Another quick, cheap weekend away in Europe. You can’t blame me though, can you? Adventure possibilities in Europe, particularly if this is the corner of the world you call home, are just too tempting to pass up. Short flight times, easy road trips, cheap competitive prices… it makes a weekend away so exciting and easy on the wallet. This time I chose Tallinn in Estonia to be our destination as I located some cheap flights, the journey was short and I’d heard only good things.
If you’re planning a trip to Tallinn Estonia, this is your 48-hour travel guide. Are you ready?
As soon as we arrived in Tallinn (Estonia’s capital right on the Baltic Sea), the cobbled streets and quaint architecture made us feel like we had stepped straight into a fairy tale. The city, to this day, has a stunning medieval vibe and it’s easy to forget what year it actually is. We stayed 2 nights and I think that was perfect, especially in the freezing, February weather. Though February was a cold month in Tallinn, I would still recommend going at this time as everything looks so pretty in the snow. If I were to return, I’d like to go for the Christmas markets and maybe as a dual-trip with Helsinki as it’s very close to get to by boat.
From the UK there are plenty of flights flying directly into Tallinn with Ryanair, Easyjet and Wizzair usually being the cheapest.
The flight time is just 2 hours 45 minutes from the UK making Tallinn perfect for a quick city break or a great place to start when visiting The Baltics.
When you arrive to Tallinn airport, transport to the city couldn’t be easier. Just hop on a tram and you will be in the city within 25 minutes. Or an Uber or local taxi costs about €5 at time of writing.
Once you get to the centre and begin exploring, everything is within walking distance so there’s no need to get a daily or weekly transport pass unless you are planning to visit areas outside of the city.
We chose to stay at Old House Apartments based on recommendations and we were not disappointed. The room we stayed in had a sauna and open fire which is just what you need when it’s -5 outside! The staff were super helpful and friendly and the apartment had everything we needed, we even stayed in one night to cook which was very cosy.
For a cheaper option, Red Emperor Hostel is great, location wise and has everything you would need for a quick trip away.
Everywhere we went this weekend we were impressed with so I’ve listed all the places I visited on my short trip and why it was amazing so you can take your pick…
A free walking tour where the guides are in character and show you the history of the small town in the lower part of the city. The tour ended with medieval shots of pepper liquor which was not the best thing I’ve tasted but a very authentic experience. Make sure you wrap up warm and tip the guides as they are fantastic!
There are 3 main viewpoints looking out over the city in the upper part of town…
You can look out and see the iconic pastel colours of the rooftops. It’s located on the northern side of Toompea hill. Basically just follow the crowds and you will find it!
From here, you can see the ocean and out to the Gulf of Finland.
These are definitely quieter. There are some quite scary looking statues dotted around which always made me jump when I found a new one. Apparently these light up at night but I’m not sure I’d want to wait around to find out!
We had the dreamiest of lunch at F-Honne here. If you’re anything like me and love a menu filled with avocado, houmous and vegetarian goodness then you will love this place. It’s like something plucked straight out of Shoreditch (London) and best of all? It was so reasonably priced. My meal (see below) was £8!
You can’t miss a visit to see this Russian Orthodox Church, built-in 1900 and named after the Russian hero who defeated the Teutonic Knights in the thirteenth century.
This is the main square which has served as a marketplace since the eleventh century and sits in the centre of the Old Town. It’s a gorgeous meeting place, spot for coffee in Tallinn or to enjoy a lunch Al Fresco.
You literally cannot visit without seeing the Old Town in Tallinn Estonia. This is where the majority of the earlier points are located. The old town is home to ridiculously photogenic 14th- and 15th-century architecture with its medieval walls, cobblestone streets and medieval dining options. Take some time to wander around, explore and see it from above at one of the earlier viewpoints mentioned.
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