4 things to do in rainy Tallinn

ico-published Monday, 13 July 2009 kell 16:48

As of recently in the city of Tallinn, the weather has been terrible. It has seemed more like October than July, and therefore we at Dzingel have decided to recommend some fun and entertaining activities do in Tallinn, rain or shine:

1. DAY-SPA

If everything outside seems gray and wet then the Spa is one of the best places to be.  There are several excellent day spas in Tallinn with prices ranging from 100 to 200 EUR, which offer between 5 and 6 different treatments.  After a relaxing spa session, the sun may seem as though it’s shinning brighter.
Day Spa (Vana-Posti 4)
Here you can find packages for 75 – 150 EUR
Wiide Day Spa (Wiedemanni 13-1A)
This seems like a quite luxurious spa, but unfortunately their homepage is only in Estonian. The listed prices are between 175 -300 EUR

Day Spa (Vana-Posti 4)

Here Here you can find packages for 75 – 150 EUR

Wiide Day Spa (Wiedemanni 13-1A)

This seems like a quite luxurious spa, but unfortunately their homepage is only in Estonian. The listed prices are between 175 -300 EUR

2. CINEMA

If a night out at the cinema is what you crave, then Tallinn has several movie theaters with a good selection of films.

Coca Cola Plaza (Hobujaama 5)

On the 10th of March 2001, exactly 37 years after the movie theater ‘The Kosmos’ opened its doors to the public, Estonia’s first multiplex-cinema which came to be known as ‘The Coca Cola Plaza’ was inaugurated. The theater’s inaugural film was “Cast Away” starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis.  The Coca-Cola Plaza multiplex-theater offers something for every moviegoer at any given day. The movie theater has 11 screens with a total number of 1968 seats. During the first 7 years of its operation the Coca-Cola Plaza has enjoyed the pleasure of hosting 6,2 million customers.

Check here to check for movie listings for today.

Kosmos (Pärnu mnt. 45)

The Kosmos cinema opened its doors to the public on March 10th, 1964 and lured audiences with its main theater that accommodates nearly 1000 moviegoers. The Kosmos was also the movie theatre to show the first film that was ever distributed by the MPDE (now FORUM CINEMAS) in Estonia  “Hot Shots!” in March of 1993. For years, The Kosmos has been at the forefront of the cinema experience in Tallinn, showing all the latest films from Hollywood and elsewhere. After continuous repairs and modifications, it has become a top of the line cinema equipped with modern technology and comfortable seating. Due to the demands of the consumer and the growing number of films, yet another screen was built into the lobby of The Kosmos in 1995. The new theater room with 136 seats enabled the The Kosmos to offer more films to the movie going public.

Check here to check for movie listings for today!

Sõprus (Vana-Posti 8 )

Unfortunately this cinema does not have a homepage in English. However, here you would be most likely to find something more alternative rather than the run of the mill Hollywood production.  If your taste in film takes you away from the mainstream, then you may very well find something to your liking here.

Most films in the Estonian movie theaters are in their original language and presented with Estonian subtitles.

3. SOMETHING EXTREME

MEGAZONE (Tartu mnt. 80D)

Megazone offers an exciting game of laser-tag with accommodations for both groups and for individuals. Unfortunately the home page is in estonian and russian only, but you can find contacts here and the pricelist here.

4. BOWLING

For a leisurely sporting activity, why not spend the afternoon on the bowling alley (and of course the losers will buy the drinks). There are many bowling establishments in Tallinn, however here are the two which are most easily accessible from the Dzingel Hotel location:

Toolbox bowling (Pärnu mnt. 69)

http://www.toolbox.ee/

Kuulsaal Bowling (Mere pst. 6)

http://www.kuulsaal.ee/

More information about activities in Tallinn can be found here:  http://www.tourism.tallinn.ee/


Day-trip in Tallinn: Discovering Kadriorg and Pirita

ico-published Monday, 18 May 2009 kell 14:46


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I guess that I won’t lie if I say that this side of Tallinn is most beutiful place for spending your day… Beautiful parks, long way along the seaside and history mixed with nature – what else you want to know…

Getting to there is also really simple – you just need to take bus number 5 front of hotel to J.Poska bus stop and you directly get near to the Kadriorg Park…

KADRIORU PARK

Kadriorg Park is the most notable park artwork in Estonia.

The park was originally nearly 100 hectares in size, but is not preserved in its entirety.

Here you can come to have pcnic with friends or famility… Or having some relaxiation moments by walking around and feeling signs from different times.

One of the most popular places in the park is the symmetrical Swan Lake and its surroundings.  If you are travelling with kids then Swan Lake is must go place for you :)

Originally, the park included a dignified formal Italian-French garden on the other side of the Swan Lake from the road.

