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-20% -50% -70% PEREOPTIKA Aia 2, Tallinn, WW Passaaz, tel +372 56820045 STOCKOPTIKA Tartu mnt 18, Tallinn (Opposite Stockmann) tel+372 56820044 +/-Optika Tartu mnt 11D, Tallinn (In the Sampo courtyard) tel+372 56820043
Life is beautiful! Just a few few steps from the Old Town you will find Solaris Center â€“ the newest and most unique center of entertainment, shopping and culture. IN SOLARIS YOU WILL FIND:
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â€˘ A variety of leisure and lifestyle shops for all tastes, including Apple, womenâ€™secret, Weplay, Hemtex, Denim Dream etc. â€˘ Food Court, including a cafĂŠ Komeet with the best view of Tallinn. â€˘ The most innovative food-store in the city. â€˘ The latest 3D multiplex cinema Solaris Kino with its 7 screens. â€˘ 2 screens at art cinema Artis. â€˘ Nokia Concert Hall â€“ the best equipped concert hall in Estonia. Estonia pst 9 | www.solaris.ee
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Contents Everything you need to know about Tallinn in summer
ell, not everything. There simply is just not enough room to fit everything into one paper. If you visited Tallinn in June, you may have seen our courageous marketing team battling the busy streets of the Old Town, asking for a moment of your time. You asked, we answered. Thank you so much to everyone who told us their suggestions and what they wanted to see in the paper. We know some of you are visiting Tallinn for the first time, and it’s not going to be for a very long time either. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything. See all the top sights in Tallinn with our helpful Top 10 guide. Are you travelling with children? We have more than enough suggestions on how to keep them, and you, entertained. You might not know that Tallinn has
ABOUT ESTONIA Area: 45,227 km2. Population: about 1,350,000. Capital: Tallinn, population about 400,000. Independence: 24 February, 1918, Re-independence: 20 August, 1991. Weather: Average temperature July 16°C, February -9°C. Time zone: GMT +2 Language: Official language Estonian. Russian is the mother tongue of more than 300,000 inhabitants. Religion: Approximately 20 % of Estonians are nonreligious, 30 % Lutheran, 28 % Orthodox and 3 % Catholic. Currency: Euro. Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Diner’s Club and American Express are widely accepted. Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz, European (Type C) plug.
two adventure parks, a zoo, and beautiful beaches. If the weather stays warm, and let’s hope it does, you can soak up those rays at the seaside. Best of all, everything is accessible by public transport, which you can use for free with your Tallinn Card. Hungry? This month there are more restaurant and café suggestions than ever before. Tell us which ones were your favourites, or not so favourites on our Facebook page. Did you see something we missed? Let us, and your fellow travellers know. Travel tips welcome.
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July TOP 5 01 ÕLLESUMMER 2013 The Õllesummer festival celebrates its 20th anniversary from the 3rd to the 6th of July. Featuring both international and local talent, the festival has managed to attract some of the biggest names in pop in previous years, with 2013 promising to be no different. The Pet Shop Boys are set to headline the Friday slot, but don’t forget about other great Estonian acts including Ott Lepland, Koit Toome, and Tenfold Rabbit, just to name a few. www.ollesummer.ee
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Family Fun in and around Tallinn 17 beauty 18 around estonia 19 museum 20-21 nightlife 22-26 maps and information
02 TALLINN MARITIME DAYS The annual maritime festival takes to the high seas and the ports of Tallinn from the 12th to the 14th of July. The programme holds something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy the Grand Sea Battle in Tallinn Bay with five historic ships, a fish-gutting and soup-making competition, as well as evening concerts. www.tallinnamerepaevad.ee
03 SCHILLING For those who like their indie music and fine cuisine, Schilling on the 6th of July is a must-visit. Situated just south of Pärnu at Kilingi-Nõmme, this small festival will see performances from Krautrockers Camera, Finnish lo-fi merchants Melting Hearts and Estonian indie legend Pia Fraus. Along with some enchanted woodlands, fine cuisine and enough pinecones for everyone to share. www.schilling.ee/2013
04 TARTU HANSEATIC DAYS
05 ENERGY DISCOVERY CENTRE Underneath the Freedom Square in Tallinn, visitors can enjoy over 160 interactive exhibits, participate in science theatre, or admire a virtual space show. In other words, this is not your average museum. The Discovery Centre took over the old location of the Tallinn Ahhaa Centre earlier this year and is set to move again, back to its old home on Põhja pst next summer.
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PORTS B-Terminal, D-Terminal HOTELS Barons Hotel, Bern Hotel, Braavo Hotel, City Portus Hotel, My City Hotel, Domina Ilmarine Hotel, Ecoland Hotel, Economi Hotel, Euroopa Hotel, Go Hotel Schnelli, Imperial Hotel, Kalev Spa Hotel, Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn, L'Ermitage Hotel, Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel, Metropol Hotel, Nordic Forum Hotel, Old House Hostel, Old Town Maestro Hotel, Oru Hotel, Palace Hotel, Park Inn Central Tallinn, Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn, Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Reval Park Hotel Tallinn, Savoy Hotel, Scandic St. Barbara Hotel, Sokos Hotel Viru, St. Olav Hotel, Susi Hotel, Swissotel, Tähetorni Hotel, Tallink Express Hotel, Tatari 53 Hotel, Telegraaf Hotel, Ülemiste Hotel, Vana Wiru Hotel, Viimsi Spa Hotel, Von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn OTHER TV Tower, Hansabuss Business Line, Swedish Embassy, Sadama Market, Stockmann Info, Tallinn Airport, Tallinn Tourist Information, Citytour Buses, Hansabuss Airport, Merekeskus Lootsi keskus, Puumedi Group OÜ RESTAURANTS Pirita Yacht Club, Arizona, Beerhouse, Clazz, Molly Malones, O
'Malleys, Odessa Restaurant, Seven Seas Restaurant, Troika Restaurant, Turg Restaurant, Waynes Coffee PÄRNU Astra Hotel, Legend Hotel, Pärnu Visitor's Centre, Strand Hotel, Sanatorium Tervis, Tervise Paradiis, TRK Viiking, Koidulapark Hotel, Pärnu Airport TARTU Dorpat Hotel, London Hotel, Pallas Hotel, Tartu Visitor's Centre, Tartu Airport, Turu Linna City Information Point WESTERN ESTONIA Pärnu Yacht Club, Arensburg Boutique Hotel, Fra Mare Thalasso Spa, Haapsalu Tourist Information, Hiiumaa Tourist Information, Johan Spa Hotel, Kuressaare Airport, Kuressaare Tourist Information, Promenaadi Hotel Haapsalu, Meri Spa Hotel, Rüütli Spa Hotel EASTERN ESTONIA Jõhvi Tourist Information, Meresuu Spa, Narva Tourist Information, Rakvere Tourist Information, Saka Cliff Hotel & Spa, Toila Sanatorium, Vihula Manor, Villa Theresa, Sagadi Manor SWEDEN EAS Stockholm, Estonian House Göteborg, Estonian Air Stockholm,Tallink Mariehamn, Tallink Stockholm RIGA Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel, Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel, The Blue Cow Backpackers Hostel, The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel
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The Hanseatic Days festival (19-21 July) revives the vision of Tartu as an old trading town on the border between east and west. The heart of the festival resides in the Town Hall Square and park areas where visitors can browse a huge handicraft and produce market. www.hansapaevad.ee
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TICKETS AND ROUTES
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Non-residents and tourists can purchase a ticket for 1.60€ from theMERIMETSA driver. Exact change is always appreciated. And don’t forget to validate your ticket. You can also purchase a smartcard. If you plan on using public transport more than three times, this is your best option. Smartcards can be purchased and topped up at R-kiosks, and are transferable. Or, save yourself time and money by purchasing a Tallinn Card. The Tallinn Card allows you to use public transport for free, but remember to validate by touching your card to the orange reader.
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TALLINN CITY TOUR
Take a tour of Tallinn on the red doubledecker bus. Simultaneous translation in 10 different languages. Hop On Hop Off - bus tickets valid for 24h on three different lines.
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Red Line - City Centre Green Line - Pirita Blue Line - Rocca al Mare Tour routes last approximately one hour. All services begin at Viru Square. Tickets start at 13€. www.citytour.ee
■ Transport ■ BY TRAIN: ■ BY BUS: Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam) Lastekodu 46, Tallinn www.tpilet.ee, www.peatus.ee From the bus station to the city: tram no.2, bus no. 17, no. 23 Ecolines – www.ecolines.ee Hansabuss Business Line – www.businessline.ee Lux Express – www.luxexpress.eu Temptrans – www.temptrans.ee
■ BY SEA: From the Port of Tallinn to the city/airport: bus no. 2
TO/FROM HELSINKI Eckerö Line - www.eckeroline.ee Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com Viking Line - www.vikingline.ee Linda Line Express www.lindaline.ee
TO/FROM STOCKHOLM Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com
TO/FROM ST. PETERSBURG St. Peter Line - www.stpeterline.com
Train Station (Balti jaam)Toompuistee 37, Tallinn From the train station to the city: tram no. 1, no. 2, or ten minute walk to the Old Town www.edel.ee www.gorail.ee
■ BY AIR: Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (Lennujaam) Tartu mnt 101, Tallinn From the airport to the city: bus no. 2, no. 90K. www.tallinn-airport.ee/eng FAST CLASS By Copterline – www. copterline.ee Travel between Tallinn and Helsinki City Centres, from the Port.
■ Customs Regulations Visitors from EU countries may carry unlimited amounts of tobacco products into Estonia. ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS MUST DISPLAY HEALTH WARNINGS. IN THEIR ABSENCE, THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLIES: 200 CIGARETTES OR 200G OF LOOSE TOBACCO
Cars or motorcycles entering Estonia may carry up to 10L of petrol in regulation containers.
Drugs may not be brought into Estonia without permission. Live animals and plants, as well as rare animal and plant species and also require special permission. Firearms and other weapons are prohibited. Pirated materials are prohibited. Estonian Tax and Customs, information for the traveller: http://www.emta.ee/index.php?id=1089 p p p
■ Airport and Port Transfers
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Getting to the port:
Free Bus from the Port
The distance between the Viru Shopping Centre and the port is about 1 km. Bus no. 2 will get you there, and pass by the airport as well. The Mõigu Bus Line also passes through the port. For more information and timetables visit: http://soiduplaan. tallinn. ee/#bus/2/ab. The name of the Viru Shopping Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60€.
