The Estonian capital is one of the few cities still surrounded today by an authentic medieval surrounding wall. The architectural profusion of the city is impressive; the whole is so well preserved that you would think on every street corner it was a movie set... From Toompea Hill to the plain of City Hall, almost every house is an open-air history museum. There is not only value, but also charm, omnipresent among the cobbled streets, passages, plots, because while being highlighted, nothing seems to be museumized in this dynamic and young city. The old town is full of bars, restaurants, design shops, decoration (everything that Estonia is proud of), often very neat, individual and of high quality. At night, the city lives until very late and the laughter of the youth splashes on the century-old cobblestones. What a great place to party! The next day, at dawn, what a joy to contemplate the rising sun on the red tiled roofs of buildings that date back most of the 15th and 16th centuries, to admire the view of the sea from the top of the Toompea hill, to move between the stalls of the craft market full of life and colour, to participate in the animation of festivals and traditional days in the old city of.... Tallinn, that's all that! The old town is enchanting and a little secret... and what could be more normal for a thousand-year-old city, listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Design and contemporary architecture :
With a rich heritage, Estonia is far from being a frozen country. On the contrary, the successive "civilizations" that flourished there have each left their mark, often harmoniously integrating it with the older remains. In Tallinn, for example, the industrial architecture of the late 19th century, the communist achievements of the 1950s and the new glass buildings of the 1990s-2000 blend surprisingly harmoniously well with medieval, Renaissance or Baroque ensembles. Depending on the magnificent medieval achievements, you may also be seduced by the modern architecture, comfortable hotels, designer cafés and contemporary art galleries. Fascinated by design, functionality and modern comfort just like their Finnish neighbours, Estonians have developed a taste for contemporary aesthetics based on quality and originality. A country where you can shop for decoration in one of the many designer shops....
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette