Tallinn, Estonia has been quite a big surprise. Although tourism is not very developed yet, Tallinn stole my heart and made me want to come back and explore more of this beautiful country.
My experience in Tallinn was full of surprises, from self driving buses to awesome people and great food. This city bursts with creative buildings and many awesome photography opportunities. Although I wanted to take pictures of everything, I will share with you my top 10 Instagram spots in Tallinn.
1. Tallinn TV tower
Just 15 minutes from the city, sits the tallest building in Tallin – the TV tower. Standing at 314 m high, it is visible from almost anywhere in the city and some say, that on sunny days, you can even see Finland from the top.
The tower was opened in 1980 and it has a viewing platform at 170 m. If you are afraid of heights, you can enjoy the view from the inside. However, if you are an adrenaline junkie like me you can choose to walk on the edge of the tower with a guide which will show you the main interest points nearby.
Don’t worry, you will have security ropes attached to yourself so nothing bad can happen. Below is the shot I took while sitting on the edge of the Tallinn TV tower.
2. Doors of Tallinn
The best photography spots in Tallinn can be found at every corner. The first thing you will notice when strolling around the old city will be the pretty doors. They all have different motifs and colors, which makes them stand out from the regular doors we are all used to.
These doors have inspired many artists like Thomas Volmer to create collages and art pieces. What I like about them, is that each and every one holds the stories of the people who opened them.
3. Tallinn Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square Tallinn has been and still is a market place and a photography hot spot in Tallinn. Most of the days, the square is full with stalls where people sell handmade items: wool clothes, paintings and ceramics.
However, the most interesting fact about this square is that the first Christmas tree is supposed to have been erected here by the Brotherhood of the Blackheads in 1441.
Apart from being the place to go if you are searching for a souvenir, it has also some beautiful architecture perfect for photographers. Also, you can find many restaurants and bars in Tallinn Town Hall Square. Although a little pricey, they are worth the view.
4. Kadriorg Palace
Situated in the Kadriorg Park built on the orders of Peter I in 1718, the Kadriorg Palace functions today as an art museum. The palace has Petrine Baroque arhitecture and its red color makes it really stand out.
The entire area is perfect for life pondering, walking and, most importantly, photography.
5. Kohtuotsa viewing
Kohtuotsa offers some of the best views in Tallinn. Situated on the eastern side of Toompea, this viewing platform has a special visitor from time to time and if you are lucky enough, you can meet him. No, it is not a celebrity. It is Steven the seagull. He likes to pose and make human friends.
My favorite corner of Kohtuotsa viewing platform is the one with the ‘The times we had’ writing. I think it is perfect for pictures since it has such a power message which resonates with all of us.
However, timing is crucial. I recommend going in the morning or evening. Otherwise, it will be full of tourists and you don’t want that when you are trying to capture the perfect shot.
6. St. Olaf’s Church
Sitting 124 m tall, St. Olaf’s Church watches over the entire city. Although a controversial subject, the building is supposed to have been the tallest one in the world between 1549 and 1625.
If you dare climbing the 1000 stairs (joking, I haven’t counted), you will be rewarded with a 360 view and one of the best photography opportunities to capture Tallinn from above.
7. Telliskivi – the creative city
Known as a place for hipsters, Telliskivi is a former industrial area which was transformed into a creative city. People opened different businesses here: cafes, interior design stores and restaurants. Tip: do not hesitate to eat at F-hoone. One of the best meals I ever had.
Apart from the revival of this industrial area, it is a great place to shoot murals and industrial architecture.
8. Patkuli viewing platform
The platform is built on a limestone cliff and it offers spectacular views over the city. You can admire the old city walls and the harbor from here. In addition, it is also one of the most photogenic places in Tallinn.
9. Toom-Kooli Street
Following the old city walls, the Toom-Kooli Street passes by most of the old city’s towers. In order to get here, you can climb down the stairs from Patkuli viewing platform and follow the old city walls on the left. You will basically walk between the old town and a park, which makes the place look like a fairy tale.
10. Tallinn Old City
Just walking through the old city, you will discover many beautiful places. However, one thing that fascinates me is that in Tallinn you can find magnets with actual houses from around the city. My advice would be to buy one and try to find the corespondent house by yourself. It will be a lot of fun and you will most certainty discover hidden places and streets.
Where to stay in Tallinn
I’ve been searching for the best accommodation options in Tallinn, for every budget. If you are looking for an awesome hotel at an affordable price, you are in the right place. Here are my recommendations:
- Luxury – Radisson Sky Hotel – excellent location, beautiful view over the Old Town, super clean, gym access, breakfast included
- Mid Budget – Centennial Hotel – good location, super fast WiFi, very clean, spacious rooms, included breakfast
- Budget – Estonishing Stay – good location, modern & spacious apartment, very clean & stylish
I hope that these 10 photography spots in Tallinn will make your vacation more Instagrammable. Let me know if you would add other places on the list.
Don’t forget to check out www.visitestonia.com for more awesome places to visit.
May the travel bug bite you!
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