Tallinn in Estonia

20 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

© Brunswyk/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

© Brunswyk/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 432,000. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn’s Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland. Tallinn is the financial and business capital of Estonia. The city benefits from the high level of economic freedom, liberal economic policy and has a highly diversified economy with particular strengths in information technology, tourism and logistics. Daily Mail called Tallinn one of world’s seven smartest cities. Tallinn is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, receiving more than 1.5 million visitors annually. The number of visitors has been growing steadily over the past decade. Tallinn Passenger Port is one of the busiest cruise destinations on the Baltic Sea, serving more than 520 000 cruise passengers in year 2013. From year 2011 regular cruise turnarounds in cooperation with Tallinn Airport are organised.   read more…

Narva, the easternmost city of Estonia

6 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Narva Castle on the left, Ivangorod Castle on the right. Narva river is the border between Estonia and Russia © LHOON/cc-by-sa-3.0

Narva Castle on the left, Ivangorod Castle on the right. Narva river is the border between Estonia and Russia © LHOON/cc-by-sa-3.0

Narva is the third largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, by the Russian border, on the Narva River which drains Lake Peipus. The capital of Ida-Viru County, Jõhvi, lies 50 km (31 mi) to the west. The Estonian part of the Narva Reservoir lies mostly within the territory of Narva, to the southwest of city center. The mouth of the Narva River to the Gulf of Finland is about 13 km (8 mi) downstream from the city.   read more…

Haapsalu on the west coast of Estonia

2 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

View from castle © Therese-Liise Aasma/cc-by-sa-3.0

View from castle © Therese-Liise Aasma/cc-by-sa-3.0

Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. As the administrative centre of Lääne County it has a population of 11,000. Haapsalu has been well known for centuries for its warm seawater, curative mud and peaceful atmosphere. Salt mud spas frequented by the Russian Romanov family still operate. Narrow streets with early 20th century wooden houses repeatedly lead to the sea. Haapsalu has been called the “Venice of the Baltics”, although this positioning has been criticized as exaggerating. The name “Haapsalu” is from Estonian haab ‘aspen’ and salu ‘grove.’   read more…

Tartu, the spiritual center of Estonia

26 August 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Town Hall Square with fountain The Kissing Students © Alinozka/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town Hall Square with fountain The Kissing Students © Alinozka/cc-by-sa-3.0

Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia, following Estonia’s political and financial capital Tallinn, Tartu is often considered the intellectual centre of the country, especially since it is home to the nation’s oldest and most renowned university, the University of Tartu. Tartu has been an intellectual centre of both Estonia and Baltic countries for several centuries. The city also houses the Supreme Court of Estonia and the Ministry of Education and Research. Situated 186 kilometres (116 miles) southeast of Tallinn, Tartu is the centre of southern Estonia and lies on the Emajõgi (“Mother river”), which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia. The city is served by Tartu Airport.   read more…

Country overview

9 November 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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Europe’s Capital of Culture 2011: Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland)

3 January 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

© Tallinn 2011

© Tallinn 2011

Tallinn
Tallinn was appointed in November 2007 together with the Finnish City of Turku to one of the European Capital’s of Culture 2011. With the motto “Tales from the sea” numerous cultural events and festivals will be held in 2011, including the “Tallinn Maritime Days”, which will bring the city closer to the sea again. About a dozen architectural installations will be built in the city. Since independence, improving air and sea transport links with Western Europe and Estonia’s accession to the European Union have made Tallinn easily accessible to tourists. Estonia has made rapid economic progress since independence and this is reflected in local prices. Although not extortionate, neither are prices as cheap as in other former Eastern Bloc countries. The main attractions are in the two old towns (Lower Town and Toompea – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites since 1997) which are both easily explored on foot. Eastern districts around Pirita and Kadriorg are also worth visiting and the Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) in Rocca al Mare, west of the city, preserves aspects of Estonian rural culture and architecture.   read more…

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