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Swissotel Tallinn

Hi, thinking of staying here for a couple of nights early July, but it seems to be on the outskirts of town... is its location OK?

Anything in Tallinn we definitely shouldn't miss?

Thanks :o)

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I looked at it on the map and you're definitely close enough to walk easily to the Old Town section and also to Kadriorg, a lovely park with a couple of museums worth visiting--if you like museums. I spent a day visiting their zoo and the outdoor history museum, beautiful setting and very interesting. I have Estonian heritage so naturally that appealed to me, others might skip it. Old Town can keep you busy for a full day and I also enjoyed two full-day trips to Lahemaa National Park and another to the west coast, including the charming town of Haapsalu. EstAdventures is a wonderful small group--as in 4 people!--tour company run by an ex-pat Australian who married an Estonian and moved to Tallinn. They do full day car trips and also some great shorter walking tours, very thorough and attentive. I stayed at the Boutique Hotel Savoy, just at the edge of Old Town and walked all over their more modern section night and day and felt perfectly comfortable--I don't think there's any sketchy areas in Tallinn. For a capital city it has a mellow vibe, it was beautiful and had energy but not so much that I was drained.

As a female I do like a bit of shopping but despise the usual touristy garbage--plenty of that there, and amber shops--and there are several artist collectives where hand-made and unique items can be found--leather books and boxes, jewelry, ceramics and as a knitter I was thrilled to find hand-knit mittens in their traditional Estonian folk patterns.

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I get so sad that there are so few queries about Estonia/Tallinn as it's quite a beautiful place to visit, my week-long stay was busy but also relaxing. I love to tell people I went because no one else I know has ever considered it, and worse, I've had people actually say, "Estonia? Is that a real place? I think you're making it up!"

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Being brutally honest, it wasnt on our radar either. It only popped up because we downloaded an iPhone app called 'been' where you can tick countries you've been too.

We were looking down the list of places we hadnt been to and had the... Estonia? Where's that... Moment.

Then checked city videos on YouTube and found that it looked an amazing place.

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My wife has now returned from her trip to Estonia, staying at the Swissotel; she had a fantastic time and really enjoyed Tallinn, the hotel, the food, and well everything really. She also took a trip to the open air museum which she loved. A week after she got back, I asked her if she would go again tomorrow... definitely, she said. I only saw the photo's but everything looked really nice, which she said it was. Thanks Tallinn!

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I'm so glad to hear she had a great trip! I loved the peaceful quality of the outdoor museum, I was there in the second week of September so tourist season was definitely winding down and I felt quite alone as I wandered through it.