31 Photos Guaranteed to Make You Want to Visit Tallinn

Loved Tallinn. I was expecting drunk stag groups and grim Soviet vibes but instead I found a quaint and unique city filled with interesting boutique shops, healthy restaurants, hipster bars, stunning parks and a full schedule of year round festivals.

I’ll definitely be going back.

I took a lot of photos in my four days in Tallinn, seeing as I’d just got my new camera, so here are 31 of my most favourite, guaranteed to make you want to book that cheapo flight and get yourself over to Estonia. Or at least think about doing it, for a few seconds.

1. Loads of healthy restaurants


2. Wine Museum, with samples


3. Stunning viewpoints, with a sense of humour


4. City centre waterfalls


5. Hipster barbers


6. Al fresco dining by a castle


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7. Beautiful parks surrounding the Old Town


8. Restaurants with yellow doors


9. Daring and enticing passages

10. Pink houses overlooking parks


11. Cool cars in cool bars


12. Beaches 5 mins away on the bus


13. More beaches 10 minutes away


14. Park pagodas


15. Flowers and nature and that


16. Kadriorg Palace aka ‘Catherine’s Valley Palace’


17. These gates, in Kadriorg Park


18. Old Town architecture

19. The Tallinn train


20. Tunnels that connect the city

photos-of-tallinn21. Looking up to sights like this


22. The colours popping in the sun
photos-of-tallinn23. Towers and turrets eyeing the city

24. This tower is a museum

photos-of-tallinn 25. Food, drink and accommodation are all great value
expense-of-tallinn 26. So. Many. Hipster barsphotos-of-tallinn

27. Cute little market square, with treats


28. More viewing points

photos-of-tallinn 29. This restaurant overlooks the previous viewphotos-of-tallinn 30. This is the Presidential Palace photos-of-tallinn

31. Sitting for a coffee here


So, Tallinn, persuaded?


I’m getting a few emails asking me about these photos. They’re not Photoshopped, I don’t even know how to use the program.

They’re all taken on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 Touchscreen Camera, which I’d just bought especially for the trip.

Combined with my (minimal) photography skills, it was obviously worth it.

The President of Estonia has just shared this article on his Facebook page!

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  1. by Emily Ray on July 6, 2015  11:14 am Reply

    Gorgeous photos! Very tempted by Tallinn, but not sure if I'd enjoy it more in summer or winter? Maybe I should just try both.

    (Also, is that a cat I see hiding in photo no 9?!)

    • by Kätlin on July 7, 2015  9:21 am Reply

      Estonia is beautiful in every season. Summer is full of tourists and new coffee shops, spring time wakes us up, autumn is very colourful since we have lots of forests and winter is cold and White and snowy.

      • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  9:47 pm Reply

        I'd love to come back in winter and see it looking totally different – maybe I will! I could do the Winter Edition :)

        • by David on July 8, 2015  6:56 pm Reply

          Visit around Christmas, Old Town is like a fairy tail. You will not be disappointed.

          • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:30 am

            Hmmm, it's very tempting. I might just do it...

    • by Eeva on July 7, 2015  9:50 am Reply

      Definitely come in summer, winter here is not for the southern people. Besides, Tallinn is so much more vibrant and alive during summer, besides, if you come from southern parts of world, you have the chance to see how sun basically never sets (there is only 4-5 hours of dark time during the night which looks more like twilight time than proper night). Winters here are gray, dark and endless, sun never shines (honestly, you can go three weeks without even a glimpse of the sun) and it may get cold. I mean really really COLD.

    • by Eva on July 8, 2015  1:29 pm Reply

      That sure looks like a cat.
      Anyway, I think you would enjoy this place whenever.
      Here are some photos of Tallinn in the winter:
      They put up little stalls with all sorts of goods during Christmas.

      • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:33 am Reply

        Ahh I really want to go now! I'm thinking first week of December could be fun :)

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  9:09 am Reply

      Eagle eye! Yes, I think that is a little puddy cat peeping out :)

  2. by pragati on July 6, 2015  2:25 pm Reply

    Oh Vicky! I Like. I Like. No wait, I love!

    the castle, the yellow door, those flowers, those skiles..awesome!

