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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

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2. Wine Museum, with samples

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3. Stunning viewpoints, with a sense of humour

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4. City centre waterfalls

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5. Hipster barbers

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6. Al fresco dining by a castle

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7. Beautiful parks surrounding the Old Town

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8. Restaurants with yellow doors

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9. Daring and enticing passages
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10. Pink houses overlooking parks

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11. Cool cars in cool bars

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12. Beaches 5 mins away on the bus

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13. More beaches 10 minutes away

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14. Park pagodas

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15. Flowers and nature and that

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

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17. These gates, in Kadriorg Park

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18. Old Town architecture

19. The Tallinn train

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20. Tunnels that connect the city

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22. The colours popping in the sun
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24. This tower is a museum

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27. Cute little market square, with treats

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28. More viewing points

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31. Sitting for a coffee here

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So, Tallinn, persuaded?

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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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72 comments

  1. 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?!)

    1. 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.

      1. I’d love to come back in winter and see it looking totally different – maybe I will! I could do the Winter Edition 🙂

    2. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

    1. Thanks for checking out my pics Mary, I’m happy that they bought back some memories for you 🙂

  4. 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.

    Cheers

  5. 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.

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

      1. 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!

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

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

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

    1. 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 😀

      1. 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 🙂

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

  7. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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……..

        1. 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.

        2. 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.

  8. 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!

    1. Go Endel! It’s such a great place to spend a few days, and you can hop on over to Finland or Latvia too 🙂

    2. 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;

  9. 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.

    1. I loved it Mannu! So many more photos that didn’t make the cut – I might have to do a part 2 🙂

      1. 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 🙂

        1. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  12. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

  13. 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 http://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

    Micha

    1. 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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

    1. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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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