Medieval Tallinn


Tallinn, capital of Estonia and UNESCO World Heritage

My visit to Finland also brought me to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Situated on the Gulf of Finland, it is just a two hour ferry ride from Helsinki and perfect for a day trip. A stroll through the city allows you to travel back in time. Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and its Old Town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Some buildings, like the city hall, date as far back as the 13th century. Large parts of the city wall and many towers remain to this day and give an impression of the strong fortifications that were built up over the centuries. I enjoyed walking through the town, looking at the old architecture, trying to imagine what it must have been like 700 years ago. There were even some people in medieval dress, giving the tourists an even more authentic experience. Many Finnish visitors, of course, make this trip mainly to buy alcohol, which is much cheaper in Estonia. Yet, how much of this price difference will remain now that Estonia joined the Euro zone, we will have to see.

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