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Summer in the city, and in the countryside

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ummer creeps up on us slowly here in Estonia, so slowly in fact, that we’re never quite sure when the last day of snow will be. But there are other signs of summer, terraces opening and filling Town Hall Square, the Old Town filled with visitors and tour groups, longer days and shorter nights, and of course the annual Baltic Guide Summer Travel Special. We cover a lot of news and events about Tallinn, but there’s so much to see and do outside of Estonia’s capital. There are loads of great restaurants throughout the countryside, which we tell you about in this issue. Summer is a time for events and we’ve got two pages

of events listings to help you plan your trip. The summer travel special covers all of Estonia, from east to west and north to south. We cover all of the must-see sights so you can plan a road trip. The good thing about Estonia’s size is that you don’t need many days to see it all. In fact, you can drive across the country in a day. You’ll find the Summer Travel Special in the middle of this paper. From culture to food to music to art, there is something for everyone!

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Happy travels!

Kristina Lupp, Editor-in-chief

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May events

4 RØST, The Quarter Restaurant News 6 Interview: Eliq Maranik

01 TALLINN BICYCLE WEEK Bicycle culture continue to grow in Estonia. Tallinn Bicycle Week takes from 1-4 June and brings cyclists of all kinds from Tallinn and abroad.

02 TÜRI FLOWER FAIR

03 DON’T FORGET MUM Mother’s Day is celebrated on 14 May in Estonia. Concerts and other events celebrating mums will be taking place all over the country. The famous poem “Emadest”, a poem about mothers written by poet Lydia Koidula will certainly be heard in many places.

04 CELEBRATING WOMEN’S SPORTS

Photo: Marianne Juhkam

On 20 May the 30th annual SEB Maijooks, the largest sporting event for women in Estonia will take place in Tallinn. The 7 km run and walk starts at the Song Festival Grounds. This year about 5000 women will take part.

05 DEMOLITION DERBY In addition to the Flower Fair, Türi will also host a demolition derby. The object of the race is speed and of course destroying other cars. There will be many events for kids as well.

this month 8-9 Summer Event Calendar 10 Nightlife 12-13 Food Tour of Estonia 15 Islands 16-17 Pärnu 18 Southern Estonia 19 Tartu 20 Northern Estonia 22 Museums 23-26 visitor information and maps

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Gardeners will certainly enjoy the flower fair in Estonia’s spring capital Türi from 19-21 May. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected this year and over 700 vendors.


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Traditional Estonian food with a five star twist fine dining TEXT SILJA HURSKAINEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

Swissotel, one of Tallinn’s finest hotels, has opened a new restau-

rant called The Quarter on the eighth floor. The restaurant’s manager, Meiken Peest describes the food at The Quarter as being like traditional Estonian food, but with a five star twist. Don’t expect things like sauerkraut, but the food is influenced by such flavours. The restaurant serves local food, both in ingredients and recipes, as well as in the decor of the room. The clean EstonianScandinavian style has distinct

lines that appear in the dining hall, as well as on the plate. As an appetiser, enjoy the pea soup. It’s a good example of how traditional food can be served in a modern way. The frothy soup, served with crunchy bacon bits was an excellent start to the meal. The beetroot risotto followed as a main. The risotto was rich and creamy. The beetroot flavour was not too overpowering, butt complemented the rice. After the green and red dishes, a yellow dessert followed -mango o sorbet. The rhubarb jam added a burst of freshness. The Quarter is open dailyy for lunch from 12.00-16-00. Peesti says that the lunch menu u is inspired by the main menu,

though portions are slightly smaller. Sunday brunch has become quite popular. The Quarter offers a rich buffet and there is even something for children. Bookings are recommended. ■

Location The Quarter, Swissotel, Tornimäe 3, Tallinn b3 --------------------Appetisers: €8–11 Mains: €13–20 Dessert: €6 ---------------------

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The sweet and the sour RØST brings sourdough to Tallinn.

café TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

There is nothing like a spongy slice

of freshly baked sourdough bread, and at long last we can get it in Tallinn. You won’t find any black bread at RØST. Located in the quickly developing Rotermanni

Quarter, RØST is great for a quick coffee or a little bit more. As you walk in, the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries fills the air. The space is openplan, so you can see the bakers busy forming loaves and carrying freshly baked pastries to the front counter. The espresso machine never stops. The coffee beans are sourced from the best micro roasters in Tallinn and elsewhere.

It’s not just bread and pastries at RØST. There are daily sandwiches, one vegetarian and one not. A short all-day breakfast menu is also displayed behind the front counter, for something a little more filling. You can also buy a loaf to take home. ■

Location RØST Rotermanni 14, Tallinn a2

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Great pizzas at Buongiorno in Pirita.

taurants are popping up all over town. Here’s a few to go and check out this month. Located in Pirita, Buongiorno (Merivälja tee 24, Tallinn) serves up tasty Italian dishes at a very reasonable price. We quite liked the carpaccio and the pizzas had a crispy thin crust. On the other side of town in the business district of Ülemiste City, Juur (Valukoja 10, Tallinn) is the first restaurant from the team behind

favourite café Gourmet Coffee. The elegant dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves beautifully plated dishes with creative combinations. Over in Nõmme, Paju Villa (Vabaduse puiestee 88, Tallinn), a restored mansion, will be opening as a café and restaurant. While we can’t tell you much more than that at the moment, it promises to open in spring 2017. Those heading down to Viljandi can enjoy the new café Täi-

skuu (Tallinna mnt 22, Viljandi). The

café serves simple and fresh dishes generously. Back in Tallinn, beer lovers will be happy to learn that there are two brew pubs opening. The popular Scottish brewer Brewdog (Rotermanni 2, Tallinn a3) will be opening its first location in Tallinn in the Rotermanni Quarter. In the same area, the Estonian brewer Saku will be opening Saku Gastropub (Rotermanni 14, Tallinn a3). ■


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The most recent release, Winter Smoothies, will be followed by Vegan Smoothies, available now in Finnish and English.

