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Destination inspiration: Tallinn, Estonia

Why go?

Historical atmosphere meets world-class tech hub in Tallinn - a great destination for adventurous foodies and travellers interested in experiencing all sides of Eastern Europe. Walking through the twisty, cobbled streets of the city’s Old Town you’ll pass craft workers selling traditional Baltic knitwear and the region’s famous amber jewellery.

Only a few minutes later and you’ll reach contemporary Tallinn; tech start-up capital and home to the fastest WiFi in Europe. At the heart of the city is the infamous KGB hotel - they’re still finding microphones left over from the Soviet occupation of Estonia - and a wide selection of catered apartments and glossy hotels.

The compact nature of the city means visitors can easily access Tallinn’s nightlife and thriving culinary scene. Recently featured on the BBC’s Hairy Bikers food tour of Eastern Europe; dining options in Tallinn range from the traditional four B’s (beer, borsch, and black bread), through to award winning vegetarian food and Michelin starred fusion restaurants.

There’s more than enough to fill a weekend city break in Tallinn and, for visitors planning a longer stay, there are regular ferries over to Helsinki where you can admire the Finnish architecture, pop-up art galleries and contemporary design boutiques.

When to go?

July is Tallinn’s hottest month but travellers hoping to include a trip to Helsinki find that prices are significantly lower from September to December. Cooler temperatures make the Scandinavian-inspired knitwear even more appealing and bustling beer halls will soon put visitors in the mood for a white Christmas.

Where to stay?

OldHouse Apartments - Tallinn, Estonia

Right in the heart of Tallinn’s popular Old Town, these stylish-apartments combine breath-taking views of the city with cosy luxury. Despite being less than 400m from Tallinn’s main attractions, our reviewers love the quiet, relaxing atmosphere of the OldHouse Apartments.

Kreutzwald Hotel - Tallinn, Estonia

A classic example of the way Tallinn combines the old and the new; Kreutzwald Hotel is ideally situated between the beautiful historic Estonian National Library and the modern Kristiine Shopping Centre. After a busy day sightseeing visitors can enjoy high-quality, ethically sourced food at the hotel’s popular restaurant.

Tallinn City Apartments Old Town - Tallinn, Estonia

Rated best for value and location by Booking.com reviewers; the Tallinn City Apartments offer quality accommodation at affordable prices. With private saunas, flat-screen TVs and some of the best wifi in Tallinn; these apartments offer great access to the city’s Old Town plenty of ways to relax at the end of the day.