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A visit to Tallinn, UNESCO city

by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years, 1 month ago

When I arrived to the Tallinn railway station, with its nice and modern appearance, I felt in Western Europe and realized that Estonia is making great efforts to look different from Russia. Compared to Tallinn, Saint Petersburg railway station looked third class. I found a nice and not expensive place to spend one night, called Hostel Karol, in Lembitu 4. I paid an equivalent of 5 US Dollars per a bed in a dormitory where I would sleep alone, being the only customer, because at the beginning of January there were not individual tourists in Tallinn. The central part of medieval Tallinn is Patrimony of the Humankind by the UNESCO. Downtown Tallinn was very pleasant to stroll around. I visited the Russian cathedral at the top of a hill, Raekoja gothic square, the House of Russian Tsar Peter I, the castle Toompea, the tower of Margarita the Fat, and in general all the narrows streets. I noticed the presence of many Finnish tourists who went to Tallinn by ferry just to buy bottles of vodka and other liquors, being much cheaper than in Finland. They returned to Helsinki on the same day. In all the walls of Tallinn there were advertisements of striptease shows. The next day I left by train to Riga, in Latvia.


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