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Eliq Maranik: Smoothie Queen’s Health Kick TEXT STUART GARLICK, PHOTOS KRÕÕT TARKMEEL

Eliq Maranik, the Estonian-born author of

more than twenty books, mostly devoted to her favourite smoothies and other healthy recipes, didn’t always think she’d be writing for a living. “I never chose that, it chose me I suppose! I wanted to be a singer - I’ve thought I would be on a stage since I was three years old. I think I’m more of a teacher. I’m still taking my singing lessons, though.” Maranik, now 36, began publishing her recipes when colleagues at a publishing company in Sweden, where she worked as a designer, remarked how much they enjoyed her lunchtime drinks, encouraging her to show them how she made them. It might have come as a surprise to her initially, but Maranik is now a woman in demand, with her books published in sixteen languages and counting, including English, Finnish, Estonian and Swedish. The most recent release, Winter Smoothies, will be followed by Vegan Smoothies, available now in Finnish and English, and due to be released in Estonian in May as Healthy Smoothies, the name it carries in Finland and Sweden. Later in the year, fans will also be able to read Probiotic Smoothies, Maranik’s guide to how to harness the power of friendly bacteria for a healthy lifestyle. The author was keen not to be seen as a didact, preferring to let people live as they wish, and simply describing what works for her in her life. One of the things that makes her so happy is living peacefully with her three year-old daughter in her current home, Malaga. “I’ve been coming to Malaga for ten years more or less; I made friends here, and then I decided to have a baby, and I decided I wanted to do something in my career that meant I wasn’t dependent on anybody or anything. I used to have loads of employees, but now I can take care of my soul and my spirit, and writing is perfect for that.” “I have loads of time for training, which is a big part of my life. I can’t imagine my life without training. My friends say I’m not healthy, because I sometimes go to the gym for two, three or four hours. There’s yoga too - my daughter loves it, we put on some calming meditation music and we can be there for hours. If you do yoga, you just don’t eat bad food. It comes naturally. My body says, ‘no, Eliq, because you’ll have a headache later on!’ If I have one glass of champagne, I know I’ll have a huge hangover - I’m a cheap date! I’m a vegetarian because of my health - I realised if I ate non-vegetarian food, I got huge headaches.” “It’s up to everybody to have their own lifestyle,” Maranik continued, “I like my own lifestyle - it doesn’t necessarily mean people can do three or four hours’ training a day, but that’s my life. I also like to read, but

that’s work, because I have to read, as a writer. I don’t really read news at all, though.” It might seem from the outside like the self-styled ‘Smoothie Queen’ lives a life free of sinful indulgences, but some are allowed. Maranik trains hard so she can enjoy the occasional pastry treat later. “I’ve been a croissanteater since I first went to Paris, and I know I can’t go near fresh croissants because I’ll want to take ten of them, so I know there are some addictions in my life that I need to work on. If I go to Paris, I’m going to let myself eat those ten fresh croissants. I can give this love to my body and my soul, because it’s nurturing myself in some way.” Chocolate is also on the menu from time-totime. “I haven’t bought presents for the past ten years, so one Christmas I was making chocolate pralines, with natural ingredients, but of course containing sugar. I’m an artist - I like to do things with my hands - and I realised, ‘I’m actually quite good at this!’ I decided to write a chocolate book for that reason.” “I made a whole chocolate book, how to make rubbish-free pralines, cakes and so on, with natural ingredients, because, simply put, most of the bought stuff was full of palm oil, E-numbers, and artificial ingredients. It still wasn’t a healthy book, though.” Although Maranik once worked on an Estonian television show in which obese members of the public were given diet plans and their results measured, the cook said it was always better to lose weight in a controlled way, over a lengthy period of time. “Fast weight loss is not the healthy way - it’s better to change your lifestyle in the long run. There was one guy, in one week, he lost eight kilos, but that’s not healthy, you lose too much energy. Generally, if you follow a healthy lifestyle, the body weight is going to work things out for itself. There are eaters out there, some people love chocolate, for example, and so for them, they can say if they want to have a piece of chocolate, they have to run for thirty minutes.” Maranik was happy to exchange opinions on the many diet options that had sprung up in recent years. Regarding the paleo diet, where all food is at the lowest possible level of manufacture, she said “it’s never going to last forever.” However, the key, she added, was for people to make their own choice. With many cooks and authors also taking advantage of social media and vlogging to reach new followers, Maranik confirmed this was something she was considering. For any young person who wanted to follow in her footsteps, she had some useful tips. “We all have the power within ourselves, we just need to believe in ourselves. Today it’s all about social media, and letting the true ‘you’ shine through. Believe in your own special powers, because we all have them, and don’t give a shit what people think of you!” ■


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8 SUMMER EVENT CALENDAR 2017 MAY 8.-14.5. 18.-20.5. 19.-21.5. 20.5.

Karlova Days, Tartu Literature Festival HeadRead, Tallinn Türi Flower Market Museum Night, various museums all over Estonia 20.5. SEB Maijooks, Women’s Running Event, Tallinn 26.-28.5. Kuressaare Street Festival, Saaremaa JUNE 31.5.-4.6. Tallinn Old Town Days 1.-4.6. Tallinn Treff Theater Festival, Tallinn 2.-8.6. Beautiful Concerts (Kaunid konserdid) in Käsmu, Käsmu 2.-4.6. Viljandi Hanseatic Days, Viljandi 9.-10.6. Grillfest, Pärnu 15-18.6. Sõru Jazz, Port of Sõru, Hiiumaa 17.-23.6. Suure-Jaani Music Festival 23.6. Barrel Fair, Avinurme 28.6.-1.7. Future Music Festival Juu jääb, Muhu 28.6.-1.7. Tchaikovsky Festival, Haapsalu 29.6.-1.7. Hanseatic Days, Pärnu 30.6.-1.7. Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala JULY 30.6.-7.7. World Championships for Racing, Tartu 5-8.7 Õllesummer Music Festival, Tallinn 5.-9.7. Haapsalu Old Music Festival, Haapsalu 5.-9.7. Võru Folklore Festival, Võru 6-9.7. Medieval Days, Tallinn 6.-11.7. Glasperlenspiel Music Festival, Tartu 7.-9.7. Hanseatic Days, Tartu 3.-16.7. Pärnu Film Festival, Pärnu 15.-16.7. American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu 15.-18.7. Tallinn Maritime Days 21.-23.7. Yoga Festival, Haapsalu 28.-29.7. Rock in Haapsalu, Haapsalu 14.-22.7. Saaremaa Opera Days 27.-30.7. Viljandi Folk Music Festival 27-30. 7 Jõgevatreff, Jõgeva 29.7. War History Festival, Valga AUGUST 7.-13.8. Love Film Festival, Tartu 3.-6.8. Café Days, Kärdla 3.-5.8. Weekend Festival Baltic, Pärnu 4.-5.8. August Blues, Haapsalu 4.-5.8. Leigh Lake Music Festival, Valgamaa 4.-13.8. Birgitta Festival, Ruins of the Pirita Convent, Tallinn 18.-20.8. Kiviõli Moto Festival, Kiviõli 10.-17.8. Pärnu Music Festival Järvi Academy, Pärnu 10.-12.8. Kuressaare Maritime Days, Kuressaare 11.-13.8. Viru Folk Festival, Käsmu 11.-13.8. Historical Festival “Narva Battle”, Narva 11.-13.8. White Lady Festival, Haapsalu 11.-12.8. Opinion Festival (Arvamusfestival), Paide 12.-13.8. Hauka Fair, Antsla 12.8. Street festival “August Insomnia”. Night of the Arts, Pärnu 26.8. Night of the Ancient Bonfires, all over Estonia 26-27.8. Onion and Fish Festival, Lüübnitsa, Põlvamaa 24.-26.8. Aparaaditehas Block Festival, Tartu

