Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, located on the Gulf of Finland, directly across from Helsinki. Tallinn prides itself on mixing old and new in exciting and innovative ways. The center of the city, Old Town, is a medieval neighborhood of small stone streets that wind through picturesque plazas. Rich with culture, the center offers great museums, galleries, and restaurants to enjoy.
Boutique shops and handcrafted items are some of the highlights of Tallinn shopping. Restaurants not only inspire an appetite but also delight with amazing decor such as old stone cellars, intimate inner courtyards or large rooms with a modern chic atmosphere. The neighborhood of Kadriorg offers art lovers a palatial museum and high-end galleries and cafes. The palace grounds are beautiful and the neighborhood heritage houses are something to see. Kalamaja, the up and coming hip district sees the transformation of an industrial area into edgy restaurants, cafes and shops.
Tallinn is very accessible. The airport (TLL) is very close to the city center (15 minutes) and a cab ride from the airport is only 15 euros. Although the official language of Estonia is Estonian, in Tallinn a lot of English is spoken and it is very easy to get around or ask for directions. Tallinn is a tourist destination for much Europe so the city is well versed in greeting guests.
Estonia entered the European Union in 2003 and being a member of the Schengen means that travel to the country is very easy. Citizens of the USA, Canada, and Australia do not need a visa to enter the country. The Euro is the accepted currency and Estonia offers very reasonable prices for travel in the country.