The Viking Line offers a free shuttle service to and from the city. The name of the bus stop is Mere puiestee, opposite the Viru Shopping Centre. The bus departs at 14.15, 14.30 and 14.45. The Rocca al Mare Prisma supermarket has a free bus that also passes through the port terminals everyday between 10–17. Please consult the website for departure times: www.prismamarket.ee/prismabuss. php?lang=fin
Getting to the Airport The distance between the Viru Shopping Centre and the Tallinn airport is 4 km. The no. 2 bus goes to the airport and the schedule can be found at http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee/#bus/2/ab. The name of the Viru Shopping Centre bus stop is A. Laikmaa and the airport stop is called Lennujaam. Tickets are available on the bus for 1.60€
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INDIAN RESTAURANT Come and enjoy exotic Kerala, Thai and European dishes! The restaurant's owner is from Kerala in Southern India. Excellent prices
Just 25 metres from Town Hall Square Open Everyday 11-23 MĂźndi 4 / Pikk 14 (Old Town) Saia
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Pepper Steak 13.90â‚ŹĂŠUĂŠSouth Indian chicken curry 8â‚Ź
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Grilled Salmon 9.90â‚ŹĂŠUĂŠGrilled Duck Fillet 12.90â‚Ź
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.
House Wine 2.90â‚ŹĂŠUĂŠAppetisers 2â‚Ź Easy Car Rent â€“ www.easycarrent.ee Hansarent â€“ www.hansarent.ee Sir Autorent â€“ www.sirrent.ee Yes Rent â€“ www.yesrent.ee
Vana-Tallinn 2.50â‚ŹĂŠUĂŠBeer 2.50â‚Ź
Budget â€“ www.budget.ee Europcar â€“ www.europcar.ee Hertz â€“ www.hertz.ee National â€“ www.europcar.ee Sixt Rent A Car â€“ www.sixt.com
You donâ€™t need to hire a car to get around the city of Tallinn, but a car is a great way to see the countryside and explore small towns. If you are arriving by plane, your most convenient option is to use one of the many rental companies at the Tallinn Airport:
Useful Information No international driverâ€™s license required. It is important for drivers to follow the following regulations: â– Blood alcohol level must be 0. â– Estonia has no freeways. Please mind intersections and cyclists. â– The speed limit in towns is usually 50 km / h, but can vary between 30- 70 km / h. Speeds will be marked. Outside built-up areas, the speed limit is 90 km / h, in some sections 110 km / h, but only in summer.
â– All cars must carry a warning triangle,
wheel chocks, first-aid kit, and fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear a fluorescent vest when stopped at night. â– In case of collision, and in the event of injury, it is advisable to call the police. Insurance documents and driver information should be exchanged. â– Parking and speeding fines will still be charged to overseas visitors. Please pay fines on time to avoid penalty.
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New German Schnitzel Restaurant in Tallinnâ€™s Old Town.
Parking in Tallinn The first 15 minutes of parking are free when using a parking clock. This does not apply in parking lots. Parking tickets can be purchased from a kiosk or in select stores. Parking tickets must state the year, month, day, hour, and minute of purchase. Shopping centres are equipped with an automatic teller that accepts coins. In Tallinn, most parking lots are paid. Parking fines vary. Failure to pay for parking may result in a fine of 20ď™Ž or more. If the parked car is obstructing traffic, the fine will
be 64ď™Ž, with the possibility of it being towed. In this case, please contact the city police 14410. Unpaid fines do not go away, even if you are from overseas. Please read the signs carefully.
The first 15 minutes are free at: â– Tallinn Parking 15 min / 0,26â‚Ź Payment required Mâ€“F 7â€“19, Sa 8â€“15. Free on Sundays. â– City Centre 15 min / 0,58â‚Ź Payment required Mâ€“F 7â€“19, Sa 8â€“15. Free on Sundays. â– Old Town 15 min / 1,15â‚Ź Payment required 24h, 7 days.
â– Day and evening (23.00â€“6.00) taxi fares can vary. Each taxi company has their own rates. Every taxi must display driver information and photo.
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Pork Schnitzels, Chicken Schnitzelsâ€Ś Always up to 500g
â– If you feel that you have been cheated, you may send complaints to: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or The Baltic Guide: email@example.com. Or call the Tallinn Service Line 1345.
â– From the airport to the city centre, a taxi will cost between 7-10â‚Ź with the following taxi companies: Tallinna Takso, Tulika Takso, and Tallink Takso. These three taxi companies have a contract with the Tallinn Airport, and will be waiting outside the main entrance in the taxi queue.
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6 upcoming events
■ Historic Battle on the Sea
■ Edible Flowers
July 12 Tallinn www.tallinnamerepaevad.ee
AVA LAVA, TALLINN! TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTO: ALBERT TRUUVÄÄRT
29-30 June Southern Estonia (Jõgevamaa, Viljandimaa, Põlvamaa, Tartumaa, Võrumaa, Valgamaa) www.southestonia.ee
20-21 July Northern Estonia (Harjumaa, Raplamaa, Järvamaa, Lääne-Eesti, Ida-Virumaa) www.northestonia.ee 3-4 August Western Estonia (Hiiumaa, Saaremaa, Läänemaa, Pärnumaa) www.westestonia.ee www.tallinn.ee/avalava
Saaremaa Opera Days
YOGA FESTIVAL The Yoga Festival features the best Estonian yoga teachers and special international guests. Try dozens of different styles of yoga styles, listen in on lectures, and take part in interactive workshops. Morning and evening concerts will take place during the festival as well. The main stage will be situated in Haapsalu’s Episcopal Castle. ■ 20-21 July Haapsalu www.joogafestival.ee
The Saaremaa Opera Festival has been attracting opera fans to Kuressaare, the capital of the island of Saaremaa since 1999. Concerts are held in the courtyard of the medieval Episcopal Castle. Troupes, directors, and soloists from the Moscow Helikon-Opera Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Latvian
■ American Beauty Car Show
Flowers are not just for admiring –some types can be eaten too! Use flowers in snacks, salads, or soups. They add colour and flavour. This flower show will teach visitors which flowers are edible and how to use them in your cooking. The exhibition is arranged in association with Nõrga Farm in Viljandi County. 26-28 July Tallinn Botanical Gardens www.botaanikaaed.ee
As part of the Tallinn Maritime Days festival, a full scale sea battle will take place on Tallinn Bay, with five historic ships taking part.
Familiarise yourself with the different regions of Estonia over three weekends this summer during the Ava Lava, Tallinn! festival in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square. These regions contain many interesting castles, fortresses, manor houses, spas, farms, outdoor activities and different festivals; each area has its own unique differences. The programme will include performances by folk ensembles, choirs, and dance groups. Regional handicrafts, and local foods will also be on sale. It’s a great way to see a bit more of Estonia without having to leave the capital, and it might even inspire you to book another trip to Estonia to visit these regions. ■
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National Opera and the Lithuanian Opera and Ballet Theatre as well as from the great opera houses of Vienna, Moscow, and more, have performed at the Saaremaa Opera Days. ■ 21-28 July Kuressaare, Saaremaa www.saaremaaopera.eu
For admirers of all things American, this is the event for you. It’s the biggest of its kind in the Baltics, and consists of a car show, convention, and drag race. 12-14 July Haapsalu www.american.ee/carshow
■ Summer Calendar JULY 1.–21.7. Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival www.chaplin.ee/filmfestival/ index.htm 3.–7.7. Juu Jääb – Future Music Festival, Muhu www.visitestonia.ee 3.–6.7. Õllesummer, Tallinn Song Festival Grounds www.piletilevi.ee 4.–7.7. Medieval Days, Tallinn www.folkart.ee 11.–15.7. Võru Folk, Folklore Festival, Võru www.vorufolkloor.ee 12.–14.7. American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu www.american.ee/carshow 12.–14.7. Tallinn Maritime Days www.tallinnamerepaevad.ee 12.–14.7. Kihnu Maritime Days 12.–14.7. Hanseatic Days, Tartu www.hansapaevad.ee 15.–16.7. Sõru Jazz, Hiiumaa www.kaunismuusika.ee/soru-jazz 18.–21.7. Hiiu Folk, Hiiumaa www.hiiufolk.ee 19.–20.7. Rally Estonia 2013, Valgamaa www.rallyestonia.com 19.–21.7. Narva Bike 2013 – Narva Castle International Bike Fest www.narvabike.com
2.–3.8. Augustibluus – Estonian Blues Festival, Haapsalu www.augustibluus.ee 2.–3.8. Kuressaare merepäevad 2.8. Seto Kingdom Day, Luhamaa http://kuningriik.setomaa.ee 3.8. Cafés’ Days, Kärdla www.kohvikutepäev.ee 9.–11.8. Viru Folk, Käsmu www.virufolk.ee PHOTO: HEITI KRUUSMAA
AUGUST 21.–28.7. Saaremaa Opera Days, 10.–18.8. Birgitta Festival, Pirita Konvent Kuressaare Ruins, Tallinn www.saaremaaopera.eu www.birgitta.ee 25.–28.7. Viljandi pärimusmuusikafestival 16.–17.8. Military History Festival, Valga – Folk Music Festival www.visitestonia.ee www.folk.ee/festival/2013/en/ 23.–25.8. White Lady Festival, Haapsalu 1.–4.8. Jõgevatreff – Motorcycle Event www.valgedaam.kultuurimaja.ee www.jogevamc.ee 24.8. Garlic and Fish Festival, Lüübnitsa, Põlvamaa 24.8. Garlic Festival, Jõgeva
1.–4.8. Haanja Smoke Sauna Week, Võrumaa http://haanja.eu/sann/english/
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RAEKOJA PLATS 15 TEL. +372 627 6245 MON–SUN 10–23 WWW.TROIKA.EE Live music every night!
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www.tallinnbotanicgarden.org +372 606 2679 Kloostrimetsa 52, Tallinn Upcoming exhibitions: July 20-21 Rose days July 26-28 Edible Flowers and Daylilies August 16-18 Phloxes, Clematises and Grapes How to get here? With buses 34A, 38 and 49, with Tallinn City Tour Bus, bus stop Kloostrimetsa Opened every day: Greenhouses 11.00-18.00 Park 10.00-19.00
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HANDICRAFT ASSOCIATION OF ESTONIA Stores: Eesti Käsitöö Maja (Estonian Handicraft House), Pikk 22. Tel. +372 6 314 076 Platsiveere Meistrid (Platsiveere Masters), Pikk 15. Tel. +372 6 313 393 Viru Keskus (Viru Shopping Centre), Viru väljak 4/6. Tel. +372 6 101 332
Fairs in Tallinn: 4-7 July Medieval Days Old Town, Tallinn 7-10 November St Martin's Fair Saku Suurhall, Tallinn Unique handicrafts for sale. Traditional production mixed with modern style. True artists, natural textiles, wood, metal, and ceramics. Product sales and exhibitions in Handicraft Association of Estonia stores.
The TV Tower is located 10 min. from the city centre and 4 min. from the Pirita Marina. Kloostrimetsa tee 58A, Tallinn How to get here: You can take buses 34A, 38, and 49 (stop "Teletorn"), or the City Tour bus. Our premises are handicap accessible. Parking: The TV Tower parking lot has 5 places for tourist buses and 60 places for cars. Reservations: +372 58150020. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.teletorn.ee Open daily 10-23. TV Tower summer terrace open outside.
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■ Tallinn’s first gastropub
■ Good food and a great view
Clayhills is about enjoying good food, beer and wine in a relaxed cosy atmosphere indoors or on the comfortable outdoor terrace on those warm summer nights! Clayhills has live music each week from Thursdays to Sunday nights. The music features everything from Pop and Jazz to Latin. On weekends, the live music begins later and there is no better place to relax and have fun starting at 22:00.
This Greek restaurant has all the staples: souvlaki, tzatziki, dolmadakia (grape leaves stuffed with rice), and kihi spanakotiropita (spinach and feta pie), as well as a small selection of Greek wine. Enjoy grilled meat on their large patio, which overlooks Harju street in Tallinn’s Old Town and watch the people go by. Harju 7, Tallinn www.artemis.ee
Pikk 13, Tallinn www.clayhills.ee
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INTERNATIONAL CUISINE IN TALLINN Tallinn offers more than just Estonian food. The modern traveller wants to try local cuisine, but sometimes you just want that taste of home, wherever home may be. Here are a few suggestions for where to find the best of whichever cuisine you are craving.
Estonian ■ Kuldse Notsu Kõrts
(Golden Piglet Inn) It doesn’t get much more Estonian than this: sausage feasts, pork roasts, sauerkraut, and beer. Try a glass of their housemade lager.
Dunkri 8, Tallinn Old Town H1 hotelstpetersbourg.com/kuldsenotsu-korts.html
Café ■ Maiasmokk Maiasmokk has great pastries and an even better interior. The rooms have been used as a café for almost 200 years! The walls are covered with wood and mirrors, originating from its heyday when the place was called Stude.
Pikk 16, Tallinn Old Town G2 http://kalev.ee/en/maiasmokkcafe/cafe
Italian ■ La Bottega We have asked some Italian ex-pats living in Tallinn what their favourite Italian restaurant is, and Bottega comes back as the best. They offer a large selection of ravioli and other stuffed pasta, including the best fried squid you’ll find in Tallinn.
Vene 4, Tallinn Old Town H2
French ■ Le Chateau Le Chateau is a good example that French cuisine can be something more than just "gourmet.” Generous portions of traditional French dishes will keep your belly full without emptying your wallet.
Lai 19, Tallinn Old Town A2 www.chateau.ee
Lunch ■ Vapiano This European chain now has two locations in Tallinn. If you’ve never been, here’s a quick lesson on how it works: the hostess provides you with the customer card onto which all purchases will be entered. Food is ordered from the various stations (pizza, pasta, salad) throughout the restaurant, and prepared while you wait. Pasta is made fresh in house.
Vapiano 1, Foorum Shopping Centre, Hobujaama 10. Tallinn B2 Vapiano 2, Solaris Shopping Centre, Estonia pst. 9. Tallinn B2
■ Troika This long-running Russian restaurant expanded last year to cater to the ever-growing demand for authentic Russian food, drink, and service. The walls and bright interior are luxurious, but in no way excessive. The authentic Russian food is well known at Troika and the service is theatrical. Think: waiters pouring vodka shots from high up.
Raekoja plats 15, Tallinn Old Town H2 www.troika.ee
Burger ■ Clazz, Clayhills, Mad
Murphy’s, Mack Bar-B-Que We just couldn’t decide, so we’ll let you. All four options offer a delicious gourmet burger.
that has placed it in the centre of English speaking culture in Tallinn. The regular comedy nights are certainly a major pull and the existence of a regular pub quiz has proved a hit with homesick Brits and curious locals alike.
Vaike-Karja 8, Tallinn I2 www.drinkbaar.com
■ Drink Baar Drink mixes all the good aspects of British pub culture (homely decor, wholesome menu and sport on TV) with a wealth of events
Helen Sildna - TMW Director
Karja Kelder Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town I2 http://karjakelder.edicypages.com Kompressor Rataskaevu 1, Tallinn Old Town H1
■ Estlander Want the medieval restaurant experience on a smaller scale than at the bustling Olde Hansa; visit Glad Estlander. They offer traditional Estonian food served in clay crockery, and drinks in old fashioned goblets and colourful glassware. Enjoy hearty stews, or if you can’t choose, a tasting menu is offered too.
■ Chakra If you are craving some spice visit Chakra for some wonderful Indian food. The courtyard patio is in the back of the restaurant and is situated off a quiet Old Town street, making this a great place to relax with friends.
Bremeni käik 1. Old Town G3.
Vanaturu kael 3, Tallinn Old Town H2.
Clazz Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2 www.clazz.ee Clayhills Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1 www.clayhills.ee Mad Murphy’s Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2 www.madmurphys.ee Mack Bar-B-Que Tartu mnt 63, Tallinn B3 www.americanfood.ee
pats alike. Karja Kelder offers cheap filling pub-style meals, incorporating Estonian and British cuisines. Kompressor is known for their massive pancakes that come stuffed with savoury or sweet fillings.
■ Narva Kohvik If you want to see what a café looked like during the Soviet period in Estonia, visit the Narva Kohvik. It hasn’t changed much in sixty years! Locals love this place for its delicious pastries and cakes. Light lunches are also on offer.
Narva mnt 10 Tallinn B3 www.kohviknarva.ee
Cheap ■ Karja Kelder, Kompressor Both of these casual pubs are institutions among Estonians and ex-
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■ Bread and wine
■ City Marina
Good food, good wine, secluded lush green courtyard…what more could you ask for. Located in the Old Scottish Club in Tallinn’s Old Town, Leib’s secluded courtyard is perhaps one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a meal outside in Tallinn. The menu at Leib changes seasonally. In summer, the kitchen moves outside to an open grill. Bookings are a must.
Situated right at the entrance to Tallinn’s port, there is no better place to enjoy a glass of wine or a great fish dish on a beautiful summer’s day. The menu is continental, featuring mostly fish and seafood dishes, but also some meat. A fish and meat platter available for sharing, offer a good selection of everything.
Uus 31. Old Town www.leibresto.ee
Kuunari, Tallinn www.citymarina.ee
That little place, DOWN BY THE RIVER The newly opened River restaurant in Pirita is the ideal place to enjoy a sunny afternoon. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
BEER TEST New beers have arrived on the shelves just in time for summer. Here's what we thought.
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We tasted four lagers, two wheat beers, and one ale. Both wheat beers were Saku products. Koduõlu had a very similar taste to Estonian home brewed beer, which is usually made from malted barley. A. Le Coq highlights their historical traditions with their Imperial
Price per bottle
beer. The Imperial stout was once produced for the Russian emperor. The favourite among our tasters was the Koduõlu, but also the least favourite for some as well. The overall winner was the Imperial Ale, which was praised for its taste. In third place came Le Mans. ■
River Restoran boasts a fresh and seasonal menu that is sure to please. Dishes are elegantly presented and incorporate continental cuisine with a bit of Estonian flair. Try the tuna tartare, which perfectly balances the salty wakame salad and hints of sour from the dried sea buckthorn berries. The seasonal risotto was also delicious. The fresh flavour of the bright green spring asparagus came out wonderfully. Located inside the Regatti Maja complex in Pirita, the restaurant has a simple décor
both inside and out. You can enjoy a view over the harbour from inside, or sit right by the water on their beautiful dockside patio. Summer has arrived and why not enjoy it outside! ■
Location Merivälja tee 1, Tallinn www.riveris.ee
■ The Pirita Area If Pärnu is the summer capital of Estonia, then Pirita must be the summer capital of Tallinn. Pirita beach is the largest in Tallinn, and summertime brings visitors in by the thousands. If the beach isn’t your thing, or you can’t find a spot on it, don’t worry, you haven’t come all that way for nothing. The Pirita Covent ruins date back to the 1400s. In summer, concerts are held among the ruins. The TV Tower is also not far away. Visitors can view Tallinn from 170 metres high. Or the Pirita Heath Track and waterside Promenade are perfect places to take a leisurely stroll, ride a bike, or skate.
How to get there? Takes buses 1A, 8, 34A or 38 from the Viru Shopping Centre and get off at the Pirita stop.
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We know that youâ€™re probably only in Tallinn for a day, perhaps even only a few hours. What do you see? What should you see? Donâ€™t worry; The Baltic Guide has that covered. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV
í˘ą Viewing PlatformsÂ 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 Olafâ€™s Church, and part of the city wall. The church used to be even taller in medieval times and was actually the tallest building in the world in its time. Nowhere else can you see the city wall from a better 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
í˘˛ Town Hall Square Tallinnâ€™s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The
Town Hall Square (Raekoda) is Northern Europeâ€™s best-preserved medieval town hall square and was built at the beginning of the 1400s. Tallinn Old Town H 1-2
í˘´ Rae Apteek 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
í˘ł Katariina kĂ¤ik Kiek in de kĂśk Blink and you might miss this narrow passageway off of Vene. Built in 1246, St. Catherine's Monastery (PĂźha 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 Tallinnâ€™s first Italian restaurants. Tallinn Old Town H 2-3
Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral
í˘ľ Toompea Castle í˘ą 10 Hop on, Hop off Bus Tour
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
í˘ś Kiek in de KĂśk and the Bastion Tunnels
í˘¸ KGB Museum
The Kiek in de KĂśk 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 KĂśk means â€œlook into the kitchenâ€? in low German. Obviously this was one of the main things soldiers spent their time doing while on the lookout for intruders. Kiek in de KĂśk dates back to the 15th century. The tower is 38 metres tall, and the walls are four meters thick. Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn B1
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 Estonia. English tours book up quickly so it is advised that you make a reservation. www.sokoshotels.fi Tallinn B2
í˘ˇ Fat MargaretaÂ
í˘š St Olafâ€™s Church (Oleviste kirik)
Fat Margaret (Paks Margareta) 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. Tallinn A2, North end of Pikk St.
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. Tallinn Old Town E2
Sometimes you just donâ€™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.