  3. by Debbie on July 6, 2015  5:57 pm Reply

    Loving the look of Tallin! What is it about the use of quirky colours in cities that make them look so enticing? Or is that just me?! Nice job on the photos

  4. by Mary Raudam on July 7, 2015  7:36 am Reply

    I've been there a couple of times now 1997 and 2014, they are bringing out the true light of the Estonian people, beauty, laughter singing dancing and humor. These photos are just a peep into that beautiful country they are restoring

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  9:48 pm Reply

      Thanks for checking out my pics Mary, I'm happy that they bought back some memories for you :)

  5. by Est on July 7, 2015  9:25 am Reply

    Amazing pictures, love the camera quality on the sky, with the, blue and dark black mixture color. Hope you had a great trip and also visited the freedom square in Tallinn, in nights the cross is mystically beautiful.


  6. by A.J. on July 7, 2015  9:41 am Reply

    Lovely pics, but labelling them "easter-european" can bit quite offensive towards Estonians. I've been living in Estonia for 3 years now and this country is nothing but northern-european in nature, in essence and in mindset.

  7. by Helena on July 7, 2015  9:56 am Reply

    Do you know, that Estonian President also shared this post on Facebook? Way to go :)

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  10:59 am Reply

      Oh wow! I just checked his page. Thanks so much for letting me know. I think my blog is about to crash!

      • by David James M on July 7, 2015  5:20 pm Reply

        What a beautiful, magical city Tallinn is! It's like wandering through a child's Fairy Tale book of yesteryear....no litter to besmirch the streets: just streets that echo with the whispers of happy people!

        • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  6:43 pm Reply

          I really loved it. Such a sweet Old Town and so many beautiful parks surrounding it too. It's a great place!

  8. by Jane on July 7, 2015  10:17 am Reply

    One more place to visit in summer ( Rummu karjäär) :)

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  7:28 pm Reply

      Oo nice I want to go to Tartu too – I've heard it's really fun and chilled there. Have you been?

  9. by Sandra on July 7, 2015  10:32 am Reply

    Awesome pictures! I live myself in Tallinn but if I wouldn´t I`d definitely put it in the list of "must visit".

    • by Ellen on July 7, 2015  3:42 pm Reply

      I have lived in Estonia for all my life but i was really impressed by your photos. That is how all people all around the world should see Estonia and on the photographs there is only Tallinn but there is so much more. Thank you :D

      • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  6:54 pm Reply

        Ah thank you Ellen. Everyone seems to think I've done some technical jigegry pokery, but that's Tallinn! It was a beautiful weekend that I was there, back at the start of June :)

      • by Lynda on November 27, 2015  10:49 pm Reply

        Just curious, my father's family came from Estonia. His sir name Laas, his mothers Kerbes. Know of anyone by those last names.

        • by Vicky on December 6, 2015  10:54 pm Reply

          No, sorry Lynda. I don’t know anyone there!

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  7:23 pm Reply

      Ah it's a great little city for a weekend away!

  10. by jeenis on July 7, 2015  11:58 am Reply

    this is the ugliest capital i know. all those pics are HDR edited, so why dont you put the original pics then?? u cant cuz this is a shithole

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  7:22 pm Reply

      These are the original photos Jeenis. And thank you for taking the time to comment on my article with your negativity. Not entirely sure why trolls like you bother, but I can only imagine what kind of sad, boring life you lead to take the time to publicly call a whole city a shithole.

      • by to you wierd looking Ellen on July 8, 2015  8:31 am Reply

        you tell me that i have lived a boring life and then start impressing me with Tallinn :D:D:D your seriously desperate i can think. I have traveled 50 countries all over the world, so i think i know a little bit better than you. and back to the photos. no wonder they look nice, even you would look pretty if you would be HDR edited. Go back to ur doghouse in Tallinn and be happy there, cuz I know estonians arent, there are tens of beautiful cities in estonia and ju have just commented the ugliest one here. And it is a shithole, it really is. Have you been to Helsinki, Stockholm, ST. Petersburg? They are all near capitals (Petersburg was a capital) and compare those 3 to tallinn???? YOU CANT!! cuz Helsinki, Stockholm and ST. Petersburg are very beautiful cities with nice historical places, that are actually looking nice. All that tallinn has is and undone work attached to undone work. They promise local people free transport and now they are in dept... i dont know if tallinn isnt a shithole what is then? i recommend u to visit more countries and actually start noticing the real beauty God has given to us........

