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Cathedral Hill and Old Town of Tallinn
Once again we visit the Cathedral Hill. The weather is pleasant, so we have a nice view from above. First, we visit the cathedral. Behind it is a small park with a terrace, which shows the panorama in the west.
We follow the mountain slope direction north. The premier’s seat has the best view. The old town is at your feet and the harbor is visible in the background. The small squares and narrow streets on the Cathedral Hill convey again the medieval ambiance that characterizes this city. Most of the ancient venerable houses are historical monuments and often rented to embassies or consulates.
We return to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and can take a look. The parliament building stand opposite the cathedral.
To the west, we reach the Maiden’s Tower (Neitsitorn), that houses a café. Here, the city wall with its integrated battlements is particularly well preserved.
We move again towards Town Hall Square and pass the Freedom Square and the restaurant Olde Hansa.
A visit to the Estonian History Museum gives us further impressions of the history of the city. The museum is housed in the mediaeval Great Guild Hall.
Across the street is the most renowned café of the city, the Café Maiasmokk. It is the oldest operating café in Tallinn and has been in the same location since 1864. On the first floor is a restaurant that serves characteristic Estonian dishes.
A special marzipan museum gives an overview of the history of marzipan. On request, you can have marzipan figures decorated on your personal request.
Katarina kaik is the narrowest and most medieval street in Tallinn. Round arches above the alley support the side walls.
It leads to the Müürivahe street, where a market in the shadow of the city wall, gives an insight into the life behind the walls.
Through the Viru Gate from the 14th century, we leave the old town. At Viru välja, the Viru Square, we take a tram to Kadriorg.
In 1718, Tsar Peter I gave the order to build a summer palace in the Tallinn district Kadriorg. He named it after his second wife Katharina, Kadriorg, which means Catherine’s valley. The Kadriorg Palace lies in a wide park.
The Kadriorg Palace serves today as a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia. It displays foreign art from the 16th to the 20th century. Another branch of the Art museum, the KUMU, is also situated in the park. Here one exhibits of Estonian art starting from the18th century.
Above the castle is the official Presidential Palace of the President of Estonia. Another small building in the park, which was the dwelling of Peter I, also houses a museum today.
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