We caught the Ferry masquerading as a cruise ship from Helsinki to Tallinn. The couple of hour journey was an event in itself. The is always a live band playing and some very interesting dancing almost non stop. You know you are leaving Finland because all of a sudden everything starts getting much cheaper.
The Medieval walled city of Tallinn is within walking distance of the ferry port but a taxi will do the job for a reasonable fee.
Accommodation was plentiful and options stretched from high end to budget with ease.
Tallinn plays heavily on its medieval heritage and for good reason. It is a beautifully compact city with a rich history whether it be climbing 15th century tower or visiting the Estonian Museum of Occupations, there is something for everyone.
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Food and Drink
Without a doubt the best place to eat is Kompessor. The very competitively priced pancake cafe serves gigantic savoury and sweet pancakes. The beers are well priced too. They don’t really serve much more than pancakes.
If you fancy something a bit unusual and in keeping with Tallin’s medieval past then visit III_Draakon. Beer is both cheap and served in pot flagons and the tavern itself is set within the old thick walls of the town hall.
Things to do
If, after wondering the cobbled streets of the old town and visiting the numerous churches on the free or paid walking tours you still feel like you need more to do there are a number of excellent things to do. Try the KGB museum. It’s a fascinating look into the cold war and Soviet occupation of eastern Europe. I’m a big fan of these kinds of museums but end up spending a large part of the time thinking about how it could be turned into am Escape room.
If you go at the end of May you will find an incredible Medieval festival with authentic craft, music, dancing and fighting. It was the world finals of the battle reenactment competition.
Stay: Zinc Old Town Hostel – Reasonably Priced private rooms; very central.
Escape Room: Claustrophobia – Graivity
Drink: Ill Draakon
Visit: Old Town Tour, KGB Museum