Travellerâ€™s tip â– Pick up the Tallinn Card (available from Tourist Information Kiosks and the A & D terminals at the port) for free entrance to many museums, free use of Tallinn city transportation, including the Hop on, Hop off bus (donâ€™t forget the swipe the card), and further discounts all around town. www.tallinncard.ee
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Sadamarket Shopping Centrum 1a vĂĽn/1st ďŹ‚oor, 100m frĂĽn A och B-terminalerna/100m from A and B terminals. Sadama 6/8, Tallinn, tel. +372 661 4605, email@example.com, www.seitsemerd.ee
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Made in Estonia How to spot locally made souvenirs in Tallinn. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Like in any popular tourist destination, there are an overwhelming number of tourist shops in Tallinn’s Old Town. Some offer beautiful, Estonian-made souvenirs, and others offer, politely put, cheap crap for some exorbitant sum. This is no reason to steer clear of souvenir shops altogether, in fact we are suggesting quite the opposite. Estonians are known for their textiles, jewellery, handicrafts, art, and design. They are not known for amber am or matryoshka dolls, so o please, visit Latvia or Lithuania ia for the amber pendants, pen and Russia for the dolls. ■
Shopping tips ■ Estonia is a Eurozone country. Currency exchanges can be found at the air- port, port, and various locations (including hotels) around the city centre. Virtually every shop, café, or bar accepts credit cards. Bargaining – Tallinn has come a long way in 20 years. If you try suggesting a lower price in the shops, you will most likely get a strange ange look. Markets however, er, are a different story. You might just get a few Euros off the price if you’re ou’re good at bargaining. Hours – Most shops aree open seven days a week, but will often en close earlier on the weekends. Tax Free – Look for the Tax ax Free shopping sticker on shop windows, keep your receipt and if you ou are eligible, you can get some money oney back the airport. at th
TOP 5 Estonian Souvenirs 01 SOMETHING EDIBLE OR SOMETHING FOR DRINKING There is nothing better than a food souvenir. Look for Kalev chocolates, kama (a mixture of roasted barley, rye, oat and pea flour eaten with buttermilk as a filling breakfast), dried fruit crisps, Olde Hansa roasted sweet almonds (you can smell these roasting outside of the restaurant), elk meat sausage, or black bread. You’ve probably already noticed that Estonians like their beer. A. Le Coq and Saku are the biggest brands, but smaller artisan producers are coming out with some good competition. Not a fan of beer? Look for Vana Tallinn liqueur, vodka (Saaremaa and Viru Valge are the top brands), or the Soviet era Kännu Kukk. Põltsamaa Castle produces great fruit wines, including Tõmmu (blackcurrant) and Kuldne (apple), which are two sweet wines, perfect for after dinner.
02 SOMETHING KNITTED Although mildly itchy, the iconic Estonian wool sweater will keep you warm on those long, cold Estonian winter nights, as will the colourful mittens and socks.
03 SOMETHING MADE FROM JUNIPER You’ll know this wood by its very fragrant odour. Look for butter knives, tiny jewellery boxes, key chains, and trivets.
04 SOMETHING MADE BY A BLACKSMITH With a shop located on Nunne in Tallinn’s Old Town, you don’t have to travel all the way to island of Saaremaa for a wrought iron souvenir from Saaremaa Sepad.
05 SOMETHING TO READ We asked some expats living in Tallinn what their favourite books (fiction or non) were. Here’s what they suggested: My Estonia – Justin Petrone and John Bickerson Bolling Purge – Sofi Oksanen Carrying Linda’s Stones – Suzanne Stiver Lie, Lynda Malik, Ilvi Jõe-Cannon, Rutt Hinrikus War in the Woods – Mart Laar Sentence Siberia – Ann Lehtmets, Douglas Hoile The Singing Revolution - DVD
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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
There is no better souvenir than a unique article of clothing from a local designer. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
It used to be that any budding artist from a small country had to move to the big city to “make it.” This is all changing in Estonia. With numerous small business grants available to young designers, and support from such events as Tallinn Fashion Week (held every year in Tallinn in autumn), clothing and jewellery designers are staying put to make
Other Estonian Shops ■ Linette Lingerie Viru Keskus. Viru väljak 4, Tallinn ■ Vivian Vau Shoes Rataskaevu 2, Tallinn Old Town ■ Eesti Disaini Maja (Estonian Design House) Kalasadama 8, Tallinn
■ Sangar Shirts Kristiine Keskus. Endla 45, Tallinn Ülemiste Keskus Suur Sõjamäe 4, Tallinn Rocca al Mare Keskus Paldiski mnt 102, Tallinn
their brand and their country known to the world. When in Tallinn be sure to visit the Telliskivi Lommelinnak and the Baltika Quarter. The Telliskivi Lommelinnak is located in the bohemian area of Kalamaja. This creative space has grown so much over the last two years, and it just keeps getting better. Shops like Keep, Les Petites, and Minu Väike Maailm sell Estonian designed clothes and accessories. The Baltika Quarter houses a new pop-up fashion shop called Zero. Fashion designers that are just starting out can sell their clothes and accessories here. What this means for you is that you can get a
taste of Estonian fashion all under one roof. Also located in the Baltika Quarter is Moetänav, or Fashion Street. Moetänav bring together Estonia’s leading fashion brands into a very unique space. Run by the Baltika Group, this retailer has five lables under its brand that you will not only find in this store, but throughout Estonia. Look for Monton, Mosaic, Ivo Nikkolo, Baltman, and Bastion. ■
Location Telliskivi Lommelinnak Telliskivi 60a, Tallinn Baltika Kvartal Veereni 24, Tallinn
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. 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.
Foorum, Narva mnt 5. B2 Almost opposite the Viru Shopping Centre, Foorum houses a promenade of stylish boutiques. Rotermann Centre, Rotermanni 5. A2 This modern shopping centre in the newly renovated Rotermanni district houses gourmet food shops, a Scandinavian furniture store, and many international clothing brands.
■ A bit further out 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. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Free bus from the port. A modern mall just outside of the city centre. 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. Mustikas keskus, A.H.Tammsaare tee 116. Trolleys 1, 2 and 3. A shopping centre in the west end of the city. 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. 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. SadaMarket, Kai 5. A2 This has the appearance of a market, with many small stalls and shops. 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.
■ 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
Tallinn City Tour
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Day at the Beach
Tallinn City Tour is probably the best and most convenient way to see most of what Tallinn has to offer. Audio guides are available in ten languages and provide interesting and sometimes surprising information about some of the city’s unique sites. However, its greatest advantage to visitors is that you can hop on and off at the various sites of interest whenever you want to and your ticket is valid on the three coloured routes for 24 hours. Tours operate daily and tickets can be bought on the buses, at larger hotels and at the port. Tours begin daily between 10:00 and 11:00 depending on the route and start and finish at Viru Square, located near the main entrance into the Old Town. www.citytour.ee
Nõmme Adventure Park
In Tallinn’s picturesque and almost rural suburb of Nõmme lies another venue that promises fun and excitement for the whole family. The Nõmme Adventure Park offers a variety of safe activities including various treetop rope courses, zip line descents and jumping into nets, all the while using your smarts to overcome various challenges. A miniature course is also available for the little ones, where mums and dads can walk alongside their children while offering encouragement. While a 32m rappel from the ski jump tower in Mustamäe gets the adrenaline pumping only for some, the park’s water ball guarantees fun for all. During summer the park is open Monday - Sunday 10.00 – 22.00. www.nommeseikluspark.ee
Estonian Open Air Museum Another venue in the west of the city worthy of a visit is the popular Estonian Open Air Museum. 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. Bicycles and audio guides can be hired, and horse rides are available as well. The Kolu Inn also provides a venue for lunch or dinner. The museum is open daily from 10:00-20:00. The easiest way to get there from the city is via the City Tour (Blue Line) hop on, hop off bus that stops at the entrance. Or it’s a leisurely 15 minute walk from the Tallinn Zoo along the seaside road. www.evm.ee
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Lahemaa National Park Lahemaa National Park, east of Tallinn on the road to Narva, was Estonia’s first and largest national park. See Estonia’s characteristic landscapes, ranging from stony and sandy beaches, picturesque bogs, pine forests, old-growth forests, cliff forests and rivers cut into the limestone cliffs. Aside from these natural wonders, you will discover significant historical and cultural sites like the old fishing village at Käsmu and the remains of Soviet era buildings that dot the coastline of this previously closed area. Architectural treasures can be found in the well-preserved manor houses like those at Palmse, Vihula and Sagadi. The area can be explored by car or bicycle and a variety of accommodation options from camping to manor house hotels are possible, as are day tours from Tallinn. www.estadventures.ee www.traveller.ee
■ Rooftop Cinema Katuse Kino
■ Energia Science Centre
For something a little different, why not take in a movie in the open air at Tallinn’s Katuse Kino or Rooftop Cinema. With summer now here, sitting in relaxing deck chairs under the stars offers cinema lovers of all ages the chance to watch films of various themes from comedy to drama, classics to cult favourites. The rooftop cinema also has its own cafe style eatery with food and drinks available throughout the movie. The cinema is centrally located on the 4th floor roof terrace of the Viru Centre. www.katusekino.ee
The Energia Science Centre offers the chance to experience the wonders of science in a fun and interactive way via 160 innovative exhibits. Located under the city’s Freedom Square, the centre promises to stimulate your interest in discovering some of the mysteries of life, earth and the universe. Opening times are from 10:00-18:00 Monday to Friday and 12:00-18:00 on weekends. www.energiakeskus.ee
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With the onset of summer, locals are flocking to the beach to relax, cool off, and to soak up as much of the energy giving sunlight as possible, given the long and dark winters here. Aside from the main beach at Pirita, the city is blessed with several other public swimming beaches including Stroomi (North Tallinn, Pelguranna 30), Harku (Haabersti - West Tallinn, Paldiski mnt), Kakumäe (Haabersti), and Pikakari (Paljassaare). All have certified lifeguards on duty 9:00–20:00 on weekdays and 9:00-21:00 at weekends. Facilities typically include changing stalls, showers, toilets, sports and play areas, as well as food and drink facilities. These locations can easily be accessed on foot or by bike along the well-kept cycle paths, or take public transport. For something a bit more secluded, hire a car and head outside the city to one of the rural beaches - Laulasmaa, Lohusalu, Salmistu or Kaberneeme.
