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Fire-jumping and white nights

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f you happen to be in Tallinn for Midsummer, you’ll notice that there aren’t many Estonians around. Midsummer or St John’s Eve and St John’s Day are celebrated on June 23 and 24 in connection with the summer solstice, a day where the sun almost doesn’t set. Many locals leave for the countryside, to their cottages in the forest, by a lake, or to the beach. According to legend it is the night when the young girl Eha meets the young boy Koit. Eha means evening twilight and Koit morning twilight. On Midsummer’s night the two youngsters only meet for a short kiss, then they part and have to wait to meet for a whole year again! Midsummer’s Eve is celebrated outdoors and nobody goes to sleep. People gather, sing and dance. Activities are centred around a big bonfire and food is prepared

on a barbeque. There is also the tradition of jumping over the bonfire, which according to the legend is a guarantee for prosperity and to avoid bad luck. Others claim that it is a symbol for a connection with the past. But if you see one of these bonfires, you’d wonder how anyone could over something so big. The good fortune must come from not falling in! Where to celebrate? In Tallinn, Midsummer’s Eve, June 23 is celebrated at the Estonian Open Air Museum at Rocca al Mare with food, music, and dance. Midsummer’s Eve is equally celebrated in cities like Tartu, Pärnu, Kuressaare, and Haapsalu.

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Happy travels!

Kristina Lupp, Editor-in-chief

restaurants 4 Restaurant news 22 Family Resto Gelato Ladies 6 Interview: Andres Kõpper NOËP

June events 01 ÕLLESUMMER Photo: Õllesummer

One of Estonia’s biggest summer festivals is the annual Õllesummer, which takes place from 5-8 July at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Kasabian (UK) will take to the stage on opening day, Elka (RUS) on the Thursday, and Hurts on Friday. In addition to the main stage, there are also many smaller stages, terraces, and places to eat.

02 EVERYDAY SOVIET ABSURDITY AT THE TV TOWER “There are no bananas”, is the title of the new exhibition at the Tallinn TV Tower, which explored everyday life in Soviet Estonia from 1970s-80s. Travel back in time to a period of deficits, contrast, and a surrealistic socialistic system. The exhibition runs until the end of September and can be visited without visiting the TV Tower.

03 WYCLEF JEAN’S FIRST TIME IN ESTONIA The three-time Grammy winning musician and member of The Fugees will perform in Tallinn on 8 June for the first time. The concert will take place at the Cathouse nightclub featuring hits from both The Fugees and Wyclef solo career.

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

Telliskivi Creative City will host the annual Tallinn Street Food Festival from 10-11 June. Enjoy exciting flavours and new tastes from various food trucks and vendors. A great way to experience local and international food trends.

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A family restaurant for beer lovers too casual

Summer is upon us and so is the

opening of some fantastic new restaurants. You can’t go wrong with pizza, and you certainly can’t go wrong with the woodfire pizza from Kaja Pizza Köök (Õle 33, Tallinn). The rustic pizza kitchen is open daily at 12 noon and stays open until their dough runs out. The menu offers pizza, of course, as well as a couple of salads. The thick, crusty base is covered with ample toppings. Eat in (if you can find seat) or takeaway. Moving into the Old Town, the infamous Shooters bar closed and has been replaced by the classy brasserie Tabac (Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town i2).

Enjoy fabulous cocktails and dine from a classic bistro menu. We quite liked the filet mignon with smoky carrots and onion cream. The selection of international restaurants continues to grow in Tallinn. Nok Nok

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22 Family Resto is a good example

that you can still find new and interesting places to eat outside of the Old Town. The distances within in Tallinn are not so big. As the name suggests, 22 Family Resto is a family restaurant. There is a prudently designed playground in the restaurant and the layout is cosy. There is of course a children’s menu. The restaurant is located close to zoo entrance. Those without children are also welcome. 22 Family Resto appeals to older palates as well. The chefs use a Big Green Egg grill, which you can see from the open kitchen. There is an impressive selection of Belgian beers, as well as an abundant selection of beer snacks. You can also catch all the action in the kitchen from the TV in the corner.

The menu offers some favourites,

as well as some unique dishes. We tried the stuffed green pancakes to start. The thin, brightly coloured pancakes were stuffed with grilled vegetables and the portion was so large that we should have ordered it without choosing meat. The sauce was a generous dollop of sour cream. The venison is offered both as an appetiser and a main. The tasty venison patty was nicely seasoned with caraway seeds. The wild leek leaves added a pleasant fresh spring flavour to the dish. For dessert, unfortunately we had little room left, though our server offered many interesting options. The service added to the pleasant experience as a whole. The restaurant offers dailyy lunch specials from 3-7, as welll as vegan options. ■

Location 22 Family Resto, Meistri 22, Tallinn.

