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20 reasons why Tallinn, Estonia is the prettiest place on earth

Tallinn photography

Based on pictures I had seen, I knew that I would fall in love with Tallinn, the Estonian capital, I just didn’t know how much I would. Guidebooks describe the city’s Old Town as “the most impressive in all of the Baltic states,” and it was that, just magnified by a million.

The cruise terminal in Tallinn was about a 15 minute walk from the Old Town. Needless to say, modern Tallinn wasn’t bad,  it just wasn’t anything great to behold, i.e. it looked like anywhere else. But once I made it to the Viru Gate, a pair of stunning ivy-colored towers that mark the entrance to Viru Street which is for most visitors their first glimpse of this centuries’ old setting, I could barely contain my excitement. The towers are actually foregates of what was a much more complex gate system built in the 14th century.

There were  scores of visitors in the Old Town the day I was there,  a Saturday in the summer.  And even though it was quite difficult to take a photo without someone being in it, that didn’t deter me from still absolutely loving Tallinn’s Old Town. It was one of those places where I literally could not stop taking pictures.

Although so much of Europe was destroyed during World War II, Tallinn’s Old Town survived with minimal damage. And this is a miracle when you see how absolutely beautiful and stunning building after building is. And the doors. I’ve never been much of a door picture-taking person but it’s almost impossible in Tallinn to not do so. I mean, just look at this stunner below.

I’ve been to a lot of gorgeous locales-Prague, Cusco, Charleston, and yet Tallinn might just surpass all of them. Estonia is a destination that is pretty unknown to most people (save for Russians and Finns who travel there quite frequently due to the short distance) so I think that’s what made it all the more special for me to visit. I still have my Estonian food tour post to share so stay tuned!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Bridget
    August 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Beautiful! Photos remind me a lot of Prague and also what I imagine parts of St. Petersburg to look like!

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      Julie
      August 31, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Bridget! And yes, so much of Tallinn looked so much like Prague 🙂

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    Marie Attims
    September 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Toutes ces photos de Tallinn me font revivre les mêmes émotions éprouvées il y a 10 jours, j’ai fait les mêmes photos, vu les mêmes endroits, arpenté les même rues pavées, plus d’autres lieux comme la Place de la Liberté, Toompea … une partie de mon cœur est encore là-bas ! Bien sûr, il y a le Tallinn moderne, très moderne, j’en ai apprécié l’architecture à Rotterman ( orthographe approximative…) ! J’aime cette ville superbe car elle a une âme . Merci de L’ avoir si joliment photographiée !

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      Julie
      September 3, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Merci de commenter Marie et mon plasir! Je suis d’accord, Tallinn est très jolie et mon cœur est aussi là. Je reviendrai un jour!

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    Carolyn
    September 3, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Agreed Bridget we loved Tallinn particularly the The old town – there were so many photo ops – we also saw streets of the coloured doors on the outskirts of Tallinn which were interesting too.

    • Reply
      Julie
      September 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks for commenting Carolyn! I don’t think there’s a single person who visited Tallinn and didn’t fall in love with it 🙂

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