Tallinn’s winding narrow streets and Medieval charm fascinate even the most non-romantic traveller.
It doesn’t matter in which period of the year you are visiting, there’s always a chance for a little romance in Tallinn. Have a look at our list of suggested places and pick your own favourites to spend some unforgettable moments with your loved one.
A brief walk in the UNESCO-listed Tallinn Old Town inspires everyone from history buffs and architecture admirers to boutique-shoppers. Picturesque cobbled streets like Lühike Jalg, Vaimu or St Catherine’s Passage are bound to set the right mood for a romantic city break. For an unforgettable experience, be sure to visit Kohtuotsa viewing platform, as this is the perfect place for watching the sun rise. If you’re visiting Tallinn in winter, be sure to get on the ice at Harju Ice Rink, or at least walk by and get the magical feeling. Harju ice rink is just a few steps away from the vibrant Adamson-Eric Museum, as well as the cosiest cafes and restaurants in Tallinn. For evening entertainment, head to the majestic, historical opera house – Estonian National Opera.
Don’t just spend your time in the Old Town as there are romantic discoveries aplenty in Kadriorg and Pirita. Have a walk in Kadriorg Park where the beautiful Swan Pond and Japanese Garden are a must. For those of you with a literary interest, find out about one of Estonia’s great writers and his love story at the Eduard Vilde Museum. Not far from the park and the museum, lies the Pirita promenade. This offers by far the most spectacular views of Tallinn’s rocky shoreline, with the Old Town cityscape in the distance.
If the promenade is a great place for a romantic walk all year round, then summer brings out some seasonal delights. For example, Tallinn Botanic Garden, near to Pirita Beach, and Tallinn TV Tower, is a great destination for relaxation. It’s a nice spot for picnics or just for a stroll through the colourful rose garden. Pirita offers also some nice ideas for evening entertainment. This is true, whether you decide to end your day with a romantic dinner at NOA, one of Tallinn’s best gourmet restaurants, or to visit Viimsi 18+ Spa, where you can get away from the hustle and bustle and focus on spending quality time in more soothing environment.
The Estonian Maritime Museum
The Estonian Maritime Museum is the institution for collecting, preserving, studying and presenting Estonian maritime culture (maritime history). Our mission is to promote knowledge about, respect for and love of the sea.
The Museum was founded in Tallinn on the initiative of former captains and sailors in 1935. During its long history, the museum has moved on a number of occasions and, since 1981, its main exhibition has been located in the 500-year-old Fat Margaret tower in Tallinn Old Town. In May 2012, the Maritime Museum opened another exhibition place at the Seaplane Harbour.
Today, the Maritime Museum is one of the largest museums in Estonia, and the most popular one — particularly thanks to the Seaplane Harbour exhibition.
The Seaplane Hangars at the Seaplane Harbour accommodate the Lembit submarine, built in 1937 by the British Vickers–Armstrongs shipyard; a Short 184 seaplane; the Maasilinn ship (i.e. the oldest sunken ship discovered in Estonia’s waters); and numerous other genuine items, like sail ships, boats and naval mines. Besides that, there are the MARU restaurant and a museum shop, cinema rooms, simulators, children’s area and much more. In parallel with the permanent exhibition, the museum offers various seasonal exhibitions on maritime affairs or maritime history.
There is a playground for children and a functioning port in the outdoor space, which also hosts the Suur Tõll icebreaker and other museum ships.
The Fat Margaret cannon tower invites the guests to a trip into the history of Estonian seafaring and fishing from prehistoric to modern times. The exhibition is divided between four floors, and the visitors can also go to the roof terrace, which offers a splendid view of the passenger harbour, the city centre and rooftops of the Old Town.
The exhibition includes over 100 nice ship models, from old sail ships to modern freighters and passenger ships.