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Summer in the city
uly is a wonderful time to visit both Tallinn and Estonia. Summertime is in full swing, meaning lots of events and festivals taking place all over the country. One of the most important festivals is of course the Song and Dance Celebration (4-6 July). Every five years the Song and Dance Celebration takes place in Estonia. This year’s theme is “Touched by Time. The Time to Touch”. 187,800 spectators attended the last Song and Dance Celebration and 35,320 performers took part. The Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. One of the top moments of the Song and Dance Celebration is the procession through the city. Participants dressed in traditional folk costume walk, dance, play, and sing, and tens of thousands of spectators line the streets. Taking place at the same time (3-6 July) are the Tallinn Medieval Days, where Tallinn’s medieval past comes to life with a medieval market, and other
medieval themed activities that promise to be fun for the whole family. Tallinn is not only a medieval city, but an important port town as well. The Maritime Days will take place 18-20 July, bringing visiting ships and steamers to Tallinn’s harbours.. While there is plenty to keep you busy in Estonia’s capital, there is also plenty to see and do outside of Tallinn. The annual Viljandi Folk Music Festival celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year with the theme “play”. The festival attracts international artists and fans, making it a must-see event for any folk music lover. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find something in Estonia.
Contents 3 editorial 5-6 sightseeing
Kristina Lupp Editor-in-chief
8 restaurants: new restaurants Beergarden M.C. Grill Restaurant
July Highlights 01 PATTI SMITH SHAKES UP TALLINN
02 CULTURE IN BLOOM
Enjoy interesting cultural events at the Tallinn Creative Hub Urban Garden (Kultuurikatla Aed). Located close to Linnahall at Kalasadama 6, there will be no shortage of great events taking place this summer.
10 nightlife 12 shopping 14 family fun 15 beauty 16 July events 18 museum 19 getting around 20 transport 21-22 maps and information
03 UKRAINIAN OPERA COMES TO VISIT The headliner for this year’s Opera Days in Saaremaa (20-27 July) will be the Ukrainian National Opera, whose programme includes, among others, Verdi’s Don Carlos and Bellini’s Norma. The main stage for the event will be located in the yard of the Kuressaare Episcopal Castle under a giant tent.
04 MEDIEVAL YOGA The annual Yoga Festival in Haapsalu promises something for everyone, for both your body and your mind. The festival will take place 26-27 July within the walls of the Episcopal Castle, where yoga masters will lead participants through various poses.
Auto24Rally Estonia brings rally cars to Tartu from 17-19 July, where the race both starts and finishes. The rally is now officially part of the FIA EM series, meaning that you will be able to see top drivers from Europe on southern Estonian roads. Read more about the event on page 16. Photo: Rally24
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05 THE BIGGEST RALLY IN THE BALTICS STARTS IN TARTU
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The legendary New York Singer Patti Smith comes to Tallinn on 21 July. Listen to Patti Smith sing top hits at the Nordea Concert Hall (previously Nokia Concert Hall). Tickets start at €30.50.
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Must-see sights of the Old Town TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
in Low German, as this was one of the main things soldiers spent their time doing while on the lookout for intruders. Kiek in de Kök dates back to the 15th century. The tower is 38 metres tall, and the walls are four metres thick. Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn B1.
Viewing Platforms Kohtu Platform - offers one of the best views of the Old Town. The impressive tower of the Niguliste Church seems at arms length. The red tiled roofs with white edges are characteristic of Tallinn. Tallinn B1. Patkul Platform - shows both a view of St Olaf’s Church, and part of the city wall. The church was even taller in medieval times and the tallest building in the world in its time. Nowhere else can you see the city wall from a better angle. Tallinn B1. Kiriku Platform - the platform at the end of Kiriku Street faces west and offers a view of splendid and romantic sunsets. Tallinn B1.
Raeapteek The Town Hall Pharmacy (Raeapteek) is one of Europe's oldest pharmacies, which still operates in its original location, in the Town Hall Square. Tallinn Old Town H 1.
Raekoja plats Tallinn’s Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) is Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval town hall square and was built at the beginning of the 1400s.
Toompea Castle The Tall Hermann Tower (15th century) on the southwest corner of the hill, and the blue, black, and white Estonian flag signify independence and freedom for Estonians. Today, Toompea is the centre of Estonian government and the Riigikogu (parliament). Look for the pink building behind the Russian Orthodox Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral. Tallinn B1.
Tallinn Old Town H 1-2.
Blink and you might miss this narrow passageway off of Vene. Built in 1246, St. Catherine's Monastery (Püha Katariina klooster) is the oldest building in Tallinn. This passageway is also known as the Latin Quarter of Tallinn, and where you can find one of Tallinn’s first Italian restaurants. Tallinn Old Town H 2-3.
Kiek in de Kök and the Bastion Tunnels
St Olaf’s Church (Oleviste kirik) Climb the stairs of the St Olaf Church and you will discover not only the lower town beneath but also the magnificent palaces facing the slopes of Toompea Hill, and the upper town. The old town of Tallinn is divided into a lower and upper part. The lower town was inhabited by hanseatic traders and the upper town, or Toompea was inhabited by nobility. Lai 50, Tallinn Old Town E2.
The Kiek in de Kök tower is the entrance to historical underground bastion tunnels. In Soviet times they were supposed to serve as bomb shelters and protect the communist elite in case of a war. Kiek in de Kök means, “look into the kitchen”
Paks Margareeta Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta) is the most important fortification tower in Tallinn. She was built in the early 1500s. The diameter of the tower is 25 metres and the walls are up to 6.5 metres thick! She was constructed to protect Tallinn from intruders from the sea. Fat Margaret is often the main entrance gate and first encounter for visitors to the Old Town in Tallinn, if arriving by sea. Pikk 70,Tallinn A2.
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Town Hall Square
Kiek in de kök
A fascinating museum about Soviet history in Estonia is located on the top floor of the Viru Hotel. The hotel rooms were under KGB surveillance. The rooms were equipped with microphones, and small holes were made in the walls, where cameras could be placed to take pictures of hotel guests. The museum is only accessible by guided tour. Tours run daily and are held in English, Finnish, Russian, and Estonian. English tours book up quickly so bookings are recommended. Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.
Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to see everything, but on the Tallinn City Tour you just might. Three lines run daily, and best of all, each one passes through the Port of Tallinn, making it even more convenient. The tour operates in ten different languages and is guide by a recorded audio track that follows the sequence of the sights. One ticket is valid for 24 hours. This means that you can travel on all three routes in one day. If you purchase a 24-hour Tallinn Card then your journey on the Tallinn City Tour is free.
