FAQ’s About Tallinn
Where is Tallinn?
Estonia doesn’t have to struggle to find a point of difference: it’s completely unique. It shares a similar geography and history with Latvia and Lithuania, but culturally it’s distinct. Its closest ethnic and linguistic buddy is Finland, and although they may love to get naked together in the sauna, 50 years of Soviet rule in Estonia have separated the two. For the last 300 years Estonia’s been linked to Russia, but the two states have as much in common as a barn swallow and a bear (their respective national symbols). With a newfound confidence, singular Estonia has crept from under the Soviet blanket and leapt into the arms of Europe. The love affair is mutual. Europe has fallen head-over-heels for the charms of Tallinn and its Unesco-protected Old Town. Put simply, Tallinn is now one of the continent’s most captivating cities. And in overcrowded Europe, Estonia’s sparsely populated countryside and extensive swathes of forest provide spiritual sustenance for nature-lovers.
How old is Tallinn?
Dating back as far as the 13th century, the old section of Tallinn is what keeps most visitors occupied during their stay. The winding, cobbled streets of the medieval capital take you past half-hidden lanes, courtyards, spired churches and old, merchant houses. For centuries, what’s now the Old Town has been divided into two distinct parts: Toompea Hill, which was home to the gentry that lorded over the countryside, and Lower Town, which was a separate political entity with rights as an autonomous town.
When is the perfect time to visit Tallinn?
All year! Regardless of the season, Riga is a fun place to visit anytime!
What Is The Local Tongue In Tallinn, Estonia?
The national language is Estonianm although Russian language is adopted as their second language. German and English are also widely spoken in and out of the city.
Who resides in Tallinn?
As a cosmopolitan city, Tallinn are not only populated by Estonians. It is common to see Russians and other nationalities residing in the city.
Is Estonia a cold country?
In spite of the expression ‘crikey its Baltic out there’ the country is blessed with warm summers although relatively short compared to other countries. Temperatures can easily reach 33 degrees and Latvians are more than eager to make the most of it. But during the depths of winter, temperatures can drop as low as -30 degree. However, 15/20 degrees is about normal from January to March. Summer season is normally warm with temperatures of around 22 degree Celsius and expect long hours of daylight. Winter season are typically cold and usually snowy. The temperatures can drop as low as -5 degree Celsius on normal day.
What is the currency used in Estonia?
Currently, the currency used in Estonia is EURO.
What is the distance between the airport and the city centre?
Because of its ideal location, the airport is only in 5 kilometres away from the city centre. Although heavy traffic is to be expected during peak hours, the average transfer time is only 10 minutes.
How much will it cost to get from the airport to the centre?
If you use the oficial airport taxi and avoid the rip off taxis that play around the airport, the transfer cost will only be around 6 to 8 Euros. When travelling by group, it is more practical take one of our transfers for a safer and more affordable transfer. When travelling in small numbers, it is also possible to take the bus. There is the public line, operated by MRP (smaller public transport bus company in Tallinn, operating on a few lines under the same ticketing system). This line goes roughly every 25 minutes and ticket costs €0,80 from a kiosk in the airport or €1,60 from the driver. A. Laikmaa is the stop located next to Viru Keskus shopping mall, from which it is about 400m walk to the old town. There is also a new privately operated bus. It will be much less crowded than the public airport bus and stops at a lot of places where you can very easily go into the old town. Ticket is €2 (only from the driver).
What is the best local beer and how much will it cost?
Defining the best beer in the city will be a matter of personal taste. But on the other hand, the most recommended is Saku or A Le Coq. It will cost you about 3 to 4.50 Euros for a 1/2 litre or 1 pint. There are also much cheaper local brew like the Lacplesis and Cesis which only cost about 2.5 Euros.
Is it allowed to drink outside in Tallinn?
Public drinking is illegal in Tallinn. There are lots of cosy bars and pubs in the city where you can drink at your own leisure.
Can I smoke inside restaurants or bars in Tallinn?
Some bars and restaurants in Tallinn have designated smoking area. But you cannot smoke inside if the establishment clearly prohibits it.
Is Estonia part of the European Union?
The Estonian Republic has been a member of the European Union since 2004.
Is a Visa required when visiting Estonia?
If you are from the country that is part of the European Union, you will not need a visa in order to visit Tallinn. Even though we have used considerable efforts to make sure that this information is accurate, we can't be held accountable for any discrepancies. It is best to always check with the appropriate authorities before traveling.
What are the Estonian public holidays?
1 January - New Year's Day 24 February - Independence Day (1918) 3 April - Good Friday 5 April - Easter Sunday 1 May - Spring Day 24 May - Pentecost 23 June - Victory Day 24 June - St John's Day or Midsummer Day (Jaanipäev) 20 August - Day of Restoration of Independence 24 December - Christmas Eve 25 December - Christmas Day 26 December - Boxing Day New Year, Jaanipäev festivals are commemorated all around the city. If you find Old Town to be crowded, you can take a short walk around the town, and discover other place to continue your celebration.
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