eve Events in Estonia recommended by culture.ee

Tallinn Literature Festival “HeadRead” The festival organised by writers, publish-

ers and translators is a party, a conversation, and a pure pleasure. There will be meetings with Estonian and foreign writers, poetry recitals, literary walks, competitions in poetry and prose, roundtables about nonfiction literature, workshops, children’s mor-

nings and more. More information: www.headread.ee ■

Location 24-28 May, Various locations in Tallinn

Dénes Farkas’ personal exhibition “How-to-calm-yourself-after-seeing-a-deadbody Techniques” Dénes Farkas’personal exhibition focus-

es on issues of choice, uncertainty, insecurity and preparedness, highlighting the contingency of normality and casting doubt on the production of truth and scientific rationality. The exhibitionis comprised of site-specific spatial and audio installations and new works using photographic and textual material. It is inspired by the novel An Unnecessary Woman by LebaneseAmerican writer Rabih Alameddine, also a source of the quote used as the title of the exhibition.

Dénes Farkas (b 1974) is a photography and installation artist mainly focusing on critique of visual representation, relationship of image and text, and the question of social determination in human experience. More information: http://denesfarkas.com ■

Location Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia Põhja pst 35, Tallinn 22 Apr – 04 Jun 2017

Karlova Days 2017 The week-long programme of Karlova Days includes many cultural and enter-

tainment events for both young and old. Traditionally, every weekday has a subtopic, which allows the guests to discover the different faces of the district. The programme is versatile and intense as the festival gives many companies active in the Karlova dis-

trict to introduce themselves and their activities. More information: http://karlova.ee/karlova-paevad ■

Location Karlova, Tartu County 08 May – 14 May 2017


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TBG recommends ■ 31 May - Opening concert in Town Hall Square with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste. ■ 1 June - Children’s and chimney sweep’s procession through Town Hall Square. ■ 2-4 June - Different dance performances and concerts every hour on Toompea Hill. ■ 3 June - Gymnastics in front of Niguliste Church. ■ 4 June - Vinyl market on Harjumäe. ■ 4 June - Tours of the Estonian Parliament. ■ 4 June - Final concert in Town Hall Square.

Much more than simply medieval An Old Town, young at heart parties hard. TEXT SILJA HURSKAINEN, PHOTO VANALINNA PÄEVAD

Tallinn’s Old Town does not want to be a

museum exhibition. The annual Tallinn Old Town Days (OTD) take place from the end of May to the beginning of June and fills the medieval centre with interesting events and lively concerts. OTD offer visitors a colourful programme, which includes dance performances, big and small concerts, a youth discussion forum, gymnastics, circus performances, a student’s market, a vinyl market and a tour through the Old Town

to different places that you normally wouldn’t get into. Due to the fact that this year is The Estonian Year for Youth and Children, the theme of the OTD is Young Old Town. The programme coordinator Anne Velt tells us that many of the events are free, but this year they have added paid concerts for the first time. Velt recommends that the most interesting way to enjoy the OTD programme is to take the booklet in hand and just wander through the Old Town. There is something happening all the time.

“The Town Hall Square is the heart of the event where the most interesting performances are taking place in every corner”, hints Velt. Find out more information at vanalinnapaevad.ee and from the Old Town tourist information on Niguliste Street. ■

Location Tallinn Old Town Days 31 May to 4 June Free events in various places throughout the Old Town. Some paid events for which you can purchase tickets from Piletilevi.

Viru Hotel turns 45! Viru Hotel is a part of recent Estonian history and has never looked better. TEXT JUKKA ARPONEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV AND VIRU

Viru Hotel will celebrate its 45th anniversary

in many ways this year. In celebration, they have brewed their own craft beer and made different baked goods which you can enjoy in the hotel lobby, café, and restaurant. Their beer Peoõlu XLV is made in the Õllenaudi brewery according to Viru Hotel staff tastes, which is also a good thirst-quencher. The cookies are made by head chef Margus Tampere and represent some of Viru Hotel’s most famous female guests, like Elizabeth Taylor, female astronaut Valentina Cherkasova, and writer Sofi Oksanen. The hotel restaurant celebrates with cabaret in

autumn and live music, which you can enjoy in Amigo nightclub or in summer on Amarillo terrace every other Thursday. Estonian musicians Tanel Padar and Smilers are among many Estonian talents that will take to the stage this summer. the majority of Western visitors to Tallinn checked into the Viru Hotel, where some famous tourists like Liz Taylor and Neil Armstrong stayed. The hotel’s side

business was the secret listening that was going on throughout the hotel. You can visit the recording room on the top floor, which hasn’t been changed. When the KGB left the hotel in 1991, the secret radio room was found on the 23rd floor and microphones were found in the saunas. There is an interesting museum in the radio room, where you can learn how telephones in the hotel rooms were tapped and microphones were hidden in ashtrays on the tables in the restaurant.

The first renovation to the hotel was done

after Estonia regained its independence, when the state sold the hotel to the Finnish SRV Group. In 2003, the hotel changed names to Sokos Hotel Viru. Over the last three years, Sokos Hotels has invested 2.6 million euros and will invest more. Over the years, the conference centre and restaurant at the Viru Hotel has served about half a million clients. ■


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Sigmund Freud specialises in cocktails.

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

Bars & Pubs Clayhills Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town h1

Drink Baar

G-punkt

Nimeta Baar Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town i2

Põrgu

can equally get the party started, or finished, on a high. With its huge space over two floors, with a cocktail bar above and a more conventional shot bar below, plus party music all night, this is a great place to bring your friends for some inexpensive drinks and fun. If you are in there for a good time not a long time, we recommend the special deals on five of the same shots; you can choose from a panoply of options on the chalkboard, and they’re all guaranteed to make you smile. Given that nights out are meant to be enjoyed, not analysed, you might think that

X-baar Tatari 1, Tallinn b2

Patt Sadama 6, Tallinn a2

Karaoke

The Highlander

Shamrock

Kuninga 1, Tallinn Old Town h2

Valli 1, Tallinn Old Town i3

Cigar Lounges

Laif Restoran & Karaoke Club

The Oak Lounge

Lai 5, Tallinn Old Town g1

Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town h1

Nightclubs

Sigari Maja

Butterfly Lounge

Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town h2

Vana-Viru 13 / Aia 4, Tallinn Old Town h3

Estonian

Café Amigo

Karja Kelder

Viru väljak 4, Tallinn b2

Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town i2

Club Baila

Kochi Ait Tavern

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town i2 Club Hollywood Vana-Posti 8, Tallinn Old Town i2

Lootsi 10, Tallinn a3

Kolmas Draakon Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town h2 Tartu mnt 44, Tallinn b3

Santa Fe (Sauna 10, Tallinn Old Town h3) is one of those places that

Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn

Rüütli 4, Tallinn Old Town i1

Seiklusjutte Maalt ja Merelt Valli Baar Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town h3

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here are endless great times to be found in Tallinn, but if I said that it was possible to find a legendary night out on just one side of one street, would you believe me? When planning an evening, you’ve got to think about location, because particularly with the changeable weather you get in the Estonian capital, you don’t want to be dressed up to the nines and walking through strong wind and rain. Sauna street is slapbang in the middle of the Old Town, close to accommodation like the Telegraaf, St, Petersburg and My City Hotels. Let’s look at what you can expect from this narrow street on a hill.

