Tallinn's medieval Old Town is known around the world for its well-preserved completeness and authentic Hanseatic architecture. Enchanting atmosphere, rich cultural scene, beautiful surroundings and plenty of galleries, cafes and restaurants to choose from: there is something for everyone in Tallinn.
Spend a day in a true medieval milieu and you will soon understand, why so many have described Tallinn Old Town as mystic, addictive and mesmerizing. Unlike other capital cities in Europe, Tallinn has managed to preserve the completeness and structure of it's medieval and Hanseatic origin. Most of the cobblestone streets and properties, important state and church buildings, citizens' and merchant's residences, barns and warehouses dating back as far as to 11th century, are preserved in their original form.
Powerful defensive structures have protected Tallinn from being destroyed in wars, and its lack of wooden buildings has kept the fire damages low. But it is also crucial that Tallinn has not been massively rebuilt or "improved" in the interest of dispensing with the old and modernising the town. 1997, Tallinn Old Town became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and is often referred to as the "medieval pearl of Europe".
In 2011, Tallinn takes on its role as European Capital of Culture, giving the city a chance to showcase the best of its creative spirit to the rest of the world.
Digital tallinn - city guide offering a brief description of the city, photo tour, works of Estonian artists and an intercative virtual tour (QTVR) of the Old Town. Webcamera shows a realtime video feed.