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Tallinn, Estonia - I never knew a place like this existed

Tallinn, Estonia

The secret is out when it comes to the beauty and vibrancy of Tallinn in the country of Estonia. Visiting some parts will have you feeling as if you are wandering through an old fairy tale, while other areas will have you noticing how modern this city has become. While this city can get busy, it still manages to feel quaint and charming at the end of every day.

You must begin by walking through the Viru Gates to Old Town before checking out the gorgeous panoramic views from the Kohtuotsa viewing platform. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Olaf’s Church, Town Hall Square, and Toompea Castle should also be on your list of must-see attractions. There are free walking tours of this city available, so you may want to participate in at least one of those to learn more about the entire area.

As with many cities and countries in this part of the world, Tallinn is quite cold during the winter months. It is common for the temperature to drop down to the low twenties and for snow to fall for at least five months of the year. The rest of the year brings rain and the temperatures can reach the seventies during the summer months.

Despite the rain, the peak travel season in Tallinn is the summer, which is why you may want to consider visiting during the spring or the fall. You may want to avoid the winter months, unless you can get acclimated to the cold quickly.

Unique and Interesting Facts About Tallinn, Estonia

· There are 17th century tunnels underneath the Old Town section of this city. You can explore any of the three hundred and eighty tunnels that are now open, but some will remain a mystery for a little while longer.

· The signature drink of Tallinn is the Vana Tallin, which is a sweet liquor that was invented back in the 1960s. The flavor can be bitter, but it smells heavenly with toffee, cinnamon, citrus, and warm spice aromas.

· The oldest café in the country is Majasmokk and it has been open since 1864.

· Since medieval times, it has been considered bad luck to run into the man in a red cloak. According to legend, he was an executioner, so if you happen to spot him during your visit run the other way.

· Wife carrying might not be an Olympic Sport and it may have originated over in Finland, but the Estonians are quite good at it. There is even a carrying technique that is called the Estonian Carry.

Tallinn is such a remarkable city that will have you marveling at how the past and the present seamlessly meet to create a spectacular destination in this part of the world. You will see many unique things in this city, but you will enjoy every moment that you are there!

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