Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in northern Europe. Its charming Old Town survived the Soviets, as well as the country's earlier occupations by the Danish and Swedish empires (among others). Today, this city 115 mi/185 km northwest of Tartu is an important port on the Gulf of Finland and a popular stop for cruise ships.

Nearby Pirita Beach has nice views of the Gulf of Finland, but we especially like the view of Tallinn and environs from atop the ruins of the Pirita Cloister (convent, church and monastery).

Tallinn merits a minimum of two days.

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