■ 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 to Tallinn city transportation, including the Hop on, Hop off bus (don’t forget the swipe the card), and further discounts all around town. www. tallinncard.ee
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ESTONIA AT-A-GLANCE Area: 45,227 km2. Population: approximately 1,350,000 Capital: Tallinn, population approximately 400,000. Other cities: Tartu 98,522, Narva 64,057, Pärnu 42,433 Ethnicity: Estonians 68%, Russians 24.8%, Other 6.5% Language: The official language is Estonian, which belongs to the Finno-Ugric group of languages (Finnish, Hungarian). Russian is the mother tongue of more than 300,000 inhabitants. English is widely spoken throughout the country. Religion: Approximately 20% of Estonians are non-religious, others Lutheran, Orthodox, Catholic.
Currency: Euro € Independence: 24 February 1918 Re-independence: 20 August 1991 Weather: Average temperature July 16C, February -9C Time Zone: GMT +2 Elevation: The highest point in Estonia is Suur Munamägi (318m) located in Võru County. Islands: 1,521. The largest are Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, and Muhu. Lakes: Lake Peipsi, located on the border between Russia and Estonia, is Europe’s fourth largest lake (3,555km2).
A quick history of the city of Tallinn
Outside of the Old Town TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Kalamaja & Kopli Kalamaja (Fish house) is a historic suburb filled with wooden houses and old factories. From the 14th century, Kalamaja has served as Tallinn’s main fishing port and was home to fishermen and fishmongers. When the railroad connected Tallinn with St. Petersburg in 1870, many factories opened. The colourful wooden houses you still see today were built in the 1920s and 1930s to house the growing working population. Kalamaja has seen a revival over the last few years as artists and other bohemian types moved in for the large spaces and cheap rent. Restaurants and cafés began to open, and the area continues to grow .
Patarei Prison (Patarei Vangla) Patarei Prison gives an eerie glimpse into gloomy Soviet era prison life. For a small entrance fee you can take a self-guided tour through the dark halls of this old sea fortress that has served as barracks, and then as a prison during Soviet times.
Kalaranna 2-2a By tram: No. 1 or 2 from the city centre to the Linnahall stop. From there, by foot along the Cultural Kilometre trail, just before the Seaplane Harbour.
1285 Tallinn joins the Hanseatic League. 1346 The Danish sell Tallinn to the German Order. Toompea was divided among princes and bourgeoisie in the upper-town and craftsmen in the lower-town.
by the Russian tsar. The construction is architecturally unique since it was the largest armoured concrete ceiling in the world at the time of construction.
Küti 17 / Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn By tram: No. 1 or 2 from the city centre to the Linnahall stop. From there, by foot along the Cultural Kilometre trail.
The name Tallinn originates from the Danish occupation (1219–).
1561 Tallinn goes to the Swedish. 1721 The Russians conquer Estonia and Tallinn.
Pirita Pirita is an area located a short distance to the east of the city centre and offers a variety of things to see and do. Start by visiting the ruins of St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster) whose colourful history dates back to the 15th century. A stroll through the ruins and the surrounds, including the small cemetery, is a moving reminder of the past. Its proximity to the Pirita River and the beach makes it perfect as part of a day excursion. The 2km long beach can attract up to 30,000 visitors a day in summer. Also located a short distance from the beach is the city’s Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) and the famous Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn), which is a must see as it not only provides a number of interactive exhibits but also offers one of the best views of the city and the district. A starting point for information on these can be found at:
1918 Estonia declares independence and Tallinn becomes its capital. 1939–44 Russians and Germans occupy Tallinn. 1944 The Soviet Army bombs Tallinn in March and causes extensive damage. 1400 people are killed.
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St Birgitta’s Convent ruins (Pirita klooster)-Kloostri tee 9, Tallinn Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn) Kloostrimetsa tee 58A, Tallinn Botanical Gardens (Botaanikaaed) Kloostrimetsa tee 52, Tallinn.
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1944–1991 Tallinn becomes a Soviet capital and hosts the sailing competitions of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 1991 Tallinn becomes Estonia's capital. In 1997, it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2011 Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture along with Turu. Its population is estimated at 411,000: 53% Estonians, 38% Russians, 9% Other.
■ Central Post Offices Postimaja Post Office Narva mnt 1, Tallinn B2. Kristiine Post Office Endla 45 (Kristiine Shopping Centre), Tallinn Airport Post Office Tartu mnt 101, Tallinn Toompea Post Office Lossi plats 4, Tallinn Old Town, B1. Old Town Postal Store Viru 20, Tallinn Old Town, H3. Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva Rakvere: Laada 14, Rakvere Järvamaa: Keskväljak 8, Paide Räpina: Kooli 1, Räpina Jõgeva: Suur 3, Jõgeva Saaremaa: Tallinna 2, Kuressaare Hiiumaa: Hiiu 1, Kärdla Haapsalu: Karja 15, Haapsalu Jõhvi: Rakvere 13A, Jõhvi Otepää: Tartu mnt 1, Otepää Valga: Kesk 11, Valga Viljandi: Vabaduse plats 6, Viljandi Võru: Jüri 12, Võru Rapla: Viljandi mnt 4, Rapla
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Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) Have you ever seen the hull of a real submarine from below? Or better still, crawled through the narrow living and working quarters of a fully refurbished sub from the 1930s? The submarine Lembit was one of two Estonian submarines built in the UK in the mid 1930s. Another sight is an authentic replica of the Short Admiralty Type 184 seaplane, a British two-seat reconnaissance, bombing, and torpedo carrying folding-wing seaplane used in the Estonian war of Independence in the early 1920s and later for mail service. The museum is located in the former seaplane hangars built during WWI
Kadriorg Park is the area that houses the Presidential Palace (Presidendi kantselei) and the Kadriorg Palace (Kadrioru loss), and the KUMU Art Museum. (All located on Weizenbergi). Kadriorg means Catherine’s Valley in Estonian, and dates back to the 18th century. The park and the palace were built by Peter the Great, who apparently helped in its building. As was customary at the time, the main house was named after his wife. There are plenty of other things to see in this beautiful and prestigious park. From the Kadriorg Palace, head straight along the park trail to the Russalka monument, located at the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The famous Song Festival Grounds (Lauluväljak) are only a short walk from the park as well.
Estonian Open Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) Visitors can catch a glimpse of the Estonian countryside and village life from the past. The venue has a distinctive rural atmosphere that includes various farm buildings as well as its own church, tavern, and schoolhouse. Several mills, a fire station, fishing net sheds, a dancing area, and a village swing add to the character of the place. Some of the country’s iconic windmills can also be seen. Various demonstrations, displays and interactive activities help bring the past to life and provide visitors with a fun and educational experience.
Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn.
Debit and credit cards are widely accepted throughout Estonia, especially VISA and Mastercard. American Express is not as widely accepted.