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is the latest addition to that list. Tallink’s latest culinary endeavour is a Thai restaurant in the Old Town. With over 15 years experience in hotel kitchens and fine dining, Chef Pensiri Pattanachaeng has developed a flavourful menu exploring the tastes of Thailand. Also adding to the same list is Taqueria Tacos & Drinks (Rotermanni 14, Tallinn a2). Recently opened in the Rotermann Quarter, this Mexican restaurant is a great place for a casual evening with friends. Bar Bronto (Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town h3) is the latest addi-

tion to Tallinn’s ever-growing list of fashionable cocktail bars. While we haven’t had a chance to go check it out yet, the extensive cocktail list is impressive. If you’re headed out to Pirita on a nice sunny day, Vigri kohvik (Purje 8, Tallinn), is a family-friendly stylish buffet with a sea view where you will find a rich selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. ■

We all scream, for ice cream Located in the Old Town, Gelato Ladies offers traditional Italian ice cream.

café TEXT MIKKO VIRTA, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

There are 18 different flavours available at any given time.

Gelato Ladies has been serving

happy customers for one year already and has already developed a strong customer base. “Opening a gelateria was a tall order in Tallinn”, explains owner Sindy Püssa. The café door swings open and closed, and as customers walk in and see the colourful display of gelato, all their worries seem to melt away. “It’s a fun business. We make people happy”, continues Püssa. The best feedback came from an Italian customer, who said that this gelato was the best to be had outside of Bolzano. Püssa and her business partner Kristen Tuulmets learned all the

secrets of gelato-making in Bologna at the “gelato university”. The area is the heart of gelatomaking in Italy. “We wanted to make authentic Italian gelato, the traditional way”. Though she admits that the flavour had to be adjusted for

Estonian palates, as Italians like their gelato very sweet. The most popular flavours are pistachio and hazelnut, as well as different sorbets. There are 18 different flavours available at any given time, which changes regularly. “We make our gelato daily. We make 30-40 different flavours”. Püssa’s favourite is made with fresh peppermint. You can watch the gelato being made behind the glass in the gelato machine, which is the most important element in the kitchen, as well

as the ingredients, of course. Cones are also made fresh on site. You can also enjoy other Italian delicacies like coffee, wine, beer, prosecco and lemonade at Gelato Ladies. So how does the gelato taste? We tried pistachio and hazelnut, as well as strawberry sorbet. It’s just like in Italy, mouth-watering fresh flavours. ■

Location Gelato ladies, Uus 28/1, Tallinn Old Town f3


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Shvips wine bar is located in Tallinn’s trendiest neighbourhood, Telliskivi, known for its cool events and great restaurants. Shvips wine bar can be found at the end of Telliskivi Street. After driving over the train tracks and looking through the large front windows, we knew that this was the place we wanted to spend our evening in. The people inside, both customers and staff were particularly friendly. The decor and the positioning of the table offered a communal feeling, but at the same time, we could talk amongst ourselves without raising our voices. Everything we were looking for that night, we founds at Shvips. Talking with the owner, we got an overview of the wide assortment of gin cocktails on offer, as

Restaurant Liisu Juures Open everyday 10-23, Raekoja plats 13, Old Town, Tallinn tel +372 6 441 983

well as the rich wine selection, with bottles affordable to any budget. We could also order an assortment of appetisers to go with our drinks. The clientele at Shvips wine bar were young, but at the same time, not so young anymore. Everyone that came in afterwards were also greeted with the same warming smiles. Shvips wine bar offers close to 40 different types of gin and over 200 different bottles of wine. Bottles start at €17.

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“My friend called me from Spain and told me the track was in the Spanish Viral Top 50 [on Spotify], in ninth place!”

Interview:

NOËP's Andres Kõpper TEXT STUART GARLICK, PHOTO MART VARES

“Two years ago, I had a problem:

I saw Rhianna in my dreams, every night in a row, for a week.” Andres Kõpper had only been off-stage at Tallinn Music Week for twenty minutes, but already things were getting weird. The one-man success story behind NOEP had just debuted a new single, Jennifer Lawrence, and was explaining why he seemed to like naming songs after women. “In one dream Rhianna performed here in Tallinn. I thought, maybe I should do something, so I thought about covering a song, then I wrote one.” He didn’t meet J-Law in his dreams, though. “In Jennifer Lawrence, there’s a story in the song, where I meet a girl - in the song - and play this game of giving fake names. She gave the name Jennifer Lawrence, because she thought that was extra-cool. It just so happened that it fitted well into the song, too! But that’s not something I do in real life, though...”

