Photo Essay: 15 Photos that will Inspire You to Visit Tallinn

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Do you want to visit Tallinn in Estonia?

Great choice! Who wouldn’t want to visit Tallinn? It’s a gorgeous country!

As for me, Estonia had lingered on my “travel wishlist” radar for FAR too long! I’m not sure what intrigued me, exactly. I mean, have you ever seen pictures of a place and just wanted to visit without knowing much about it at all? Totally me and Tallinn. Anyway, when I had the opportunity to visit Tallinn in summer of 2016, I couldn’t even contain my excitement.

Upon arriving, I instantly fell in love with the medieval magic sweeping throughout Tallinn’s streets, buildings, and art. I didn’t even mind that the prices were a bit higher than in Riga or Vilnius. Honestly, the city’s entire atmosphere was straight out of a fantasy RPG, which more than satisfied me. Yes, I’m a nerd, haha.

While many visitors take a day trip to Tallinn, usually from Helsinki via ferry, the Estonian capital has lots of great accommodation, and I personally enjoyed spending a few days staying in the city itself. Trust me, early morning is the best time for you to explore without fighting day trippers and cruisers for a great photo. You benefit.

Now grab a cup of tea and gaze at these (cough, amazing, cough) photos of Estonia. And don’t forget to tell me all about your own trip!

Note: Most of these photos are taken in Tallinn’s Old Town. However, the city is sooooo much more than that! For example, I have a “shopper’s crush” on Telliskivi Creative City.

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Which photo is your favorite? Would you like to visit Tallinn in the near future? How about another Baltic capital like Vilnius or Riga? Share all your thoughts and feelings in the comments. 

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15 Responses to Photo Essay: 15 Photos that will Inspire You to Visit Tallinn

  1. Danik June 24, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    I love Tallinn and as a former resident to Riga, I went to this city many times and just back from there in May this year. I love the charm of this city but as a photographer, I love to go here when there is a thick layer of snow, take in the view from Toompea Hill and I got myself a winty picture postcard scene. 🙂

    • Rachel Elizabeth June 26, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      Danik —

      Ohhh, I would love to return to Tallinn in winter. The snow would be magical.

  2. Jenn and Ed Coleman June 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    Lovely photo essay. Estonia looks so close to European, or Russian yet so different. I love how the cultural identity shows through in this entire series.

    • Rachel Elizabeth June 26, 2017 at 11:21 am #

      Jenn and Ed —

      Estonia definitely has a unique “feel” to it!

  3. Brianna Simmons June 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    Tallinn looks likes it’s straight out of a fairytale. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful city!

  4. Megan Jerrard June 25, 2017 at 7:30 am #

    Definitely has some medieval magic going on here!! I would love to visit Tallin, I’ve heard amazing things from everyone who’s been there – definitely an off the beaten path location, so I hope it maintains it’s unique characteristics and charm as more and more people find out about this gem 🙂

    • Rachel Elizabeth June 26, 2017 at 11:22 am #

      Megan —

      I hope for the same thing! I love the medieval magic, haha. I feel like I’m in a novel.

  5. sherianne June 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    It certainly looks gorgeous, I love the bronze statues!

  6. Genie Patra June 25, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    wow truly a beautiful city! I’ve heard so much about Estonia lately it’s kinda crazy. I think lesser known cities always hold a unique beauty

  7. Rosemary June 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    Gorgeous city and amazing shots. Estonia is on my bucket list of countries and Tallin is certainly way up there!. Totally agree, the best way to, enjoy the city is away from the crowds, even if it means being there longer!! Can’t wait to visit at some point soon!

  8. Mags June 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    I didn’t really need these photos as Tallinn has been on my radar for a while, but they certainly helped! It looks gorgeous there.

  9. Claudia June 27, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    The Baltic states have been on my travel list for some time. How lovely that you did get to visit Tallinn for yourself. Your photos certainly show off the city in its glory!

  10. Mia June 27, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Wow, this place is incredibly charming! I have found that some of my most favorite places have a medieval feel to them. Other things that grab my attention are the cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and stunning architecture. I will definitely have to add this to my travel list for next year. So many places to see and so little time and money to see them!

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