Currency can be exchanged in banks throughout the country. Major Estonian banks include: LHV, Swedbank, SEB, and Nordea. There is a wide network of ATMs in major cities and smaller towns. Currency can also be exchanged at Eurex, and Tavid.
Holidays 1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday 1 May – Spring Holiday; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer’s Day; 20 August – Re-independence Day; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day
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Summer Grill at Tallinn’s TV Tower You don’t need a ticket for the TV Tower to enjoy the summer terrace at the foot of the tower. Chef Priit Toomits, one of Europe and Estonia’s grill masters has lit the grill and will be serving summery dishes as long as the Estonian summer allows. Grilled chicken and baby back ribs are sure to be a big hit, along with the gazpacho. Tallinn TV Tower Kloostrimetsa tee 58 A, Tallinn
Beer lovers unite! Tallinn’s Beer Garden is about not only beer, but great food too! TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Beer Garden is not your run of the mill sports bar, though you can watch sports there. Time and effort has gone into choosing the over 100 beers they serve, and in designing a menu that can be paired with these beers. “Beer, like wine, can be tasted and appreciated”, says Mirelle Sepp, man-
ager at the Beer Garden. “When you come you to visit us, you will be asked, not what you want, but which beer you would like”. The beer list is divided up by type of beer: lagers, ales, stouts, fruit beers, and so on. They even have a champagne beer on the menu. Beer Garden wants to educate the customer in all things beer, so in addition to their food
Or two cooks, as it translates to English is one of the newer additions to Tallinn’s restaurant scene. Located behind Ö restaurant, Kaks Kokka offers a casual dining experience with food that will certainly surprise. Service is professional, and the food is excellent. The roasted Atlantic cod with ashbaked potatoes, and smoky butter sauce is just one of these dishes that will surprise. We won’t tell you more, go try it for yourself. Mere pst 6E, Tallinn A2.
Merineitsi’s Summer Buffet The summer buffet at Merineitsi restaurant, located in the Sokos Viru Hotel is open once again until August, from 13.00-16.00. It is only €10 to help yourself to a rich buffet of exotic salads, warm dishes, and desserts. Drinks are not included, but for this price, you can enjoy three courses that will please children, adults, and even the fussiest of eaters. Merineitsi (2nd floor, Sokos Hotel Viru) Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.
Street food and more! The owners of Olde Hansa, Tallinn’s favourite medieval restaurant have just recently opened a small grocery store in the Old Town. The shop has a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, Estonian cured meats and cheeses, dry goods, alcohol, and more. What’s better is the takeaway street food counter that’s open at the front of the shop, where you can enjoy warm sandwiches from 11.00 to midnight. Kaarmanni Kauplus Vanaturu kael 8, Tallinn Old Town, H2.
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The BBQ chicken is served with salad.
Not sure what to try? Ask for a suggestion.
menu, they also offer a few sampling platters, to show you just how well beer can be paired with food. Take for example the cheese platter; this comes served with different fruit beers, as well as the champagne beer. You can even order a platter of oysters along with your stout. On my visit, I decided to try the goat’s cheese salad to start, followed by the BBQ chicken. Portions are not stingy; in fact, the salad could be considered a meal in itself. The mix greens were tossed with different seeds and nuts, and the cheese was baked and served with sweet jam on top. The main course, the chicken was a half roasted chicken served with Beer Garden’s own house made bbq sauce. I particularly liked the addition of caraway seeds to the sauce, which added a bit of Estonian flavour. Mirelle helped me choose different beers to be paired with my
meal. She suggested the Belgian Stella Artois (served on tap) be paired with the salad, as the lightness of the lager would compliment the jam-sweetened cheese nicely. The chicken, because of the rich flavours from the bbq sauce, called for a stronger beer. Mirelle suggested the Estonian A. Le Coq Imperial Ale (in bottle). Its richer flavour suited the spiciness of the roasted chicken. Sit indoors, or if the Estonian summer weather allows, outdoors on their small street-side terrace. While there is ample seating on both the main floor and in the wine cellar, if you plan to come with a large group, it is best to book ahead. ■
Location Beer Garden Aia 10/Inseneri 1 Tallinn Old Town G3.
A gastronomic oasis Enjoy a wonderful meal in the peaceful courtyard of the Schlössle Hotel. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Like many European cities, Tallinn’s Old Town is filled with hidden courtyards. We stumbled upon the M.C. Grill Summer Garden courtyard, where you can enjoy a wonderful menu prepared by chef Heimar Kuuskler. M.C. Grill’s menu is a combination of both classic and modern dishes that incorporates seasonal ingredients and offers something for every taste. The fried whitefish fillet with goat cheese & potato mousse, blanched vegetables, and sea-buckthorn butter sauce is a good example of an Estonian twist on a simple fish dish. The tartness of the sea buckthorn balances with the butter and compliments the delicate fish nicely. The
grilled lamb chops were a great summer dish with the mint and rosemary marinade as well. For dessert, try the chocolate medallions in tempura batter with clove ice cream.
During the summer months, the summer garden restaurant will have a pop-up grill kitchen set up on 17 July, 31 July, 14 August, and 28 August. Heimar and his team will set up Green Egg grills in the courtyard and talk about how and what they are preparing, as well as grilling tips. Tickets are 23 and children 8 years and under eat for free. The price includes free range chicken, duck, pork, beef, sausages, fresh fish, and more, all cooked in 30 minute intervals, so you get to try a little bit of everything. Bookings recommended. ■
Location M.C. Grill Restaurant & Summer Garden Pühavaimu 13/15, Tallinn Old Town G2.
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â€œWe were a group of 42 people and we decided to visit the Estonia Concert Hall. On the way back to the hotel, we stumbled upon the Beer Garden, a restaurant in the Old Town. They had a great selection of beers and fantastic food, but the best part was that we got to sit together at one big table! We danced until we could dance no more! Some of us even partied until morning and did not even make it back to the hotelâ€Śâ€? Jane, 36; London
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It’s time to get your groove on! Although Estonian summer hasn’t really spoiled us with warm weather this year, that’s not an excuse not to make the most of it. Gather your friends and enjoy a pint of beer or refreshing cocktails on one of the Old Town’s many summer terraces. ■ DRINK BAR & GRILL
Drink Bar, situated on the edge of the Old Town, is a favourite place for locals to drink beer and watch sports. They offer over 100 different beers and the bar is famous for it is delicious meals. They also have various fun events like comedy night, book exchange and a monthly pub quiz. Overall, Drink Bar is known for its friendly staff and cosy atmosphere. The
Wabadus is fun both day and night.
only minus: the bar is quite a small place so do book a table so as not to be disappointed. Vaike Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town, I2.
