A trip to Tallinn, located on the Baltic Sea just across from the Gulf of Finland, unveils a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was founded in the 13th century and is one of the best preserved old towns in northern Europe. The city's historical core is a magical world of narrow cobble-stoned streets, medieval architecture, gothic spires and red roofed properties that always leave a lasting impression on visitors. Former rulers of Estonia include Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Russia and their influence can be seen in the fusion of stunning architecture on display throughout the city. From imperial palaces to more contemporary Soviet-style buildings and there are many fascinating sights and attractions to explore.
Tallinn is made up of several different districts, but the main area where most visitors spend their time is in the Kesklinn, which encompasses the Port of Tallinn, the Old Town (Vanalinn) and the central business district. This compact area can easily be explored on foot or by tram or bus and contains many of Tallinn's sights.
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Flights to Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, land at Tallinn Airport, which is also known as Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. The airport has one passenger terminal and is situated less than three miles from the city centre.
Tallinn Airport is located less than three miles southeast of the city centre. The airport has a number of transport options for passengers' onward journeys.
By car, you can travel to the city centre via the Tartu Võru Luhamaa road (Route 2). Passengers can also take the bus to the city centre from the bus stop in front of the terminal building. Bus number 2 runs to the city centre via a stop on Laikmaa Street and then onto the port. Official taxis are available outside the terminal building and it is advisable to agree on a rate before setting off as taxi rates are not regulated by Estonian law.