Only a small part of the large park was designed as a formal park in its time. Most of it was intended to preserve the look of the natural landscape, with meadows and forest groves, traversed by paths.

In 1722 alone, soldiers planted 550 trees in the park. In the interest of the rapid development of the park, fully grown trees were successfully replanted here. Some of the trees, especially the horse chestnuts, were supposed to be replanted in gardens in St. Petersburg later, but after the death of Peter I, this was forgotten, and the horse chestnuts stayed in Kadriorg.

Lining the promenade leading from the Swan Lake to the palace (Weizenbergi Street) are many of the palace’s auxiliary buildings. The restoration workshop of the Estonian Art Museum is currently located in the palace’s guesthouse and the park pavilion next door. Opposite the palace gates is a small guard house, followed by the palace’s kitchen building and ice cellar.

Kadriorg is famed for its impressive baroque palace and park complex built by Peter I, as well as the Estonian President’s residence.

KUMU Art Museum

The Kumu (KUnstiMUuseum) Art Museum is a modern multifunctional art building, which contains exhibition halls, a lecture hall offering diverse facilities, and an educational centre for young visitors and for art lovers. It is newest art museum in Estonia. Kumu Art Museum is situated on the limestone hillside between the Kadriorg Park and Lasnamäe district.

It contains:

  • Visitor service rooms
  • Exhibition halls
  • Auditorium
  • Education centre
  • Library and archive
  • Collection depositories
  • Restoration department
  • Work spaces and workshops

For more information please visit KUMU homepage here

WAY FROM KADRIORG TO PIRITA

If the weather is nice then I really suggest to have a nice walk from Kadriorg to Pirita… (of course if you are in hurry or weather is not enough nice then you can also take a bus…) You just need to keep yourself near the see and you will pass all the following places.

RUSSALKA

This striking sculpture of an angel facing out into the sea horizon is a memorial to the 177 men of the Russalka, a Russian military ship that tragically sunk while en route to Helsinki in 1893. The monument has become a famous Tallinn landmark, and a traditional spot for Russian couples to lay flowers on their wedding day.

TALLINN SONG FESTIVAL GROUND

I guess that there is not so many nations who have tried to get their freedom by singing… 1988 there happened several night song festivals where people came together and sang national songs. Nowadays it doesn’t seems nothing special but during soviet occupation it was quite a crime – and still more than 100 000 people came together… You can read more about Singing Revolution from wiki.

The Tallinn Song Grounds, built in 1959, host a multitude of popular events through the year. The Song Grounds are famous primarily as the location of the massive national Song Festival, which takes place every five years, drawing together 25,000 singers and 100,000 spectators. The Song Grounds Light Tower is open for anyone who wants to climb up 42 meters to a magnificent view over Tallinn and the bay.

View to Old Town and Harbour from Pirita road. Take your camera with you :)

MAARJAMÄE CASTLE

Near the Pirita road you can find place what has really colourful history. It was built  somewhere 17th century as summer manor.

1811 Merchant Johan Gottlieb Clementz from Strietberg bought this house and made here Sugar Factory.

1837 he bankrupt and new owner was Christian Rotermann who started to produce there spirit and starch.

1873 it was bought by Russian Count Anatoli Orlov-Davõdov who rehabilitated house as summer manor again and builded here beutifult terrasces etc.

during 1932‘s was place used as restaurant.

1937 was builded there flying school.

1940 – 1975 During this period was building damaged a lot as it was used by Soviet Union army.

1975 it was given to Estonian Historical Museum and since then there have been done lot of renovation.

PIRITA CONVENT

History of the Pirita Convent in Tallinn

The history of the St. Bridget’s Convent in Tallinn – the Pirita Convent – dates back to XV century. The idea to found a convent in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was initiated by some Tallinn merchants already in 1400.

In early 15th century when Pirita convent was built, Tallinn (Reval) had started to benefit from its privileged situation as a monopolistic transit trade point between east and west. During that medieval building boom in Tallinn town wall was reconstructed and many new towers built. In addition to Pirita convent also several other outstanding buildings, of which some have survived until nowadays, were built, including the new Town Hall in old town.

The traditional building materials in Estonia that time were limestone and timber. Because of the building boom the people who had decided to build St. Bridget convent in Tallinn, faced a shortage of building materials as well as lack of organisational skills. Despite the merchants Hinrich Huxer, Gerlach Kruse and Hinrich Swalbart and their supporters finally got the land for the convent on the right bank of the Pirita River, it took several more years to battle with many difficulties that had to be overcome before the construction of the convent finally started.

In 1407 two brothers from St. Bridget Order Convent in Vadstena, Sweden, had arrived to Tallinn to promote with advice and other assistance the expansion of order to Estonia. In 1417 finally the first limestone quarry permit was obtained from the town with the help of the Grandmaster of the Livonian Order and the building of the Pirita convent started. The completed church was consecrated on August 15, 1436 by Tallinn’s Bishop Heinrch II.