Kõpper, a tall, slim man with a fashionable slicked-back combover and the kind of chiselled male-model looks that would make him a must-pick for any Scandinavian boyband, seemed to wear his recently-found fame well. It wasn’t arrogance - he spend a long time posing with fans and tried to fulfill every last selfie request before coming backstage at Tallinn’s Club Venus for the interview - but the Estonian singer-songwriter-producer just seemed comfortable in his skin, as if he had come to terms with his songs being sung loudly back at him. Those songs are high-end dancefloor-fillers, too. Rhianna is a raucous stomper with Kõpper narrating through a pitch machine his imagined conversation with the superstar. Rooftop is perhaps his most recognisable song, a nostalgia binge that everyone can relate to, taking it back to those free parties with a portable CD player and a gang of mates on the roof. Move was the breakthrough, though. It’s electrify-

ing live, with Kõpper playing the audience as he hits his drum-pad and sings the surprisingly plaintive melody. Kõpper might be confident and calm these days, at least outwardly, but fame wasn’t always a given. “At first it surprised me. I remember a year and a half ago, when Move had been out for almost half a year, my friend called me from Spain and told me the track was in the Spanish Viral Top 50 [on Spotify], in ninth place! I checked other countries, and it was in the Viral chart in 20 of them! Since then it’s been about getting the next songs out, and it’s been cool.” Though Estonians are patriotic about NOEP, and will support their favourite act wherever he goes on tour, Kõpper felt his songs hit home even with audiences unfamiliar with them. “One of the coolest gigs I’ve had was Finland - I played at Flow. The crowd was super-supportive. Considering it was a foreign country, and there weren’t that many Estonians in the crowd - I asked - the atmos-

phere was great. French people have always seemed really receptive to my music, too.” The journey to being a one-man band, producing, DJing, MCing

and singing for himself, came “quite naturally,” Kõpper said. “I used to be in a band, and I made demos for them, and I thought after a while, ‘damn, I like the demos more!’ I released Move, and it went from there.” Even so, inspiration was sometimes easiest to come by when working in a team, he explained. “I had a quite productive songwriter’s camp recently, where I managed to produce two pretty neat tracks. I’m not sure who will perform those - maybe a Latin girl and an Estonian boy-band, but they sounded cool. I love writing together with other people, because there’s instant feedback, and if you click together with someone and you trust their taste, the pace of work gets 50 faster. Sometimes you run out of ideas... those fantasies and ideas come much faster when you’re in a situ-

ation with other people and you have to write something. Sometimes people say one line, and it gets you started on a thought that might become a song.” The plan was to tour through the summer with Jennifer Lawrence and NOEP’s other singalong bangers, and then to bring the audience some new thrills. “There are still a lot of tracks that I haven’t released, because some of the other songs [released instead] have been more radiofriendly, so there might be a portion of songs later on, too.” In some ways, Kõpper is Estonia’s answer to Calvin Harris, the DJ who stepped up and became his own frontman, and is now a megastar. Like Harris, being part of the mainstream wasn’t something that bothered Kõpper. “ I have thought about it, but the thing is, I listen to quite a lot of mainstream songs. There are a lot that I don’t want to reach my eardrums, but I’ve thought that, as long as I like my tracks, I don’t care if it’s mainstream of alternative or whatever.” ■


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Estonian cosmetics are taking over Fact: Most Estonians know about Estonian cosmetics. It’s time to tell the rest of the world. We’re all looking forr a more golden complexiion without the damagingg effects of the sun. Try LUUV V self-tanning dry oil, a natuural self-tanner that can be used daily instead of a moisturiser. You can also usee it on your face. Your skin will appear more tanned within days off the h first application and it’s easy to use because dry oil is absorbed us quickly. Choose between light/ qu medium or medium/dark tones. m 19,90 1 When going to the beach don’t forget a bottle fo ottle of Solar SPF sunsun screen, which sc hich protects even the most sensitive m sitive skin from burning. The sunscreen bu is suitablee for the whole family and fa d comes in SPF 6. 5-8.85 6.30. 4.45-8.85 For those ose that want to make their tan last or moisturise urise their skin after sun exposure, then af we recommend w mend products with carrot w ot oil. Carrot oil

TEXT MARJU SEPP, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

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small and large cosmetics proroducers in Estonia. Almost all of the manufacturers are centred red around natural cosmetics. The reason is that you don’t have to oslook very far to find natural cosmetics; Estonians have always ays been close to nature and plantntbased remedies are quite commmon, even today. The innovative ive new products come from commbining a knowledge of tradition on with modern science. Since the Estonian market is limited, many anyy producers are actively looking for sales channels in Europe, as well as Asia. Particularly interestingg is that Asia is already open to this his segment of the cosmetic market. ket. Many people are already dy familiar with Estonian brands nds like JOIK and Nurme. There are many other great brands to try as well! Here are some of our favourites for summer facial al / body care:

