By Summer Brons
Tallinn
Estonia
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Touted as 2011’s European Capital of Culture, Tallinn, Estonia provides the ultimate getaway for those seeking creative inspiration. Estonia’s capital city sits on the banks of the Gulf of Finland and perfectly blends historical charm with modern technology. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your Tallinn vacation through us!
           
Conveniently located right in the city, the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (TLL) efficiently services local air transportation needs. Secure your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to take advantage of our great rates on airfare. Let us help with hotels, too. Just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse available Tallinn accommodations.            

To get you started on your Tallinn experience upon arrival, EscapeWizard.com has a few suggestions, beginning with the city’s amazing museums. Browse the Kadriorg Art Museum in the Kadriorg Palace, the Kumu Art Museum, the Estonian Museum of Natural History, the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design and the Estonian Maritime Museum. These venues, along with many others, showcase Tallinn’s innovative spirit and fascinating medieval history.       
Exploring Old Town is an absolute must when visiting Tallinn. Admire stunning architectural detail amidst colorful surroundings as you wander the streets of this unique area. Pikk jalg and Lühike jalg, long leg and short leg, respectively, are the two streets connecting the upper and lower areas of town. Joining the streets is Rataskaevu, with its signature wheel well, which is the subject of superstitious beliefs involving a water spirit residing in the well. As you make your way throughout Old Town, you'll see guild houses, churches, boutique shops and quaint cafés. EscapeWizard.com urges you not to miss Katariina käik, or St. Catherine's Passage, considered the most romantic, picturesque street of any in Old Town. Stone archways and local artisans working in open-air studios make the passage a modern day portal to the past.    

EscapeWizard.com knows that an ultimate vacation isn't just for sightseeing, it's about the experience. Luckily, Tallinn, Estonia offers numerous ways for visitors to get a taste of what it's like to be a local. Speaking of tastes, this city is an amazing place to indulge your inner foodie. Traditional Estonian favorites include jellied pork, pea soup, marinated eel, stewed sauerkraut and blood sausage. Chocolates and marzipan are classic sweet treats, and for the festive moments you'll surely want to sample local beers, vodka and Vana Tallinn, the nation's signature liqueur.     

With a full belly, it's time to set out for a little shopping. Tallinn is home to many outdoor markets, offering the perfect place to mingle with locals while browsing for bargains. The Central Market, Nõmme Market and Balti Jaam Market are popular venues for food, clothing and assorted trinkets. As a quick tip, EscapeWizard.com advises most markets don't haggle on price and that cash is necessary as most booths do not accept credit cards.     

Finally, wrap up an adventurous day by joining in the fun of Tallinn's exciting nightlife. Old Town is the true nightlife hotspot; packed with bars, pubs, pool halls, cigar lounges and nightclubs. Given the close proximity of the streets, it's easy to relocate from bar to bar and pick favorites as you discover them. As always, EscapeWizard.com reminds you to enjoy Tallinn's nightlife responsibly!     

With so much more to see and do than we could ever discuss here, to truly appreciate Tallinn is to visit Tallinn. EscapeWizard.com is at your service for planning your travels, and we are confident you'll love every moment of your time spent in Europe's cultural capital!