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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 Bridget’s Convent whose colourful history dates back to the 15th century. 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 and is by far the most popular in Tallinn. It has areas set aside for beach sports like volleyball, children’s playing areas, and dining. Rowing boats, canoes and waterbikes can be hired from near the bridge and provides the opportunity for a relaxing exploration of the river. Also located a short distance from the beach is the city’s Botanical Gardens and the famous Tallinn TV Tower, 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: www.piritaklooster.ee www.teletorn.ee www.botaanikaaed.ee Boat rental: www.bellmarine.ee (Free with your Tallinn Card)
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TEXT ROBERT BROOKES, PHOTOS TOOMAS TUUL, ANDREI CHERTKOV
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Just a short distance past Pirita is the coastal suburb of Viimsi. Taking pride of place here is the Viimsi Open Air Museum, an authentic and historical coastal village that preserves the fishing and coastal farming life of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Several buildings are on display as is some fishing eqipment. A farmer’s market is also held here every Saturday from 10:00-14:00, selling an extensive range of goods including vegetables and fresh fish. Conveniently located next to the museum is the boatshaped restaurant called Paat (Boat), which offers an extensive range of delicious snacks and meals. For a more detailed look at the history the coastal people throughout the ages, a short distance away is the Museum of Coastal Folk located in an old school house. The maritime-themed playroom gives kids the chance to dress up as sea captains or mermaids and learn about life at sea. www.rannarahvamuuseum.ee www.paat.ee
Tallinn Zoo Located in the city’s west, near the Rocca al Mare shopping centre, is one of the area’s best zoological gardens. Tallinn zoo is home to a large variety of animals from not only the Baltic region but from various parts of the world and include kangaroos, elephants, crocodiles, snakes, fish, and birds. The ticket office at Tallinn Zoo is open every day during summer from 09:00-19:00. You can get there from the city centre using trolley bus number 6 or from the Baltic Railway Station via trolley bus 7, getting off at the Zoo stop. The City Tour (Blue Line) hop on, hop off bus tour also stops at the zoo. www.tallinnzoo.ee
If your visit to Tallinn is unfortunately limited by time, then why not consider taking in the sites on two wheels with a bicycle tour of the city. City Bike offers a variety of bicycle styles to suit everyone’s needs with some also having baskets or child seats for family trips. The well-maintained bikes have all the necessary safety equipment and the price includes a helmet and bike lock among other essential items. Renters can chose self-guided tours of the city or can opt to take part in various tours lead by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Longer tours out of the city can also be arranged and offer a good value way to see more of the country at a leisurely pace. Prices are affordable and can start from just a few euros an hour. The office is conveniently located in Old Town at Uus 33. www.citybike.ee
■ Islands around Tallinn
■ Pirita Adventure Park
Prangli Island has preserved its native surroundings that date back to the 13th century. Another ferry takes you to the legendary Naissaar Island (Women's Island), which was a former military base and nature area. Here you can explore the sights, which include artillery stations, a Soviet sea mine factory, a working railway, a museum, and church. Located 14 km from Tallinn is the island of Aegna. Aegna is a protected conservation area and also boasts old defence ruins, Estonia's largest densely arranged boulders, an old cemetery, a magical stone maze, walking trails and camping sites. www.tallinndaytrip.com www.tallinn-cruises.com/ www.veeteed.com
Set among the beachside pine forest, with beautiful views back across the bay to the city’s distinctive skyline is the Pirita Adventure Park. With six treetop trails that include various obstacles, jumping nets and rope challenges, fun and adventure is guaranteed for the whole family. Strict safety has been incorporated into the design and operation of the park and with qualified and experienced instructors the experience promises to be an unforgettable one. The park is open from 10:00 until 22:00 every day and is located near the main buildings at Pirita Beach and only a short bus ride from the city centre. Take bus 1A from the Viru Centre and get off at Supluse Puiestee. www.piritaseikluspark.ee
WELCOME TO THE ESTONIAN OPEN AIR MUSEUM!
An Estonian village in the capital of Estonia Performances by the Folklore Society Leigarid on Sat and Sun at 11AM July 7 - Estonian day of International Folklore Festival BALTICA Handicraft days on H채rjapea Farm every Saturday, food days every Sunday 76 historical buildings, farm animals, handicraft demos, Estonian national food at the inn
Open daily at 10-20 Buses: 21 and 21B from the Baltijaam train station. City Tour Blue Line from Viru Square. Vaba천humuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. Ph. +372 654 9100, www.evm.ee.
Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport Tartu Airport Flying is the fastest and most comfortable mode of travel. The airport is the best place to advertise. Promote your business with banners, back-lit windows, showcases, posters, billboards, internet kiosks, car advertising and other personalised solutions, everywhere in the airport.
Queries: +372 605 8234
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17 July News Natural Gas Station in Pärnu
The fourth natural gas filling station has opened in the summer resort town of Pärnu. It will be mainly used to fill up public transport buses, and maintained by Eesti Gaas. Eesti Gaas is currently working on another gas station in Narva. It is estimated that there are around 300 gas-powered vehicles in Estonia. To compare with neighbouring countries, Finland has 20 natural gas stations and Latvia has none.
Personalised beauty consultations, superior products, and great service is what sets Gersi Stiilistuudio apart from the rest. TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
As you may have already noticed, Tallinn is full of all kinds of salons, nail, hair, massage –you name it. But how do you choose the best? A visit to the beauty salon is a very individual experience. Everyone’s skin tones, eyes, and style are unique. What looks good on a model in a magazine may not necessarily look good on you. Gersi Stiilistuudio has the solution –a personalised consultation with your hairstylist before
you try that new look, or update your old one. “Clients often come into the salon, sit in the chair and tell the stylist ‘I want a new look,’ says Sirje Küttis, manager of Gersi Stiilistuudio. “We have a computer program where we upload a photo of the client and they can see what style or hair colour suits them best.” The computer program has over one thousand different styles, hair colours, and hair highlights. The client can now have some certainty before committing to a new style and will not be surprised.
SHOO, FLY! Keep mosquitos away, the natural way.
Arvo Pärt Appointed University Lecturer
Gersi Stiilistuudio also offers manicures and pedicures. Gel nails have grown in popularity over the past few years because of their durability. At Gersi, they use Bio Sculpture Gel, a gel that has been tried and tested and voted at the top of its category in magazines like Scratch. Bio Sculpture Gel contains the same vitamins and minerals found in your nails. Instead of simply putting a layer of polish on your nail that will inevitably scratch and chip with daily activity, Bio Sculpture Gel moves with your nail. “It’s important that we use products with natural ingredients. Bio Sculpture Gel has been tested and found to be 99 allergy-free,” explains Sirje. Come to Gersi Stiilistuudio for a quick manicure, or book an afternoon with friends for a relaxing spa day. The staff at Gersi are eager to help you. Gersi also sells a variety of very interesting
products including Revita.Eps, a serum that stimulates the growth of eyelashes to give you longer and fuller lashes. Like all of the products at Gersi, this too is gentle and safe.
TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
about 6 in pharmacies. Its scent is very mild. Putukastop Family keeps insects away, as well as ticks. This product is suitable for the whole family. Its active ingredients include tea tree, citronella, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, and olive oils. A 30ml bottle will cost you about 7. They also offer a slightly stronger version – Putukastop Strong, which is not recommended for children under the age of twelve. The insect repellent Sääsepriis from Nurme Looduskosmeetika is praised as a very effective and natural product. Sääsepriis contains many different essential oils including sunflower, aloe, lemongrass, citronella, and rosemary oils. Its scent is very strong, but not at all offensive. Sääsepriis must be rubbed into the skin. A 100ml bottle costs 11.40. ■
These days we are a lot more cautious when thinking about which products we use on our skin. Insect repellent for example, is not only dangerous for the bugs they are repelling, but sometimes for your skin too. Thankfully health food stores and pharmacies sell natural, Estonian-made alternatives to help you keep those bugs away. Instead of harmful chemicals that smell terrible, the following products use different essential oils as their main active ingredient. The Ingli Pai line of products offer an insect repellent that promises to effectively keep the bugs away. It contains natural oils like lavender, lemongrass, lemon, and tea tree. The oils do not have any added colour, odour, or preservatives. A small bottle (50 ml) costs
■ Tervise Salong YIN YANG
Chinese medicine is all about improving life quality by balancing mood and energy. It is not about medicating symptoms but rather trying to prevent them. Located right next door to Gersi Stiilistuudio is Yin Yang. Clients can be pampered with massage and facials using all natural creams and oils containing ingredients used in Chinese medicine for centuries.
Ilusalong Gersi Stiilistuudio Liivalaia 40, Tallinn B3
The famous Estonian classical composer Arvo Pärt is set to begin teaching at the University of Tartu this fall. He has been appointed as the university’s liberal arts professor for one academic year. Other famous Estonians appointed to this position in the past include Hando Runnel, Jüri Arrak, Jaan Kross, Elmo Nüganen, Vello Salo, and Sirje Helme, just to name a few.
TV Tower Offers New View Visitors to Estonia’s tallest building, the Tallinn TV Tower can now take a stroll on the observation deck 175 metres above ground. Visitors must sign a release before starting the 100 metre walk. A safety line is attached to each individual. Visitors are taken in groups of four. The minimum age requirement is 13 and persons must weigh between 40 and 140 kilograms.
ID for Under 30 Major store chains must now ask for ID from anyone who appears to be under the age of 30 when purchasing alcohol. The legal age limit to purchase alcohol in Estonia is 18. The following store chains have agreed to join the campaign: ETK, Rimi, Tallinna Kaubamaja, Selver, Prisma Peremarket, ABC Supermarkets, Maxima and Keila TÜ.
More Undercover Police The number of undercover police officers continues to increase in Estonia. According to ERR: “Court records indicate police officers have posed as children on the web in order to capture sex offenders. One of the best known cases involving an undercover officer occurred several years ago, at the Lily bordello, where an officer collected audio and video evidence that resulted in the arrests of 17 people.”
Seaplane Harbour Wins International Prize Europa Nostra has awarded Tallinn's Seaplane Harbour an award for architecture heritage conservation. The museum beat 15 other nominees to the prize. “The prize was the most prestigious heritage conservation site in Europe said Minister of Culture Rein Lang. The seaplane hangars were restored in 2012 at a cost of 15 million euros.
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MANOR HOUSES IN ESTONIA TEXT: KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS: TOOMAS TUUL, JAREK JÕEPERA
The Estonian landscape is spotted with old manor houses, once owned by Baltic German nobility. Many of the 1,245 manors recorded in 1910, are in ruin, or have disappeared completely; but there are still a few hundred manors that have stood the test of time, either converted into schools or nursing homes. Some are privately owned, and have been beautifully renovated. And there are some 200 manor house ruins, where you can still see parts of their structures. Many of the manors that you can see today in Estonia were built between 1760 and World War One by the Baltic German nobility. After Estonian agrarian land reform, the manors were used for schools, or just simply left empty, and the surrounding
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Visit www.mois.ee for a comprehensive listing of manor houses across Estonia, including pictures and a short description. Want to stay in a manor? Visit www.manor.ee for an easily searchable listing of converted manors in Estonia.
Alatskivi Manor Lossi tn 10, Alatskivi, Southeastern Estonia www.alatskiviloss.ee
Padise Manor Padise parish, www.padisemois.ee Sagadi Manor Sagadi, Vihula parish www.sagadi.ee Kau Manor Triigi, Kõue parish www.kau.ee Vihula manor Vihula Parish www.vihulamanor.ee Pädaste Manor Pädaste, Muhu Island www.padaste.ee
Tallinn City Museum City Museum LINNAMUUSEUM, Vene 17.
