Day-trip in Tallinn: Discovering Rocca al Mare
Tuesday, 5 May 2009 kell 15:24
Rocca al Mare is located North-West side of Tallinn. It is situatedvnear the Kopli Bay and also its name means Rock near the Sea. There are many interestin places that offer different leisure, sporting and shopping options…
HOW TO GET THERE?
Easiest way is to get bus nr. 5 front of hotel and ride with it to station VABADUSE VÄLJAK. There you need to cross the street and take trolley nr. 6 ant ride to HAABERSTI bus-stop. Also taking the taxi is not very expensive – as distance is only around 6-7 km.
OPEN AIR ATTRACTIONS
Gently rolling slopes, forested parks and fresh sea air have been attracting visitors to Tallinn for centuries, so it’s fair to say that anyone who spends his time in Tallinn confined in hotels and museums is truly missing out. Whether it’s a stroll through the first flowers of spring, a romp through autumn leaves or a tour of Tallinn’s magical winter landscape, there’s no substitute for experiencing the great outdoors. Several of the city’s attractions are, by their nature, perfectly suited to an open-air environment, and make an excellent day out.
ESTONIAN OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Estonian Open Air Museum presents a unique collection of old Estonian buildings on a 79-hectare expanse of seaside land.
Farm buildings, windmills and water mills from various periods and regions have been brought together here.
Quite often they have different workshops and exhibitions. Best time to visit museum is spring to autumn.
Like in most countries that gained independence after World War I, in Estonia the cultural and economic development enabled the establishment of a zoological garden only shortly before World War II. Tallinn Zoo was founded on 25 August 1939. The main responsibility for the preparations of this event lay with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Department of Tourism and Nature Preservation.
Two years before, in 1937, a team of Estonian marksmen had won the World Champion title in Helsinki. With the so-called Argentine Cup they had brought along another trophy – a young lynx Illu. Illu became our first exhibit and later the lynx was chosen our emblem animal. Initially it was decided to develop our collection and gain experience in a provisory area on the edge of Kadriorg Park. Afterwards a more extensive area was to be selected for the proper zoo. When Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, the societies and unions were banned. Tallinn Zoo came under the jurisdiction of Tallinn City Government and has operated as a municipal institution ever since. World War II interrupted the plans and the zoo could move to its new area of ca 87 hectares in Veskimetsa district only 44 years later, in 1983.
Tallinn Zoo has one of the most exciting collections in Northern Europe.
Established in 1939, the Zoo is home to over 5,400 animals, representing nearly 350 species. The zoo has many rare creatures from temperate and Arctic zones…
Visit also Zoo webpage
SPORT AND ADVENTURE
VESKIMETSA RIDING CENTER
Veskimetsa Riding Centre is the biggest riding centre in Tallinn, capital of Estonia. About 70 horses live and train here every day. Information about booking and prices you can find here.