You might have heard of Tallinn’s historic Old Town. It is by far Tallinn’s and Estonia’ most popular sight and when you coming for Coolbet Open should you of course go there if you find some time away from the poker tables.
As a poker player you will especially find the lower part of the Old Town appealing and it is not just because it is the place with most bars and discos. In Estonian the lower part is actually called all-linn which can be translated directly to “lower city”!
Here are 5 reasons why you should go all-in in all-linn in Tallinn (hope you got the joke by now…):
Take a walk in Tallinn’s Old Town
The Old Town is built up from the 13th to 16th centuries and still look spectacular today. It is one of best preserved medieval towns in Europe and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Just enjoy the fantastic sights and the historic ambience as you stroll along the beautiful cobblestoned narrow streets.
Climb the tallest building in the world (at least back in 1549…)
Forget all about the Eiffel Tower in Paris, even Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. When the spire of St. Olaf’s Church in Tallinn’s Old Town was built in the 16th century it actually became the tallest building in the world at the time. The original spire was 159 metres but as it got hit by lightning repeatedly some clever Estonian decided to shorten it to 124 meters. You can climb the tower and get some great views if you are a big fan of stairs.
Go to the viewing platforms in Toompea
The upper part of the Old Town is also called Toompea. Here you will find the parliament and many governmental offices as well as two spectacular churches. If you find your way up there you should for sure also visit the three viewing platforms where you get great views over Tallinn. The most spectacular one of them, Kohtuotsa, provides great views over the Old Town.
Have a Peek into the Kitchen
The Kiek in de Kök museum is the best place to learn about the history of Tallinn’s Old Town. It consists of two parts: The Bastion Passages where you can experience the many hidden tunnels underneath the old bastions and then the Kiek in de Kök cannon tower. Kiek in de Kök literally means “Peek into the Kitchen” as the medieval guards were joking with the tower being so tall that they could peek into the kitchens in the houses below.
Relax with a drink on the Town Hall Square
After all that walking and sightseeing you might want to have a rest and a little refreshment. A great place for a drink on the Town Hall Square, also known as Raekoja plats, where you find dozens of cafes and restaurants. Prices are a bit steep here but it is worth the extra money to sit here on a sunny day and just watch time fly by.