Talking about Tallinn

Estonia may not be on the usual tourist trail, but this year it's a must-see destination. In particular, the capital city, Tallinn, an unspoiled medieval delight which has been chosen as one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2011.

The history of Tallinn has its roots back in the thirteenth century, when Vikings came to the land of lakes and forests that is the present day Baltic republic of Estonia. Despite the ravages of the intervening centuries, Tallinn remains such a well-preserved example of a north European trading town that it's not in the least surprising that it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO back in 1997. Its medieval setting is complete with quaint houses, narrow streets, an impressive castle, churches and mansions, and the picturesque main square, typical of the city's commercial heritage, now bustles with cafes and restaurants. Trading towns are open to influence from many sides, and Tallinn is no exception: the beautiful city displays an interesting blend of cultures and architectural styles from Russian to German and Scandinavian. Our photo gallery focuses on some of the delightful scenes that await you if you accept our suggestion and make Tallinn the destination for your next getaway.

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