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Hell Hunt Mad Murphy’s

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Narva mnt. 5, Tallinn a2

Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town i2 Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town g2

The Sauna Side of the Street

Cubanita Live Cafe

Club Studio Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town i2

Klubi Teater Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town j1

Vabank Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town j1

Live Music

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Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town h3

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town h3

Clazz Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town h2

Tapper Pärnu mnt 158g, Tallinn

Late Night Dining Loca Tatari 1, Tallinn b2

Taco Suur-Karja 18, Tallinn Old Town i2

Frank Underground feels like a secret hiding-place for all your favourite people, while keeping the Hemingway-in-Paris colour scheme and ambiance of the original establishment.

Sigmund Freud (Sauna 8, Tallinn Old Town i2) was an odd name for a bar, but step inside there and you’ll feel at peace, and able to mull over an interesting evening. Sigmund Freud specialises in cocktails, and has a sizeable menu of choices for you and your

companions, but there’s also a house red ale that is satisfyingly cloudy and enjoyably mellow. There is a feel of a 1960s bar from the set of a movie like Catch Me if You Can, and with bright, friendly bar-staff, the atmosphere is completely welcoming.

Go to BART Piano bar for the cocktails, stay for the Barry Manilow medley.

Some friends and I were sitting at the bar in BART Piano-

bar (Sauna 10, Tallinn Old Town i2) when the live show started. A man (presumably Italian) started singing Abba’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme” in a broad accent, complete with electronic keyboard flourishes that will remind UK readers of a scene from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. I asked my friend if it was meant to be taken in an ironic way. The people dancing to the music seemed to be enjoying it unapologetically, and why not? There’s room even for cheesy cabaret, especially in this world where fun and laughs can sometimes be so few and far between. Go there for the cocktails, stay for the Barry Manilow medley. Next to the craziness of fiveshot orders at Santa Fe, or Italodisco at BART, Frank (Sauna 2, Tallinn Old Town i2) can seem a bit conventional - but that’s no bad thing. The red-and-blackadorned bar and restaurant has been open for a few years now,

and has a loyal clientele who appreciate the good food and reasonable selection of Estonian and international craft beer, alongside a wine selection that cannot be sniffed-at. The so-called “Lower Frank” is the original bar, open most nights fairly late, but for additional entertainment, or just for a later nightcap, step across to Frank Underground, the new section, which feels like a secret hidingplace for all your favourite people, while keeping the Hemingway-inParis colour scheme and ambiance of the original establishment. Whether here or in any of the other bars mentioned, you’ll have a great time, and all on one side of a narrow street. ■

STUART GARLICK is a journalist and English language teacher based in Tallinn. Since 2012, his blog, Charm Offensive, has covered food, music and fashion in Estonia.


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Passionately home cooked food at Põhjaka.

More to discover and taste! We couldn’t fit every great place into this list, but you can create your own food tour of Estonia at www.toidutee.ee where you will find lots of information about local restaurants, farm shops, and cookery workshops throughout the country. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS

While travelling around Estonia you’re bound

to get hungry. We’ve put together a list of places worth a visit outside of major cities that offer something a little different, and of course, great food.

Bookings recommended

More to discover and taste!

The summer season is fast approaching, but some of the places we’ve mentioned will not open until June, so please check opening times before arriving and bookings are always recommended.

We couldn’t fit every great place into this list, but you can create your own food tour of Estonia at www.toidutee.ee where you will find lots of information about local restaurants, farm shops, and cooking workshops through the country.

NORTH ESTONIA Baar Mimimo Lääne 1b, Jõhvi A delightful Georgian Tavern in eastern Estonia, certainly worth a trip for excellent šašlõkk and hachapuri.

Taps Klooga mnt 7a, Tallinn Just outside of Tallinn you can enjoy a great homemade burger, among other sandwiches served on a soft brioche bun. Sit out on the terrace in summer.

Ruhe Neeme küla, Sadama tee 10, Joelahtme This seaside restaurant boasts stunning views from its large window and huge terrace, as well as a mainly fish menu. Accommodation available.

Saka Mõis Kohtla vald, Ida-Virumaa Fine dining in a beautifully-restored cliffside manor house in eastern Estonia. Accommodation available.

Põhjaka

Torgo Talu

Põhjaka mõis, Mäeküla, Paide vald Three chefs moved to the countryside to restore an old manor house this is the result - a cosy stop between Tallinn and Tartu for some hearty home cooked food.

58°44’37.768 N 24°12’32.732 W Kojastu, Vigala vald, Raplamaa Torgo Talu Guesthouse offers meals inspired by simple, yet gourmet home cooking using many ingredients grown right on the farm. Sunday lunches take place every second Sunday in summer. Pre-booking only. Accommodation available.

Artur Lääne Virumaa, Rõmeda küla, Kadrina Vald Located along Peterburi mnt, this šašlõkk tavern is a favourite stop among locals due to its big portions. You can even buy marinated meat to take home. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Grillers Lai 2, Rakvere This gourmet burger joint offers any type of burger you could imagine, as well as a couple of filling breakfast sandwiches.

Ööbiku 59º1’35”N 25º9’36”E Kuimetsa küla, Kaiu vald, Raplamaa A true farmhouse restaurant, located about an hour’s drive from Tallinn, where chef Ants Uustalu prepares a five-course meal using local ingredients. Pre-booking only.

Pakri Parun Majaka tee 43, Paldiski A cosy café located on the cliff by the lighthouse of the same name in Paldiski.

WEST ESTONIA & ISLANDS Lest ja Lammas Kassari Puhkekeskus, Kassari küla, Käina vald, Hiiumaa A modern restaurant serving locally-caught fish and lamb, as well as other grilled dishes on the island of Hiiumaa.

Ku-Kuu Lossipark 1, Kuressaare Located in the beautifully refurbished resort hall, enjoy local food inspired by French flavours. Accommodation available.

Ungru Suursadam, Sääre, Hiiumaa Beautifully presented dishes featuring fresh local island flavours in Hiiumaa.

