How to drive to Tallinn
Psychologists believe that one of the important components of spiritual comfort is the periodic change of the picture, going beyond the limits of everyday life, emotional overload. This function is ideally performed by short trips on weekends: even for a couple of days, but the pattern breaks, you get rid of routine worries, walk around unfamiliar places, eat unusual foods and — oh, horror — don’t make the bed.
Tallinn is an ideal city for traveling on weekends or holidays: as close as Europe, transport accessibility (you can even get from Moscow by bus), a huge semantic and associative load. Lines from Dovlatov (“Tallinn is a vertical, introverted city.
You look at the Gothic towers, and you think about yourself ”), Kai and Gerda, playing snowballs right here on this street, footage allegedly from Berlin from“ Seventeen Moments of Spring ”- these images are familiar to everyone and will not leave anyone indifferent.
Tallinn is a city of contrasts that has preserved pieces from each era lived, from 13th century Danes to hipster art quarters of the 21st. The city is smooth, complex, non-linear, in which there is no metro, but there is an airport almost in the center, in which the sea air mixes with the smell of cinnamon, and gulls delicately take nuts from their hands and pose for tourists on crumbling ancient walls.
Gothic lovers will enjoy a walk through the old city: thick-walled towers with loopholes, ancient paving stones under their feet, almost vertical streets and spiers piercing the sky. You can go to one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, which has been operating since the beginning of the 15th century, drink coffee flavored with the famous liqueur of the same name, buy a funny felt hat with horns and make thousands of photographs similar to postcards.
Young creative people will enjoy the Telliskivi district, a fashionable, actively developing art space, a creative town located in the premises of the former industrial complex on the border of the Old Town. Street art, delightful graffiti, lots of tiny cafes, a fair with designer clothes and a flea market: here you will have a completely different side of the city, with bacon ice cream, craft beer and rope swings on a spreading tree.
The sea is necessary for everyone – gothic lovers and graffiti lovers.
In the summer you can swim and sunbathe on one of the city’s beaches, and in the winter you can just sit on the sand, admire the gulls, which are important to step along the small waves, touch the horizon and allow the wind to blow out the noises and stresses of the big city.
Special attention is given to the topic of gastronomic tourism. If you like to eat tasty food, appreciate the slow pace and individual approach – you are here. Tallinn chefs create their masterpieces, successfully compiling recipes from around the world and local products, old-fashioned secrets and modern technology.
Tuna tartar with passion fruit sauce you will be offered to drink rhubarb sparkling wine, goose liver mousse with raspberry gel – birch beer, and steak with blueberry sauce – chili black currant tincture. Each restaurant has its own special menu, but all of them are amazingly beautiful serving dishes: experiments with dry ice or, for example, juniper smoke turn lunch into real art.
By the way, especially for lovers of food, a week of restaurants takes place in Tallinn twice a year, in which dozens of restaurants take part and where lunch costs 10-15 euros, and dinner 20-30 (which is much cheaper than ordering from the menu), and you can tailor your trip to Tallinn just under it.