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  • 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.

Getting thereView map

  • 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.