Kihnu Küek Pärnu maantee 14, Abja-Paluoja, Abja vald, Viljandi maakond Enjoy local home-cooked food from the small island of Kihnu.

Dirhami Fish Café Dirhami küla, Noarootsi vald, Läänemaa freshly-caught fish is what’s on the menu at this café. A beautiful spot for a summer afternoon lunch.

NamiNamaste Simisti kula, Simisti, Saare maakond If you’re lucky you can get a spot at the table, but we recommend you stay the night, and take part in a cooking class as well.


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Olustvere Bread Studio

Ööbikuoru Villa

Olustvere, Suure-Jaani vald, Viljandimaa Taste and buy fresh barley and rye bread at the Olustvere Bread Studio café.

Tiidu küla, Rõuge vald, Võrumaa Sit down at the table in a modern, yet elegantly-rustic dining room for some wonderful food in southern Estonia. Accommodation available.

Tammuri Talu Mäha küla, Otepää vald, Valga Tammuri Farm is about as far away as you can get from Tallinn in Southern Estonia and is a one man restaurant. Chef owner Erki Saar takes groups by booking only, preparing creative meals and offering wine to match. Accommodation available.

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Tallinn 5, Viljandi Enjoy an internationally-inspired menu at this café in Viljandi.

Fellin Kauba 11, Viljandi Enjoy a light bite or a larger meal at this favourite Viljandi restaurant. On 2 June Fellin will be will be hosting Café Night (Kohvikuteöö) from 21.00-02.00 as part of the Viljandi Hanseatic Days. More information: https://www.facebook. com/events/1722618451363671/ ■

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Vastseliina-Meremäe-Kliima, Obinitsa, Võru The Seto Community Centre offers authentic Seto cuisine in this seasonal eatery open from May to September.

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Ranna 1, Suur Kolkja, Tartumaa The Kala ja Sibula (fish and onion) restaurant in Kolkja is where you can taste the traditional cuisine of the Russian “Old Believers”.

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Pärnu maantee 14, Abja-Paluoja, Abja vald, Viljandi maakond The Mulgi tavern is located in the heart of Abja-Paluoja, the capital of Mulgimaa where you can enjoy traditional Mulgi food.

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KURESSAARE Kihnu Ruhnu

Another world

Top 5 Western Estonia's Islands

Western Estonia's islands have a long history. TEXT TIMO HUTTUNEN, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

The history of Estonia’s islands goes back

about 8000 years. You will find prehistoric pergolas, sacred stones, and groves. In 1227, Saaremaa was conquered by the Germans, who built stone churches, some of which can still be seen today. During the German occupation, many manor houses were built, many of which are open to visitors now. On Muhu you will find Pädaste Manor and its restaurant Alexander, which has been chosen as Estonia’s top restaurant many years in a row. The atmosphere on the islands is special.

Houses with thatched roofs, stone walls, and windmills resemble the past. Saaremaa’s capital is Kuressaare, which is like a small medieval town. You will also find many hotels, farmstays, and beautiful beaches on the islands. Nature on the islands is multifaceted, due to the soft climate. For example, Sõrve Cape is a bird watcher’s paradise. There are over 200 protected areas on the islands with many protected plants and species as well. Stunning orchids grow on Saaremaa. Peaceful Hiiumaa is a favourite among hik-

ers. There are many interesting events taking place on the island, like Sõru Jazz in June and Hiiu Folk in July. Muhu, Saaremaa, and Hiiumaa can be access by car, bike, walking, or by boat. You can find more information about the ports here: www.sadamaregister.ee ■

Western Estonia’s largest islands and towns: ■ Saaremaa: approximate area 2670 km2, estimated population 40,000. ■ Hiiumaa: approximate area 1 000 km2, estimated population 10,000. ■ Muhu: approximate area 200 km2, estimated population 2000. ■ Vormsi: approximate area 93 km2, estimated population 400. ■ Kihnu: approximate area 17 km2, estimated population 500. ■ Ruhnu: approximate area 11 km2, estimated population 70. ■ Kuressaare estimated population 13,300 ■ Kärdla estimated population 3100

01 SAAREMAA ATTRACTIONS Saaremaa’s most important attractions are the medieval bishop’s castle in Kuressaare, the Kaali crater, and windmills in Angla. There is a fascinating museum in the castle.

02 SUMMER IN KURESSAARE There are many interesting events taking place in Kuressaare, like the Street Festival from 26-28 May, Saaremaa Opera Days 14-22 July, and Kuressaare Maritime Days 10-12 August.

Distances: ■ Tallinn–Virtsu 135 km ■ Tallinn–Rohuküla 110 km ■ Tallinn–Munalaid 165 km

03 LIGHTHOUSES How to get there? Take the ferry from Virtsu to Saaremaa. The journey lasts about 30 minutes. The ferries, Piret and Tõll are brand new. A raised road connects Muhu and Saaremaa. Take the ferry from Rohuküla port to Heltermaa port in Hiiumaa. The journey lasts about 75 minutes. The new ferries are Tiiu and Leiger. In summer, pre-booking your tickets is recommended. www.praamid.ee A regular ferry connection travels between Saaremaa and Hiiumaa via Triigi-Sõru. www.veeteed.ee.

There are three historical lighthouses on Hiiumaa: Kõpu, Tahkuna, and Ristna. Kõpu was built in the 16th century and is one of the world’s oldest lighthouses still in use. The lighthouse on Sõrve Cape was first built in 1646. The one standing there today was built in 1960.

04 HIIUMAA SUMMER EVENTS 1 July Kassari Guitars - Guitar festival on Kassari Island. 7-9 July Chamber music days in Hiiumaa’s churches. 7 July Fisherman’s Days 12 August Flounder Festival

05 MUHU’S LIVING HISTORY Koguva village is protected and is one of the best kept 19th century villages. The stone fences surround wooden and stone houses. Muhu Museum is located in Koguva, where you will see an excellent collection of Muhu folk costumes.


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Kihnu Ruhnu

The beach at Pärnu is one of the most popular summer destinations in Estonia.

A summer destination for the whole family

Top 5 Pärnu

Pärnu offers activities for everyone. TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, MIKKO VIRTA, ANDRES PUTTING

Within a few kilometres of Pärnu you will find

the biggest racetrack in the Baltics, two high-quality golf courses, two adventure parks, and Estonia’s largest theme park, Lottemaa. If that’s not enough, then there are also over half a dozen spas and Estonia’s most popular beach. Pärnu is also full of culture in summer. There are festivals or events taking place every weekend in the warmer months, with most of them taking place in July. Younger visitors will enjoy the electronica festival Weekend Festival Baltic, taking place at the beginning of August. Art-lovers can head to the Contemporary Art Gallery, where the international nude art exhibition Man and Woman takes place every year, collecting works from Estonia and throughout Europe. Heading towards Latvia, along Vana Riia road you will find many beautiful beachside

Distances: ■ Tallinna–Pärnu 135 km ■ Pärnu–Ikla 66 km Population: ■ Pärnu: 43 000

01 CYCLING Discover Pärnu in summer by bike. There are many bike paths connecting parks and beaches and bikes can be rented in many places throughout the city.

