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Tallinn Travel Guide
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FACTS ABOUT TALLINN
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is located in Northern Europe in the north-eastern part of the Baltic Sea region. Area 158 km² (Estonia 45 227 km²).
The climate in Tallinn is characterized by a fairly cold winter, a cool spring with little precipitation, a moderately warm summer and a long and rainy autumn. However, some summers have weeks at a stretch of temperatures around +30° C, and a warm, sunny summer can keep autumn at bay until mid-October.
Average temperature in July +16°C
Average temperature in February -9°C
Weather forecast in the Internet: www.weather.ee/tallinn
Time: GMT +2
401 000 in Tallinn (March, 2005)
Nationalities in Tallinn:
Estonian 53,7%, Russian 36,5%, Ukrainian 3,7%, Byelorussian 2,0%, Other 4,1% (Latvian, Lithuanian, Finnish, Jewish, German, Tatar, Polish).
Estonia's official language is Estonian. Russian, Finnish, English and German are also understood and widely spoken.
Religions in Estonia:
The largest denomination is Lutheran (30%) followed by Orthodox (28%), and Catholic (3%). However, only about 20% of Estonians practice any religion.
Official Estonia Web Center: http://www.riik.ee/en/
Top Things to See and Do
Very good interactive map
* The Oldest Capital City in Northern Europe!
Tallinn was put on the world map in 1154 by Arabian geographer al-Idrisi. He found “a small town like a large castle” and a busy port here. But Tallinn was a meeting point between east and west already centuries earlier.
* The Highest Building of the World!
Until late 1800s, St. Olaf’s Church in Tallinn was the tallest building ever built. In 1500, its spire rose to a dizzying height of 159 meters. Its unparalleled size symbolized the glory of medieval Tallinn, whose golden age flourished in the 14th to the 16th century.
* The Oldest Apothecary of the Word!
The oldest continually functioning apothecary in the world has been in business in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square since 1422. Today, bat powder and snakeskin potion are no longer available in the Town Hall Pharmacy. But you can still try the fine medieval claret.
* The Best Preserved Medieval Town Hall!
The Town Hall, the only intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe, is one of the most famed symbols of the city. In 2004 the Town Hall celebrated its 600th anniversary.
* The Biggest Choir of the World!
A true cultural centre indeed, Tallinn hosts the grandest event in Estonia, the Song Festival, held every 5 years. It is quite an experience to listen to a choir of 20,000 voices has singing to an audience of 100,000.
X Youth Song and Dance Festival - June 29 - July 1, 2007
Estonian Nationwide XXV Song and XVII Dance Festival - July 3-5, 2009
* The Best Preserved Old Town in Northern Europe!
Old Town of Tallinn, belonging to UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1997, is the best preserved old town in Northern Europe. The authenticity of its medieval atmosphere makes Tallinn’s Old Town unique
Neighbor regions/States: About 80 km to Helsinki (Finland), 186 km to Tartu, 132 km to Pärnu, 210 km to Narva
Who is coming?
rdaniel: Hi!, i'll be in Helsinki for the first two weeks of August, i will of course try to go to Tallin at least for one day. It would be very nice to meet someone from there, that could help me by being my guide or just to meet for a cup of cofee :). If anyone is also going there just drop me a line :)
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Hospitality Club Meetings
To keep HC Estonia more active we have chosen time and place for our regular meetings. Starting (again) from October 2008 the meetings will be in Švejki Juures (NB! Not in Maurus anymore) and on the Second Friday each month, starting at 20:00
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Edited by: dreaddog on 14.10.2008 dreaddog on 01.10.2008 talutytreke on 05.02.2008 sipsu13 on 04.05.2005 rdaniel on 02.04.2005 noncognosco on 07.12.2004 mairi on 13.08.2004