Tallinn is a quaint city that is incredibly underrated as a tourist destination. The old upper and lower town with cobblestone streets and red roofs are absolutely breathtaking. The medieval defense walls around Tallinn’s old town were constructed in 1265 and are now a World Heritage Site. The walls and towers are remarkably preserved and quite beautiful. St. Olaf’s Church built in the 12th century is a notable landmark of the town with its majestic spire looming in the distance.
We started our stroll through Tallinn’s Old Town near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It was built between 1894 and 1900 in typical Russian Revival style. It is the largest orthodox cupola cathedral in the country and is dedicated to Saint Alexander Nevsky who won the Battle of the Ice in 1242.
Nearby is St. Mary’s Cathedral which is said to be the oldest church in Tallinn. It initially was built as a Roman Catholic church and is currently a Lutheran church.
One of the highlights of Tallinn was the Raeapteek, the oldest continually functioning pharmacy in the world. It was established in 1422 and houses a museum of typical pharmaceutical wares of the past.
Marzipan originated around this area so of course we had to try it. We opted for a variety of three different candies, all equally scrumptious.
We spent the afternoon over honey beer and spiced wine mingling with new friends. We had a blast with these two gentlemen in both Tallinn and Stockholm. I’m sure it won’t be the last time!