“Estonia? Why?” was the response from several people when I said that I would be reviewing its capital city, Tallinn, for honeymooners. The answer is simple. This undiscovered gem just south of Finland is the epitome of old fashioned romance and charm.
Where else in the world does the in-room guide to useful local phrases offer just the words for “yes”, “no”, “please”, “thank you” and “will you marry me?”.
Although the high season is April to September – in mid summer the temperature reaches 32 degrees and the sea a balmy 28 degrees – we visited during a particularly cold snap in February, when temperatures hovered between minus 15 and minus 25.
It sounds cold, and in fairness it is, but with no wind, beautifully clear blue sunny skies, a good coat and hat you can enjoy seeing the beauty of this snow covered Baltic State, look at ice carvings and take a romantic walk out to sea as the Baltic is frozen as far as the eye can see.
The summer brings yet more clear blue skies, long days and warm weather without the oppressive heat of Mediterranean countries in mid summer. Perfect for lingering over coffee in pavement cafes or the main square which becomes alive with a big market.
Tallinn is located on the northern coast of the country, aside the Gulf of Finland. Tallinn is the oldest city in Northern Europe and the Tallinn’s ‘Old Town’ is a UNESCO World Heritafe site. Having improved the transport link, Talliin is now flourishing into a rich cultural city, combining a beautiful history with the romatic, young future.
Most visitors to Estonia centre their trip around the capital, Tallinn.
• Toompea ‘Upper Town’- This is the first of the ‘Old Towns’ which feature in Tallinn. They were once stand alone towns but are now part of this beautiful city. A historically romantic area which provides an excellent oppurtunity to take a stroll round a stunning city while savouring the rare surroundings.
• All-linn ‘Lower Town’- This is the second of the ‘Old Towns’ in Tallinn. It features the Raekoja Plats (Town hall square) and many historic walls and towers. The most iconic feature of area is St Olaf Church which has a magnificent tower reaching 124m tall.
• Kadriorg- Kadriorg is the former palace of Peter the Great. It is located 2km east of the city but can be easily reached by a regular bus and tram service. Now The Art Museum of Estonia, this magestic location makes an great day trip.
• Pirita- A beautiful coastal area of estonia, Pirita is not a place to miss! You can even hire a boat and take a romantic trip down the Pirita River during the sunset.
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