Põhjaka Manor Mäeküla, near Paide www.pohjaka.ee
The Tallinn City Museum is situated in the heart www.linnamuuseum.ee of the Old Town, in a medieval merchant's house. The Tallinn City Museum has been a European Museum Forum candidate since 2003. The museum and its café are open We- Mo 10.30-18.00. Renovated KIEK IN DE KÖK and BASTION TUNNELS, Komandandi 2. PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM, Raekoja 4/6 CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, Kotzebue 16. ST. JOHN'S ALMSHOUSE, Väike-Pääsukese (Close to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tallinn) PETER THE GREAT HOUSE MUSEUM, Mäekalda 2. MIIA-MILLA-MANDA-MUSEUM, Koidula 21c. A colourful themed museum for children. Author's museum, with original interior: A. H. TAMMSAARE MUSEUM, Koidula 2. E. VILDE MUSEUM, Roheline Aas 3.
land divided into small peasant holdings. During the Soviet period, the deterioration of these buildings continued further, as they were only appreciated for their practical value.
Today, appreciation for these beautiful manors has returned. Visiting some of the manor houses in Estonia is a great way to get out of the city, and acquainted with a rich history. Some manor visits
must be booked ahead, but many have been converted into luxury hotels and top quality restaurants. But don’t let the word luxury scare you; prices are very reasonable for the great hospitality you receive. ■
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES TALLINN
Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum)
Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn, A4. www.kadriorumuuseum.ee Jan–Apr: We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17 May–June : Th 10–17, We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17
Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum)
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum)
Weizenbergi 28, Tallinn, B4. www.mikkelimuuseum.ee Jan–June: We 10–20, Th-Su 10–17 July–Dec: Tu, Th-Su 10–17, We 10–20
Lai 17, Tallinn Old Town, 1G. www.etdm.ee. We-Su 11 - 18
Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum) Pikk 17, Tallinn Old Town, G1 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee 01.09 - 30.04 Th-Tu 10–18
Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace
Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum) Niguliste 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.nigulistemuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17 Ticket office closes 16.30
Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum)
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Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum)
Estonian Literary Museum (Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum)
Lai 29a, Tallinn Old Town, F2 www.loodusmuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17
Vanemuise 42, Tartu www.kirmus.ee. Mo-Th 9 - 17, Fr 9 - 16.30
Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum)
Step back in time and learn hands-on about Estonian rural heritage and culture at the Estonian Agricultural Museum
Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum)
Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. www.evm.ee 23.04-28.09 Mo-Su 10-20, 29.09-22.04 Mo-Su 10-17
Kuperjanovi 9, Tartu. www.erm.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18
Estonian Sports Museum (Eesti Spordimuuseum)
Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum)
Rüütli 15, Tartu. www.spordimuuseum.ee. We-Su 11 - 18
Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, I2 www.tmm.ee. We-Sa 10-18
KGB Cells Museum (KGB Kongide Muuseum)
Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Passages
Riia 15b, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. Tu-Sa 11- 16
Kommandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town, J1 www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/ 1.03-31.10 Tu-Su 10.30-18 1.11-29.02 Tu-Su 10-17.30
Museum of the 19th Century Citizen of Tartu (19. Saj. Tartu Linnakodaniku Muuseum)
Miia-Milla-Manda Museum (Muuseum Miia-Milla-Manda) TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ESTONIAN AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
It was not that long ago that farming equipment and agricultural methods were drastically different. And there is no better place to see just how different rural life was than at the Estonian Agricultural Museum located just outside of Tartu. The museum is housed the in the auxiliary buildings of the Ülenurme Manor, which was built in 1887. It is packed full exhibits, both permanent and temporary, and often houses events, conferences, and hands-on workshops. Among the permanent exhibits you will see a blacksmith’s workshop, vehicle shed, beekeeping exhibit, and rye bread baking demonstrations, just to name a few. On the exhibition grounds the passage of time is particularly evident –the shift from manual to motorised vehicles and farm equipment. The cattle shed was built in 1913 and was one of the most modern of its time in Estonia until the 1950s. Cattle breeding shows still take place in the cattle shed from time to time. Guided tours must be booked in advance. Visitors can enjoy a bite to eat at the museum café that serves Estonian food. ■
How to get there? Estonian Agricultural Museum (Eesti põllumajandusmuuseum) Pargi 4, Ülenurme www.epm.ee The museum is located about 10km south of Tartu’s city centre. From the Tartu Central Bus Station take either the 913 or the 905 bus and get off at the Ülenurme stop.
Weizenbergi 34/Valge 1, Tallinn, B5 www.kumu.ee Oct–Apr: We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18 May–Sept: Tu 11–18, We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18
Maarjamäe Castle, Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, A5 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee We-Su 10–17
Pikk 70, Tallinn Old Town, D3 www.meremuuseum.ee. 01.10-30.04 Tu-Su 10–18
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Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum)
Jaani 16, Tartu. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee. We-Su 10-15
L. Koidula 21C, Tallinn B4 www.linnamuuseum.ee/miiamillamanda. Tu-Su 12-18
Postal Museum (Postimuuseum) Rüütli 15, Tartu www.erm.ee/en/visit/postal-museum. We-Su 11- 18
Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum)
Tartu City Museum (Tartu Linnamuuseum)
Vene 16, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.kloostri.ee. 1.06-30.09 Mon-Sun 11-17 Winter by appointment only.
Narva 23, Tartu. Tu-Sa 11- 18. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee
Old Observatory (Tähetorn)
Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu)
Lossi 40, Tartu Tu-Su 10 - 18. http://www.ajaloomuuseum.ut.ee/tahetorn
Tartu Song Festival Museum (Tartu Laulupeomuuseum)
Ahtri 2, Tallinn, A2. www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee We 12–18, Th 12-20, Fr-Su 11-18
Jaama 14, Tartu Tu-Sa 12 - 18. http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee
Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU) Lai 1, Tallinn Old Town, G1. www.nuku.ee. Tu-Su 10-19
Tartu Toy Museum (Tartu Mänguasjamuuseum)
Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum)
Lutsu 8, Tartu www.mm.ee. We – Su 11 – 18
Toompea 8, Tallinn Old Town, B1 www.okupatsioon.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18
City Hall Museum (Raemuuseum)
Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum) Raekoja 4, Tallinn Old Town, H2. (Located behind Tallinn’s Old Town Square) www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum 1.03-31.10 Th-Tu 10.30-18, 1.11-29.02 Th-Tu 10-17.30
Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum) Vene 17, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.linnamuuseum.ee We – Mo 10.30–17.30
Viru Hotel and KGB Museum (Hotell Viru ja KGB muuseum) Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2 http://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/hotels/tallinn/ basic-information/hotel-viru-and-kgb-museum/ N.B. 01.11.12-31.03.2012 closed on Mondays Please contact the hotel to make a booking. Tours available in English, Finnish, and Russian.
■ Art Museums &
Galleries Adamson-Eric Museum (Adamson-Ericu muuseum) Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.adamson-eric.ee We-Su 11–18
Raekoda, Tartu (Town Hall Square) http://linnamuuseum.tartu.ee/?m=4 15.09-14.05 Mo 9-18, Tu-Fr 9-17, Sa-Su 10-14 15.05 -14-09 Mo-Fr 9-18, Sa-Su 10-17
Insight into the life in Estonia during three occupations (1940-1991) Temporary exhibitions Forest Brothers Olga Kistler-Ritso - the woman who founded the Museum MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS Toompea 8, 10142 Tallinn www.okupatsioon.ee firstname.lastname@example.org Tel +372 66 80 250 Open Tue-Sun 10.00 - 18.00
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Summer is here and that means it's music festival time. Here's our guide to the best places to wear your silly hat and enjoy good music under the sun's rays.
SUMMER GIG GUIDE ■ ÕLLESUMMER 2013 (JULY 3-6) It’s been 20 years since the first Õllesummer festival took place at the song grounds. Since then a number of top acts, from international stars such as Mika and the Manic Street Preachers, have taken to the stage in this four-day celebration of music from both home and abroad. The biggest festival in Estonia, Õllesummer manages to have something for everyone and its location within Tallinn means that it’s the perfect spot for those on a short break to find out what Estonian music has to offer as well as seeing some of the top acts from beyond these shores. This year’s festival is headlined by the Pet Shop Boys but with a number of stages available there is plenty on offer for those who like rock music, Hip-Hop, dance or even something from further a-field. And even if that gets too much, it’s well worth taking some time out to check on the wine garden and grab a decent Shiraz.
Day tickets €15 Festival pass €35 Free entry for children up to five years of age. http://www.ollesummer.ee/
fans. Attracting artists from as far afield as China and India, this festival has an international feel and has attracted fans from across the globe. The festival always has a theme and this year's is holy commotion, focusing on the many religious rituals, and especially the wedding rite, as celebrated throughout the world.
www.folk.ee/festival/2013/en Day Tickets €15€36. Festival pass €64 ■ MONSTER MUSIC FESTIVAL (26TH-27TH JULY) Pärnu, as any Estonian will tell you, is the summer capital of the country. While this slightly official of titles may not encourage much hope, a trip to this little coastal town in the summer months will highlight just why it’s such a draw after months of snow and ice, this is the place Estonians come to let their hair down and have a good time. Slotting nicely into this is one of Estonia’s less sedate affairs, The Monster music festival is a two day party where the good and the beautiful can put on their swimsuits, play in the sand and listen to a backdrop of pop and dance music throughout the weekend. With a number of DJ’s and acts from abroad, and the added bonus of beach-side antics such as football tournaments and dancing contests, monster is once again set to offer one of the more hedonistic options around this summer. www.monsterfest.ee
Day tickets: €14 Two-day tickets: €19
■ SCHILLING (6TH JULY) For those who like their indie music and fine cuisine, Schilling is a must-visit. Situated just south of Pärnu at Kilingi-Nõmme, this small festival will see performances from Krautrockers Camera, Finnish lo-fi merchants Melting Hearts and Estonian indie legend Pia Fraus. Along with some enchanted woodlands, fine cuisine and enough pinecones for everyone to share.