D u r i n g th e d ay, Wabadus is a great café for lunch. It has delicious meals and later in the evening, the whole place changes into a bar, with DJs spinning records and people getting into a party mood. The music is great and the atmosphere is even better, plus it has a gorgeous view over Freedom Square! Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn Old Town, J1.
A few more suggestions for evening (or early morning) entertainment:
Rock Café Tartu mnt 80D, Tallinn.
Rataskaevu 10/12, Tallinn Old Town H1.
Clayhills Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town H1.
Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Tatari 1, Tallinn.
Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town G2.
■ CLUB PRIVÉ
Photo: Club Privé
Lai 2, Tallinn Old Town G1.
Club Privé is the hottest nightclub in Tallinn. It’s known for its glamorous atmosphere and modern interior, where people who love music and fashion come to meet. If you want to dance, stay classy and enjoy great company, then it’s the place to be! Special R&B, soul and Hip-Hop sounds will raise the roof and give you a night to remember!
Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.
Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town, J1.
Where the locals go:
Koskenkorva Karaoke Bar
Roseni 13, Tallinn A2.
Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town I2.
The Bank Club 777
Tartu mnt 17, Tallinn B3.
Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.
La Casa del Habano
Vabaduse väljak 10, Tallinn Old Town J1.
Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town H1.
Sigari Maja Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town H2.
Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2.
Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Mürivahe 22, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Kochi Ait Tavern
Lootsi 10, Tallinn A3.
Harju 6, Tallinn Old Town I1.
Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town H2.
Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Panoraam Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2.
Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.
■ HIIU PUBI
■ VENUS CLUB
Pärnu mnt 325, Tallinn.
Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.
Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2.
Pärnu mnt 158G, Tallinn.
Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town H3.
Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town J1.
Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town H2.
Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town J1.
NYC Piano Bar
Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town I2.
Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town H3.
iiu pubi is a bit far away from the Old Town, but in my opinion, definitely worth a visit! They live-stream many big sport events, so sports fans will love it! The food is great and the interior is nice and stylish. It’s a really popular pub among locals, so definitely a place to experience something outside of the Old Town” ERVIN, 27
enus Club was opened in January 2000 and is located in an old fire brigade house. Although it has always been a popular club, nowadays, it’s definitely one of the most famous clubs among locals and tourists. It’s different from other places because it’s open 7 days in a week, and from 11pm until midnight it’s happy hour --drinks and tickets are 50% off! If I want to dance and just enjoy myself, I always choose Venus Club” STELLA, 27
Ahtri 10, Tallinn A2.
Gig Guide ■ DUBSHACK meets SOUL POWER w/ L-WIZ (SWE) @ Von Krahl Bar (Rataskaevu 10/12, Tallinn, H1). 04.07.2014, tickets start from 5€ ■ BASTILLE @ Song Festival Grounds (Narva mnt 95, Tallinn). 09.07.2014. Tickets start from 15€. ■ HURTS @ Song Festival
Grounds (Narva mnt 95, Tallinn). 09.07.2014. Tickets start from 15€. ■ 30 SECONDS TO MARS @ Saku Suurhall (Paldiski mnt 104B, Tallinn), 15.07.2014, tickets start from 29€ ■ LENNA KUURMAA & KARLKERIK TAUKAR @ Tallinna Linnateater (Lai 21, Tallinn), 31.07.2014, tickets start from 15€.
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“What a memorable moment, sitting together with a friend on the Lusikas terrace, enjoying the nice weather and good food for a fair price. This was the top moment of our vacation! Located at the edge of the Old Town, Lusikas is customer friendly and has great value for money. The menu offered both light dishes, and delicacies for meat lovers, like lamb chops. I can still taste the delicious dessert.”
The best steaks Open Mon-Thu 12.00-23.00, in Tallinn’s city Fri-Sat 12.00-24.00; Sun 14.00-23.00 www.baierikelder.ee • Roosikrantsi 2a, Tallinn • Phone +372 640 0045 centre.
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Summer secrets TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, LINETTE
This season's fashion is not only about dresses and sandals; don’t forget about what goes underneath. Bright colours and elaborate patters make up some of the hottest swimwear styles. Ladies underwear, on the other hand is a bit subtler. Here is a look at this season’s hottest trends. ■
Going retro – A pastel tropical pattern on a classic string bikini is fun and colourful. Top €26.99, Bottom €19.99, Women’secret
This pale bra-panty combo is simple and elegant. The bra features a double clasp at the back, for something a little diﬀerent. Bra €44.90, Panties €24.90, Palmers of Vienna
An elegant corset never goes out of style. €29.90, Linette
■ Central Shopping
Postimaja Shopping Centre, Narva mnt 1. B2. The newest shopping centre in Tallinn houses an H&M. Rotermanni keskus, Rotermanni 8. B2. This modern shopping centre in the newly renovated Rotermanni district houses gourmet food shops, a Scandinavian furniture store, and many international clothing brands.
Viru Keskus, Viru Väljak 4. B2. Twenty years ago the site of this shopping centre was nothing but a parking lot, right beside the Hotell Viru. In 2004, it turned into a modern shopping complex with over 100 stores. A black ﬂoral pattern adds interesting detail to classic nude. Bra €19.90, Panties €9.90, Linette
The pink crumpled fabric adds interest to a simple pink bikini. Top €34.90, Bottom €17.90, Linette
Summer Discounts In Estonia, much like in other European countries, July is the time for summer sales. Tallinn doesn’t have a main shopping street like other capitals, but its many shopping malls located throughout the city are convenient and easy to get
Tallinna Kaubamaja, Gonsiori 2. B2. This Estonian department store has been in business since 1960 and is now attached to the Viru Shopping Centre.
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.
Palmers of Vienna Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8, Tallinn A3 Linette Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7, Tallinn A3 Women’secret Viru Keskus, 2nd floor, Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2
TEXT KRISTINA LUPP
■ Department Stores
Foorum, Narva mnt 5. B2. Almost opposite the Viru Shopping Centre, Foorum houses a promenade of stylish boutiques.
You can’t go wrong with pink lace, adding a splash of colour, if it just happens to poke out from under your clothes! Bra €24.99, Thong €9.99, Women’secret
Where to buy
Shopping in Tallinn Stockmann, Liivalaia 53. B3. The Tallinn branch of Finland’s favourite department store.