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adds a beautiful orange tone to k and d is rich h in vitamins. Suiskin table for both young and mature skin. For the face, try Sohvy face cream with carrot oil. This thick cream absorbs quickly and is suitable for all skin types. 8.70 For the body, try LUUV carrot dry oil 16.90 or LUUV sparklin sparkling carrot dry oil 17.90. Many peoppeo llee also love JOIK’s gragr pefruit p pe fruit mandar mandarin body b bo dy lotion wi with ccarrot. ca rrot. 8.99 To look you your best this sumsum mer, there is only one trick tric - a bright smile. smil Isabella ClearClea tee ly natural teeth

fro teeth and makes teeth a from few shades lighter. The active ingredient is ash and it can be ing used a few times a week without use damaging tooth enamel. Simpda ly wet your toothbrush and dip it into the jar to get some powder, then brush your teeth po thoroughly. h Afterwards, brush your teeth with regular toothpaste. You will notice results after 4-6 applications. 18.99 Last but not least, don’t forget about your toes. Glamlac nail polishes are not natural, but they do last, dry quickly and come in this season’s hottest neon colours like yellow, green, pink, and orange. 6.90 ■

Where to buy: Pillerkaar specialises in Estonianmade cosmetics. Stop in to their shop in Solaris shopping centre Estonia pst 9, Tallinn b2

First time in the Baltics! Multimedia Art Exhibition

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Four summer evenings in the authentic atmosphere of the old town, with early music and the early music ensemble which has been performing together the longest in Europe

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Summer Event Calendar 2017 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

12th Estonian Youth Song & Dance Celebration Text Arja Korhonen Photos Jaanus Ree

Over 30,000 singers sing together as one

choir on the stage and almost the same number of spectators listen. 10,000 dance together at Kalev Stadium. The celebration is organised many years in advance and thousands of paid and volunteer employees take part in pulling the whole together at the end.

Aet Maatee has managed the Estonian Youth Song & Dance Celebration since 2003. The Estonian song festival tradition was added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list in 2013. What has kept the tradition alive? “The song festival is a way for people to express themselves and their emotions. Music is an especially powerful tool for this”.

United at Baltic Pride in Tallinn Text Kristina Lupp, Photos Jelena Rudi

The 9th annual Baltic Pride LGBT and cul-

tural festival returns to Tallinn from 6-9 July. The ongoing theme of the festival is “United”. “United means being united and working together, but also growing together”, says Brigitta Davidjants, communications manager for the Estonian LGBT Association. The programme includes films from the South Caucasus and Scandinavia that explore the rights of LGBT communities. The festival is centered around a conference where the past and future of Pride

will be discussed, as well as cooperation between LGBT and straight communities to create a more friendly society. Also included in the programme are different exhibitions, a creative writing workshop, a same-sex family picnic, many parties and a first-time excursion through Tallinn looking at LGBT history. The festival finishes with a free outdoor concert with many favourite Estonian musicians. The first Baltic Pride festival took place in 2009 in Latvia. This year is the third time the festival will have come to Tallinn. For more information visit the festival’s Facebook page @BalticPride n


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A sporty summer Text Silja Hurskanen

01 World Championships of Orienteering

The world’s best orienteers will meet in Tartu from 30 June to 7 July, where the world champion will be chosen after five different orienteering routes. At the time the Estonian Orienteering Week will take place all over Tartu County. Throughout the week you can try out some of the same trails that the world championships compete on.

02 World Cup Qualifiers 10,000 dancers at the Kalev Stadium.

All the choirs and orchestras perform together for the final concert. It’s truly a sight to behold.

Estonia’s road to the World Cup is proving to be a long one, but one can always hope. On 9 June, Estonia takes on Belgium at the A. Le. Coq stadium. In September they will take on Cyprus, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in October.

03 Europe’s Best in Tallinn

The youngest performers are 7-10 years old. For many children, it’s their first time in Tallinn, as they come from the islands and other more remote counties. The songs and dances are practiced for a long time beforehand. All the choirs and orchestras perform together for the final concert. It’s truly a sight to behold. n

Photo: Jari Suurkivi

The decathlon championships come to Kadriorg Stadium from 1-2 July. The races take place on both days from morning to evening.

XII Youth Song & Dance Celebration n 30 June - 2 July at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and Kalev Stadium n www.laulupidu.ee n tickets: piletilevi.ee

Taru Mill Triathlon women’s European Cup winner Kaidi Kivioja in 2016.

04 Tartu Triathlon

Men and women of steel will compete from 8-9 July at the Tartu Mill Triathlon, which is part of the Baltic Triathlon Series. The international Europe Cup elite will compete on a different day from the public and children’s race.

05 Rally in Southern Estonia

The fourth annual Tartu Rally will take place from 14-15 July on the gravel roads of southern Estonia. In addition to the forest tracks, drivers will also race through Elva and Põlva.


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Red Emperor has smiley, accommodating barstaff, vodka laced with Skittles (try it - it’s epic), and games like an oversized Jenga, guaranteed to embarrass one of your friends as the tower comes down with a startling crash.

