Our trip to Valnius travel blog

Old Town Square

 

 

 

 

Section left of old wall

Russian Orthodox Church at top of hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deliciously seasoned halibit & salmon soup

Roasted eggplant on bed of seasoned pumpkin puree

 

German Lutheran Church build in 1500's

 

 

Office buildings on top old warehouses

Warehouse district with new Scandinavian architecture

 

Estonian farmhouses from the 1800's

 

 

 

 

 

Kadrioru Palace Gardens

 


Old Town Tallinn, with its jumble of 14th and 15th century architecture, its medieval walls, needling towers, and twisting, cobblestone streets is also the site of many of the city's important historic attractions and museums including the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, St. Catherine's Guild. and the 15th-century Guildhall that now houses the Hi story Museum. Tallinn is an old city that has been invaded by many foreign powers. Old Town was built on a hill overlooking the Baltic Sea and was ringed with a high wall with about half of it still intact today. Many of the buildings date to the 14th and 15th centuries. We enjoyed walking the narrow, cobblestone streets while peeking into some of the magnificent, old churches. Because of its beauty and age, Old Town has become a tourist attraction resulting in many fine restaurants and multiple tour groups, especially from the cruise ships that stop here. We walked and walked and could have walked for a week and still not seen all we wanted to see, but our guide took us south of city to the Estonian Ethnographic Open-air Museum that featured how the Estonians lived in the 17 and 1800’s. On the way we visited the remodeled dock area. Because of its location on the Baltic Sea, Tallinn was a busy port with dockside warehouses. These are being remodeled or replaced with modern Scandinavian architectural style offices, shops, and apartments.

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