This lacy combo is perfect to wear under that ‘little black dress’. Bra €26.99, Panties €12.99, Women’secret
This one-piece is almost a two-piece, and includes a playful frill along the top. €39.99, Women’secret
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to. Rocca al Mare, for example, located in the suburb with the same name has a free bus that leaves regularly from the A and D terminals at the port, stopping at Kristiine Shopping Centre as well. The newly renovated Ülemiste Shopping Centre, near Tallinn’s airport has just undergone a mas-
sive addition to include many more shops. The renovations are still being finished, but from 16 June to 27 July, you can look forward to great discounts throughout the shopping mall. For shopping centre locations and details, please see the listing of shopping centres and markets beside this article. ■
■ A bit further out Järve Keskus, Pärnu mnt 238. Buses 5, 18, 32, 36, 57. This shopping centre has quite a few furniture shops, as well as a store for everything you might need for your sauna. Kristiine Keskus, Endla 45. Free bus from the port. A modern mall just outside of the city centre. Mustikas keskus, A.H.Tammsaare tee 116. Trolleys 1, 2 and 3. A shopping centre in the west end of the city. Rocca al Mare, Paldiski mnt 102. Free bus from the port. This massive centre was completed
in 1998 and resembles a large mall in North America. It is over 54,000 square metres in size and houses 170 shops – everything from food to fashion, Marks & Spencer to a children’s play world. Sikupilli Keskus, Tartu mnt 87. Busses 2, 15 and 54 (Sossimägi), Trams 2 and 4 (Lubja). A small shopping centre located near the airport that houses fashion outlets, a few electronics shops, and restaurants. Ülemiste, Suur-Sõjamäe 4. Buses 2, 7, 15, 65. Located close to the airport, this two-level shopping centre is one of the biggest in Tallinn.
■ Near the port: Lootsi Keskus, Lootsi 8. A3 This shopping centre houses a food store, large liquor store, and top brand clothing and shoes can be found as well.
Merekeskus, Mere pst 10. A3. The Merekeskus is the oldest shopping centre in the area. The two-level complex houses many clothing stores and souvenir shops. Norde Centrum, Lootsi 7. A3. A medium sized shopping centre with a sports apparel shop, grocery store, and more. SadaMarket, Kai 5. A2 This has the appearance of a market, with many small stalls and shops.
■ Food Markets Baltijaam (Train Station) – Kopli 1. A1. Keskturg (Central Market) – Keldrimäe 9. C3. Kalaturg (Fish Market) – Kalaranna 1. A2. Lasnamäe Market – Punane 48a. Mustamäe Market – E. Vilde tee 75a. Nõmme Market – Turu plats 8. A2. Sadama Turg – Sadama 25.
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■ Walk on the edge
■ A new view of Tallinn
You may have already visited Tallinn’s TV Tower, but have you tried a walk on the edge? This summer, strap yourself into a safety harness and have a walk along the edge of the TV Tower at a height of 175 metres. Four people can walk at a time and walks last up to 30 minutes. A walk costs €20 per person, or €60 for four people. If you want to try something even more adventurous, the TV Tower is now offering rappelling. Visitors can descend from 175 metres to the ground while strapped to a harness. Rappelling can be done between 12pm and 6pm. Tickets cost €35 per person or €30 per person in groups of three or more.
Balloon Tallinn is offering a spectacular view over the city centre, Kadriorg, and the sea from a giant hot air balloon, located in the harbour. While the balloon won’t be making trips over the city, 20 to 30 passengers can enjoy an unobstructed panoramic view from 120 metres high (weather permitting). The flight lasts about 15 minutes and is open every day from 8am to 8pm until the end of September. Tickets cost €25 for adults, €15 for children 16 and under, or €60 for a family ticket. Chidren under seven fly free.
Tallinn TV Tower. Kloostrimetsa tee 58 A, Tallinn. The TV Tower is located 10 km from the city centre and 4 km from the Pirita marina. The TV Tower can be reached by bus 34A, 38 and 49 (Teletorni stop), the City Tour bus also stops here.
Balloon Tallinn. Sadama 25A, Tallinn A3. Balloon Tallinn is located in the Port of Tallinn between A Terminal and cruise area.
Old meets new at the spa The luxurious Hedon Spa & Hotel was opened in Pärnu’s historic mud spa in June. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MIKKO VIRTA
The symbolic mud baths were built between 1926-1927, as the old spa building was burnt during the First World War. In Soviet times, the beautiful building was a workers care institution, but in the 90s, it was left empty, for ruin. Thus, this thorough renovation could be considered an act of cultural preservation, in particular, because the original spa part has been restored in all its old glory. Original ceiling fixtures and floor tiles have remained the same. A modern spa operates in the old part. Guests can enjoy a variety of saunas and pools. In addition, the courtyard is a secluded terrace with
An interactive day at the zoo TEXT AND PHOTOS: MIKKO SAVIKKO
The Tallinn Zoo is a favourite place to visit that never loses its fascination, even if you have already visited before. In early June, the zoo opened the gates to a great environmental education centre. A yearround children’s petting zoo is now open, which houses pygmy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and more. Bring along a few spare coins, because for ten cents you can purchase a bag of goat treats from the vending machine. Simi-
lar machines also sell bird feed for the many species in the zoo. One of this year’s main attractions is the polar bear cub Nora, who, with her mother is waiting for a new home, as theirs is under construction. Tallinn Zoo is large, so for families with smaller children, it is best to rent a cart, which can fit up to two young children. The zoo has a number of cafes; be sure to book at least half a day to see everything. On Mondays, the indoor exhibitions are closed. ■
The new children's petting zoo.
Tallinn Zoo Paldiski mnt 145 / Ehitajate tee 150 Public transport, Zoo stop: Trolley bus No. 6 from Kaubamaja or bus 22 from Freedom Square, or trolley No. 7, or bus 21 from Balti Jaam Railway Station. Summer opening hours Ticket Booth 9.0019.00, Indoor Exhibits 10.00-20.00, Petting Zoo 10.0018.00.
a small pool to cool off in, in summer. The beauty salons have also remained in the same place. Especially fun are the curtain-lined waiting rooms, where you can enjoy the light and heat from a sun lamp. The silent spa is in a separate part that offers the opportunity to bathe and go to the sauna peacefully. Its specialties are low-temperature (35-65 degrees) saunas and a calm atmosphere. Children 14 and older can visit the spa. The modern hotel and restaurant are combined seamlessly with the old spa building. The colours of the hotel lobby are dominated by black and white, lines are clean and simple. The same style also continues in the hotel rooms.
The hotel offers a great view of Estonia’s best swimming beach and beach park. Plus, there is also the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the summer on the spacious balconies, which can be found in each room. Raimond Restaurant strives to use local ingredients. The menu includes, for example, fresh daily fish and tasty rabbit liver pate with ramsons mayo. The restaurant’s terrace is located beside the promenade, where you can sit and watch beach life. ■
Location Hedon Spa & Hotel Ranna puistee 1, Pärnu.
Tallinn’s new attraction of thunder and lightning
The Energy Discovery Centre offers visitors information about electricity and energy. TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
The Kalamaja district, informally known as a district of culture, continues to grow. The latest addition opened in June. The Energy Discovery Centre operates in an old electric plant next door to the Linnahall, and is just a stone’s throw from the harbour. The Energy Discovery Centre introduces visitors to electricity and power in a number of ways.