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

Bars & Pubs Clayhills

Cubanita Live Cafe

Drink Baar

Narva mnt. 5, Tallinn a2

Väike-Karja 8, Tallinn Old Town i2

Von Krahl

Hell Hunt

Rataskaevu 10, Tallinn Old Town h1

Mad Murphy’s Mündi 2, Tallinn Old Town h2

Nimeta Baar Suur-Karja 4, Tallinn Old Town i2

Põrgu Rüütli 4, Tallinn Old Town i1

Just What You Need TEXT STUART GARLICK, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, ANDREI OZDOBA

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e know how it is. Whether you’re in Tallinn for a good time, or a long time, there are times when the money gets tight and you still want to go out. We understand that there are far too many overpriced bars, cafes and clubs in the Estonian capital - but there are real gems if you look hard enough. Let’s take a look at some places you can go where not only does everybody know your name, but also you’ll always be glad you came. Many great nights have started at Red Emperor Bar (Aia 10, Tallinn Old Town a2). A few have finished there, too. A lot of the reason for this is the hostel attached to it - it’s a fantastic business model, because it means that anyone staying at the hostel has a fun nightspot as soon as they step out of their room. However, no traveller worth their salt is going to stay in a hostel bar just because it’s the easiest option. Red Emperor is as strong as it is because the drinks are very reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is always warm and friendly. Red Emperor has smiley, accommodating bar-staff, vodka laced with Skittles (try it - it’s epic), and games like an oversized Jenga, guaranteed to embarrass one of your friends as the tower comes down with a startling crash.

The Patcave is a regular haunt of Tallinn's branch of couchsurfing.

Noorus was the sort of bar you could hang your hat on - a place that always brought a reliable sense of bonhomie, and cocktails for far below the price of the likes of Clazz a few hundred metres down the road. Noorus has now become The Patcave, and just like its predecessor, it’s the sort of place that is unpretentious, honest, and

capable of kicking your night into the next gear. The bar quite often advertises on its Facebook page an eye-catching special offer night, or a theme party, and it gets in keg after keg of quality beer like Latvia’s most popular, Valmiermuiza. The Patcave gained a fine reputation for parties when it flung open its doors in summer

Elli’s Vrapikohvik stays open late on Fridays and Saturdays.

Pärnu mnt 158g, Tallinn

Pikk 13, Tallinn Old Town h1

Pikk 39, Tallinn Old Town g2

Cheap, Honest and Open:

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The Highlander Kuninga 1, Tallinn Old Town h2

Cigar Lounges

Gay G-punkt Pärnu mnt 23, Tallinn

X-baar Tatari 1, Tallinn b2

Patt Sadama 6, Tallinn a2

Nightclubs Butterfly Lounge

Dunkri 2, Tallinn Old Town h1

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

Sigari Maja

Café Amigo

The Oak Lounge

Raekoja plats 16, Tallinn Old Town h2

Estonian

Viru väljak 4, Tallinn b2

Club Baila

Väike-Karja 1, Tallinn Old Town i2

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

Kochi Ait Tavern

Club Studio

Karja Kelder

Lootsi 10, Tallinn a3

Sauna 1, Tallinn Old Town i2

Kolmas Draakon

Klubi Teater

Raekoja plats 1, Tallinn Old Town h2

Vabaduse väljak 5, Tallinn Old Town j1

Seiklusjutte Maalt ja Merelt

Vabank

Tartu mnt 44, Tallinn b3

Harju 13, Tallinn Old Town j1

Valli Baar

Venus

Müürivahe 14, Tallinn Old Town h3

Vana-Viru 14, Tallinn Old Town h3

Live Music

Late Night Dining

Chicago 1933

Loca

Aia 3, Tallinn Old Town h3

Tatari 1, Tallinn b2

Clazz

Mexicana Taqueria

Vana turg 2, Tallinn Old Town h2

Suur-Karja 18, Tallinn Old Town i2

2016, and it’s kept a regular group of loyal customers, who bring more and more of their friends each time, a sure-fire way to tell that a bar knows what people want, and how to give it to them.

The Patcave (Lai 10, Tallinn Old Town g1) is a regular haunt of Tal-

linn’s branch of Couchsurfing, the global sofa-sharing travel society that isn’t just about hosting or taking journeys to new places; CS Tallinn, which you can join on Facebook, is also a great social group, and the fastest way to meet new, tolerant, outgoing people when you come to Tallinn. Couchsurfers have introduced this writer to a whole host of cheap and cheerful bars over the years, but one of the finest places the group went to was Shimo, the bar that, in two locations, made larger-than-life veteran Tallinn expat Robert Sani a living legend for his DJ skills and his throatburning ‘Rob Shot’. What made Shimo special was its location next to some snooty, high-class bars selling cocktails for eight euros and above. Shimo’s

expert cocktail waiters could whip up the same thing for twothirds of the price. Sani kept his fans informed of his next move on social media, and the same people who met him behind the decks in the original underground location are now flocking to an outwardly more genteel business venture.

