Situated on Estonia’s northern coast across the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn has always been a strategic hub for the country. After gaining its independence from Russia in 1991 the city quickly became a popular destination for visitors from Helsinki and Stockholm. In recent years, British tourists (many of them on their stag and hen weekends) have discovered it, giving it rave reviews for its beauty and affordability.
Renowned as one of the best preserved cities in the world, Tallinn’s medieval Old Town acquired much-deserved Unesco status in 1997. The ancient stone arches delicately outline its cobbled streets, red-tile roofed houses and gothic churches. Wander through the Dominican Monastery, once a base for Scandinavian monks, and home to Estonia’s largest collection of stone medieval carvings.
Walk a mile east of Old Town to Kadriorg Palace and Garden where cyclists, walkers and sun worshippers all congregate amid the horse chestnut and aromatic lilac trees. After a full day of exploring the city head to the luxurious sauna on the 26th floor of the Hotell Olumpia; soak your tired limbs in the plunge pool and look out at the magical city that has won you over.
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