Recommended sightseeing / main attractions:
The main attractions are in the two old towns (Lower Town and Toompea) 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.
Kadriorg is 2 kilometres east of the centre and is served by buses and trams. Catherinethal, the former palace of Peter the Great, built just after the Great Northern War, now houses (part of) the Art Museum of Estonia, the presidential residence and the surrounding grounds include formal gardens and woodland.
Pirita is a coastal district 2 kilometres north-east of Kadriorg. The marina was built for the Moscow Olympics of 1980, and boats can be hired on the Pirita River. Two kilometres inland are the Botanic Gardens.
Built by Count Nikolai von Glehn in 1886 and surrounded by a sizable park, the romantic, towering Glehn Castle provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Though it was destroyed during World War I, the castle was restored art groups and students of Tallinn Technical University from 1966-1977.
|The Statue of Estonian National Hero Kalevipoeg|
Von Glehn built a statue of estonian national hero Kalevipoeg (the Son of Kalev). The sculpture was destroyed during World War II, the russians accused von Glehn of signalling the Germans because the statuse's eyes where glowing to the sea. Kalevipoeg was restored on the year 1990 and is now
a subject of heritage protection.
Down the hill from the Castle and park are out-door swimming pools, that are filled with natural spring water.
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Recommended places to eat:
In Tallinn, a tourist will definitely find many different places to eat, most of which are concentrated in central and Old Town. In Old Town you'll find interesting places such as the garlic restaurant Balthazar and medieval restaurant Olde Hansa (in the latter even the toilets are as they were in medieval times). Have a taste of Estonian cuisine! You'll find Scandinavia's widest choice of wines in the Gloria Wine Cellar. At the beginning of a meal, Estonians will say "Head isu" or "Jätku leiba".
Eesti Maja (Lauteri 1, City Center)
This fun folksy restaurant is a good place to sample authentic Estonian fare. Traditional favourites like blood sausage, jellied pork and marinated eel aren't for the timid, but there are plenty of tasty dishes for the unadventurous (salmon, steak, etc). There's a small, weekday lunch buffet, which is a good place to sample the goods.
Olde Hansa - The Medieval Restaurant in the Old Town. Expensive, but a must see for everyone.
Olde Hansa is the home of a rich merchant. His house is built in a manner to increase the enjoyment of the happy moments in the life of a Hanseatic merchant. Not just for eating delicious food and savoring good drink, but also for the enjoyment of good music and the warmth of hearth and home during the Hanseatic times.
Kompressor (Rataskaevu 3, Old Town)
Eat one of the enormous, stuffed pancakes and you'll be full for the rest of the day. The large hall and casual atmosphere make it a great hang-out too. Not to mention that it is cheap.
Troika (Raekoja Plats 5, Old Town)
Tallinn's best Russian restaurant is a fully-fledged experience in itself, with wild hunting-themed murals, live accordion music and an old-style country tavern upstairs.
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Recommended Hotels for the event:
Reval Park Hotel & Casino