Elli’s Vrapikohvik (Wrap Cafe, Vana-Posti 2, Tallinn Old Town i2) might

sound like a typical neighbourhood coffee shop, and during the day it is, but on most days it is open until 11pm and on Fridays and Saturdays it stays open into the morning, serving up quality hot wraps with flavours named after Estonian women, and, if you ask nicely, the still-exclusive Rob Shot! Head down to Elli’s and see what the fuss is all about. ■

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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Old Town is spotted with great places for outdoor wining and dining.

Tallinn’s Town Hall Square is spotted with terraces in the warm months. Kehrwieder (Saiakang 1, h2) dispels the myth that all of these places are tourist traps. Reasonably-priced drinks, freshly-roasted coffee, pastries, and meals can be enjoyed on their terrace, which is also an excellent place for people watching. If you’re in the mood for something medieval, visit 3 Draakon (Raekoja plats 1, h2) on the other side of the square, located in the Town Hall. Here you can enjoy some beer, a delicious bowl of elk soup, and freshly-baked pastries. Troika (Raekoja plats 15, h2), though more on the pricey side, serves up hearty Russian fare with warm and has friendly Russian service too.

Old Town

It’s hard to turn a corner in the Old Town without finding a terrace. Controvento’s (Vene 12) outdoor eating area spills out onto the narrow Katariina käik. With limited seating for one of Tallinn’s longest-running Italian restaurants, it’s wise to make

a booking. Wana Wiipuri has two terraces, one on Pikk 33 and another in a secluded courtyard. Enjoy an Estonian-inspired menu with European flavours. While not a vegetarian restaurant, Von Krahli Aed (Rataskaevu 10, h1) boasts many inventive vegetarian and vegan dishes. Their small courtyard garden is a great escape from the bustling streets of the Old Town. If you’re looking for another quiet garden oasis, you’ve come to the right place. Leib Resto & Aed (Uus 31, f3) focuses on Estonian cuisine using only local ingredients. In summer the garden of the old Scottish Club turns into an outdoor restaurant with plenty of seating, as well as a grill. You know summer has arrived when Hotel Telegraaf opens its terrace. Telegraaf Hotel (Vene 9, h2), has terraces where you can enjoy award-winning food in an elegant outdoor setting. Summer sees the opening of Varblane (Harju 6, i1) Privé’s outdoor bar. Superbly-located, overlooking Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square), the buzzing atmosphere continues throughout the night fuelled by a vast amount of shots and cocktails and the added bonus of hook-

ah. On the other side of the Old Town, if you like water pipes with your food, we recommend walking past the uber-flash Deja Vu bar, for Popular bar (Vana-Viru 6, h3), where the atmosphere is low-key, the music is up-tempo and bright, and you can sit next to Vana-Viru street, one of the nicest, most historic streets in the Old Town. Starting, as many people do, out on Freedom Square, Wabadus Cafe (j1) is still pretty similar to the old Cafe Moscow that used to sit comfortably opposite St. John’s Church. Though the food selection isn’t anything to write home about, it’s a prime spot for people-watching.


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way to enjoy it than with a meal or drink many terraces.

Outside of the Old Town

Another sign that summer is here is the opening of Komeet cafe’s rooftop terrace (Estonia pst 9, b2) above Solaris shopping centre. During the day and evening, food is served and then on Wednesday nights from June until September, the party is on. Known as Legendary Wednesdays, this is one of the hottest parties in town in summer. Located at the Kalasadam, or fish port, enjoy a good cup of coffee and a wonderful meal by the sea at Klaus (Kalasadama 8, a2). Klaus offers a great Sunday brunch too. You can find out more about their changing menu on their Facebook page.

There is no shortage of cafés and restaurants to choose in the ever-growing Telliskivi Creative City (Telliskivi 60a). An afternoon or evening can easily be spent visiting a few places and enjoying the many terraces in this trendy spot. Unless you’re staying there, Lounge 24 (Rävala pst 3, b2) at the top of the Radisson Blu Hotel may be criminally ignored. This is a shame for what it has to offer is truly stunning. Situated on the 24th floor, 90 metres above the street, Lounge 24 is a restaurant, café and bar all in one. When the rooftop terrace is open, it really becomes a

must-visit. With views that look out over the city, it’s possible to see everything in the city from the airport to Kristiine Shopping Centre. This includes all the sights of the Old Town and the goings-on at the harbour. An excellent way to get a bird’s-eye view of the city in some delightful surroundings. If you want to stay close to the port, give Sadama Suveterrass (Sadama 6/8, Tallinn) a try. It’s not in a location that is going to win awards for style, but the joyful way you are greeted when you join the party makes it feel like an outdoor bar where everybody knows your name, and the people are always beautiful.

