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Tallinn, the oldest capital in Northern Europe was first marked on the world map in 1154 by an Arabian geographer called al-Idrisi. The Old Town of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, is one of the most authentically preserved medieval city centres in Europe. The sights well worth visiting in the area are a 2-kilometres-long route along the old city wall and its 26 watchtowers, a Dominican monastery built in 1246, the 600-year-old Gothic Town Hall Square, one of the oldest still active pharmacies in Europe found on the Town Hall Square and numerous churches.
St. Olaf’s church with its 159m high spire was reportedly the tallest building in the world from the15th until the 16th century. Both the Toompea hill located in the very heart of the city as well as the viewing platforms on top of St. Olaf’s church and the Town Hall building enable visitors to enjoy unforgettable views of the Old Town. The Toompea castle built from the 13th until the 14th century houses the Estonian parliament and on top of its turret known as the Tall Hermann you can see the “first” national flag of Estonia.
A fun day for the whole family is guaranteed at the Rocca al Mare Open Air Musem where visitors can take a look at ancient Estonian farm buildings and see what life was alike in local villages from the 17th until the 20th century. At the museum visitors are welcome to try horseback riding, learn something new at the Kuie village school and enjoy a hearty meal at the Kolu inn.
A fun day can also be spent at the Tallinn Zoo where families are welcome to come for a walk, enjoy the nature, take a closer look at various animals and participate in numerous events.
The sights also worth visiting are the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, the Kadriorg Palace and Park and the Kumu Art Museum. Fresh sea breeze can be enjoyed by walking by the Russalka monument to Pirita where you can look around at the local monastery complex, walk in the beautiful pine forest and stroll on the beach.
Author: Vano Allsalu
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