I have been longing to visit Tallinn so long and now during last summer I took it as real business to get there. Of course, things are just not so easy so the weekend trip got postponed to Fall, more accurately to last weekend!
I did not get taken so much pictures nor got to enjoy fully the tourist walking because the wind was horrible, literally. I had also a bad flu going on for few days which gave me also 39 degrees fever during the night on the cruise.
Also, I though to be smart when choosing to wear a hat to keep me warm while walking in the windy weather but I forgot the fact that a little bit too big hat and the hard wind are not best combination...That's why pictures were really difficult to take when other hand was all the time holding the hat on my head (see also the two pictures were I am appearing...surprise surprise - holding the hat).
I do not have so much to say what to do and what to see in Tallinn because my exploring was kind of non-motivated thanks to the circumstances. I still want to list below my favourite places of visitation but I also highly recommend to check in TripAdvisor to see more possible activities and places to visit!
Even though I spent the whole day (booked a weekend vacation of one night on the cruise and the second night in a hotel in Tallinn) in Tallinn, I think these places can be also easily squeezed to see during 5 hours visitation which is also one alternative while planning a trip to Tallinn from Finland (Helsinki) with a cruise.
Attractions free of charge
Old Town of Tallinn
Town Hall Square
Observation spot "Patkuli"
The City Wall
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Kiek in de Kök
Observation spot "Kohtuotsa"
The gates to Old Town
Also, if you want to do some shopping I recommend to visit Viru-mall and next to it has been expanded another mall with H&M etc. In Viru-mall is also a museum of KGB but somehow I totally forgot till late night. Also if you really like to expierence more down to earth local shopping you should visit Merekeskus and Sadamarket which are near by the port.
++ If I could choose, I think the most ideal visitation time for Tallinn would be Summer time because Old Town has so beautiful and colorful buildings with several nice local cafeterias and restaurants with a terrace or patio. I can ensure that idyllic and romantic vibe of the area is as its best during the hot and sunny days. Or at least I think I would get most out of the visitation during this seasonal time!
If there is missing some good attraction spot so name it!
AND if you know some good locations, attractions or activities which are possible only during some specific time of the year in Tallinn, share it with others so we can all be again bit smarter during the next vacation :)!