Almost everything is interactive. Information is available in Estonian, English, Finnish and Russian. The planetarium presents astronomy and space exploration. And the Science Theatre explores the exciting world of physics. ■
Location Energy Discovery Centre Põhja pst 29, Tallinn, A2.
The Energy Discovery Centre has 130 interactive exhibits that present the history of energy, nuclear energy, sound, and optics.
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Youth and beauty Medemis has your summer skincare covered. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV
Travelling is fun, seeing new things, meeting new people, but travelling also takes its toll on your skin. After stepping off a flight your skin is left dehydrated and not looking its best. There is a solution –Intraceuticals. Celebrities like Madonna swear by this oxygen facial, giving their skin the boost it needs without an invasive procedure. What is Intraceuticals? It is a one-hour facial procedure that uses oxygen under pressure to deliver specially formulated serums (containing anti-ageing ingredients, vitamins, and antioxidants) that hydrate the skin, leaving it firmer, tighter, and fresh. In other words, it leaves your skin looking fantastic.
Medemis offers Intraceuticals (1 hour, 120) in their convenient Tallinn city centre location. “Clients often come for the facial the day of an important event or before a party,” says Kristel Kaur, beauty specialist at Medemis. “After the facial you can put your makeup on right away and be looking your best for the evening ahead.” While Intraceuticals can become part of your regular beauty regimen, some of us have lines and wrinkles we would like to get rid of. Medemis also offers a range of facial and skincare procedures, including injectable fillers. Injectable fillers are beauty injections that fill lines and wrinkles for a longer period (up to 18 months). “I had read about Juvederm in a magazine and deci-
The Intraceuticals procedure.
ded to make an appointment for a consultation at Medemis. The doctor suggested that the most effective and natural way to fill wrinkles around my nose and mouth would be with Juvederm”, said Anne, a satisfied client. “I was amazed to see the results immediately after the procedure! I was left looking younger and feeling great.” Medemis offers free consultations. Bookings can be made online through their website. If your wrinkles are bothering you, then why not meet with one of Medemis’ specialists to talk about the right treatment for you. ■
Location Medemis Narva mnt. 7, Tallinn, B2.
Relax in the lounge after your procedure.
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■ Medieval Days
■ Maritime Days Take a journey through maritime history at the annual Maritime Days in Tallinn. Visiting ships and steamers include the Tre Kronor from Sweden, the Libava from Latvia, as well as the steamers Turso, Leppävirta, and Lalli from Finland. Estonia’s own S/S admiral will fire up her steam boilers, and the Estonian ships Kajsamoor and Hoppet will open their sails. The Maritime Days will take place in three harbours: Old Town Harbour, Seaplane Harbour, and Noblessner Harbour. 18-20 July, Tallinn
The Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union have organised the Medieval Days since 2000. Every year the festival takes place in Tallinn’s Old Town. A large medieval market is set up in the Town Hall Square with merchants and workshops. The children’s area can be found on Niguliste Hill, where a medieval village, small knights’ school, and medieval games will take place. And don’t forget to visit the Towers’ Square, where you can view the beautiful gardens of the Tallinn Flower Festival. 3-6 July, Tallinn
■ July events Photo: Baltoscandal
Baltoscandal An exciting event for the whole family.
Rally Estonia This is the first time a European Rally Championship (ERC) will be taking place in Estonia. Auto24 Rally Estonia is FIA Europe’s official phase of the World Rally Championship, taking place in Tartu and on the gravel roads of
Southern Estonia. Take part in three action-packed days of pure racing adrenaline. See some of the best drivers in Europe! The race covers 235 kilometres in total, over a 99 gravel, 1 tarmac surface.
The Rally will be broadcast to 20 million viewers throughout the world, thanks to Eurosport and partners. The start and finish will be Tartu’s city centre, passing through Toomemägi, the most beautiful area of the city. Rally
Hanseatic Days Headquarters and the Service Park will be located in Otepää. This promises to be an exciting event for the whole family, including concerts, a children’s playground, women’s area, and shopping. ■ 17-19 July, Tartu
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 will be headlined by Bastille (UK). Hurts (UK) have also confirmed their attendance, making this their first big open air concert. Other artists include close to 100 Estonian bands and The Bootleg Beatles (UK), Svjata Vatra (UKR) and Spaghetti Swing (ITA). ■ 9-12 July, Tallinn
■ Event and Concert Tickets Tickets to just about any event or concert in Estonia can be purchased on-line at Piletilevi, Piletimaailm, and Ticketpro. Or, visit their central locations at: ■ Piletilevi: Viru Shopping Centre, Viru väljak 4/6, Tallinn B2 ■ Ticketpro: Solaris Shopping Centre, Estonia pst 9, Tallinn B2 ■ Piletimaailm (Eesti konsert): Estonia pst 4, Tallinn B2
11–13 July , Tartu The Hanseatic Days bring a part of Tartu’s history back to life, to a time when Tartu was the meeting point between the east and the west in trade and culture. The heart of the festival is the huge handicraft and farmer’s market.
Viljandi Folk Music Festival 24–27 July, Viljandi This legendary festival, which celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, is a must for any folk music 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 “play”.
Õllesummer This annual music festival has been going for over 20 years. 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
2-5 July, Rakvere Baltoscandal brings 14 contemporary theatre productions from all over Europe to the stage in Rakvere, 2-5 July. The headliners will be the performance duo Ana Borralho and João Galante who will perform their noteworthy production Atlas.
Õllesummer has something for everyone.
■ 4.–6.7. Song and Dance Celebration, Tallinn ■ 14.–28.7. Pärnu Film Festival, Pärnu ■ 16.–20.7. Võru Folklore, Võru ■ 16.–19.7. Mustjala Music Festival, Saaremaa ■ 18.–20.7. American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu ■ 17.–20.7. Hiiu Folk, Hiiumaa ■ 17.–19.7. Rally Estonia 2014, Valgamaa ■ 18.–20.7. Narva Bike 2014 ■ 20.–27.7. Saaremaa Opera Days, Kurssaare ■ 26.–27.7. Yoga Festival, Haapsalu ■ 28.7.–2.8. Pärnu Blues Days ■ 29.7.–2.8. Kuressaare Chamber Music Days, Kurssaare
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Discover the discoverer in you Exciting and educational exhibits for the whole family on electricity and energy, sound and light, chaos and cosmos. In the brand new Energy Discovery Centre! Põhja pst 29, Tallinn energiakeskus.ee
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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES TALLINN ■ Museums Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum)
Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum) Toompea 8, Tallinn Old Town, B1 www.okupatsioon.ee. Tu-Su 11 - 18
Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum)
Lai 17, Tallinn Old Town, 1G. www.etdm.ee. We-Su 11 - 18
Raekoja 4, Tallinn Old Town, H2. (Located behind Tallinn’s Old Town Square) www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum 1.03-31.10 Th-Tu 10.30-18, 1.11-29.02 Th-Tu 10-17.30
Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum)
Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)
Pikk 17, Tallinn Old Town, G1 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee 01.09 - 30.04 Th-Tu 10–18
Vene 17, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.linnamuuseum.ee We – Mo 10.30–17.30
Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace
Viru Hotel and KGB Museum (Hotell Viru ja KGB muuseum)
Maarjamäe Castle, Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, A5 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee We-Su 10–17
Viru väljak 4, Tallinn B2 http://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/hotels/tallinn/basic-information/hotel-viru-and-kgb-museum/ Please contact the hotel to make a booking. Tours available in English, Finnish, and Russian.
Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum) Pikk 70, Tallinn Old Town, D3 www.meremuuseum.ee. 01.10-30.04 Tu-Su 10–18
Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum) Lai 29a, Tallinn Old Town, F2 www.loodusmuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17
Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. www.evm.ee 23.04-28.09 Mo-Su 10-20, 29.09-22.04 Mo-Su 10-17
Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum) Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, I2 www.tmm.ee. We-Sa 10-18
Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Passages
■ Art Museums & Galleries Adamson-Eric Museum (Adamson-Ericu muuseum) Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.adamson-eric.ee We-Su 11–18
Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn, A4. www.kadriorumuuseum.ee Jan–Apr: We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17 May–June : Th 10–17, We 10–20, Th–Su 10–17
Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum) Weizenbergi 28, Tallinn, B4. www.mikkelimuuseum.ee Jan–June: We 10–20, Th-Su 10–17 July–Dec: Tu, Th-Su 10–17, We 10–20
Miia-Milla-Manda Museum (Muuseum Miia-Milla-Manda) L. Koidula 21C, Tallinn B4 www.linnamuuseum.ee/miiamillamanda. Tu-Su 12-18
Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri museum)
Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu) Ahtri 2, Tallinn, A2. www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee We 12–18, Th 12-20, Fr-Su 11-18
Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU) Lai 1, Tallinn Old Town, G1. www.nuku.ee. Tu-Su 10-19
Classic Works of Estonian Modernism at KUMU this summer TEXT BART C. PUSHAW, PHOTOS KUMU
Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum)
Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town, J1 www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/ 1.03-31.10 Tu-Su 10.30-18 1.11-29.02 Tu-Su 10-17.30
Vene 16, Tallinn Old Town, G3 www.kloostri.ee. 1.06-30.09 Mon-Sun 11-17 Winter by appointment only.
Triik eventually turned to portraiture to sustain his income, and elegant images of fine ladies and gentlemen and the Estonian upper class dominate the last rooms of the exhibit.
Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum) Weizenbergi 34/Valge 1, Tallinn, B5 www.kumu.ee Oct–Apr: We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18 May–Sept: Tu 11–18, We 11–20, Th–Su 11–18
Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum) Niguliste 3, Tallinn Old Town, I1 www.nigulistemuuseum.ee. We-Su 10–17 Ticket office closes 16.30
If there is any art exhibit you must see while in Tallinn this summer, it is undoubtedly the retrospective exhibition focusing on the artworks of Nikolai Triik, one of Estonia’s most beloved and significant modern artists of the twentieth century. Triik’s career spans an exciting era in Estonian history, which is poignantly displayed in his works. Figures like the artist Konrad Mägi take on a dandy-like persona a la Oscar Wilde in Triik’s portraits, indicating the decadence surrounding the Young Estonia movement around 1910. “Lennuk“, a painting depicting a huge Viking war ship with a blazing red sail, is arguably the artist’s most famous painting, and is a landmark in Estonian art history. Similar Viking-themed paintings celebrate the Nordic character of Estonian identity. Equally important and no less impressive are his array of Estonian landscapes, often from Leetse, a small coastal town where the artist’s grandfather lived. We see a particularly expressive and delicate rendering of the white nights of Estonian summers so beloved by all. Triik eventually turned to portraiture to sustain his income, and elegant images of fine ladies and gentlemen and the Estonian upper class dominate the last rooms of the exhibit, demonstrating Triik’s popularity throughout his lifetime. The exhibit will be up until 28 September 2014. ■
Portrait of Konrad Mägi, 1908
Location Kumu Art Museum Weizenbergi 34/Valge 1, Tallinn, B5.
CERAMICS Insight into the life in Estonia during three occupations (1940-1991)
The National Commitee of the Republic of Estonia 70 MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS Toompea 8, Tallinn Open Tue-Sun 11.00 - 18.00 Phone: +372 668 0250 email@example.com www.okupatsioon.ee
Kooli 7, Tallinn 10133 Estonia +372 6464 096 +372 5649 7306 firstname.lastname@example.org www.asuurkeraamika.ee Open Mon–Fry 11.00–18.00 Sat 11.00–15.00
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19 Ticket Information
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Tallinn’s public transport system consists of trams, buses, and trolleys. All three use the same ticketing system. In 2013, a smartcard ticketing system was introduced. If you plan on using public transport more than three times, this is your best option. Smartcards can be purchased and topped up at R-Kiosks and are transferrable. The Tallinn Card also allows you to use public transport for free. Both cards must be validated by touching them to the orange card reader. Detailed route plans are displayed at all the stops, or plan you journey ahead of time on-line at: http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee
1, 2 9 Kopli Sepa Marati
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Trolley-buses 1 3 4 5 6 7
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Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Balti jaam – Keskuse Balti jaam – Mustamäe Kaubamaja – Väike-Õismäe Balti jaam – Väike- Õismäe
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■ single ticket €1.60 ■ student ticket €0.80 Try to have exact change for the driver. Cards are not accepted. The ticket is valid for one journey only on that specific vehicle. Discounts are only available to ISIC cardholders.
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E-tickets 1 hour ticket 1 day (24h) 3 days (72h) 5 days (120h) 30 days
€1.10 €3 €5 €6 €23
Where to buy
The Smartcard or Ühiskaart can be topped up with money or e-tickets and can be purchased from any of the sales points listed at www.pilet. ee. A €2 deposit is needed to purchase the Smartcard. If you are using pay-as-you-go credit, your Smartcard automatically calculates the cheapest fare for you within a 24-hour time period. You must validate your card at the beginning of each journey.
from the driver from kiosks from post oﬃces online www.pilet.ee (Top up your smartcard with MasterCard or Visa)
■ preschool children ■ adult travelling with children 3 years and under ■ holders of a validated Tallinn Card
TALLINN CITY TOUR PIRITA
Take a tour of Tallinn on the red double-decker bus. Simultaneous translation in 10 diﬀerent languages. Hop On Hop Oﬀ - bus tickets valid for 24h on three diﬀerent lines.
