The capital city of Tallinn has a rich history that dates back to the 11th century but shows signs of civilization as far back as 5000 years! The city really grew in the 13th century when taken under control by the Danes. Although the city and country has changed hands many times over the past century it has benefitted from the cultural influences and remains one of the oldest cultural centers in Europe. Perched along the Northern Coast of Estonia, Tallinn has fairy tale-like charm as you wander the cobble stone streets among castles, churches and medieval architecture and immerse in the middle age atmosphere. The Middle Age experience continues as you learn about the monastic life from a monk when visiting the Dominical Monastery.
We would recommend taking a stroll through the 70 hectare Kadriorg Park which was built as the summer residence for the Russian Tsar Peter the Great. This wonderfully lush park is lined with many museums to stop in as well as the center-piece of the park, the mighty Kadriorg Palace. The palace was built in the 18th century and contains art from the 16th to 20th centuries and beautifully preserved baroque furniture.
Since Tallinn is a relatively small city it is great to explore by bicycle but beware of the growing traffic in the busier parts of town as there are no bike lanes. If you are looking for a city escape that’s more cycle friendly head to Pirita, one of the most prestigious districts of Tallinn with a lovely beach and yachting harbor. Another sight you cannot miss is the Petrine Baroque palace, Kadriorg Palace built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great in 1710.
Make a stop with your family to visit the Sea Plane Harbor museum located in a naval fortress built 100 years ago for the Russian imperator. Cruise around in a Yellow Submarine, see survived historical vessels and be amazed by the huge aquarium. A great memorable time with your family!