Tallinn old town

The historic centre of Tallinn is an exceptionally complete and well preserved medieval northern European trading city on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The combination of the upper town on the high limestone hill and the lower town at its foot with many church spires forms an expressive skyline that is visible from a great distance both from land and sea.

On my impressions, I really like the city center of Tallinn, a magnificent historic city center, on a human scale. I like the design with fortifications surrounding the city and a lot of parks. It is really a pleasure to walk the streets of Tallinn. The historic city center is the most preserved city center in Europe and we can see why. The upper town with the castle and the cathedral has always been the administrative centre of the country, whereas the lower town preserves to a remarkable extent the medieval urban fabric of narrow winding streets, many of which retain their medieval names, and fine public and burgher buildings, including town wall, town Hall, pharmacy, churches, monasteries, merchants and craftsmen guilds, and the domestic architecture of the merchants’ houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree. The distribution of building plots survives virtually intact from the 13th-14th centuries.

In the historic city center, you can also find lots of nice little cafes, as well as restaurants. These varied restaurants offer terraces during the summer season. One of the other pluses is having an excellent quality of life for an affordable cost of living. For this reason it is easy for me to be able to work in cafes in the historic city center.

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