■ ROCK RAMP (1ST-3RD AUGUST) Rock Ramp at Viljandi, which is now in its seventh year, is a must for those who want to judge the quality of the Estonian music scene. The festival focuses on up and coming Estonian artists and provides a heady mix of variety, fun and discovery. The castle takes centre stage, but the nightclubs of the town are also open and there will be plenty of stalls and events in the town to keep anyone occupied during the quiet bits.
www.schilling.ee/2013/ tickets €25 before 5th July, €30 on the door
www.rockramp.ee Day ticket €15, Festival pass €25
PHOTO: ELENA RUDI
Robbie Williams plays the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds August 30th.
on Sweden and Scandinavian culture and song, is set to continue to establish the festival as one of the top folk festivals in Europe. The high quality of the artists and music is a draw in itself. However, the perfect setting for the festival at the small seaside town of Käsmu, overlooking the Ingmar Sea and on the outskirts of Lahemaa national park, provides a lush backdrop that has to be seen to be believed.
www.virufolk.ee/eng Day Tickets €25, Festival Pass €60
■ VILJANDI FOLK FESTIVAL (25TH-28TH JULY) This legendary festival, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, is a must for many folk
■ VIRUFOLK (9TH - 11TH AUGUST) For a number of years, Virufolk has built itself a reputation for promoting the best of Nordic culture and music. This year's festival, with its focus
■ ROBBIE WILLIAMS (30TH AUGUST) Over the last few years, Tallinn has played host to a number of top stars. So far, we’ve seen performances from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Elton John, Mika, and the Kaiser Chiefs. Indeed, Tallinn’s position as a quality tour destination is
growing and it’s no surprise that this summer sees another megastar touch down in the city. Robbie Williams had already placed himself within the rock annuals through his time with Take That. However, since then and with a number of changes in musical direction, the star’s reputation and fame has eclipsed that of his band mates and has established himself as one of the top artists of our time. As a result, his performance on the 30th of August, his only concert in North-Eastern Europe this year as part of the Take the Crown tour, is bound to be a packed out extravaganza well worth catching.
www.lauluvaljak.ee http://www.robbiewilliams.com/ Tickets form €70.50
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A few more suggestions for evening (or early morning) entertainment:
Gay G-punkt Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn
Tatari 1, Tallinn
Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1
Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2
Lai 2, Tallinn Old Town G1
Koskenkorva Karaoke Bar
Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2
Roseni 13, Tallinn A2
The Shamrock Pub
Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2
Viru 24, Tallinn Old Town H3
Nimeta Baar Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2
Nightclubs Arena 3 Sadama 6, Tallinn A3
The Bank Club 777
Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3
Tartu mnt 17, Tallinn B3
La Casa del Habano
Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town H1
Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn Old Town J1
Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town H2
Mere pst 6E, Tallinn A2
With the sun out and the long, dark winter banished once again, Estonia's long summer days really bring out the best in Tallinn's nightlife. This is the time of year when people go outside and with a host of clubs and bars featuring excellent outdoor facilities, this little guide should help you get the best out of your holiday stay.
■ Varblane – Club Privé Club Privé is none for being one of the trendiest nightspots in Tallinn. Focusing on some of the more upmarket forms of dance music (don't expect cheap 80's nights here) the club tends to attract a cool and sophisticated crowd all year round. However, the summer sees the opening of Varblane, Club Privé's outside bar. Excellently located overlooking Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square), the buzzing atmosphere continues throughout the night fuelled by a vast amount of shots and cocktails and the added bonus of hookah. With sun loungers added to the mix and a number of DJ's putting down some hip tracks, Varblane provides a fantastic place from which to gather, chat and enjoy the summer evenings from a marvellous vantage point that looks over one of the busiest parts of the city.
Harju 6, Tallinn www.clubprive.ee/?en
■ Arena 3 Hidden away in the harbour and somewhat ignored by the tourist crowd as a result, Arena 3 is one super club that manages to live up to the name. With a number of DJ's and live acts on show, a bumping atmosphere and affordable bar prices, it's a club that is sometimes cruelly ignored. While most of the action goes on inside the club, the rooftop sees one of the finest summer venues in the city. With DJ's and bands throughout the summer and a wonderful view of the Old Town, it really is one of Tallinn's better kept secrets. Well worth leaving the city centre to experience.
Sadama 6, Tallinn, www.arena3.ee
■ Hell Hunt One of the busiest bars in town, Hell Hunt has managed to be a favourite for tourists and locals alike with its decent menu and vast beer list. As a result, it's often one of the most difficult places in town to find a seat. Thankfully, during the summer, Hell Hunt grows, taking over the small square outside its front door. A small marquee is erected; chairs and tables put out and an ever welcoming and efficient team of waitresses appear to meet your every need with some of the fastest table service in the city.
It's location really does give it an advantage in the summer for not only does it provide an excellent place to relax in the shade with a cool beer in hand, but the pure amount of activity taking place on Pikk should keep you entertained throughout the evening. A perfect place to people watch.
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■ Lounge 24 Unless you're staying there, this bar at the top of the Radisson Blu Hotel may be criminally ignored. This is a shame for what it has to offer is truly stunning. Situated on the 24th floor, 90 metres above the street, Lounge 24 is a restaurant, café and bar all in one. With a good range of cocktails and some fine food on offer, it's enough of a draw in itself. However, when the rooftop terrace is open, it really becomes a must visit. With views that look out over the city, it's possible to see everything in the city from the airport to Kristiine Shopping Centre. This includes all the sights of the Old Town and the goings on at the harbour. An excellent way to get a birds-eye view of the city in some delightful surroundings.
Ravala Puiestee 3 www.radissonblu.com/hotel-tallinn/dining/lounge-24
Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2
Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town I2
Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2
Kochi Ait Tavern
Lootsi 10, Tallinn A3
Mürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town I2
Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town H2
Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1
Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town H3
Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2
Live Music Café Amigo Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2
Chicago 1933 Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3
Clazz Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2
Guitar Hunt Pärnu mnt 19, Tallinn
NYC Piano Bar
Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2
Parlament Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2
Partei Rävala pst 8, Tallinn B2
Plub Valli 1, Tallinn Old Town I3
Tapper Pärnu mnt 158G, Tallinn
Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2
Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1
Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn
Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1
Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3
6. MATSALU NATIONAL PARK The best way to visit this park is with a canoe or boat; you will meet sea eagles, beavers, and perhaps even a swimming deer.
7. KIHNU ISLAND You will see women dressed in traditional folk clothing at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the lighthouse that was
3. KÕPU LIGHTHOUSE The world’s third oldest that is still in use was built in 1531. The lighthouse is open daily to visitors.
4. OSMUSSAAR ISLAND Many would say that this is Estonia’s most unique island. In summer, the meadows are filled with beautiful orchids in bloom.
5. BICYCLE TOURS From Tallinn you can ride west towards Haapsalu along the 60km-long bike path. The path starts at Riisipere. Visit the tiny islands of Vormsi and Kihnu by bike as well.
10. CAMPING Camping in tents on campsites is free, or
9. HIKE ACROSS ESTONIA The 370km hike begins on the beaches of the Gulf of Finland in Lahemaa and ends at the Latvian border in Pikla. For more information visit: www.rmk.ee
8. CANOEING The rivers at Soomaa National Park are perfect for a paddling adventure. The river dams seem even bigger from the canoe. You will also find great rivers for paddling in Southern Estonia and in Lahemaa National Park.
just opened to visitors again this spring. You might even see a seal or two on your way over to the island.
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The island also offers visitors fascinating history, birds, and geology.
13. PIUSA CAVES These sandstone caves stretch on for hundreds of meters underground. The best
12. TAMME LAURI OAK Estonia’s widest and oldest tree measures eight metres around. This 700-year-old tree has seen many events throughout Estonian history and even offered a hiding place for Forest Brothers.
11. STORKS Driving around Estonia you may have noticed gigantic nests atop telephone poles. There are many stork nests in Southern Estonia, as well as on the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.
15. BEAR WATCHING Find huts in Eastern Estonia to watch and photograph bears. You might even see a wolf from time to time.
14. RIVER CRUISE ON THE EMAJÕGI RIVER A trip on this historic barge will take you back 500 years. The voyage starts in Tartu and finishes at Lake Peipsi.
way to see them is with a guided tour. In autumn, the caves offer hibernation for thousands of bats.
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For more information visit: www.visitestonia.com
16. ONTIKA CLIFF AND VALASTE WATERFALL One of Estonia’s most beautiful natural sights is the Ontika limestone cliff and the highest waterfall (30.5 m) in the Baltics.
2. ANGLA WINDMILLS These restored windmills are certainly worth a visit. Step back in time 100 years to see what life was like on the island of Saaremaa.
1. VILSANDI NATIONAL PARK Marine wildlife at every turn: seals, sea birds, and some of the most beautiful orchids in the north.
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Tallinn’s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
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IN THE OLD TOWN: ■ The watchtowers of Suur-Kloostri and Väike-Kloostri allow access to Nunna Tower and from there, access to Sauna Tower and Kuldjala Tower.
The Old Town of Tallinn is divided into a lower and upper part. The lower town was inhabited by hanseatic traders and the upper town, or Toompea was inhabited by nobility. The lower part of Tallinn’s Old Town can be seen from viewing platforms at Toompea. The best view of Toompea is from the tower of St. Olaf’s Church.
■ 3 Kiriku Platform The platform at the end of Kiriku Street faces west and offers a view of splendid and romantic sunsets. The area is more calm, and bohemian than around other platforms.
■ 1 Kohtu Platform The Kohtu street platform offers the best view of the Old Town and is a must-see. The impressive tower of the Niguliste Church seems at arms length. The red tiled roofs with white edges are characteristic of Tallinn. ■ 2 Patkul Platform The Patkul platform shows both a view of St Olaf’s Church, and part of the city wall. The church used to be even taller in medieval times and was actually the tallest building in the world in its time. Nowhere else can you see the city wall from a better angle. Take a look to the left, and parallel with the platform you will see the pillars of Stenbock Palace, the seat of the Estonian government.
lower town beneath but also the magnificent palaces facing the slopes of the Toompea Hill, and the upper town. ■ 5 Toompea Castle and Pikk Hermann Tower. The Toompea Tower (15th century) and the blue, black, and white Estonian flag signify independence and freedom for Estonians. The 46-meter tower is best seen if you walk downhill from Lossi plats square along Falgi Street. Now, turn around, look up and the impressive wall of the medieval fortification with the Pikk Hermann (Tall Hermann) will greet you!
■ Town Hall Square (Raekoda). Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval town hall square was built at the beginning of the 1400s.
OUTSIDE OF THE OLD TOWN: ■ Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak). This square holds great symbolic importance and is located just south of the Old Town. The pillar located at the edge of the square, consists of a large pedestal with the Cross of Liberty (Vabadusrist) placed on top. This monument reads: “Estonian War of Independence 1918–1920”. On its other side in a the Freedom Bell (Vabaduse kell). ■ Kadriorg Park. This area houses the Presidential Palace and the palace of Peter the Great, where today the KUMU Art Museum stands. There are plenty of other things to see as well, in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace head straight along the park trail to the Rusalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
Tallinn Zoo species as well as many large mammals, including elephants, polar bears, chimpanzees and rhinoceros. Located opposite the Rocca al Mare Shopping Centre. ■ Kalamaja District (Fish House) is the area to visit if you want to get a taste for old Tallinn. The wooden houses are typical of those built in the 1920s and 30s, during the first period of Estonian independence. In recent years, this area has become
Town Hall Square ■ Built in 1246, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Püha Katariina klooster) is the oldest building in Tallinn. ■ Mustapeade House. Built in 1399 for the Brotherhood of Blackheads and is Tallinn’s only renaissance building. ■ The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location in the Town Hall Square.
The Ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent ■ The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Tallinna lauluväljak). Built in 1960, this amphitheatre can hold more than 30 000 singers. These grounds played an important part of the process that led to the restoration of Estonian independence, the initial phase in the Singing Revolution. ■ The Ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent (Pirita Klooster). Located near Pirita Beach, this monastery was built in 1407 during the Swedish occupation. The convent was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible’s troops in 1577.
quite bohemian, with many artists, and young entrepreneurs taking up residence here. ■ Patarei Prison gives an eerie glimpse into gloomy Soviet era prison life. For a small entrance fee you can take a self-guided tour through the dark halls of this old sea fortress that has served as barracks, and then as a prison during Soviet times.
■ The Tallinn Botanical Gardens. 4,500 varieties of plants and 123 hectares of greenhouses, and parks, the Botanical Gardens are an oasis in the summer and winter. Town Hall Pharmacy
■ Tallinn Zoo. Approximately 90 hectares, this zoo houses many rare
■ 4 Best of both worlds Climb the stairs of the St Olaf Church and you will discover not only the
A quick history of the city of Tallinn The name Tallinn originates from the Danish occupation (1219–). 1285 Tallinn joins the Hanseatic League. 1346 The Danish sell Tallinn to the German Order. Toompea was divided amongst princes and bourgeoisie in the uppertown and craftsmen in the lowertown. 1561 Tallinn goes to the Swedish. 1721 The Russians conquer Estonia and Tallinn. 1918 Estonia declares independence and Tallinn becomes its capital. 1939–44 Russians and Germans occupy Tallinn. 1944 The Soviet Army bombs Tallinn in March and causes extensive damage. 1400 people are killed. 1944–1991 Tallinn becomes a Soviet capital
and hosts the sailing competitions of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 1991 Tallinn becomes the Estonian capital. In 1997, it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2011 Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture along with Turu. Its population is estimated at 411,000: 53% Estonians, 38% Russians, 9% Other.
TOURIST INFORMATION Tallinn: Niguliste 2/Kullassepa 4, Tallinn Tartu: Raekoda plats 1A, Tartu Pärnu: Uus 4, Pärnu Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva
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■ Medical Centres and Pharmacies 24H Pharmacy Tõnismägi 5, Tallinn Tel. +372 644 2282
K Kihnu is a tiny island llocated off the west ccoast of Estonia. The Sea Party is a festival dedicated to fishermen's day and the unique culture of Kihnu. Concerts, workshops, the traditional Kihnu run, and a market will be awaiting visitors.
Mustamäe Medical Centre Ehitajate tee 27, Tallinn Tel.+372 659 8318 Keskhaigla Medical Centre Ravi 18, Tallinn Tel. 1900, +372 622 7070
Rakvere: Laada 14, Rakvere
■ Post Office
Järvamaa: Keskväljak 8, Paide Räpina: Kooli 1, Räpina Jõgeva: Suur 3, Jõgeva Saaremaa: Tallinna 2, Kuressaare Hiiumaa: Hiiu 1, Kärdla Haapsalu: Karja 15, Haapsalu Jõhvi: Rakvere 13A, Jõhvi Otepää: Tartu mnt 1, Otepää Valga: Kesk 11, Valga Viljandi: Vabaduse plats 6, Viljandi Võru: Jüri 12, Võru Rapla: Viljandi mnt 4, Rapla
Holidays 1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday 1 May – Spring Holiday; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer’s Day; 20 August – Re-independence Day; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day The work day preceding New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, and Christmas Day is reduced by three hours.
2012/2013 School Holidays Christmas break 22 December, 2012 6 January, 2013 Spring break 16-24 March, 2013 Summer break 5 June - 31 August, 2013
EMBASSIES AUSTRIA Vambola 6, 10114 Tallinn +372 627 8740
FINLAND Kohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn, +372 610 3200
ICELAND Tõnismägi 3A, 10119 Tallinn, +372 640 8711
NORWAY Harju 6, 10130 Tallinn +372 627 1000
TURKEY Narva mnt. 30, 10152 Tallinn, +372 627 2880
BELGIUM Rataskaevu 2-9, 10123 Tallinn, +372 627 4100
FRANCE Toom-Kuninga 20, 10122 Tallinn, +372 616 1600
IRELAND Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 681 1888
POLAND Suur-Karja 1, 10146 Tallinn +372 627 8206
UKRAINE Lahe 6, 10150 Tallinn +372 601 5815
BULGARIA A. Lauteri 5E, 10114 Tallinn +372 648 0388
GEORGIA Viru väljak 2, 10111 Tallinn +372 698 8590
ITALY Vene 2/4, 10140 Tallinn +372 627 6160
PORTUGAL Kohtu 10, 10130 Tallinn +372 611 7468
UNITED KINGDOM Wismari 6, 10136 Tallinn +372 667 4700
CANADA Toom-Kooli 13, 10130 Tallinn, +372 627 3311
GERMANY Toom-Kuninga 11, 15048 Tallinn, +372 627 5303
LATVIA Tõnismägi 10, 10119 Tallinn, +372 627 7850
RUSSIA Pikk 19, 10123 Tallinn +372 646 4175
CZECH REPUBLIC Lahe 4, 10150 Tallinn +372 627 4400
GREECE Pärnu mnt 12, 10148 Tallinn, +372 640 3560
LITHUANIA Uus 15, 10111 Tallinn +372 631 4030
SWEDEN Pikk 28, 10133 Tallinn +372 640 5600
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Kentmanni 20, 10116 Tallinn +372 668 8100
DENMARK Wismari 5, 10136 Tallinn +372 630 6400
HUNGARY Narva mnt 122, 13628 Tallinn, +372 605 1880
NETHERLAND Rahukohtu 4, 10130 Tallinn Tel. +372 680 5500
Tallinn Post Office Narva mnt 1, Tallinn Open M–F 8–20, Sa 9–17 Tel. +372 617 7037
■ Tallinn Shopping Centres Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Järve Keskus, Pärnu mnt 238. Mustikas keskus, A. H.Tammsaare tee 116. Rotermann Centre, Rotermanni 5. Solaris, Estonia pst 9.
How to make a phone call in Estonia, from Estonia, to Estonia ■ Using a mobile phone from Estonia to make a call to another country: + (country code)(phone number) ■ When calling Estonia, enter country code +372, and then the phone number. For example +372 2 222 222. ■ When calling from within Estonia, the country code may be omitted. For example, 777 7777.
WIFI Networks There are over 1000 wireless hotspots listed at www.wifi.ee. Estonia is known for its extensive network of free internet hotspots. For example, in Tallinn there are 185 and most of them are marked in green, meaning they can be used free of charge. The Viru Shopping Centre, as well as many hotels and bars also offer free connections. In some places, a password may be required to access the free network. If you are in need of a constant internet connection, it may be best to purchase a pre-paid plan from a mobile service provider.
Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4. Foorum, Narva mnt 5. Tallinna Kaubamaja, Gonsiori 2. Stockmann, Liivalaia 53. Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. Kochi Aidad, Lootsi 10.
Event Tickets Tickets for events and concerts in Estonia are sold at Piletilevi, Piletimaailm, and Ticketpro. Piletilevi (www.piletilevi.ee) On-line purchases require login. Sales outlets can be found in shopping centres, and at Statoil petrol stations. Piletimaailm (www.piletimaailm.com) The website is available in Estonian only and sells theatre tickets. Sales outlets can be found in theatres and supermarkets. Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.ee) Sales outlets can be found in post officesand at the Solaris Shopping Centre.
SadaMarket, Kai 5. Merekeskus, Mere pst 10. Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7.
Accepted in nearly 100 locations, the Tallinn Card gives you free entrance and discounts.
Tallinn Card is available at: Tallinn Tourist Information Kiosks, Kullassepa 4/Niguliste 2, from A and D terminals at the Port of Tallinn, as well as in many Tallinn hotels. www.tallinncard.ee.
■ Useful Phrases
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please...........................................palun thank you ...................................aitäh, tänan excuse me ..................................vabandage hello..............................................tere, tervist good morning ..........................tere hommikust good day.....................................tere päevast good evening............................tere õhtust good night .................................head ööd goodbye .....................................nägemist, head aega all the best..................................kõike head, kõike paremat have a good trip.......................head reisi bon appetite .............................jätku leiba, head isu cheers, to your health ............terviseks
How much does this cost? ............. kui palju see maksab? Do you have…?.................................. kas teil on? on teil? where is… ............................................ kus on… What is this?......................................... mis see on? What does this mean? ..................... mida see tähendab? How are you? (formal)...................... kuidas elate? How are you? (informal) .................. kuidas läheb? not bad .................................................. pole viga! nice to see you/to meet you.......... rõõm teid näha, meeldiv kohtuda it was nice meeting you .................. oli meeldiv tutvuda What time is it? ................................... palju kell on? I do not speak Estonian, Russian .. mina ei oska eesti (vene) keelt Do you speak English? ..................... kas te räägite inglise keelt? /Swedish/Finnish/German? ........... /rootsi/soome/saksa keelt?
■ Currency Exchange Debit and credit cards are widely accepted throughout Estonia, especially VISA and Mastercard. American Express is not as widely accepted. Currency can be exchanged in banks throughout the country. Major Estonian banks include: LHV, Swedbank, SEB, and Nordea. There is a wide network of ATMs in major cities and smaller towns. Currency can also be exchanged at Eurex, and Tavid.
A tropical island in the middle of Tallinn is temptation enough.
The continual grind of daily life with its work and traffic and crowds and stress. It's all enough to make you dream of quitting your job, going to the airport and jumping on the next plane to the Caribbean. Thankfully, there's no need to go that far for a tropical paradise can be found off Narva mnt at Island Cafe and Bar. With its dĂŠcor of palm trees and pictures of better climates, Island allows the weary traveller to sink
back and imagine that they've made their escape into paradise. The escape is made all the better when one considers what else this buzzing little bar has to offer. Happy hour sees a number of drink offers, with beer at two for one between 16:00 and 19:00 and a vast range of exotic cocktails at the same price at night. Add to this their extensive menu of pizzas, sushi and snacks and live music over the weekends,
and you've got yourself somewhere where that desired escape seems oh, so possible. Narva mnt 7, 10193 Tallinn. http://island-cafe.ee/
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The Baltic Guide in English is a tourist newspaper for visitors to Estonia. The newspaper's broad content covers everything from cultural e...
Published on Jul 1, 2013
The Baltic Guide in English is a tourist newspaper for visitors to Estonia. The newspaper's broad content covers everything from cultural e...