In Tallinn check out the TV tower and its new restaurant. http://www.teletorn.ee
In that Pirita area is also the Pirita nunnery ruins http://www.piritaklooster.ee/ and white beach.
In Tallinn on the way from Pirita to city there’s Kadriorg park with Kadriorg Art museum in an old palace http://ekm.ee/en/ and the famous huge KUMU art museum. There’s also a small Peter I house museum.
Tallinn Old Town has some nice souvenir shops on Müürivahe street and nearby there (glass and textile). http://www.katariinagild.eu/
There is a nice view on 3 platforms on the Dome Hill, upper part of old town.
Also check out the churces. The one in upper town is the oldest, 13c Dome Church. On upper town, across the street from House of Parliament, is the Russian Orthodox church from 1900. With its gold and shine it’s totally different from local Lutheran churces.
The 15c St Nicholas Church is a museum with a ticket entrance. There’s a famous painting Dance Macabre (Dance of Death).
Holy Ghost Church near Town Hall square has an old wall clock and nice wooden interior.
Drinks on the Town Hall square are quite expensive.
If you want to listen live music in the evening, go to Clazz (clazz.ee), Chicago (chicago.ee) or Rock Cafe (rockcafe.ee – a bit away from center, big concert hall) or check jazz.ee for Friday evening concerts (NO99 is the location for jazz events). As for disco with music, Amigo club in Hotel Sokos Viru is an option.
As for eating, Olde Hansa http://www.oldehansa.ee/ near town hall square is quite famous for its medieval food (for some the food made from old recipies does not seem tasty; also quite expensive).
Across the street there’s another similar, but less expensive http://www.peppersack.ee/
In Pärnu, summer capital of Estonia, ~160 km from Tallinn, is a lot of Finnish tourists on summer time.
There’s a beach side hotel Strand Hotel and Spa (http://www.strand.ee/est/ ). The spa is quite small and not so exciiting, but there’s disco on last floor of the hotel and the hotel is quite inexpensive.
Parking near beach side is usually quite expensive, but as hotel guest it’s free.
Pärnu beach has a new walking promenade and the beach is quite crowded on summer time.
Not so far from the beach is a luxurious hotel Ammende Villa (http://www.ammende.ee/)! I totally suggest it, especially when they have the small concert in their main house.
The accommodation can be same house or their other house. The eating takes place main house anyway. It’s very nice, small and cozy.
Not far from Pärnu is Saaremaa island. You take a ferry there; driving back towards Tallinn on mainland. Book ferry ticket online or pay on spot – http://www.tuulelaevad.ee/index.php?lang=en
During St John’s night, end of June (21-26), it can be overbooked.
Forgot to mention between Tallinn and Pärnu is Haapsalu city, 100 km from Tallinn.
It has some historical places to see and Fra Mare spa hotel.
MUHU AND SAAREMAA ISLAND
Once you get off the ferry, there’s first a Muhu island that you pass.
If you want to enjoy a 5 star hotel, take a coffee stop at Pädaste Manor house. http://www.padaste.ee/
They have a high level restaurant, just like Ammende Villa.
Accommodation there is quite expensive, about 500 eur. I stayed there once and took some beauty salon services as well.
On Saaremaa island I like hotel Arensburg. It’s in a theatre style, black walls and high ceilings. http://arensburg.ee/
Some other spas – http://www.saaremaaspahotels.eu/
GoSpa has the biggest spa and is quite new and a bit more expensive – http://www.hotelliveeb.ee/et/gospa/spaapuhkus-kahele-gospa-s-2/pakett
These are all in city Kuressaare, which is not too big city to walk everywhere.
Near Arensburg I suggest the Italian restaurant. I like mussels and bruchetas there.
There’s beach side more close to Go Spa.
Nearby is also old and huge castle http://www.saaremaamuuseum.ee/en/! It’s 5-10 min walk from each hotel.
In other parts of Estonia I like spa in Otepää, very south end of Estonia.
It has a nice sunny view on the lake from the inside pool side windows and I especially like it when there’s no other people there 🙂 http://www.pyhajarve.com/
The lake is one of the warmest waters during summer time.
You can also rent a boat or the so called water bike to that lake.
By kilometers nothing is far, but bear in mind we have not many wide highways and it is difficult to pass cars in heavy traffic.
Tartu is a peaceful town. It is the second biggest town of Estonia with about 100 000 people (Tallinn is 400 000).
It is a university town, so go to see the old 16c university main building. The doors might be open all year round and just peek in the classrooms.
Tartu has an old town like Tallinn, which is not accessible by car.
If you are by car I suggest a hotel Pallas near edge of old town, free parking for guests.
It is close to the huge shopping center Tartu Kaubamaja (there’s also eating place last floor) and the old Vanemuise Theatre.
The hotel room has huge windows, all the wall size, towards the city center. http://www.pallas.ee/
As for eating, also check Vilde Kohvik. http://www.vilde.ee/
Walk to the town hall square and visit the museum on that town hall square in that house that does not stand straight.
Tartu has a river and the famous bridge near that square.
Tartu has also some old buildings on the Toome mountain and a huge beer celler behind town hall square. http://www.pyss.ee/
Tartu also has a toy museum http://www.mm.ee/
NEAR RUSSIAN BORDER
On the way back if you want shock tourism drive through the poor eastern part of Estonia.
There’s the huge lake Peipsi and on more to the north the cities Narva, Kohtla Järve etc close to Russian border.
Also Paldiski and Klooga, suburbs near Tallinn, are still living in the past.
If you come by ferry to Estonia with a car you might come on Kapelskär-Paldiski route though – http://paldiski.ee/
It is cheaper than Stockholm- Tallinn car transport.
Paldiski has nice high seaside cliffs with magic views.
As for children activity .. Our national toy character is Lotte, but I don’t know if the Lotemaa is ready or not.
You can also check the government website – visitestonia.ee.
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