        • by Lisa on July 9, 2015  8:09 am Reply

          What a small minded person leaves behind a comment like that... If you didn't like it or didn't find anything impressive about it then it is only your opinion, which can be expressed in so many better ways. I guess travelling around the world has still not tought you any manners. Everybody values diffrent things about countries, obviously you're not the person to value Estonia and believe me, they're not losing anything by not having a person like you around.

          • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:28 am

            Some people are very odd Lisa!

        • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:45 am Reply

          I've been to 55... https://vickyflipfloptravels.com/about-vickyflipflop/travel-bragging/... don't be so ridiculous. Yep, been to St Petersburg, have to say I was more impressed by Tallinn. Stockholm and Helsinki are both definitely on my list of places I'd like to see but I'm pretty booked up this year with France, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Cuba.

          I don't live in a doghouse in Tallinn. I travel the world for a living so I don't have a permanent address. Thanks for your comment, you sound like a really great person.

  11. by Endel on July 7, 2015  1:10 pm Reply

    As a first generation American born to immigrant Estonian parents who escaped the Soviet occupation and ethnic persecution, I'm sorry to say I've never been.... But with those pictures, I'm getting closer to going. Thanks for sharing!

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  7:19 pm Reply

      Go Endel! It's such a great place to spend a few days, and you can hop on over to Finland or Latvia too :)

    • by Baltic Holidays on July 13, 2015  10:20 am Reply

      Hi Endel,

      you must go The place really is as lovely as the photos. we've been sending travellers to the Baltics for 15 years now and hope you'll be one of them;

  12. by Kitty on July 7, 2015  1:37 pm Reply

    Thank You for beautiful photos about my hometown.

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  7:07 pm Reply

      I loved it Kitty :)

  13. by Mannu on July 7, 2015  1:45 pm Reply

    I live here, so this all is usual to me but now when I see my little town thru somebody's else eyes, it look so good, magical. Thank you for reminding how beautiful it is.

    And yes, Rummu is MUST SEE place here in Estonia as well.

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  7:06 pm Reply

      I loved it Mannu! So many more photos that didn't make the cut – I might have to do a part 2 :)

  14. by Elizabeth on July 7, 2015  3:50 pm Reply

    #21 was where our hostel was.

    • by Vicky on July 7, 2015  6:53 pm Reply

      Ooo nice. I was a little bit out of the Old Square. Next time I'll be in!

      • by Annemari on July 8, 2015  8:56 am Reply

        Vicky ! You should defenetly come back in winter ! But on a days when there is fresh snow, like mid winter. It will be amazing !!
        I did read your comments and some said don't come bicause it's cray and ugly..... It's only like this for people who can't see the beauty in things! I always walk in old town when there is Christmas Market and it really is loveley. It will be worth it, I promice ! Hope to see winter pictures :)

        • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:37 am Reply

          Yeah, there's no way I'd describe my time in Tallinn as ugly! I thought it was a beautiful town with lots of interesting things to do. I'm definitely interested in coming back around Christmas – I'd love to see it looking magical :)

  15. by Pin- Up Tallinn on July 7, 2015  6:48 pm Reply

    5.HIPSTER BARBERS! https://m.facebook.com/PinUpTln WELCOME!

  16. by Aita on July 7, 2015  9:42 pm Reply

    My hometown, as in the photos you can see...... the place
    Thank you Vicky! As I stay often out of Estonia too long, its so good to see the gorgeous photos of our little cpital.
    The sky is amasing, good catch.

  17. by Hayley on July 8, 2015  12:00 am Reply

    Vicky, just absolutely magical. You have a great eye for beauty, fantastic job on photographing. Estonia is breathtaking. Thank you for taking the time to share a window into such a gorgeous, quaint, historic country. Who knew such a treasure exists.

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  9:08 am Reply

      Thank you Hayley :) I'm really happy that you like my photos. I loved my long weekend there and as a lot of people have suggested I'd love to come back at Christmas to see more.

