- Cityscape Turrets on the Baltic
- City life Mystery and modernity
A maze of merchant houses, spires and red-tiled roofs, Estonia's seaside capital is a living history book where vodka-fuelled nocturnal fun is as typical as festivals of modern dance, cinema and contemporary music.
The Baltic is teeth-shatteringly cold in winter, so defrost in cockle-warming cafés with motherly service and flavoured coffee. In summer, swap hot chocolate for Havaianas, and visit the beach, a 30-minute drive away.
Do go/Don’t go
Though it’s very pretty in the snow in winter, it gets very cold and in February the temperature can drop to –25ºC.
- Planes A taxi from the airport costs around EEK80. The number 2 bus stops a short walk from the old town.
- Trains Use as a last resort, and stay away from the station at night.
- Automobiles Parking is tricky and pricey; however, if you’re touring, a car is the best option.
- Taxis They are cheap. Go to the taxi rank on Vabaduse Väljak, or hail one on the main road.