Tallinn, Estonia cruise holidays
Estonia's cruise port Tallinn is also a fascinating medieval capital. Another UNESCO World Heritage Centre and major Hanseatic centre, Tallinn’s Old Town is a fairy-tale mix of Gothic spires, cobbled alleyways and pastel-painted merchants’ houses. Over the centuries Estonia has been a battleground for Danish, Swedish, Polish, German and Russian forces all jostling for supremacy, but today Tallinn is a peaceful yet vibrant modern capital.
This multi-faceted jewel of a city and its architecture - a legacy of Teutonic, Polish and Russian rule - will have your eyes on stalks. From the spectacular onion domes of the Nevski Russian Orthodox Cathedral to the Baroque Toompea Castle (home of the Estonian Parliament) and the elaborate Gothic façade of the 13th century Raekoda, Europe's oldest town hall, all can be explored from our Tallinn cruises. Another highlight of a Tallinn cruise is the magnificent St Mary's Cathedral, with its display of more than 100 coats of arms - but do take time out just to stroll the winding streets and cobbled squares of the city's atmospheric old town, where you will find exquisite amber jewellery, fine lacework and gorgeous woollen jackets at bargain prices. Visit the workshops in Catherine's Passage to watch artisans creating leatherwork, jewellery and ceramics, or simply retire to a pavement cafe and relax while enjoying alfresco performances from brass bands, string quartets and strolling players.