not go away, even if you are overseas. Unpaid fines may triple in value.

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

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

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

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Parking Fees ■ Tallinn Parking 15 min / 0,26€ Payment required M–F 7–19, Sa 8–15. Free on Sundays. ■ City Centre 15 min / 0,58€ Payment required M–F 7–19, Sa 8–15. Free on Sundays. ■ Old Town 15 min / 1,15€ Payment required 24h, 7 days.

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

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

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

Rocca al Mare Prisma has a free bus that passes through the port terminals everyday between 10–17. Please consult the website for departure times: www. prismamarket.ee/prismabuss. php?lang=fin

Getting to the Airport The distance between the Viru Centre and the airport is 4 km. The no. 2 bus goes to the airport. The exact schedule can be found at http://soiduplaan.tallinn. ee/#bus/2/ab. The Viru Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa and the airport stop is Lennujaam. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60€ or from R-kiosks for 1€.

■ Tallinn Taxis ■ Day and evening (23.00–6.00) taxi fares can vary. Each taxi company has their own rates. Every taxi must display driver information and photo. ■ For example, a one-way ride starting at Viru Hotel and lasting approximately 1.5 km should cost about 6€. With traffic congestion, the amount may be higher. ■ It pays to be careful when choosing a taxi, because some companies have much higher rates than others. Taxi prices are displayed on the right rear window and on the vehicle’s dashboard. The minimum fee must be displayed on the price list, as well as the rate per kilometer and standing rate. The

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Holidays 1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday Easter Monday; 1 May – Spring Holiday; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer’s Day; 20 August – Re-independence Day; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day The work day preceding New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, and Christmas Day is reduced by three hours.

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

■ Tallinn Shopping Centres Hours of Operation

EMBASSIES AUSTRIA Vambola 6, 10114 Tallinn +372 627 8740

FINLAND Kohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn, +372 610 3200

ICELAND Tõnismägi 3A, 10119 Tallinn, +372 640 8711

NORWAY Harju 6, 10130 Tallinn +372 627 1000

TURKEY Narva mnt. 30, 10152 Tallinn, +372 627 2880

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

BELGIUM Rataskaevu 2-9, 10123 Tallinn, +372 627 4100

FRANCE Toom-Kuninga 20, 10122 Tallinn, +372 616 1600

IRELAND Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 681 1888

POLAND Suur-Karja 1, 10146 Tallinn +372 627 8206

UKRAINE Lahe 6, 10150 Tallinn +372 601 5815

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

BULGARIA A. Lauteri 5E, 10114 Tallinn +372 648 0388

GEORGIA Viru väljak 2, 10111 Tallinn +372 698 8590

ITALY Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 627 6160

PORTUGAL Kohtu 10, 10130 Tallinn +372 611 7468

UNITED KINGDOM Wismari 6, 10136 Tallinn +372 667 4700

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

CANADA Toom-Kooli 13, 10130 Tallinn, +372 627 3311

GERMANY Toom-Kuninga 11, 15048 Tallinn, +372 627 5303

LATVIA Tõnismägi 10, 10119 Tallinn, +372 627 7850

RUSSIA Pikk 19, 10123 Tallinn +372 646 4175

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

CZECH REPUBLIC Lahe 4, 10150 Tallinn +372 627 4400

GREECE Pärnu mnt 12, 10148 Tallinn, +372 640 3560

LITHUANIA Uus 15, 10111 Tallinn +372 631 4030

SWEDEN Pikk 28, 10133 Tallinn +372 640 5600

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Kentmanni 20, 10116 Tallinn +372 668 8100

DENMARK Wismari 5, 10136 Tallinn +372 630 6400

HUNGARY Narva mnt 122, 13628 Tallinn, +372 605 1880

NETHERLAND Rahukohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn Tel. +372 680 5500

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

How to make a phone call

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

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

WIFI Networks When travelling in Estonian please consult www.wifi.ee for wireless hotspots. At the end of September there were 1136 wireless networks listed. In Tallinn, the city is divided into several sections. In the city centre, 185 hotspots can be found, and most of them are marked in green, meaning that they can be used free of charge. The Viru Shopping Centre, as well as many hotels and bars also offer free connections. In some places, a password may be required to access the free network. Many cities including Tallinn, offer their guests and residents free connections. These can be found on the website listed above. If you are in need of a constant internet connection, it is advised to purchase a pre-paid plan from a mobile company.

