The capital city of Tallinn is most travelers' introduction to the beautiful country of Estonia. Stroll the narrow streets of Tallinn's Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and be taken back to Medieval Baltics era. Today, Tallinn boasts the largest number of startup companies in Europe per capita, so the mix of old & new is very apparent. Tallinn is an impressive mashup of ex-Soviet republic, Scandanavian cool, and northern European practicality, so shoppers, foodies and history buffs will have plenty to entertain themselves with in this energetic capital city.
Tallinn Lennart Meri airport (TLL) is not served directly by any US carrier, but is easily accessible for award tickets via direct connections via Lufthansa or Turkish Airlines for travelers with United MileagePlus balances, and via Finnair for those with American AAdvantage Miles or BA Avios.
Estonia is a small country, and most locations can be accessed via rental car or bus service. Note that train service is available to St. Petersburg and then on to Moscow, Russia, but visa-free entry can not be used on this route. Ferries depart from Tallinn to other locations in the Baltics and Scandanavia, and are very popular especially the routes to Helsinki. Flights can be found to other regional locations without connection via local carrier Nordica
Tallinn has more independent hotels than most European cities. International chains with hotels in Tallinn include Hilton Tallinn Park and the Radisson Blu Sky Tallinn. A great small boutique hotel in the Historic Center is the 3 Sisters, located in three old townhouses built in the 14th century.
We have 3 tips for what not to miss in Estonia
Tip #1: The Estonian Maritime Museum is well worth a visit, if only to relive the history of Estonia and to explore the 1936 submarine Lembit.
Tip #2: The Kadriorg Art Museum, in a beautiful suburb of Tallinn, is housed in a Baroque Palace build for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great.
Tip #3: The Lahemaa National Park in the northern part of Estonia, was the first area of the former Soviet Union to be designated a National Park. It provides a unique look into the peat bog ecosystem of the Baltics, and can easily be explored on a day trip from Tallinn.