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villages worth a visit as a day trip. The area’s largest centre is in Häädemeeste. Along Via Baltica, enjoy the stunning views over the Gulf of Riga from Tolkuse watchtower. From here you can sometimes see all the way out to Kihnu island. Kabli’s new attraction is the recently renovated RMK nature centre and the beautiful sandy beach. South from Kabli there are many RMK campgrounds and campfire sites. Around the area there are also many different kinds of accomodation, from hotels to farmstays. ■

02 ESTONIA’S MOST POPULAR BEACH Pärnu’s beach is a must-see destination this summer. The warm shallow waters are great for small children. There are many activities to take part in, like surfing and beach volleyball. You can enjoy playgrounds, restaurants, and beachside terraces.

03 PÄRNU MARKET Pärnu’s new market opened in April after almost a year-long renovation. The stylish building has many places to eat, a chemist, handicrafts, and a Rimi grocery store. There are also local grannies selling wool socks.

04 CULTURAL SPECTRUM There are many cultural events to look forward to this summer including the Järvi Akadeemia music festival, Pärnu Hansa Days and the international nude art exhibition Man and Woman at the Pärnu Museum of New Art.

05 SOUTHERN THRILLS The seaside villages of Kabli, Treimani, and Häädemeeste offer beautiful nature and authenticity. There are beautiful sandy beaches along the coast from Pärnu to Latvia, as well as nature trails and museums. Lottemaa is located on Via Baltica.


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Rolling hills and pristine lakes spot the landscape in Southern Estonia.

VALGA

Top 5 Southern Estonia

Far from Tallinn TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, MIKKO SAVIKKO, IDA VIRUMAA TURISMIKLASTRI FOTOPANK

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01 VILJANDI CULTURAL CAPITAL The summer’s biggest event is the 25th annual Viljandi Folk Music Festival.

02 VASTSELIINA FORTRESS In the fourteenth century, a fortress was built on the border of the churches of Rome and Constantinople, which is known in pilgrimmage circles. Close to Meremäe there is a lookout tower, which looks out over Petseri Church dome.

250 km and that’s about as far as you can drive in Estonia. Southern Estonia’s largest town is Võru, which takes about three hours to get to by car. Fr. R. Kreutzwald, the author of the famous Estonian legend Kalevipoeg lived in Võru and now his house has been made into a museum. You can learn about FinnoUgric history in the Vana-Võrumaa Cultural Centre. Võrumaa smoke sauna culture has been added to the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can try this type of sauna in many places. The only hotel in Valga is the Metsis, which together with its restaurant is decorated with a hunting theme. Among the restaurants in town, there is Lilli, situated in a 1930s house that has a 60-seat terrace in summer. Valka sits on the other side of the border in Latvia. It’s quite easy to drive across the border without noticing, so a GPS can be helpful. ■

03 VÄRSKA How to get there?

Learn about Seto culture in Värska, known for its mineral water and spa. There is a museum and from 16-17 June Setu Folk 2017 will take place.

Bus Busses leave from Tallinn to Võru every four hours. Tickets start at €10. The journey to Valga takes 4 hours and 15 minutes. A ticket costs €13. The journey to Viljandi is about 2.5 hours and costs €5.

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Train The train journey from Tallinn to Viljandi lasts about 2.5 hours and costs €8.90. There are four trains daily.

Stroll along the peaceful beach promenade or have a swim at Tamula Lake.

Viljandi is Estonia's cultural capital.

05 PÕLVA There are lots of places to stay and eat in the centre of this county. Nearby you will find one of the best known nature spots Taevaskoja at Ahja River where you will also see sandstones walls.

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Tallinn–Viljandi 154 km Tartu–Viljandi 78 km Pärnu–Viljandi 86 km Tallinn–Võru 257 km Tallinn–Valga 233 km Võru–Valga 68 km Võru–Viljandi 120 km Viljandi–Valga 80 km

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A Youthful City

Top 5 Tartu

Tartu is the second largest town in Estonia and is best known for being the student capital. TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

The University of Tartu was established in

1632 by the Swedish king and ever since has been a place where the brightest minds, both local and international gather. The most famous meeting spot for locals is the statue of Kissing Students, in front of Tartu Town Hall, a great place to start your tour of the city. Right next to the Town Hall Square is Rüütli Street, with souvenir shops and an array of cafés and restaurants. In the evenings, this is where you’ll find the nightlife. Enjoy a glass of wine in places like Vein ja Vine (Rüütli 8) or Säde (Rüütli 4).

The best view of the city can be found on the top of Toomemägi Hill from one of the towers of the Tartu Cathedral, which also houses the University of Tartu museum. Although most of the historical attractions are located in the Old Town, it is worth exploring the neighbourhoods situated a bit further from the centre. Tartu’s main attraction became the Estonian National Museum (Muuseumi 2) when it opened its doors in October 2016. Located a few kilometres from the city centre, the museum introduces Estonia, its culture, as well as Finno-Ugric culture. If you only make it to one place in Tartu, then this new museum should be it. The Ahhaa Science Centre (Sadama 1), located in the city centre, is already well-known to many visitors, though the exhibitions are always changing. For those travelling with children, Ahhaa is a great place to visit for both young and old. The Estonian Museum of Agriculture (Pargi 4)is located in the neighbouring town of

Ülenurme where you will some more great exhibitions. Located inside the Ülenurme Manor buildings, the museum offers a glimpse at the manor grounds in their heyday. The 15 museum buildings have different displays about agriculture and its machinery. If you are interested in wooden architecture and the smell of a burning stove reminds you of home, head either to Supi-

Distance: ■ Tallinn-Tartu 185 km ■ Train and bus connections are available between both cities. Close to ten trains leave daily. The faster train lasts about two hours. The bus takes about 2.5 hours. There are tens of buses leaving daily.

01 ESTONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM The stunning new Estonian National Museum opened its doors in autumn 2016. The building itself is impressive, as are the great new exhibitions. This is a must during your Tartu visit.

02 TOWN HALL

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linn (Soup town), which earned its name from the streets being named after vegetables and fruit or to Karlova, located on the other side of the centre. This neighbourhood should also be on the map for coffee lovers as it is the home of Karlova Kohv (Tähe 63), which is a roastery and a café. On the same street you can also find the prettiest cupcakes in town in Tassikoogid (Tähe 21) and Barlova (Tähe 29) – a bar in Karlova and the Italian home you didn’t know you had. If however you want to see a part of the industrial Soviet heritage, take a walk up Riia Street to Aparaaditehas (Kastani 42), an old factory complex now a home for local creatives, hosts events and trendy restaurants. ■

The heart of Tartu can be found at the Town Hall Square. The Kissing Students fountain sits in front of the Town Hall. In summer, cafés open terraces and in winter the square is filled with trees. Enjoy many events taking place here throughout the year as well.