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

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

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■ Currency Exchange

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

Banks will exchange currency for a small commission.

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

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

■ Useful Phrases

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

Rocca Al Mare Shopping Centre Paldiski mnt 102, Tallinn M–Su 9–21 How much does this cost? ............. kui palju see maksab? Do you have…?.................................. kas teil on? on teil? where is… ............................................ kus on… What is this?......................................... mis see on? What does this mean? ..................... mida see tähendab? How are you? (formal)...................... kuidas elate? How are you? (informal) .................. kuidas läheb? not bad .................................................. pole viga! nice to see you/to meet you.......... rõõm teid näha, meeldiv kohtuda it was nice meeting you .................. oli meeldiv tutvuda What time is it? ................................... palju kell on? I do not speak Estonian, Russian .. mina ei oska eesti (vene) keelt Do you speak English? ..................... kas te räägite inglise keelt? /Swedish/Finnish/German? ........... /rootsi/soome/saksa keelt?

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

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

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ABOUT ESTONIA Area: 45,227 km2. Population: about 1,350,000. Capital: Tallinn, population about 400,000. Independence: 24 February, 1918, Re-independence: 20 August, 1991. Weather: Average temperature July 16°C, February -9°C. Time zone: GMT +2 Language: Official language Estonian. Russian is the mother tongue of more than 300,000 inhabitants. Religion: Approximately 20 % of Estonians are non-religious, 30 % Lutheran, 28 % Orthodox and 3 % Catholic. Currency: Euro. Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Diner’s Club and American Express are widely accepted. Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz, European (Type C) plug.

■ Mustapeade House. Built in 1399 for the Brotherhood of Blackheads and is Tallinn’s only renaissance building. ■ The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location in the Town Hall Square.

■ Town Hall Square (Raekoda). Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval town hall square was built at the beginning of the 1400s.

OUTSIDE OF THE OLD TOWN: ■ Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn) Kloostrimetsa tee 58 A, Tallinn, tel. +372 57 503 650 E-mail: info@teletorn.ee www.teletorn.ee Open everyday May - September 10–19, Open October - April W - M 10–18, Closed Tuesday. The restaurant is open everyday May - September 10–23, October - April 11–23. ■ Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak). This square holds great symbolic importance and is located just south of the Old Town. The pillar located at the edge of the square, consists of a large pedestal with the Cross of Liberty (Vabadusrist) placed on top. This monument reads: “Estonian War of Independence 1918–1920”. On its other side in a the Freedom Bell (Vabaduse kell).

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

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

Tallinn TV Tower IN THE OLD TOWN: ■ The watchtowers of Suur-Kloostri and Väike-Kloostri allow access to Nunna Tower and from there, access to Sauna Tower and Kuldjala Tower.

Arena 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pets at the Estonian Puppet Theatre in Tallinn.

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

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

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

■ Other Museums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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■ The Tallinn Botanical Gardens. 4,500 varieties of plants and 123 hectares of greenhouses, and parks, the Botanical Gardens are an oasis in the summer and winter.

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

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

■ The Ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent (Pirita Klooster). Located near Pirita Beach, this monastery was built in 1407 during the Swedish occupation. The convent was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible’s troops in 1577.

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

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

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■ The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Tallinna lauluväljak). Built in 1960, this amphitheatre can hold more than 30 000 singers. These grounds played an important part of the process that led to the restoration of Estonian independence, the initial phase in the Singing Revolution.

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

Tallinn Nightlife

KUMU Art Museum stands. There are plenty of other things to see as well, in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace head straight along the park trail to the Rusalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland.

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

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

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

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

City of Tallinn The name Tallinn originates from the Danish occupation (1219–). 1285 Tallinn joins the Hanseatic League. 1346 The Danish sell Tallinn to the German Order. Toompea was divided amongst princes and bourgeoisie in the uppertown and craftsmen in the lower-town. 1561 Tallinn goes to the Swedish. 1721 The Russians conquer Estonia and Tallinn. 1918 Estonia declares independence and Tallinn becomes its capital. 1939–44 Russians and Germans occupy Tallinn. 1944 The Soviet Army bombs Tallinn in March and causes extensive damage. 1400 people are killed.

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


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The Baltic Guide ENG July 2012  

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

The Baltic Guide ENG July 2012  

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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