The best cultural spots in Tallinn (capital of Estonia) are recommended by local residents.
1. Saint Olav’s Church This building is one of the most beautiful in this city. It is situated at the end of Pick Street. During history it has been burned down three times and hit lightening eight times. This building is very tall. You can see its 124m spire from all over the city. If you want to see sweeping views you can climb to the observation deck.
2. Old town Many tourists like to visit Katariina Käik in the Old Town. It is also called St Catherin’s Passage and was lined with craftsmen’s workshops. In Old Town there is steep alley called Long Leg or Pikk Jalg which winds up to Toompea Hill. Coffee and a croissant can be bought in a charming French bistro – Bonaparte. At Toompea Hill are St Mary’s Cathedral (founded in 1219) and Russian Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral.
3. Kumu Art Museum This is biggest art museum in Estonia. There are modern paintings and sculptures, several permanent exhibitions. Next summer younger artists will present experimental art during Gateways.
4. Kadriorg Park This park is situated near the centre. It is surrounded by wooden houses and filled with lilac and oak trees. There are Estonian Art Museum and Kadriorg Palace. Last was built in 18th century.
5. Katusekino There is a rooftop cinema with massive inflatable screen in capital of Estonia. This building is count on 300 viewers. Next year will be Capital of Culture from May to September. Films will be screened in parks and museums.
6. Balti Jaama Turg This is interesting Russian market. Over 50 stalls are on the streets opposite Balti Jaam every day. You can buy there not only antiques, but even locally made jam.
7. Kiek in de Kök You can visit there museum inside artillery tower. Also here is tour of its bastion passages. 500m of passages were used as a bomb shelter during the World War II.
8. Von Krahl Theatre There is avant-garde theatre in a back street of the Old Town. You can see here performances of different troupes from all over the world. It can be musicals, dances and opera.
9. Open Air Museam In a forest park there is interesting reconstructed rural village. It includes 12 farms, watermills, tavern, fire station, schoolhouse, windmills and church.
10. Song Festival Grounds You can see that this stadium is an amazing sight.
15,000 singers can hold the stage. Songs mean something for Estonian people. In 1988 in Tallinn was Estonian Singing Revolution when thousands people sang here patriotic hymns.