03 MAIN BUILDING OF THE UNIVERSITY Built at the beginning of the 1800s, the Tartu University Main Building is one of the city’s most important landmarks. Take a step inside and familiarise yourself with the museum or visit the attic where you’ll find the cell where misbehaving students were sent.

04 BOTANICAL GARDENS Walking through the gates of the Botanical Gardens takes you to a whole new world. Take some sandwiches along, find a bench to sit on, and enjoy the peonies in early summer or the autumn colours. Stroll the meandering paths or enjoy the serenity while being in the centre of the city.

05 THE WOODEN HOUSES OF SUPILINN AND KARLOVA Walking among the wooden houses in Supilinn and Karlova, you get the feeling you’ve stepped back in time, with the smell of wood fire coming from the chimneys. The Bohemian area of Supilinn is closest to the city centre and is known for the funny names of the streets like Herne (pea), Kartuli (potato), and Oa (bean). It’s also worth a visit to Karlova where you can see the Aparaaditehas and many great cafés.


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Top 5 Northern Estonia

Distances via motorway

Northern Estonia invites visitors to explore

■ Tallinn – Jõhvi 173 km

the many different beaches of the region. Northern Estonia’s tallest limestone cliff is located in Ontika in Eastern Estonia. The main sight around the town of Paldiski is the Pakri lighthouse, which sits on a cliff of the same name. Located about 35 km from Tallinn, the Türisalu viewing platform is a little over 30 metres above sea level. From there you can enjoy the view over the stunning beach at Vääna-Jõesuu. The sandy beaches are an excellent contrast to the seaside cliffs. The longest of them, located 12 km from the city, makes up a major part of the Narva-Jõesuu area. Tallinn’s best-known beach is in Pirita and moving west, in addition to the stunning beach at Vääna-Jõesuu, there is also Lohusalu and Kloogarand. The beaches at Lahemaa National Park have more granite. Käsmu is quite rocky, but at the end of August you can enjoy the annual Viru Folk concert. ■

■ Tallinn – Narva 214 km ■ Tallinn – Mustvee 174 km ■ Narva – Mustvee 115 km ■ Tallinn – Paldiski 46 km ■ Tallinn – Keila 26 km ■ Tallinn – Rapla 56 km

More information: www.northestonia.eu

01 ONTIKA BEACH How to get there?

Estonia’s tallest limestone cliff stands at 56 metres at its highest point. Estonia’s tallest water can also be found at Vallaste along the 20 km long cliff.

Trains leave three time daily from Tallinn to Jõhvi and Narva. The journey to Narva lasts about 2.5 hours. There are more bus connections, starting early in the morning and continuing into the evening. The journey to Narva lasts about three hours. A local train connects Paldiski via Keila 15 times daily and Rapla even more frequently.

02 KÄSMU The captain’s village (as it’s known in Estonian) organises an annual concert at the beginning of June as part of the Kaunid konserdid series. The season ends with Viru Folk in August.

03 PAKRI LIGHTHOUSE Located about 4 km from the centre of Paldiski, the 52 metre tall lighthouse offers stunning views. Climb the almost 300 steps to get to the top and replenish at the local Paki Parun café.

04 KUREMÄE CONVENT Last year the convent celebrated 125 years. It’s Estonia’s only orthodox nunnery and has a spring where people can take water or douse themselves on the spot.

05 MINING MUSEUM AT KOHTLA-NÕMME Together with a guide, learn about the fascinating underground world of mining. Above ground you can learn more about the hard work that goes into mining. Car safaris can also be organised in the area.


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transport 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 nonreligious, others Lutheran, Orthodox, Catholic.

Getting to Tallinn just got a lot easier, and more comfortable 2017 has brought direct flights and upgraded cruise ships for getting to and from Estonia’s capital.

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 among princes and bourgeoisie in the upper-town and craftsmen in the lower-town. 1561 Tallinn goes to the Swedish. 1721 The Russians conquer Estonia and Tallinn.

1939–44 Russians and Germans occupy Tallinn. 1944 The Soviet Army bombs Tallinn in March and causes extensive damage. 1400 people are killed.

Perhaps the biggest news of the

year was that the British Airways began regular traffic between Tallinn Airport and London Heathrow. During summer, flights will run twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Currently, there are non-stop flights from Tallinn to 26 cities with carriers like AirBaltic, SAS, LOT, Turkish among others. Tallink’s newest vessel Megastar, running the Helsinki-Tallinn route is packed with innovations. To start, it’s powered by LNG. But what the traveller will notice is that it’s quieter. The engines seem to run quieter, passenger areas are cosier, and even the bathrooms are more peaceful. For one, you no longer need ear protection when using the hand dryers. The crew on the vessel sport sharp new uniforms too. There are over 300 seats in the sitting lounge, each with its own charging station. Business passengers can enjoy food and drink in the Business Lounge and the less expensive Comfort Lounge offers quieter travel with coffee and small snacks. The Viking Line FSTR or Viking Faster will run from April to October between Tallinn and Helsinki. The catamaran will make the journey in one hour and 45 minutes and will have

A quick history of the city of Tallinn

1918 Estonia declares independence and Tallinn becomes its capital.

TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, PHOTOS STUART BAILEY, VIKING LINE, TALLINK

■ Medical Centres and Pharmacies 24H Pharmacy Tõnismägi 5, Tallinn Tel. +372 644 2282 Mustamäe Medical Centre Ehitajate tee 27, Tallinn Tel.+372 659 8318 Keskhaigla Medical Centre Ravi 18, Tallinn Tel. 1900, +372 622 7070

TOURIST INFORMATION

space for 850 passengers and 120 cars. The Viking Line XPRS was renovated in January. There is more light on the ship and getting around is a lot easier. The buffet has been improved in terms of equipment and food. It’s longer and the selection of

food at lunch offers options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. We liked the lamb tartar and the huge selection of dessert. They also have spicy sausage and sushi. The Katajanoka terminal has also been renovated. There are now automated Viking Line check-in stations. ■

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).

Tallinn: Niguliste 2/Kullassepa 4, Tallinn Tartu: Raekoja plats 1A, Tartu Pärnu: Uus 4, Pärnu Narva: Peetri plats 3, Narva

1944–1991 Tallinn becomes a Soviet capital and hosts the sailing competitions of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 1991 Tallinn becomes the capital of newlyindependent Estonia. 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.

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

■ 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.