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Owned by the same group behind Oko and Tuljak, Noa (Ranna tee 3) offers one of the best views of the Tallinn skyline from across the bay. Sit inside or outside on their beautifully designed terrace and enjoy a great cocktail or a wonderful meal. Located a bit outside of Tallinn on the way to Viimsi, it’s certainly worth the trip to one of Estonia’s top restaurants. n

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15 Western Estonia's Islands

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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 Alexander restaurant, 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 accessed by car, bike, foot, 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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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 recentlyrenovated 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. F.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 also learn about Finno-Ugric 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.

04 VÕRU

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

Get a better view from one of the many lookout towers.


19 Tartu

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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, LIINA LAURIKAINEN, TIIT GRIHIN

The University of Tartu was established in

1632 by the King of Sweden 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 of 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

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

More information: www.visittartu.com

reminds you of home, head either to Supilinn (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 Aparaaditehas and many great cafés.


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Alternating beach views TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV, IDA-VIRUMAA TURISM

Top 5 Northern Estonia

Distances via motorway ■ Tallinn – Jõhvi 173 km

Northern Estonia invites visitors to explore

the many different beaches of the region. The area's tallest limestone cliff is located in Ontika in Eastern Estonia. The main sight around the town of Paldiski is Pakri lighthouse, which sits on a cliff of the same name. Located about 35 km from Tallinn, 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

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01 ONTIKA BEACH Estonia’s tallest limestone cliff stands at 56 metres at its highest point. Estonia’s highest waterfall can also be found at Valaste along the 20 km long cliff.

How to get there? 02 KÄSMU

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.

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.


Events in Estonia recommended by culture.ee

Tallinn Street Food Festival & TaDaa! Festival 2017 Tallinn Street Food Festival is the

largest and most innovative event dedicated to street food in Estonia. More than 70 food and drink places are open at the festival – cafés and restaurants in Telliskivi Creative City, food trucks, pop-up kitchens, and guest caterers from abroad. TaDaa! Festival is an international festival of street art-

ists. For two days, visitors can enjoy more than 40 hours of entertainment in the middle of streets, right before the eyes of the visitor. An international selection of professional street musicians, acrobats and artists performing high in the air, fire artists, dancers, and impro artists will perform there.

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Find out more: http://tallinnstreetfoodfest.ee/en/ https://www.facebook.com/ events/1675261009434381/ ■

Location Telliskivi Creative City Telliskivi 60a, Tallinn 10-11 June

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.

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 The name Tallinn originates from the Danish occupation (1219–). 1285 Tallinn joins the Hanseatic League.

Tartu Nature Festival 2017 City and nature do not sound

like words that can be used harmoniously in one sentence. On one hand, there is stone, asphalt, noise and dust, the other symbolises peace, rest, and clean air. On June 7-10, 2017, Tartu Nature Festival takes place, inviting people to notice the

urban nature and the species living in the urban environment. Workshops, nature hikes, conversation evenings, nature games, and interesting activities for the whole family take place during the festival days. For the first time this year, the festival also has a cultural programme, which offers evening screenings

of nature and environmental films. More information: www.loodusfestival.ee!

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. 1918 Estonia declares independence and Tallinn becomes its capital.

1939–44 Russians and Germans occupy Tallinn.

Location

1944 The Soviet Army bombs Tallinn in March and causes extensive damage. 1400 people are killed.

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

manor park in Kohila. Enjoy the sounds of Singer Vinger, Elephants From Neptune, Uku Suviste Unplugged, Sibyl Vane, I Wear* Experiment, Reket, Púr Múdd, Kadi Toom & Stele, Eliot Ness, and Right Click.

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

Kaparock 2017 The festival gates open at 14.00 and the best Estonian music, good company, and everything else that entails can be enjoyed until midnight! Kohila is located in Rapla county, only a 20-minute drive from Tallinn, and is also comfortably reachable by bus and train. After the festival, a special bus will take guests back to Tallinn.

1991 Tallinn becomes the capital of newlyindependent Estonia. In 1997, it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tartu Central Park 7-10 June

■ Medical Centres and Pharmacies

On June 3, the festival “Kaparock 2017” takes place in Tohisoo

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

More information: http:// www.kaparock.ee/

Debit and credit cards are widely accepted throughout Estonia, especially VISA and Mastercard. American Express is not as widely accepted.

Location

Holidays

Tohisoo Manor Park Viljandi Rd 37, Kohila 3 June

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;

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.

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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Museums & Galleries

TALLINN

Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum)

Museums

Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn. www.evm.ee.

