During our trip to Helsinki, we went for a little adventure in the beautiful town of Tallinn. Though it took approximately two hours to reach Tallinn through Vikings cruise, we were transported to a completely different atmosphere. And I say this because not only the country changed, the people, the culture, the architecture all changed drastically. Out of all the places I have been, I can easily say that Tallinn is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained historical town. Being a small city and the capital of Estonia, Tallinn stands for itself.
We visited the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which was a beautiful experience. The majestic architectural marvel is really outstanding. We went through the streets of the old town which all lead to the Town square.
The beautiful walk through its old city clearly indicates why its listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is beautiful with cobbled streets running throughout the city lined up with charming wooden houses. There are a variety of streets owing to their different speciality like street with sweet shops, most fashionable street, street of education and so on. But I was amazed by the most haunted street (‘Lühike Jalg is a narrow street with lots of stairs that connect Toompea with lower Old Town.’)
Tallinn is a town of legends and we were impressed by various legends inscribed at different locations giving an insight to the visitors about the history of this marvellous land.
The town square is filled with restaurants and cafes all around. There is house carriage available for the tourists which adds to the medieval theme of the whole city. We saw the Viru gate which are two similar towers left of a larger chain of towers which supposed to defend the town in earlier days.
It was a sunny day and we made the most of it by shopping (beautiful imitations of the colourful houses, clothes, really warm socks, and other souvenirs). For lunch, we sat in the middle of the Old City at Saku Gastro and we were delighted with the service as well as the food. What added to our lunch was the experience of observing a theatrical performance being held at the centre of the Town square. On enquiring more, we came to know that it’s part of their biggest yearly festival ‘OLD TOWN DAYS’ dedicated to the local cultural heritage and community & the theme of 2018 was 100 steps into History. Although, unplanned, we were elated being in the festival.
Owing to its strategic location, the city still remains a major trade hub. Numerous cruise lines make a stop here. I wish I could have spent more time here as we had to return for our cruise back to Helsinki at the end of the day. The Viking Express cruise was a wonderful experience with a plenty of activities for the kids. Added benefit was our room where we had kept our belongings and went on to visit Tallinn without any discomfort.