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I'm going to Tallinn next week, and i'm intrested in some more unusual tourist attractions in or not far away from Tallinn. Let's exclude things like Old Town and other mainstream places, I'm mainly intrested in architecture (maybe some manors or castles? abandoned ones are okay too) and natural objects (lakes, hills, waterfalls, everything sounds intresting to me). Maybe there are some small towns worth visiting?

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When I was in Tallinn a few weeks ago I really enjoyed the architecture of Rotermann square :)

For me also Laagna tee was really interesting - like something out of Soviet fiction - a wide boulevard cut through rocks and surrounded by large, block-like buildings! If only the grass was greener and there were more birches...
 

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Hey guys!
I'm going to Tallinn next week, and i'm intrested in some more unusual tourist attractions in or not far away from Tallinn. Let's exclude things like Old Town and other mainstream places, I'm mainly intrested in architecture (maybe some manors or castles? abandoned ones are okay too) and natural objects (lakes, hills, waterfalls, everything sounds intresting to me). Maybe there are some small towns worth visiting?

Hoping for some help. :)
Could you elaborate? I mean what kind of transport are you going to use? Do you plan to rent a car or bicycle or do you plan to use public transport?

As of scenic nature I would recommend Rannamõisa Maastikukaitseala just outside city's Western border - http://goo.gl/maps/bos7A. It has quite nice limestone cliffs which offer decent views at the sea and Tallinn skyline.

Tabasalu Nature Park offers astonishing views at the city. Park itself is located along the ~35m high limestone cliff. Click on the photo for larger view.


Unbelievably,you can see most of the city from this point. I was able to find Downtown,North Tallinn and Lasnamäe highrises,TV-tower...even grain elevators in Muuga harbour (that's about 25-30km from Tabasalu cliff. Click on the photo for larger view.
Slightly further from the city is another cool place - Keila-Joa - http://goo.gl/maps/7Z3Te. In addition to waterfall there's also historic hydro power plant and manor house. And then there's Treppoja - http://goo.gl/maps/bu32H. Latter is perhaps better to be visited after heavy rains or after spring thaw,when it has natural "stairs" (hence the name - Treppoja/Stair Stream). Google around the get the idea what those places have to offer.
 

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The most spectacular waterfall in Estonia is probably Jägala waterfall https://www.google.ee/maps/place/Jä...1s0x4692f00112a033b1:0x9731a39cb8ae23f0?hl=et, 30km East from the Centre of Tallinn. Unfortunately summer is not the best time to visit this place as it's most beautiful during Winter (when a large part of it is frozen) or during Springtime when the volume of water is highest :) However, this place pretty much requires you to have a rental car at your disposal.

Pakri cliff https://www.google.ee/maps/dir/59.3...56ffcf1!2m2!1d24.036177!2d59.388182!3e2?hl=et (right next to the town of Paldiski) is also rather scenic, although it's around 5km from the train station so you would have to have at least a bike to get there.

Anyway, it would be great to know what kind of transportation you are planning to use because within 1 hour car drive of Tallinn city centre there are endless opportunities for nature watching :) E.g. the Lahemaa Natural Park, one of five natural parks of Estonia is within that distance.:)
 

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Hey guys!
I'm going to Tallinn next week, and i'm intrested in some more unusual tourist attractions in or not far away from Tallinn. Let's exclude things like Old Town and other mainstream places, I'm mainly intrested in architecture (maybe some manors or castles?
The only castle in Tallinn is Toompea, and it is in Old Town.
Manors? Kõrgepea (Glehni loss). Also, is "suvemõis" covered by "manor"?
abandoned ones are okay too) and natural objects (lakes,
In Tallinn, Ülemiste cannot be reached, only seen. Harku is quite reachable.
hills, waterfalls,
In Tallinn, Hundikuristik.
Vääna river has a waterfall at Vahiküla. Pirita river has no waterfall, but does have a scenic valley, with rapids, bluffs, cliffs and a hillfort.
everything sounds intresting to me). Maybe there are some small towns worth visiting?
Towards the west, the nearest towns are Paldiski and Keila. Towards south, Kohila and Rapla. To the east... Loksa? Rakvere?
 

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Hi guys!
We (4 guys) are going to visit Tallinn next week. We'll go by hitchhiking. We have only one day for everything. So what places would you recommend to visit? Are there any places with cool views on the city? And what places would you recommend where we can taste your national dishes for not very high price or simply to have a lunch? We'll be very grateful if you show all these places on the map. Also we'll be glad for short tour (write me in a private message, please).
How much cost parom from Tallinn to Helsinki?
Thanks in advance!
 

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Here is a 1,5km long tour around art galleries with no tickets in old town.

Takes about 60...90 minutes to complete.
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Architecture and design gallery, Pärnu mnt 6. Free.

