Located in a major transport corridor, the Tallinn Port is strategically located as a commercial center on the Baltic Sea; it is as one of the major ports of the region. The Tallinn port of call also serves as major cruise port for the Baltic region. In the Middle Ages, the Tallinn port was part of the Hanseatic League, which was composed of towns and ports in the Baltic Sea region. The League, then considered as a formidable trading bloc in the world, still functions today in this fast growing trade and commerce region of the world.
The Tallinn cruise port is regulated by the biggest port authority in all of Estonia. The Tallinn cruise terminal is located in the youngest harbor of the port; Saaremaa Harbor. The Saaremaa has a depth along the quay of 33 feet that allows cruise ships with lengths of 650 feet to dock; this means the biggest cruise ships in the Baltic region are able to dock in the quays of this harbor. The other four major harbors in the Tallinn port of call are the Muuga Harbor, Old City Harbor, Paljassaare Harbor and the Paldiski South Harbor.
Considered as a shopper friendly region, the city has boundless stores and shops that sell locally made items. Favorite items that sell fast in the region are hand knitted woolen sweaters with Estonian decors, graphic arts of handmade jewelries, juniper canisters and candles holders and Soviet Era trinkets sold in shops and stores. The Old Town portion of the town offers stores that sell antiques and decors made in medieval workshops found in the Katariina Passage of the city.
For more modern shopping several department stores and shopping centers, like the Kristiine Shopping Center, Magistral Shopping Center and the Norde Centrum are good places to do some marketing. Arts and culture are main areas of shopping as well. The Aedvilja Tanava Gallery and the Art Salon Allee are major areas where locally made art sculptures and paintings are sold.
Things to See
Rich in history and culture, the city of Tallinn boasts of a wide variety of attractions and sights for you to visit. The Old Town district of Tallinn is a historic center considered to be the hub of tourist attractions in the city. Dated back to the eleventh century several attractions such as the Town Hall and St. Olav’s Church (tallest church in Medieval Europe) are found in Old Town. The town also boasts of a fortified complex considered as one of the strongest defense forces during the sixteenthCentury. Other major areas to consider visiting in Old Town are the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral and St. Catherine’s Passage.
Other city attractions in Tallinn are the Tallinn Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Rocca al Mare Tivoli and the Kadriorg Palace and Park.
Restaurants and Bars
Style and good taste are main attractions of restaurants in the city of Tallinn. Estonian cuisines are highly influenced by Russian flavors and elements. Several restaurants such as the Turg offer pizza menus rich with Russian flavors fused with the traditional Italian pizza style. Classic meat steaks and dishes served in the Goodwin Steakhouse come with an ambiance of coziness and warmth.