Following tourist destination guides can be a lot of fun. But you’re more likely to understand the local culture if you visit the landmarks they cherish. Here we list three places the locals like to visit in Tallinn when they have time off work.
#1 Roof of Linnahall
The Soviets built the roof of Linnahall to serve as a regatta for the 1980 Olympics to watch the boating events. The roof is a demonstration of excellent concrete work. More than that, the locals love to hangout on the roof to see the sunrise or sunset. It is a favorite spot to land after a night of clubbing.
#2 Katariina Quai
While it takes an hour to walk to the Katariina Quai, it’s worthwhile. Locals love to picnic on the other side of the bay in this non-touristy place. It boasts of an incredible panorama and a wonderful swimming spot. In the winter, the locals are outnumbered by beautiful white swans.
#3 St. Olaf’s Church Platform
Okay, so this one is still a little touristy as they charge an admission, but even the locals love to climb to the top of the church! St. Olaf’s Church was the tallest building in the world for 76 years, until the Eiffel Tower was built. Its sheer height was the reason the KGB took it over as a surveillance tower, fitted with powerful radio equipment. The locals like to visit in April and May as the dark roof gets too hot in the summer.
These are three favorite places the locals like to visit in Tallinn. While there, strike up a conversation with someone from Tallinn to find more great places to visit. When you do, let us know in the comments what you find! And don’t forget to book your Tallinn apartment before you arrive!
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