Monday, August 22, 2011

Tallinn - The Old City part I

Tallinn - Street merchants selling almonds
Street merchants selling almonds

Tallinn old town, the medieval city built from the 13th to 16th century is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997. Very well preserved and with an extra touch of recent renovation due to being the European Culture Capital this year, Tallinn's old city immediately makes you fall in love with it. It is a charming mixture of cobblestone lanes, antique façades with lovely windows, colourful flowers, medieval squares, traditional markets and plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops. Everything is concentrated in walking distance and full of curious tourists. The downside is that everything is very commercial and you have to pay entrance fee for almost every church (a bit surprising comparing with other European capitals). We let you admire the charm of the city in a selection of images:

Tallinn - Grillhaus Daube on Rüütli street
Grillhaus Daube on Rüütli street

Tallinn - Window with summer flowers
Window with summer flowers

Tallinn - Restaurants on Raekoja plats (Raekoja square)
Restaurants on Raekoja plats

Tallinn - Town Hall
Town Hall

Tallinn - Pühavaimu street
Pühavaimu street

Tallinn - small street with St. Marys Toomkirik
Small street with St. Marys Toomkirik

Tallinn - St. Catherine's Passage
St. Catherine's Passage

Tallinn - Traditional Estonian Doll
Traditional Estonian Doll

Tallinn - Olde Hansa restaurant
Olde Hansa restaurant

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