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14 Tallinn Trip Ideas for your next travel to Estonian Capital

Are you planing your first trip to Tallinn, trying to figure out what to see, where to go and where to stay overnight? In this guide I have added few cool Tallinn's attractions, shopping venue and really cool restaurants. I spent two days in Tallinn, during Summer of 2015 to celebrate my 30th birthday. In those two days I reviewed 14 places where we headed to, stayed in or had a lovely meal. Hope this guide might help you plan your next trip to Tallinn. Map of Tallinn Alternatively...

Shopping in Tallinn: Ülemiste Mall

Ulemiste shopping mall is the biggest in Estonia, it features more than 210 stores and has a parking lot capable of handling 1300 cars.  I don't remember actually why we chose exactly Ulemiste as our shopping destination in Tallinn, most probably somebody recommended it because of Ulemiste being the largest one. We get here by using public bus leaving somewhere from the city center (Don't remember anymore bus number, but ticket price was about one euro) Ulemiste shopping mall...

China Inn Restaurant in Tallinn

Are you looking for a Chinese restaurant in Estonian capital city of Tallinn? China Inn restaurant located in Tallinn's Old Town might be the right answer. First discovered this venue back in Summer of 2015, during a two day trip to Tallinn. Chinese food is among my favorite food of the World  - here at China Inn in Tallinn you can get the same you would get in any other regular Chinese restaurant across the Globe. That's one of the reason I love Chinese restaurants - they have developed...

Estonian War of Independence Victory Column

The War of Independence Victory Column  is located in Freedom Square, Tallinn,Estonia. It was opened on 23 June 2009 as a memorial for those who fell during the Estonian War of Independence, through which the people of Estonia will be able to commemorate all those who had fought for freedom and independence. The pillar is 23.5 m high and consists of 143 glass plates. The memorial incorporates the Cross of Liberty, Estonia’s most distinguished award...

Georgian Tavern Tbilisi in Tallinn

Georgian cuisine lovers rejoice - I have just found another restaurant of Georgian food, this time in Estonian Capital city Tallinn. Discovered by accident during wanderings around Tallinn's Old Town, tried once back in Summer 2015. Shortly I left St Michael's Swedish Church I noticed my darling was sitting on the stairs and finger pointed above her head - I smiled - something so familiar, something close. Georgia Tavern Tbilisi in Tallinn (Ruutli street) I entered this...

St Michael's Swedish Church in Tallinn

St Michael's Church or St Michael's Swedish Church is a Lutheran church used by the Swedish congregation in the old town district of Tallinn, Estonia. We were off in the streets of Old Tallinn wandering what should we see, and I noticed this church and decided to go inside to adjust my church interior photography skills, at this point I didn't yet realized it is a Swedish church nor I had a clue what is the name of this church. St Michael's...

St. Nicholas' Church, Tallinn

St. Nicholas' Church is a medieval former church in Tallinn, Estonia. It was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors. Originally built in the 13th century, it was partially destroyed in Soviet Bombing of Tallinn in World War II. It has since been restored and today houses a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, focusing mainly on ecclesiastical art from the Middle Ages onward. The former church is also used as a concert hall. St....

Green area in Harju street, Tallinn

On the second day's morning, during our short two day trip to Tallinn, we left our hotel and went out to explore city. Soon we were in area which featured parks, gardens and architectural pearls - as I leant latter this place has a special name - Green area in Harju street.  It's a pretty lively street in Tallinn, featuring some shops, bookstores and cafeterias.  Medieval tower in Tallinn Now I can only wonder what is the name of that tower,as we actually didn't visited it....

Restaurant 'Three crowns' in Tallinn

The restaurant “Three crowns” is located in the heart of Old Town, in the center of street Vene 8. Cheerfully opens the door’s for all people who love well-prepared cuisine, there is combined Estonian and European cuisine with interesting wine list of Old Town and New world.  Although hotel we stayed during our short stay in Tallinn also featured a restaurant it ain't no fun eat at you hotel if you can go and eat at neighboring hotels restaurant, right? Three Crowns Restaurant in...

Mad Murphy's Irish Pub in Tallinn

Mad Murphy's Irish Pub is located in Tallinn very close to city's town square on Mundi street 2. If you are up to for a Nightlife in Tallinn, make sure you visit this pub, I visited this pub back in Summer of 2015, during our short two days trip to celebrate my thirty birthday, shortly we were checked in at our hotel (Read my review here: St. Olav Hotel in Tallinn) we decided to explore our lively neighborhood, and it was a very lively. It was a warm August evening.  Mad Murphy's...

St.Olav Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia

St. Olav Hotel is located in the heart of Old Tallinn just a few hundred meters away from Tallinn's Town Hall square. We stayed at this hotel in August, 2015, during a short travels to Estonian capital to celebrate my thirty birthday. Lai street in Tallinn Our hotel was located in the heart of Old Tallinn, since it was a Summertime, many cafes and restaurants were opened in our and nearby streets, so we had a plenty to choose from. St.Olav hotel in Tallinn The St. Olav is located...

Tallinn Town Hall Square

One of the most impressive tourist sights in Tallinn, most probably is Tallinn Town hall square and its surrounding restaurants and cafes. Speaking of the Town Hall it is the oldest town hall in the whole of the Baltic region and Scandinavia. We visited Tallinn's Town Hall square while headed to our hotel (located somewhere close) during a short 2 day trip to Estonia's capital to celebrate my 30th birthday. To enter into Old Town we had to cross Viru gate Viru Gate in...

