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Tallinn Card recommends in April30.03.2012
The April skies open up to the Tallinn TV Tower just in time for the Easter break on April 5. Bring your family or friends and make your way to Pirita area with Tallinn Card this month!
The tower climbs into the heavens. You can from beneath the clouds take the scenic beauty of the town and surrounding countryside. The tour to the 314 metre tower starts with a 3D film which is part of an interactive exhibition on the history of this great Estonian achievement. You can climb to the viewing platform. If you need a rest there is a café at the halfway up.
A special panorama programme magnifies the view by a factor of ten. You can record video greetings in the tower’s television studio and broadcast them globally. The tower will eventually play host to concerts, performances, exhibitions and open air events throughout the year.
Botanical Garden near Pirita district is the best place in Tallinn to stop and smell the flowers. With over 4 500 plant species and 123 hectares of space this is a perfect family friendly complex for summer picnics or occasional outdoor concerts.
April is the best time of the year to take in the beauty of first blooms of the year. In summer a stroll through the rose garden is a must, but the extensive, lush greenhouses make this a popular destination all year round. Here you can find everything from bananas to decorative house plants.
Specialised exhibits change nearly every month, and cover such themes as; medicinal and poisonous plants, exotic fruits, taste and smell, mushrooms, various cutting flowers, and much more. Themed tours are also available throughout the year, most popular among them being the summer-night aroma tours and the rose days.
Operating from April on more frequent schedule is this two and a half hour guided bus and walking tour offering an excellent way for the first-time visitors to get to know Tallinn. The trip takes visitors through the most interesting sections of the city, past the Kadriorg Park and the Song Festival Grounds to the Pirita district, all the while providing running commentary on Estonian history and contemporary life.
The walking portion of the tour covers Medieval Old Town, proceeding across Toompea Hill, stopping at the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church and other scenic viewpoints. It then leads to the narrow, winding streets of the Lower Town, ending on Town Hall Square. Interesting historical titbits about the town’s development make the tour all the more worthwhile.
One excursion with Tallinn Card is free with the following tours with 50% discount.
Pirita TOP SPA Hotel is a sprawling, modest and traditional seaside facility originally built for the 1980 Olympics as yachting centre. It features some highly unusual architecture, though nowadays it’s mostly known for its wide range of spa treatments, beauty services, variety of saunas, half length swimming pool and family friendly surroundings. This is the perfect place to relax with a whole family, leave your tensions behind and restore your body's natural equilibrium or just take in the sunset views. A number of therapies, including a salt chamber, are available, as are beauty treatments, gym, restaurant, café and shops.
With Tallinn Card two hours use of swimming pool and sauna with 50% discount.
If you are used to the heights, take a look at the city at the top of Dome Church in April. Visitors can climb the 69 metre Baroque bell-tower, added in 1779, for amazing views of the city. The Medieval church that stands at the centre of Toompea hill is one of the country's most fascinating historic attractions. Traditionally catering to the nobility, it is filled with spectacular, wood-carved artwork and elaborate coats of arms.
Once upon a time, from 1549 to 1625 to be exact, this 14th century church was the tallest building in the World. But its gigantic, 159-metre spire, which was probably meant to act as a signpost for approaching ships, also turned out unfortunately to be a very effective lightning rod. Throughout the church's history its steeple has been hit repeatedly by lightning, completely burning down the structure three times.
Nowadays its smaller, 124 metre spire still dwarfs most of Tallinn’s buildings and remains an important symbol of the town. From April to October, visitors can make the vigorous climb to the top of the stone portion of the tower for magnificent and dizzying views of Old Town, Toompea hill and the port.
The church itself dates back to at least 1267 when it is thought to have served a group of Scandinavian merchants who settled in the area. Various legends insist the church got its name from either the giant or the mysterious stranger who built it, however it was in fact dedicated to King Olaf II of Norway.
Its current shape and size were set in the 16th century. Inside are high, vaulted naves and a historicist interior design that dates to after the 1830 fire.
Housed in the old granary, itself a remarkable Old Town structure, the museum shows off the country’s most impressive works of applied art from the early 1900s to today. Estonia’s artists have developed a tradition of producing fantastic, often dreamlike creations in glass, ceramics, textile, leather, metalwork and jewellery. In April exhibition “Getting faster and faster?” by glass artist Rait Prääts is on display.
Tallinn’s oldest and most famous café, Maiasmokk has been operating since 1864, and still retains its amazing, pre-war interior. This old charmer lives up to its name (Estonian for 'sweet tooth') by serving up a variety of tempting cakes and pastries – all made right on the spot.
With Tallinn Card free cup of coffee or tea.