  18. by Jarejare on July 8, 2015  4:18 am Reply

    a whopping 1 out of 31 pictures actually make me want to visit

  19. by Ivo on July 8, 2015  5:43 am Reply

    Enchanting Estonia

  20. by Margus "Maku" Kulden on July 8, 2015  6:32 am Reply

    There is a group "Estonia through non-Estonian eyes" in Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/groups/est_through_nonest. There you can find more reasons for coming to Estonia.

  21. by Chloe on July 8, 2015  7:06 am Reply

    Tallinn can be freezing during the winter time :D, but it's really magical! (Just wear around 5+ layers)


  22. by giuseppe pistone on July 8, 2015  11:07 am Reply

    via ovada 34

    • by giuseppe pistone on July 8, 2015  11:16 am Reply

      the old city is magical and fascinating with people always smiling and hospitable. every little corner reveals a romantic soul and sincere ... beautiful photographs

  23. by chi on July 8, 2015  12:53 pm Reply

    very encouraging words and images. very good eyes to see Tallinn.

  24. by chi on July 8, 2015  12:54 pm Reply

    very encouraging words and images.

  25. by Amy on July 8, 2015  11:38 pm Reply

    Awesome photos, Vicky! I'm going to Tallinn for four days in September and this post has made me even more excited! I hope you'll be sharing more of your Estonia trip. :)

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:29 am Reply

      Ah great news you'll love it! Yeah I think I need to now! There was some great restaurants so think I need to get something up about them!

  26. by Micha on July 9, 2015  10:00 pm Reply

    Hi Vicky,

    really like the way you guys make your photos :)

    I was told that the four of you will be dropping by in Haapsalu as well. Maybe you would like to look at our treehouse which is located on our property at Väike-Liiva 9 - even big guys like you are allowed to climb up and have some fun there :) A few weeks ago one of our guest (a grown man) even endet up sleeping there for the night. On the first page of www.mariashouse.ee you can see what I am talking about.

    Anyway I wish all of you a really great time in Estonia - its a country that most people leave with a really warm feeling in their hearts.

    Head öhtud


    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:22 am Reply

      Hi Micha, I didn't make it to Haapsulu on this trip but I'd definitely be interested in coming back in the future. The treehouses look great, I'd love to come and check them out. I'll let you know if I make it there!

  27. by Local on July 10, 2015  10:07 am Reply

    Make sure you visit these ghettos after https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvWe16nmRAk

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:20 am Reply

      Wow, bit different to the Tallinn I saw. Not sure I'd be welcome in those places to be honest...

  28. by Iris on July 15, 2015  6:57 pm Reply

    I advise to go also to neighbor country Latvia and it`s capital Riga, UNESCO city for it`s wonderfull Jugend stile buildings and also there are beautiful Old City and parks, half an hour with train and you are at the beautiful golden sand beaches at Jurmala resort city.

  29. by Andy Kin on August 3, 2015  1:04 am Reply

    170 Cregar Road...I just returned from 1 month in Estonia. Mostly Tallinn area , but also visited Parnu , Poltsemaa , Tartu , Virtsu , Haapsalu. Great place to visit.

    • by Vicky on August 3, 2015  6:54 pm Reply

      Ah nice, sounds like you got a good look around the country then!

  30. by Martha on August 9, 2015  2:40 am Reply

    Hey! I'm travelling to Estonia in less than a week and I'd love to know what the restaurant in photo number 29 is and where it is?

    • by Vicky on August 9, 2015  5:24 pm Reply

      Hi Martha, if you walk up to the castle that overlooks the town square you'll see it. It's hard to miss – just look up high!

  31. by Martin on September 3, 2015  8:12 am Reply

    Great pictures. Estonia is a very beautiful and modern place. I'm surprised by some of the idiotic and ignorant comments here though, I've visited all over Europe/America and wouldn't say it is any different from other more well-known places. Most probably they are the types of people who have never even visited any other Central and Eastern EU countries like Estonia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia etc and try to claim that they look the way they did 30 years ago, but w/e.

  32. by Nataly on November 24, 2015  6:15 pm Reply

    I'm from Tallinn and love this town. But i've never seen it with your eyes. It's great, really great. Thank you for the new beauty!

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  34. by Star Pixel on November 18, 2018  4:32 pm Reply

    Many beautiful photography, much like to see, a lot of great posts

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