Tallinn, Estonia’s compact, buzzing capital, with its enchanting heart surrounded by medieval walls, has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. However, once the staple crumbling backdrop for Soviet fairytale films, Tallinn has now reinvented itself as an inexpensive weekend getaway for Europeans, and these days its buzzing cafés, pubs and clubs can offer a variety of hedonistic pursuits on a night out.
The heart of Tallinn is the Old Town, still largely enclosed by the city’s medieval walls. At its centre is the Raekoja plats, the historic marketplace, above which looms Toompea, the hilltop stronghold of the German knights who controlled the city during the Middle Ages. East of the city centre there are several places worth a visit such as Kadriorg Park, a peaceful wooded area with a cluster of historic buildings and a view of the sea; the forested island of Aegna and the Lauluväljak amphitheatre.