11-800 (+€0.74 / min)
LASNAMÄE KOPLI port
KALAMAJA ROCCA AL MARE
Red Line - City Centre Green Line - Pirita Blue Line - Rocca al Mare Tour routes last approximately one hour. All services begin at Viru Square. Tickets 16€ www.citytour.ee
Accepted in nearly 100 locations, the Tallinn Card gives you free entrance and discounts.
Tallinn Card is available at: Tallinn Tourist Information Kiosks, Kullassepa 4/ Niguliste 2, from A and D terminals at the Port of Tallinn, as well as in many Tallinn hotels. www.tallinncard.ee.
■ Useful Phrases please..................................................... palun thank you ............................................. aitäh, tänan excuse me ............................................ vabandage hello........................................................ tere, tervist good morning .................................... tere hommikust good day............................................... tere päevast good evening ..................................... tere õhtust good night ........................................... head ööd goodbye ............................................... nägemist, head aega all the best............................................ kõike head, kõike paremat have a good trip................................. head reisi bon appetite ....................................... jätku leiba, head isu cheers, to your health ...................... terviseks
How much does this cost? ............. kui palju see maksab? Do you have…?.................................. kas teil on? on teil? where is… ............................................ kus on… What is this?......................................... mis see on? What does this mean? ..................... mida see tähendab? How are you? (formal)...................... kuidas elate? How are you? (informal) .................. kuidas läheb? not bad .................................................. pole viga! nice to see you/to meet you.......... rõõm teid näha, meeldiv kohtuda it was nice meeting you .................. oli meeldiv tutvuda What time is it? ................................... palju kell on? I do not speak Estonian, Russian .. mina ei oska eesti (vene) keelt Do you speak English? ..................... kas te räägite inglise keelt? /Swedish/Finnish/German? ........... /rootsi/soome/saksa keelt?
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■ Getting to and from Tallinn
■ By bus:
■ Phone calls
Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam) Lastekodu 46, Tallinn www.tpilet.ee, www.peatus.ee Ecolines – www.ecolines.ee Hansabuss Business Line – www.businessline.ee Lux Express – www.luxexpress.eu Temptrans – www.temptrans.ee
There are no city codes in Estonia. Local calls can be made simply by entering the number as is. Mobile phone numbers start with 5. Estonia’s country code is +372. Dail 00, then the country code, and then the phone number to make a call overseas.
■ Free WiFi Ye s , t h a t ’s right, the rumours are true! Almost everywhere you go in Estonia, you will ﬁnd free WiFi access for your mobile devices. Look for the orange and black WiFi sign, or visit www. wiﬁ.ee for a listing of all Internet hotspots.
■ Emergency Phone Numbers: POLICE 110 EMERGENCY 112 AUTOMOBILE 1888 (24 h) ■ Taxis
From the bus station to the city: ■ tram no. 2 ■ bus no. 17, no. 23
Driving in Estonia No international driver’s licence is required to drive in Estonia, but the following rules apply to all drivers: ■ Blood alcohol level must be zero. ■ Estonia has no motorways per say. Please mind intersections and cyclists. ■ The speed limit is most often 50km/h in towns, but can vary between 30-70km/h depending on the area. Speed limits will be posted. Outside of cities and towns the speed limit is 90km/h and 110km/h on dual carriageways. ■ All cars must carry a warning triangle, wheel chocks, a first aid kit, and fire extinguisher. Drivers must wear fluorescent vests when stopped at night. ■ In case of collision, please call the police. Insurance documents and driver information should be exchanged. ■ Please pay parking and speed fines to avoid penalty.
■ By sea: TO/FROM HELSINKI Eckerö Line - www.eckeroline.ee Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com Viking Line - www.vikingline.ee Linda Line Express www.lindaline.ee TO/FROM STOCKHOLM Tallink - www.tallinksilja.com TO/FROM ST. PETERSBURG St. Peter Line www.stpeterline.com From the Port of Tallinn to the city/airport: bus no. 2
Car Hire You don’t need to hire a car to get around the city of Tallinn, but a car is a great way to see the countryside and explore small towns. If you are arriving by plane, your most convenient option is to use one of the many rental companies at the Tallinn Airport: ■ Budget – www.budget.ee ■ Europcar – www.europcar.ee ■ Hertz – www.hertz.ee ■ National – www.europcar.ee ■ Sixt Rent A Car – www.sixt.com
There are many other companies to use in Tallinn, some which have a car drop-off and pick-up option to your hotel or holiday apartment. For more information on driving in Estonia visit www.mnt.ee. ■ ■ ■ ■
Easy Car Rent – www.easycarrent.ee Hansarent – www.hansarent.ee Sir Autorent – www.sirrent.ee Yes Rent – www.yesrent.ee
■ By train: Train Station (Baltijaam) Toompuistee 37, Tallinn www.edel.ee www.gorail.ee From the train station to the city: tram no. 1, no. 2, or ten minutes on foot to the Old Town
Parking Tallinn’s taxi rates can vary drastically, so to avoid being ripped off remember to check the rates displayed on the window before getting in. For a full listing of taxi rates visit: www.taksod.ee The Tallinn Airport has an agreement with the following taxi companies: Tallinna Takso, Tulika Takso, and Tallink Takso. A journey from the airport to the city centre should cost between 7-10€, or slightly more in heavy traffic.
Parking in Tallinn can be confusing. There are public paid areas as well as private parking lots. The first 15 minutes of parking is free , if the driver is using a parking clock or written notice stating the start time – placed visibly on the windscreen of the vehicle. This does not apply to privately owned off-street car parks.
DOWNTOWN / SÜDALINN: 0,58 / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mon - Fri 07:00 to 19:00; Sat 08:00 to 15:00 Parking is Free on Sundays and on public holidays ■ Bt air: i
OLD TOWN / VANALINN: 1,15 / 15 minutes Paid parking around the clock Parking for motorcycles (two-wheeled vehicles) is free of charge in the public paid-parking areas of Tallinn.
CITY CENTRE / KESKLINN: 0,26 / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mon - Fri 07:00 to 19:00; Sat 08:00 to 15:00 Parking is Free on Sundays and on public holidays
For more information: http://www.tallinn.ee/eng/Parkingin-Tallinn
Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (Lennujaam) Tartu mnt 101, Tallinn www.tallinn-airport.ee/eng From the airport to the city: bus no. 2, no. 90K FAST CLASS By Copterline – www.copterline.ee Travel between Tallinn and Helsinki city centres by helicopter.
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