Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The population of Tallinn is 449 604 (01.03.2018).
Tallinn, first mentioned in 1219, received city rights in 1248, but the earliest human settlements date back 5,000 years. The initial claim over the land was laid by the Danes in 1219 after a successful raid of Lyndanisse led by Valdemar II of Denmark, followed by a period of alternating Scandinavian and German rule. Due to its strategic location, the city became a major trade hub, especially from the 14th to the 16th century, when it grew in importance as part of the Hanseatic League.
Tallinn is named Lonely Planet’s Best Value Destination of 2018, is an amazing blend of old and new.
The world-famous Old Town was largely constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.