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

CLASSIC

M O D ER N

Visit three art museums in Kadriorg with one ticket! Kumu Art Museum, Kadriorg Art Museum and Mikkel Museum

Adults 12 € | Family ticket* 24 € *up to two adults with children (up to the age of 18) kunstimuuseum.ekm.ee

Estonian History Museum Maarjamäe Palace Maarjamäe Castle, Pirita tee 56, Tallinn, a5 www.ajaloomuuseum.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 Theatre and Music Museum (Eesti Teatri- ja muusikamuuseum) Müürivahe 12, Tallinn Old Town, i2 www.tmm.ee.

Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Passages Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn Old Town, j1 www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/.

MiiaMilla Museum (Muuseum MiiaMilla) 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) Ahtri 2, Tallinn, a2 www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee.

Museum of Puppet Arts NUKU (Nukumuuseum NUKU) Lai 1/Nunne 4, Tallinn Old Town, g1 www.nuku.ee.

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

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

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum) Vene 17, Tallinn Old Town, g3 www.linnamuuseum.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-viruand-kgb-museum/ Please contact the hotel to make a booking. Tours available in English, Finnish, and Russian.

Insight into the life in Estonia during three occupations (1940-1991)

KOPLI SONATA. THE RUSSO-BALTIC SHIPYARD TEXT KRISTINA LUPP, TRIIN OJARI PHOTO MUSEUM OF ESTONIAN ARCHITECTURE

Present this ad to get the audio guide for just 1€ Temporary Exhibitions Guided Tours upon prior reservation

MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS Toompea 8, Tallinn Open 10.00 - 18.00 Phone: +372 668 0250 muuseum@okupatsioon.ee www.okupatsioon.ee

K

opli, perhaps the most intriguing municipal district in Tallinn, appears to be at the threshold of important changes. This year marks 105 years since the founding of the Russo-Baltic Shipyard built at the tip of the Kopli peninsula, one of Tallinn’s mightiest industrial enterprises. According to architecture historian Oliver Orro, the curator of the exhibition: “The touch of the great currents of history can be felt in Kopli, perhaps at first glance unattractive with its somewhat run-down and worn appearance, and a great challenge for the future can be anticipated as well. This makes Kopli fascinating”. The Russo-Baltic Shipyard began

operation in Kopli, Tallinn in 1913. In addition to immense docks and shipbuilding basins, a number of limestone production buildings and a mighty main building with art nouveau attributes were built, and an extensive factory settlement was constructed, together with a service network. The famous architect and academician Aleksandr Dmitriyev headed the design of the entire complex. Problems arose in utilising large produc-

tion buildings in the era of the independent Republic of Estonia. Efforts were made to turn the workers’ residential area into a contemporary, well-ordered district. Kopli gained a modern community centre and a school. After the restoration of Estonia’s independence, the factory has continued as a ship repair enterprise. The Estonian Maritime Academy now operates in the former main building. The former factory settlement is no longer connected to the enterprise; that part of the settlement consisting of workers’ housing that is known under the name of the Kopli Lines has since the 1990s proven to be one of the most problematic districts in Tallinn. Many buildings that have been left vacant have burned down, sometimes in suspicious circumstances by now or stand in ruins. The original, integrally planned struc-

ture of the factory settlement is perishing to a great extent. In recent years, many impor-

tant changes have taken place in Tallinn’s development. Districts of wooden housing and former industrial areas have become highly-desirable residential and commercial districts and it is only a question of time before the construction boom spreads from Kalamaja to the Kopli Peninsula. The exhibition introduces the potential of Kopli’s industrial areas to become a contemporarily designed physical and social environment. ■

Location Kopli Sonata. The Russo-baltic Shipyard 2nd Floor 06.05. – 03.09.2017 Museum of Estonian Architecture Rotermann Salt Storage Ahtri 2, Tallinn a2


getting around

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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

KOPLI

1, 2 Kopli Sepa Marati

Maleva Sirbi

Sitsi Angerja

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PÕHJA-TALLINN Volta

Trolley-buses 1 3 4 5

Põhja pst Balti jaam

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Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Kaubamaja – Mustamäe Balti jaam – Keskuse Balti jaam – Mustamäe

1 2 3 4

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Kelmiküla Ristiku Lille Ülase Taksopark Hipodroom

HAABERSTI

Koskla Välja

Taksopark Koskla

Linnahall Port

Hobujaama

Htl. Tallinn OLD Viru TOWN 1 Htl. Tallinn 3 Tehnika TõnisEstonia KAUBAA. Adam- mägi MAJA Vabaduse soni väljak Tõnismägi Koidu Kosmos Koidu

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Akadeemia tee KESKUSE Männi Vambola Mustamäe Liivaku Keskuse 4 Raja Keemia Ehitajate tee

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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 MERIMETSA

OLD TOWN

VEERENNI

KADRIORG

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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The Baltic Guide ENG June 2017  

The Baltic Guide in English is a tourist newspaper for visitors to Estonia.

The Baltic Guide ENG June 2017  

The Baltic Guide in English is a tourist newspaper for visitors to Estonia.

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