Tallinn, Estonia

Port of Tallinn
Port of Tallinn, taken by Wikimedia Commons user Ralf Roletschek.

Population: 435,245 (2015 est.)

Language(s): Estonian

Demonym: Tallinner

Area: 159 km2 (62 mi2)

Dialing Code: (+372) 64

Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / F

Time Zone: Eastern European Time (UTC +2); Eastern European Summer Time (UTC +3)


Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. Located in the center at the very top of the country, Tallinn is situated right at the mouth of the Tallinn Bay, which drains into the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea’s right arm.

The city is quite gorgeous, with many red rooftops that are great examples of Baroque, Gothic, and Rococo architecture. Head over to the Old Town, which has a slew of historical and cultural attractions; the Tallinn Old Town was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1997.

For a great panorama of the city and beyond, make your way over to the Tallinn TV Tower. The observation deck sits at 170 m (557 ft), the highest in the country. Also at the top is a cafe, and when coming down (or before you even head up), you can check out a three-dimensional film about the tower and some great Estonian achievements throughout history.

Now, not to suggest that one of the attractions in Tallinn is the port leading elsewhere, but hey, there’s a convenient port in Tallinn. From this port, take a 2.5 hour, 80 km (50 mi) ferry to Helsinki, which is located directly north in Finland, facing Tallinn. Or, for another overnight trip, go a bit further to Stockholm, Sweden – about 15 hours, 380 km (236 mi) from Tallinn’s port. Try the ferry services Tallink-Silja or the Linda Line.

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