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Flights to Tallinn

This little Baltic beauty is surrounded by extraordinary natural landscapes from primeval forests and wild wetlands to faraway islands.

The city itself is a perfectly-formed medieval masterpiece with meandering cobbled streets that reveal gothic works of art, like the impressive Town Hall. With its slender soaring spires, today it gazes down upon elegant cafes and over open-air concerts that take place in the square during the long hot Estonian summers.

The UNESCO protected Old Town is a hive of activity with locals and visitors bustling in and out of its historic buildings, exciting restaurants, souvenir shops and quirky little museums. The City Museum is one of the best for learning more about Tallinn’s fascinating past. Kumu Art Museum is worth seeing not only for its remarkable examples of Socialist Realist and Nonconformist art, but for the building itself – a stunning ultra modernist space.

From its vantage point on Toompea Hill, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral entices visitors to come and wander its gilded corridors and to view its lavish frescoes and beautiful icons. Metsakalmistu Cemetery is a tranquil patchwork of fir trees and tumbledown graves and a lovely place to escape the city buzz. Another is Kadriorg Park where tiny museums and tree-lined paths give way to the magnificent Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great.

Tallinn’s best kept secret is its beautiful beaches, like Pirita, Stroomi and Harku with their soft golden sands ideal for relaxing or having fun with the family. Others may prefer to explore the outdoors by taking a kayak or rowing boat down the beautiful Pirita River, that meanders gently though the centre of the city.

Tallinn Zoo makes a wonderful day out for the kids, while adults can enjoy a traditional sauna before tucking into some locally made gingerbread or shopping in the many stalls that line up daily outside the railway station.

Come summer or winter, Tallinn knows how to enjoy its seasons. The delightful open-air cinema Katusekino makes the most of the balmy days, while winter months are celebrated with a stunning skating ring in the centre of the Old Town, to a backdrop of twinkling Christmas lights that make Tallinn shimmer.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Tallinn Airport is located 2.5 miles from the city centre of Tallinn. It can be reached easily by car in approximately 5 minutes.  Public bus 2 operates from outside the airport terminal every 30 minutes connecting the airport to Tallinn city centre. Shuttle buses and taxis are also available for hire. 

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (€)

Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Estonia. A passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure is required or, in the case of EU nationals, a valid ID card. Nationals of other countries may require an entry visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: There is a ban on smoking in all public indoor places including cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs and on all public transport. The legal age for consuming alcohol in Estonia is 18 year for beer and 21 for wine and spirits.


Best Time to Visit

The temperate climate in Estonia means that summers are warm, spring and autumn mild and winters very cold. For those who want to take advantage of heavy snow should visit between November and March, while those looking to enjoy strolling the cobbles and al-fresco coffee should plan a trip any time from May to September. June to August are peak times for flights and tourists so are perhaps best avoided. August can also see some of the heaviest rain of the year.

In January there is a jazz festival to warm those chilly days while February brings a Baroque musical flavour. Choir Festivals and harpsichord events mark April while May is a must for those who love the music of the Orient. Theatre Festivals and Old Town Days bring history to life in June while July is the month for beer festivals, anthropological and documentary film festivals and opera. As winter approaches, food festivals help get ready for hibernation while the Black Nights Film Festival and Christmas Jazz and festive villages and markets liven up those long, chilly nights. 

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