Holidays 1 January – New Year’s Day 24 February – Independence Day Easter Good Friday 1 May – Spring Holiday; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer’s Day;

20 August – Re-independence Day; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day The work day preceding New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, and Christmas Day is reduced by three hours.


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museum

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Museums & Galleries

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Museums

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseum) Lai 17, Tallinn Old Town, g1 www.etdm.ee.

Estonian History Museum Great Guild Hall (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum)

Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU) Lai 1, Tallinn Old Town, g1 www.nuku.ee.

Occupation Museum (Okupatsioonimuuseum) Toompea 8, Tallinn Old Town, b1 www.okupatsioon.ee.

Photo Museum (Raevangla fotomuuseum)

Pikk 17, Tallinn Old Town, g1 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee.

Raekoja 4, Tallinn Old Town, h2. (Located behind Tallinn’s Old Town Square) www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum.

Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum)

Maarjamäe Castle, Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, a5 www.ajaloomuuseum.ee.

Vene 17, Tallinn Old Town, g3 www.linnamuuseum.ee

Estonian Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum) Pikk 70, Tallinn Old Town, d3 www.meremuuseum.ee.

Estonian Museum of Natural History (Eesti Loodusmuuseum) Lai 29a, Tallinn Old Town, f2 www.loodusmuuseum.ee.

Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. www.evm.ee.

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-andkgb-museum/ Please contact the hotel to make a booking. Tours available in English, Finnish, and Russian.

Adamson-Eric Museum (Adamson-Ericu muuseum) Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town, i1 www.adamson-eric.ee.

Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, i2 www.tmm.ee.

Kadrioru Art Museum (Kadrioru kunstimuuseum)

Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Passages

Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn, a4 www.kadriorumuuseum.ee.

Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town, j1 www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/.

Mikkeli Museum (Mikkeli muuseum)

L. Koidula 21C, Tallinn b4 www.linnamuuseum.ee/miiamilla

Dominican Monastery Museum (Dominikaanlaste Kloostri muuseum) Vene 16, Tallinn Old Town, g3 www.kloostri.ee.

Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum. Rotermanni soolaladu)

A new exhibition at the Seaplane Harbour Museum If you haven’t been to the Seaplane Harbour Museum in Tallinn, it’s certainly worth a visit.

■ Art Museums & Galleries

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum)

MiiaMilla Museum (Muuseum MiiaMilla)

Climb inside the rescue helicopter.

Weizenbergi 28, Tallinn, b4 www.mikkelimuuseum.ee.

Kumu Art Museum (Kumu kunstimuuseum) Weizenbergi 34/Valge 1, Tallinn, b5 www.kumu.ee.

Niguliste Museum (Niguliste muuseum) Niguliste 3, Tallinn Old Town, i1 www.nigulistemuuseum.ee.

TEXT SILJA HURSKAINEN PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

T

he exhibition “Mayday” opened at the end of March, and looks at maritime rescue from different angles. There are lots of things for kids to see as well as important things to learn. The biggest object on display is the Estonian border guard rescue helicopter Mi-8. When talking about Estonian sea rescue, then we can’t forget about the MS Estonia cruise ship accident. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to this disaster and the you can see the lifeboats of the Estonia on display and hear stories from the survivors.

With virtual glasses you can learn how it feels to fall into ice cold water.

A large part of “Mayday. Mayday. Mayday.” is virtual, where you can learn how it feels to fall into ice cold water. There are also many interactive exhibits and simulations. You can take part in training the rescuers, receive a distress signal as the leader of a rescue

mission, test the thickness of ice and more. ■

Location Mayday. Mayday. Mayday. is open until 14 January 2018. Seaplane Harbour Museum, Vesilennuki tee 6, Tallinn

Ahtri 2, Tallinn, a2 www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee.

Law and order TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS ESTONIAN POLICE MUSEUM

T

he Police Museum in Rakvere is interesting for the whole family. The two-storey building houses many rooms, including a children’s Police Museum. With the help of a guide, in an hour and a half you can learn about the fascinating history of policing in Estonia. Everyone can test their reaction to braking in a car or learn how to prevent crime. You can photograph yourself in a cell or with handcuffs as a souvenir. Everyone can learn about criminal investigation and how we can be tracked. ■

Museums in Lääne Virumaa ■ Police Museum (Politseimuuseum), Tallinna tänav 3, Rakvere.

Open Tu-Sa 10.00–16.00 ■ Rakvere Castle (Rakvere linnus), Vallimägi, Rakvere. Open daily

10.00–19.00 ■ Town Citizen’s Home Museum (Linlase majamuuseum), Pikk 50, Rakvere. Open Tu-Sa 10–16.00 ■ Palmse Manor (Palmse mõis), Palmse küla, Vihula. Open 10.00–17.00


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

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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. More information: www.visittallinn.ee/visitor/plan/getting-around/ public-transport.

JÄRVE

Airport

At the beginning of September, tram line 2 will run from Ülemiste to the train station where a new turnaround point has been made. The line also has a new stop at Merekeskus. Bus number 52 will continue to run to Kopli until tram line 1 resumes service in autumn 2017.

■ Registered residents of Tallinn ■ Tallinn Card holders ■ Unaccompanied children under 6 ■ Children under 3 with one accompanying adult

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 24 and 48 hrs on three different lines.

LASNAMÄE

KOPLI port

KALAMAJA ROCCA AL MARE

PELGULINN

OLD TOWN

KADRIORG

MERIMETSA VEERENNI

SIKUPILLI

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: adults: €19/24hr, €23/48hr www.citytour.ee

6-118-000 11-800 (+€0.74 / min)

www.pilet.ee, info@pilet.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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Photo: Margus Johanson

■ Getting to and from Tallinn

www.visitestonia.com Tartu

■ By bus: Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Bussijaam) Lastekodu 46, Tallinn www.tpilet.ee, www.peatus.ee Ecolines – www.ecolines.ee Lux Express – www.luxexpress.eu Temptrans – www.temptrans.ee

■ Phone calls 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 and EMERGENCY 112 AUTOMOBILE 1888 (24 h) ■ Taxis

From the bus station to the city: ■ tram no. 2, 4 ■ 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 further 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 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.elron.ee www.gorail.ee From the train station tion to the city: tram ram no. 1, no. 2, or ten minutes on foot to the Old Town

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DOWNTOWN / SÜDALINN: 1,20 / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mo - Fi 07:00 to 19:00; Sat 08:00 to 15:00 Parking is Free on Sundays and on public holidays ys

OLD TOWN / VANALINN: 1,50 / 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: 0,375 / 15 minutes Paid parking: Mo - Fr 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

■ By air: Nordica - Estonia's newest airline, replacing Estonian Air currently serves many routes in Europe and Scandinavia in cooperation with Adria Airways. +372 664 2200 info@nagroup.ee, www.nordica.ee Open 5.00-21.00, Sa 5.00-16.00

Photo: Nordic Aviation Group

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.


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