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This option provides comfortable hotel pick-up and combines a private driving and walking tour in Tallinn, covering both the ancient and the modern parts of the city. A perfect tour for travelers who prefer to have comforts of the suburbs sightseeing by bus and some walking down the narrow cobblestone paved streets of the Tallinn Old Town.
The fascinating walls of the old town remind us of the middle ages. The numerous towers each have their history and the unique name. The most famous of those are "Paks Margareeta" (Fat Margaret), Kiek in de Kök (look into the kitchen), tower behind the tower, and many others. Tallinn is one of the very few towns with that large number of the middle age constructions preserved.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral stands out from the old town buildings with its bright color and Byzantine architecture. It's one of the latest constructions of the ancient city, the Russian Orthodox church, built by the request of Russian Emperor Alexander the 3rd in 1900. It's located on the high point of the Toompea Hill in front of the Parlament building.
The Dome Church is one of the oldest churches in Tallinn. The church looks very plain and simple with the white walls and small dome, but it has a very long history. It was first mentioned in 1233, and since then, it has been one of the town's main temples. It's dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has the graves of the prominent people of the 13th-19th centuries.
Fat Margareth (Paks Margareeta) reminds us of the romantic legend of "Estonian Romeo and Juliet" - the story of a peasant boy Herman and fisherman's daughter Margareth. The Tall Herman tower is on the opposite part of the Old Town, sadly separated from his love for centuries.
Great Coastal Gate is located in the northern part of the old town. It's the closest Gate to the seashore, which explains the origin of the name. The Gate stands next to the Fat Margareth Tower. It's decorated with the dolomite coats of arms of Tallinn and the date the Gate was open - 1529.
Kadriorg Palace and the park is an excellent masterpiece from Peter the Great’s times. It bears the name of Peter’s wife, Catherine. It’s a beautiful palace in a quiet park, located close to the seaside.
The contemporary building of the Kumu Art Museum (Kumu Kunstimuuseum) houses one of the largest national art museums of Northern Europe. The building appeared at the beginning of the 21st century to the design of the Finnish architect. It was rated as the best museum by the European Museum Forum in 2008.
Estonian Parlament building is located next to the walls of the Toompea Castle. It's the current government building, open for the tourists' visits to observe the work of the Parlament from a special balcony. The Tall Hermann (Pikk Herman) Tower is a part of the Parlament building. It's the tallest tower of the Tallinn's city walls.
For a long time, the office of Estonian president was located in the Kadriorg Palace. Later, a special building was constructed next door to Kadriorg, repeating the design of the old palace. The palace is closed to visitors.
Russalka Memorial is an essential landmark of the Pirita beach. It honors the Russian warship Russalka that sank in a severe storm in the Baltics at the end of the 19th century.
The white tower of St. Olaf's church is the most distinct landmark of Tallinn. The 123-meter high spire is still the tallest structure in the town (except for the TV tower). It's the most popular observation spot in the city. The church has excellent acoustics, so it's frequently used for concerts.
The song festival grounds are a tradition of the Scandinavian countries. The national singing has been a large part of the national culture for centuries. This is why most of the Scandinavian towns will have the area with the excellent acoustics for the outdoor singing festivals. The Grounds in Tallinn were re-designed in 1959 with the unique arch-shaped stage, which enhances the voices of the singers. It is used regularly for a full scale of performances from rock concerts to folk festivals.
The Tallinn old city center consists of 2 major sections - the Lower Town and the Toompea hill, separated by the fort wall. The Lower Town is a busy tourist area with narrow streets and old houses. The main attractions of the Lower Town are the Town Hall Square, Oldest Pharmacy, Church of Saint Olaf, 3 Sisters Buildings. There are numerous restaurants and coffee shops on the streets of the Lower Town.
The theater plays operas, ballets, and musicals, including the world-famous performances like "Rigoletto," "Toska," "Swan Lake," "My fair lady." It's the most famous theater in Estonia. A Finnish architect designed the building at the beginning of the 20th century.
The Regatta of Moscow 1980th Olympics was organized in Tallinn. The unique Regatta complex was constructed at Pirita Beach to provide the accommodation for the participants. The colors of the complex reflect the natural landscape of the area, blending it into the environment.
Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy) is one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe, has always been in business in the same house since the early 15th century. It is also the oldest commercial enterprise and the oldest medical establishment in Tallinn. It's located next to the Town Hall and still preserves the charming medieval spirit with the of jars and herbs hidden in the large wooden closets.
Three Sisters are three identical houses, located in the northern part of the old town on the main street. These are the traditional houses of the merchants, first mentioned in 1362. Since that time, three sisters were owned by the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of Tallinn.
It is an excellent way to feel the medieval spirit of Tallinn. Make a stop for the photo at the Tallinn Town Hall - the only remaining gothic town hall in Europe, walk the narrow streets of the old city, have a cup of coffee in the 200-year-old coffee shop, walk up to the observation spot with the most magnificent panorama of the Tallinn Bay.
The guide will pick you up from the hotel, and the tour will begin with a drive through the beautiful suburbs of Tallinn. The journey, with short illustrative stops at the most famous landmarks, will first bring you through Kadriorg - a lovely district with wooden houses from the Estonian First Republic era. You will see the Kadriorg Park and Palace, KUMU Art Museum, Presidential Palace, Song Festival Grounds, Olympic Village, where in 1980, the Moscow summer Sailing Olympic Regatta took place. Also, you will have the chance to see the outskirts of Old Town and learn how the Upper and Lower Town are circled with the ancient city wall and its towers.
The bus ride will end in the Upper Town, which has fantastic views over the city. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and other marvelous buildings, will give you the first impression of the Old Town. After descending to the Lower Town, the guide will show you and tell many interesting stories about the pearls of ancient Tallinn.
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