It’s not hard to see why Tallinn is fast becoming one of Europe’s cultural hotspots. Estonia’s capital is a city of bright Baltic Bohemia, mixing up-and-coming design with traditional rustic charm. Located across the Baltic sea from Sweden, Tallinn features apparent Scandinavian influence without the inflated prices. Currently pinned as ‘the next Prague’, now is the perfect time to discover this hidden gem.
Tallinn’s historic Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings, which are perfect for an afternoon wander without having to spend a penny. The core of this is the Raekoja Plats (the town square), home to the Gothic-style town hall and the starting block for many of the town’s historic walking tours.
True to its European heritage, Estonians like to indulge in cafe culture. Try the medieval-themed Tristan Ja Isolde for true coffee lovers looking for an alternative to Starbucks. For dining whilst in Tallinn, avoid the tourist traps around the town hall: The prices tend to be severely heightened. Even just a 5-minute walk away from the centre will prove to be more than beneficial for finding local grub for a more local price. The thoroughly modern Solaris Centre also offers an abundance of affordable restaurants including Latvian-themed Lido for traditional Baltic food in a folksy and comfortable atmosphere. For evening drinks head to Hell Hunt (translated to mean Tender Wolf) to sample some flavoursome home-brewed beer and cider.
We've seen some great deals to Tallinn lately, including new flights from Liverpool, a central hotel with over 50% off and free nightclub tickets, a Christmas market break with a guided tour and theatre tickets, three nights for the price of two at a Tallinn hotel and a 4-star city break for £199, with a saving of £40.