Want To Discover Tallinn on Your Own?
Exciting Bicycle Tour in Autumnal Tallinn
When travelling, do you prefer to take a guided excursion or go on an adventure by yourself? Sometimes it can be much more exciting to discover a city on your own, with a map in your hand and the excitement for adventure in your heart. Since Tallinn is such a small city, you don’t need to rent a car to travel around the city centre, a bicycle will do! We have great news for you: the hotel owns two bicycles that our lovely customers can use absolutely free of charge.
So, what to see? This depends on the cyclist’s physical fitness and spare time, most of the beautiful places are within a 3–5 kilometre radius, which should be achievable even to those who are not regular cyclists. Check out our suggested route that takes you along the seaside, you will also see many historic buildings and streets, each of which is worth seeing. And if you really don’t like to pedal, then you can also travel this route on foot.
Jump on a bike and start cycling along Narva maantee to the west. Continue along Mere puiestee, until you reach Tallinn’s Linnahall.
Linnahall(City Hall) is the only public seaside building constructed in the Soviet era. Therefore, Linnahall is important from a cultural viewpoint. Tallinn’s Linnahall won the biennial Interarh-83 Grand Prix, was awarded a prize and Gold Medal by the President of the International Union of Architects, and in 1984 the USSR State Prize, which is why Linnahall was added to the list of objects protected under heritage conservation.
Now move along the Culture Mile. You can see old factory buildings and wooden houses on either side of the road that date back to the beginning of the previous century, which, for the moment, have been remodelled into art galleries and cafés. In about 900 metres you will notice on your right the Patarei Prison Museum.
Paterei (Patarei vangla) is a culture park with an exciting history. The construction of Patarei sea fortress was started under the orders of Nicholas I of Russia in 1828. Completed in 1840, it began operating as an artillery battery. The building is located on an area of 4 hectares and has had various functions over the years – from 1867 it was used as barracks, from 1920 a prison, and from 2007 a culture park. This unique 19th century example of Tallinn’s top architecture has changed from a long-time symbol of repression to a favourite place for tourists as well as residents of the city.
Once you have circled the prison walls, return to the Culture Mile and continue your journey. In about 200 metres the road will turn slightly to the right. Continue until you see the Tallinn Seaplane Harbour rising up before you.
Tallinn Seaplane Harbour
Tallinn Seaplane Harbour (Tallinna Lennusadam) is the largest museum in Estonia and an internationally important architectural and historical monument due to its seaplane hangars made of reinforced concrete. The hangars were constructed as part of the naval fortress of Peter the Great in 1916–1917, and it is the world’s first shell concrete complex. In May 2012, the Estonian Maritime Museum opened a museum in the seaplane hangars of the Seaplane Harbour. The more than 5,000-square-metre exposition area holds over two hundred life-sized exhibits from maritime and military history.
Please feel free now to head towards our jewel in the crown – Tallinn’s Old Town (be ready for a bumpy ride because of the cobblestone). Here you can stroll along the streets which date back to the 11th–15th centuries. You can enjoy the handicraft shops and cafés, and you should visit the Town Hall Square to make an acquaintance with Old Thomas.
Old Thomas (Vana Toomas) is the weather vane on top of the spire of Tallinn Town Hall, as well as guardian of the city and one of Tallinn’s oldest symbols.
If you feel that you have seen and done enough for the day, then please see the accompanying map and head back to the hotel.
Congratulations, you have just passed at least 6 kilometres in Tallinn on your own! You have taken in lots of fresh air (Tallinn is running for the title of European Green Capital 2018), enjoyed some culture, and saved money to visit Tallinn again.
If you encountered anything else on your trip that we have not yet included in our recommendations, then please be sure to let us know about it on our Facebook page or tweet us @ParkInnTallinn use #tallinnonyourown or #parkinntallinn!
Here is the full map – https://goo.gl/maps/KzP0N
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