Harju
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  • Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

    1. Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

    Take this spectacular drive along Tallinn's coast to get a feel for the area's natural beauty and fascinating maritime and Soviet history! You'll visit the Olympic Center built in Tallinn for the Moscow Olympics and hear how the yachting competitions were organised during Soviet times. On the Viimsi peninsula, you'll visit the abandoned Soviet air-defence base and Coastal Folk Museum's exhibiton introducing stories about time behind the iron curtain. Picture-postcard views of the Old Town skyline can be admired from Tallinn TV tower. 

    Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and also shared some personal stories, which all made for a vivid and exciting tour.

  • Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

    2. Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

    Begin your tour with a light hike along the forested coastline not far from Tallinn. Visit an abandoned naval fortress which is tucked away in the forest, where it is still possible to explore the dark underground tunnels and the massive concrete structures above the ground. From there your tour continues to the Keila Waterfall, located in a peaceful manor park with charming bridges and walking paths. Drive through the mostly Russian-speaking city of Paldiski, getting a feel of its industrial Soviet-era neighborhoods. Following that, visit the local Russian orthodox church to learn about the contrast between Estonian and local Russian cultures. A break for lunch at a local restaurant is then provided, during which you can order Estonian food for lunch. Continue the tour to the Pakri coastal cliffs where you can observe the red lighthouse looking over the vast Baltic Sea. Whilst there, ...

  • Tallinn: Soviet History of Modern Tallinn Tour

    3. Tallinn: Soviet History of Modern Tallinn Tour

    Embark on a guided tour to discover Tallinn’s Soviet history. Visit highlights like Memorial to the Victims of Communism, Pirita Yacht Club, Linnahall, National Library of Estonia, and more. Drive until Lasnamae to see a fascinating part of the city that was considered Tallinn’s model socialist micro-district until the 1990s. Feel the typical Soviet atmosphere with apartment buildings that have not yet been remodeled. Learn how it has preserved its original appearance as a typical residential district. Walk through the district which is like an open-air museum of Soviet Estonia reflecting the style and architecture of its time. Be driven to the Baltic seaside to discover the Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Maarjamae, dedicated to Estonian people who suffered the terror of the Soviet regime. It is a grand architectural achievement serving to remind the fragility of freedom and h...

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Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and also shared some personal stories, which all made for a vivid and exciting tour.