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Haus gallery, Uus tn 17. Free (ring the bell).
Currently on display Juss Piho ja Jüri Mildeberg http://www.haus.ee/?s=naitus&z=kaes&nid=377

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Hobusepea gallery, Hobusepea 2. Free.
Currently on display Saskia Järve http://www.eaa.ee/hobusepea/english/saskia.HTM

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Draakoni gallery, Pikk 18. Free.
Currently on display Art Allmägi http://www.eaa.ee/draakon/art.HTM

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Citygallery, Harju tn 13. Free.
Currently on display Mari Roosvalt, Mall Paris, Marje Üksine, Tiiu Pallo-Vaik. http://www.kunstihoone.ee/sisu.php?mode=pl_kunstihoone_yritused&yid=590&lang=est&club=1&page=9

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Tallinn Arthouse, Vabaduse väljak 6. Tickets.
Currently on display Mihkel Ilus, Kristi Kongi, Katrin Koskaru, Mihkel Maripuu, Anna Škodenko ja Mart Vainre. http://www.kunstihoone.ee/index.php?lang=eng&club=1&page=8

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Arhouse Gallery, Vabaduse väljak 6. Free.
Currenlty on display Tarmo Luisk. http://www.kunstihoone.ee/sisu.php?mode=pl_kunstihoone_yritused&yid=589&lang=est&club=1&page=9

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Do not remember the name, but it´s an art gallery, no tickets.

If you want to visit other museums, then pick something you like. http://www.tourism.tallinn.ee/eng/explore/attractions/old_town Usually they have a small ticket charge. You can see the map here: http://kaart.delfi.ee/ Enter the address and you´ll see where it is located.

Next tour is about 2,7 km long and takes 30+ minutes to complete.

Estonia in general has an even terrain. Therefore it is almost impossible to get good views of the city. It is mainly possible from taller buildings (which usually are closed for visitors) or from Toompea district. Toompea is the only higher place in the city with meaningful views. It is as well the usual tourist attraction. It´s a place where national parliament and prime minister´s office is located. Several other national or international bureaus. You can enjoy city views from at least 8 different places:



If you are in a hurry, then take #1, #2, #6, #7, #8. If you have more time, then see around in city center and find your way to Vabaduse square. Then go up the stairs to point 1 and follow the trail as marked above to point 8. You´ll go through old town which itself is a noteworthy attraction and in addition can see rest of the the city from various angles.

Spot 8 leads you down to train station. Estonia really does not have a national cuisine. Therefore I can not suggest you any restaurants with national foods, but if you want a cheap but decent meal, then a restaurant is located in train station. The restaurant is not noteworthy because it´s delicious food. On a contrary: the food is just OK. The restaurant is noteworthy because it is close to Toompea and at the end of your second trail, it is cheap and has the potential to let you experience most emotions during your visit. But you should be warned ahead that emotions you´ll experience are not necessarily easy and positive: you can spot drug addicts, homeless people, poor people, travelling people, local people, tourists etc in the restaurant. The service is probably in russian. The restaurant is on the border of Kopli / Põhja-Tallinn district which in the past was a slum. But now is quickly gentrifying hipster community for wealthy people. But the restaurant still carries the roots and vibes of the past: local poor people, soviet scenery etc. Pay attention to people around you, see what and how they are doing. A stark contrast compared to old town you just visited.

If you decide to have instead a really good meal in artistic/creative atmosphere, then skip the "restaurant" in train station and go ahead to Kalamaja district. Kalamaja is a hipster community, see the video here: http://monocle.com/film/edits/property-prospectus-kalamaja/ For example you can go directly to Telliskivi creative hub. There are several good restaurants and lots of creative startups and artistic people. Lots of various events. Kalamaja / Põhja-Tallinn district in general is noteworthy as well because of wooden houses, both historical and new-built. Again you´ll see stark contrasts and layers from different eras. If you have curious eye for observations, then you have plenty to see.

Põhja pst leads you back to Old City Harbour where terminal D (Lootsi 13) is for Tallink ferries. Ships cross the strait to Helsinki in 2...3,5 hours and it will cost you 14...34 EUR depending which ship you´ll take.
 

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Tallinn is in a coastal plain valley surrounded by scarps on three sides. So the viewpoints range around the arc...
The shoreline, from Viimsi through Merivälja, Pirita, Kadriorg
The brinks of the scarp, Maarjamäe, then Lasnamäe between Suhkrumägi above Maarjamäe all the way to Sossimägi
then the scarp flattens out between Veerenni and Rahumäe
again the scarp slope from Rahumäe through Nõmme to Tähetorni, and then on through Harku all the way to Rannamõisa
also the shores of Rocca al Mare have a view to Tallinn.
Out of towers, certainly Oleviste and Teletorn take visitors, for tickets.
 
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