Armenian Apostolic Church of Tallinn

Huge was my surprise when walking from Tallinn Bus Station to the city centre I discovered an Armenian Apostolic church, surrounded by skyscrapers. Just a year ago I spent my birthday in Yerevan, Armenia. Now a year latter, seeing an Armenian Church seemed like a sign for me. I still don't know what kind of sign, but that was a great reason to photograph here. Armenian Apostolic church in Tallinn, Estonia Surrounded by skyscrapers, this Armenian church in Tallinn is almost invisible...

Tallinn Bus Station

The Tallinn Bus Station  is the main long-distance bus station of Tallinn, Estonia. The bus station is located in the southeastern part of the city centre (Kesklinn District), in Juhkentali neighborhood.  When I was a young exchange student in Finland, I used this bus station frequently to travel back to my native Riga (Helsinki - Tallinn by ferry). Last time I was here, probably was back in 2006. We arrived here from Riga bus station using...

Minimum Wage Set to Rise in All Baltic States in 2016

There has been some positive improvements for rise of minimum wage in all three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in recent years. And there are more to come. In 2016 minimum wage is set to rise in all Baltic states. Estonia will have minimum wage of EUR 430; Latvia - EUR 370 and Lithuania - EUR 350. Here are my previous articles about minimum wage in Baltic states: Minimum wage in Baltic States 2013 and 2014 Minimum wage in Baltic States 2015 Minimum wage in Baltic...

Lux Express - One Of The Best Options To Travel Between Riga and Tallinn

At the start of this August I traveled to Estonian capital city Tallinn from Riga (Latvia) to celebrate my birthday and I had a few options to choose on how to actually get there - like, car, coach (bus) or plane (I believe there is a rail connection as well, but I also believe it takes some 12 hours to travel a short ~ 300 km distance) The fact is as I believe it will be even cheaper or about the same to fly between those two Baltic Capital cities, rather to use a bus. But since I'm sick and...

Elina Born & Stig Rästa With Song 'Goodbye To Yesterday!' Will Sing for Estonia at Eurovision 2015

Tonight's final of Eesti Laul 2015 was a great show with 10 talented acts fighting to represent Estonia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. However, only one act could win and this was Elina Born & Stig Rästa with the song Goodbye To Yesterday!Last year in Copenhagen, Estonia failed to qualify to the Grand Final but this year the country has great hopes for its entry, Elina Born & Stig Rästa with the song Goodbye To Yesterday, who just won Eesti Laul 2015 tonight in Tallinn....

Helsinki - Tallinn tunnel could cost up to €13 billion

I first heard of idea to build an undersea tunnel connecting Finish capital Helsinki with Estonian Tallinn, back in 2006. Soon it will be already 10 years, and I would probably have forget the idea of this project, but, today I red an article suggesting that estimate costs of such project could be EUR 13 billion, and it could be completed toward the end of 2030s.The submarine tunnel, connecting Tallinn with Finnish capital Helsinki, could cost 9-13 billion euros, according to a preliminary...

Minimum Wages in Baltic States 2015

A year ago I wrote an article covering minimum wages in Baltic States. In that article I found that minimum wages for 2013/2014 were at: EUR 330 Estonia, EUR 320 Latvia and EUR 290 in Lithuania. Now - 2015 will be a special year - starting 2015 all three Baltic countries will have Euro as currency, Lithuania will adopt Euro starting January 1st. There are other good news as well - the minimum wages are to be increased in all three Baltic States in 2015: in Latvia – from EUR 320 to EUR...

Baltic States Vs South Caucasus States by GDP 2013

A while ago I already compared Baltic nations with Caucasian nation by GDP (that time I was comparing data for 2012). Since it's second half of 2014 already, I decided to compare how 6 independent states looks alike in 2013 (Most recent data we can get from World Bank) Some might argue - why I'm comparing those regions? Well - why not?  Baltic states and South Caucasus GDP 2013/2012 Country 2012 ($bln) 2013 ($bln) Growth ($bln) Azerbaijan 68.73 73.56...

Estonia To Catch Up Income Level like in Scandinavia in next 9-14 years

Last year I red an excellent article pointing out that income level in Estonia could reach level its in Scandinavia in next 10-15 years. Although this article made me smile, I decided to compare - is it real for Estonia to reach level like that? Since its almost a year since  I wrote that article - I decided to compare again and see how Estonia is doing in it's already 9-14 years plan to reach that level.In my measurements I'm using raw data for GDP, GDP per capita, I could use...

Electric power consumption (kWh per capita) in Former Soviet Union 2011

Yesterday a power outage happened in Tbilisi, and whole country of Georgia was cut of electricity. According to official information - power outage was caused by fault in 500 KV  line. I'm not an expert in electricity, and I'm not familiar with it's everyday terminology - well, I know how to change a bulb, and that there is difference between 60W and 100W bulbs, that's all. So dumb I'm in one one the most vital sciences for our lives.Since electricity is behind our modern life's in our...

GDP Per Capita In Former Soviet Union Countries 2013

Soviet Union once was a mighty empire that threatened all the rest world, it has been already 24 years since Soviet Union doesn't exist any more, what's left - free market economies stretching from Baltic sea to Bering straight. In total there are 15 FSU republics in over days. Some of them (Baltic states) has found a new ally with EU, other ones are fighting each  other (Russia vs Ukraine, Azerbaijan vs Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh). Other has already emerging in a new Geopolitical...

Minimum Wages in Former Soviet Union 2014

Some time ago I already did a chart of minimum wages in Former Soviet Union, now some time - about 6 months have passed and I decided to take a look to minimum wages in Former Soviet Union one more time. Although minimum wages doesn't play major role on economic boost, it's still an indicator I like to know when researching particular country. In my previous research for 2013 I found that highest minimum wage was set in Estonia ($427) while the lowest was in Kyrgyzstan (jut $17 per month)...