The few days I spent in Tallinn last week was a perfect introduction to Estonia, and left me wanting to see more of the country. While in Tallinn, I found it interesting to learn about major events in Estonian history- especially as some of the more recent events are shared with Lithuania. Estonia gained its freedom from the Soviet Union in 1991 and in the same year joined the UN. Soon after, Estonia joined the Eu and adopted the Euro. Estonia was the first of the Baltic countries to adopt the Euro (Lithuanian only just switched to the Euro). The official language of Estonia is Estonian, which is closer to Finnish than to Russian, Latvian, or Lithuanian languages.
As the home of up-and-coming technology and Skype, I didn't exactly expect that the Tallinn Old Town would be so well preserved. I know, I know a silly comment. But really, walking into Tallinn Old Town was like walking back in time (minus the occasional car and normal clothes). Tallinn has an incredibly well preserved medieval old town and wow is it stunning - it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after all. Just take a look for yourself...
Next week I'll be writing a few posts about the what to do and where to eat in and around the Tallinn Old Town.
Have you been to Tallinn before? Are you be interested in visiting Estonia?