After getting our gear and bikes organized in Helsinki, we boarded a ferry in the downtown harbour and departed for Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, a two-hours sailing across the Baltic Sea. Tallinn dates back to the 12th century but human settlement dates back much further.
Tallinn, and Estonia, have been occupied by Swedes, Danes, Germans, and most recently Russians when it was annexed by the Soviets following WW II. But in 1988, the so-called singing revolution resulted in Estonia regaining its independence in 1991. It joined the European Union and things have steadily moved forward in this country of 1.3 million people.
The old city of Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval cities and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is divided into the Upper Town, or Toompea, and the Lower Town, All-linn, and is a wonderful place to wander for a day or two. And wander is just what we did from our rented apartment on the edge of Toompea. Here is some of what we saw.