On the shore of the Gulf of Finland, and facing Helsinki the Finnish capital,
Tallinn is an ideal destination for a romantic weekend, with plenty to explore, endless medieval beauties to discover, and hidden jewels.
With a population of half a million inhabitants, the City is the center of cultural, economic, political and gay life of Estonia.
The City center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained in a small area. You can easily explore walking by your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador to show you around.
Beyond its scenic and picturesque allure, Tallinn is a dynamic economic center. It is often called the Silicon Valley of Europe, as the city has the highest number of startups per inhabitants in Europe. It is the birthplace of many internet companies such as Skype (you know Skype … :).
Moreover, the city is really cheap compared to West European or American standards, so you can have a great time there without getting broke.
Take your time walking and admiring the old city, crammed with beautiful churches, elegant palaces, historical districts, remarkable museums, and exquisite gardens and parks …
old Town is one of the best preserved medieval areas in Europe
and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Major sights include the Town Hall square, the fortifications, as many churches, including St Olaf’s, St. Nicholas’ and the Church of the Holy Ghost.
Tallinn is home to more than 60 museums and galleries. Iconic Estonian History Museum and the Art Museum of Estonia are the most visited in Tallinn.
KUMU with its collection covering Estonian art from the 18th century and it is one of the largest museums in Northern Europe.
The Toompea Castle overlooking the city is a unique place to admire labyrinthine alleyways, steeples, domes, and breathtaking views on the Baltic sea and surrounding forests.
After a full day visiting, have some rest and joyful time in the trendy area of Tallinn, packed with creative restaurants, hipster cafés, art galleries, antique shops, and young designer stalls.
The gay area in Tallinn
Tallinn is the only city in Estonia where you can find dedicated gay bars. There is no specific gay district in Tallinn. Even if there aren’t as many gay bars, the atmosphere is very friendly, and people are very welcoming with tourists. As anywhere, Tallinn’s gay bars and clubs get extremely packed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tallinn Gay Pride
The biggest gay event in Tallinn is the Baltic Gay Pride, which takes place every three years.
Gay beaches close to Tallinn
The city has many public beaches, including those at Pirita, Stroomi, Kakumäe, Harku, and Pikakari. They are not really gay, but …
Day trip from Tallinn
Some of Latvia’s most impressive attractions are right on Tallin’s doorstep.
Kadriorg Palace is a Baroque palace which houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia. There are at least 400 manors and castles to explore in Estonia.
You can quickly get to Helsinki for a day trip by ferry. It is just a 1 hour and a half ferry trip, and a unique opportunity to sail on the black waters of the Baltic Sea.
Exciting museums, lovely walks in the medieval city, gay bars and trendy restaurants … Tallinn is a perfect destination for a cultural or festive weekend, traveling alone, with friends or with your beloved one.
Finally, Tallinn is a strategical position to visit the Baltic countries, as it is only a few hours trip by car or boat to enjoy fascinating and gay-friendly Baltic cities such as Vilnius, Riga, or Helsinki. Or even Stockholm.
Or to explore seaside villages, fantastic countryside and to admire breathtaking landscapes.