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TALLINN BOTANIC GARDEN

Tallinn Botanical Garden

Take a ten-minute drive from the city noise and discover the harmony of pure nature, landscape architecture, exotic plants, and local Estonian herbs – all this in the Tallinn Botanic Garden, in a picturesque place in the valley of the Pirita River. Thousands of different plants will surprise not only professional botanists but any person wishing to relax and enjoy nature.

LAST STOP: PIRITA VALLEY

Pirita Klint Valley, which separates the Lasnamägi Klint Plateau from the Iru Klint Peninsula, is nearly 10 km long and cuts up to 25 m deep into bedrock. Half a kilometre southeast of Vana-Narva Road, in a meander of the Pirita River, which breaks through the edge of the klint plateau here, there is Iru Fort Hill. This was the location of a fortified settlement of ancient Estonians in the 7th–5th century BC and in the 5th–10th century there was also a fortress here, which was burned down at least five times before its inhabitants moved finally to Toompea Klint Island.

Day-trip in Tallinn: Discovering Rocca al Mare

ico-published 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.

More information you can find http://www.evm.ee/keel/eng/

TALLINN ZOO

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.

AL MARE BOWLING

ICE HALL PREMIA

SHOPPING

Shopping in Tallinn

ico-published Monday, 4 May 2009 kell 13:36

As there are in forums quite often question “What is best place for shopping” then we try to give some overview from Tallinn. Of course it is totally impossible to write down all places but still there are some guidelines and if you have some concrete question then just put it here as comment and we try to answer ASAP.

Maybe first it is reasonable to start with bigger shopping centers in Tallinn… We have them quite a lot and most of them have someting interesting…

JÄRVE SHOPPING CENTER

Nearest shopping mall to Dzingel is Järve Keskus. You just need to take bus nr. 5, 32 or 57  front of hotel and take a ride for 4 stop. Go out in busstop called Risti and across the street you already see it.If the weather is nice then also is option to walk there – trip will be around 1,5 -2,5 km (depends do you prefer the shortest or most beautiful or most interesting way).

In this place you can find drug store, food market, banks and lot of shops. There is also section where are lot of shops with different interior designs traders and if to look well then you can find really interesting stuff for your home.

Also there are florist corner, IT shops and shops for kids… Shoemaker, photo service and lot of more. If you dont have something very specific in your mind then probably you can find it there…

VIRU SHOPPING CENTER

One popular place for shopping is Viru Keskus what is located excactly middle of the city. You can go there by bus nr. 5 – you need go out in the bust stop called Viru (approximately it takes 20 min. busride to get there.)

As they say in their homepage: Viru Keskus is more than just a shopping centre – it is the fashion Mecca of Estonia, the heart of the capital, a pleasant meeting place, a recreational

Of course also prices are according their status but during campaigns you can find there really nice things for reasonable price. My favourite is bookstore “Rahva Raamat” what is located 3rd and 4th floor… Really good place to hang a little bit if weather is not best or you feel that your brain needs some food also :)

In the first floor there is located Tallinn Tourist Information desk where you can already get a lot of good information what to do next…

KRISTIINE SHOPPING CENTER

One of my favourite places to shop some clothes has been Kristiine Keskus… There are two ways to get there… First possibility is to go by bus nr. 32 – but then you must check timetable here as this bus rides quite randomly on morning and afternoon only… You must go out in busstop called Lilleküla jaam and then you have to take a walk ca. 200 m.

But if you want to go there on weekend or lunchtime then you take bus nr. 5 and ride to Vabaduse Väljak . There you need to cross the street and take trolley nr. 6 until stop Taksopark .

Shopping mall is located in 2 floors and on first floor there are big Prisma food market also. In second floor there are represented lot of Estonian local brands like Sangar, PTA, Monton, Baltman, Bastion.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

But as there are big shopping centers everywhere and sometimes it seems that all things are identical over the world then some small hints about places and shops what is harder to find but same time they are worth of visiting…

Marat Outlet : Tulika 9/11 (1 km from Kristiine Keskus)

There you can find really comfortable clothes for all your family – ans prices are more than reasonable… Of course as in every outlet there are good and bad days but until now I have found at least 1 thing ecery time when I had chance to go there..

Ökosahver:   Mulla 6a (2 km from Kristiine Keskus or 3 km from Balti jaam)

Place where you can get organic food, environment friendly products and usually also fresh milk and home made bread.

Taibula: Tartu mnt. 28 (Near Stockmann)

Lot of interesting stuff for all kids and also people who still like some good mind teasing games.. You can check their product catalogue from homepage to get overview what they really sell.

If somebody has any more good suggestions or ideas where to go for shopping or where you can find something nice then please post in comments. Best suggestions I will add to article :)

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