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About Tallinn

Evening view of Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia, with a population of 453 328 inhabitants.

Tallinn has the best-preserved medieval Old Town in the Northern Europe that has earned the city a place in the UNESCO´s World Heritage List. In 2019, the city celebrates its 800th anniversary, commemorating its first recorded mention in 1219. Today’s Tallinn is very interesting mix of history and modernity.

Located at the southern bank of the Finnish gulf, it has been an important seaport from the ancient times. Ever since the days of Viking traders Tallinn has been a meeting point for various cultures and nations, so visitors coming from any direction are bound to find something familiar, and something exotic, when they explore the city. Estonia's various rulers – Danish, Livonian, German, Swedish and Russian – have each left their mark on Tallinn's landscape, and their influence can be found reflected in the city's architecture, art and even its restaurant cuisine.

As you are visiting us in October 2019, you will be in the mid of 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Our celebrations started in March 2017 and will end on February 2020. The independent and democratic Republic of Estonia was proclaimed at 24.02.1918. But there was significant historical events before that act and also finally the independence was ensured by signing the Tartu peace treaty between Estonia and Soviet Russia at the February 2nd, 1920. It explains our long celebration.

Estonia loves to showcase its rich culture, especially the traditional mass singing events that define the soul of the nation. Chief among these is the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, held every five years, which involves as many as 37,000 performers and attracts over 200,000 spectators. There are also a number of major annual events to see including Tallinn Music Week, the Jazzkaar International Jazz Festival, Old Town Days, Medieval Days, Tallinn Maritime Days, Birgitta Festival, Tallinn Marathon, Black Nights Film Festival and the Simple Session skateboard and BMX competition.

The climate in Tallinn is characterized by a fairly cold winter, a cool spring with little precipitation, a moderately warm summer and a long and rainy autumn. However, some summers have weeks at a stretch of temperatures around +30°C, and a warm, sunny summer can keep autumn at bay until mid-October.
Average temperature in July +15,7 °C (2017).
Average temperature in February -2,5°C (2017).

Useful links to learn more about the Tallinn and Estonia:


All images of Tallinn on this website are by Kaupo Kalda,,