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Tallinn travel hacks you need to know

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By Noora Karppi  •  26.03.2019

If you are visiting Tallinn for the first time, there are some things you should know. We share our top travel hacks that will make your trip to Tallinn run easy and smooth.

If you have been in Tallinn several times, keep on reading, some of these tips might come as a surprise for you too. We know many people make the same “mistakes” while in town, so to avoid them and make the most of your time in our beautiful capital city, we are offering you a helping hand.

Take a free walking tour

If you didn’t have time to do your research at home or you have been wandering around the Old Town without really knowing or understanding what it is that you are seeing, take one of the free walking tours. For example, the funny and charming Tallinn Traveller Tours take you on a free tour in the Old Town EVERY DAY. The tour starts at 12 PM in front the tourist office (Niguliste 2). From May to September there are also extra tours at 10 AM and 3 PM. The tour takes 2 hours and is free of charge.

Dress for the weather

Tallinn is located on the north shore of Estonia by the Baltic Sea. We don’t have fire spitting mountains or earthquakes, but we do have spring, summer, autumn and winter – sometimes even during one day. We all know how irritating it is to walk around in wet socks, so check out the weather forecast before you start packing. During the winter it can get quite chilly. Bring your hat, scarf and mittens with you so you won’t be cold! Remember, there's no bad weather, only bad clothing.

Follow Visit Tallinn sources

To get fresh and objective information about Tallinn join Visit Tallinn newsletter. The monthly newsletter shares top tips and practical information that will help you make the most of your time in Tallinn! It is also a good read to enjoy with morning coffee or afternoon tea. No spam, pinky swear. To see live-videos, inspiring photos, and take part in lotteries, follow Visit Tallinn on Facebook and Instagram. For travel tips from the whole Estonia, check out Visit Estonia. You’ll be the first to know what is new and from an objective source.

Tallinn Card

If you have never used the Tallinn Card, now it’s the right time! Tallinn Card is your free pass to all the attractions and sights in Tallinn. The more attractions you visit the more money you save! Choose the card that serves you the best and visit all the sights free of charge. Use the Tallinn Card calculator to help you plan your trip.

Visit in the spring or autumn and go outside Old Town

Last, but not least, avoid the peaks. This is something you won’t be hearing from anywhere else. Visit Tallinn in the spring or autumn. Why? To enjoy the city when it is not crowded. Spring and autumn are also the seasons the locals enjoy their city the most. So come, and spend time with the locals in Tallinn. When you come, visit also the areas outside the Old Town. Tallinn is so much more than the beautiful Old Town, and if you don’t see the areas outside it, you really haven’t seen Tallinn. You will see the places where locals live and how they live.

But you do want to see the Old Town. Go in the early morning and late afternoon, when it is at its best. Enjoy the sunrise from up Toompea hill viewing platforms and explore the narrow streets and cosy cafés in the dusk. This way you’ll get the Old Town experience you have anticipated and seen pictures of.