Sweden declares a holiday when the sun shines the longest in the sky – and calls it the midsummer holiday! Darn cool, ain’t it? Believe it or not, living in the Nordics, one gets to discover the true worth of this biggest fireball in the sky. While there are special Swedish traditions and rituals to celebrate a midsummer, it also means an extended weekend to plan a getaway 🙂 This year S & I decided to hop over from Stockholm to the other side of the Baltic Sea, and seep into the midsummer seasons and celebrations of the much talked about Baltic Land 🙂
Tallinn, a port town in the country of Estonia, borders the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. With the city center just 10-minute drive from the airport, it appeared to me that this Baltic capital has one of Northern Europe’s most beautiful and well- preserved Old Town.
Over a few years of travel, I have come to realize why cities with an old European charm and appeal are the most popular among the travellers. Their ancient and medieval character, coupled with the modern vibrance is absolutely unparalleled. They may bustle with tourists, but you’re never far from a cozy and relaxing corner, where you can sit for hours beholding the sights around, soaking it all in, while holding a cup of your favourite coffee and some delicious cakes.
The characteristic cobblestoned alleys, tall-spired medieval churches, and distinct orange-roofed towers made Tallinn an incredibly photogenic place to set our eyes on.
Even more exciting was to be able to get an aerial view of the town, through some easily accessible viewing platforms, which are free for public to visit. I would definitely recommend to visit the ToompeaHill in the city to get some sweeping views of the town, because of its positioning on a hilltop.
Some of the popular viewing platforms are :
A few glimpses of the pleasing view from the top 😉
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is another of the popular attractions in the Old Town. Perched upon the Toompea Hill, where the other viewing platforms are, it showcases the Russian Orthodox architecture with its dome-shaped top. Quite a contrast to the soaring spires defining the skyline of the rest of the town.
Town Hall Square (or the Raekoja Plats) is a picturesque market hub, with a blend of traditional and modern sights, buildings, merchant houses, shops and cafes. Being a midsummer weekend, it was swarmed with a lot of other enthusiastic tourists, who found themselves gazing at the exquisiteness of the place. Don’t forget to pick up a piece of beautiful amber jewellery this region is famous for!
Do you also enjoy the beauty and charm of an Old Town, just like I do? There is another absolutely splendid and magnificent one in Poland, which I would surely recommend.
Have you visited Tallinn, too? Would love to know your experiences!