Naming the world’s most romantic places is a piece of cake as the mind wanders off to Juliet’s house and balcony in Verona, the gondola rides and serenades in Venice, or the overwater bungalows and resorts in the Maldives, just to name a few.
What about the romantic places to visit in Tallinn, Estonia? Estonia has been recently recognised as the most technologically advanced country in the world, but has anyone ever heard about how romantic it is? Leaping at the opportunity, Tripity would like to introduce you to the five most romantic places in Tallinn, Estonia!
Tallinn’s Most Romantic Hotel
If you are planning a romantic trip to Estonia with your precious one, you do not have to be a Casanova to realise that the easiest thing to do to experience the romantic capital from day one and during the entire stay is to book a room at one of the most romantic hotels in Tallinn. The Three Sisters Hotel is ultimately romantic with the interior design boasting luxurious wood and canopies. The legend has it that the three adjoined buildings actually belonged to three sisters.
Nowadays, The Three Sisters Hotel is Estonia’s only boutique hotel that is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Group. If you are looking for a romantic environment in a 14th-century building, a great location, and a touch of luxury, hurry up and book a room early to avoid disappointment!
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Tallinn’s Most Romantic Restaurant
The air of the narrow streets of Tallinn’s fabled Old Town is filled with history, oozing mouth-watering smells of the many cafés and restaurants to suit any, even the most demanding, tastes. The quiet foodie heaven located at 16 Rataskaevu is no doubt one the most romantic restaurants in Tallinn.
Tables are small and quite tightly packed, which never seems to bother the visitors of Rataskaevu 16 as the place is wonderfully cosy and intimate.
On a side note, the restaurant does not have a real name, Rataskaevu 16 it is. Why? When the owners were starting the place and met in the building for the first time, it took them 15 minutes to agree on what a restaurant should not be like. In another 15 minutes, they realised that all the decent names had already been taken, so Rataskaevu 16 was the only logical alternative.
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Visiting the Kissing Hill located just before the entrance to the Viru Gates goes without saying! Obviously, the name says it all, and the Kissing Hill must make it to the top of your list of romantic things to do in Tallinn. It is a very romantic location, especially in the spring, summer, and early autumn with lavish trees and benches all around the place. The environment of the Kissing Hill makes you want to hold hands, hug, kiss, and do all the sweet romantic little things couples do!
Open-Air Skating Rink
If you happen to visit Tallinn in the winter, go for some romance on ice! Uisuplats, a unique pop-up skating rink located in the heart of the Old Town, opens at the beginning of December and closes at the end of March or in early April when the spring sunshine sets in. Cosy lighting, entertaining music, a warm café, and the romantic settings of the medieval Old Town will make it an unforgettable – but slippery – experience!
Old Town’s Flower Market
Last but not least, flowers are a romantic must at any time of the year. The flower market located at the Viru Gates, open day and night, offers a spectacular collection of all kinds of flowers and flower arrangements.
You might think that you are being romantic by giving your girlfriend flowers, but their type and count in particular matter. Just a quick reminder – do not get a woman an even number of flowers as in Estonia, it is reserved for grieving and funerals!
Not enough romance? Do not worry, Tallinn has much more to offer even to the most desperate romantics!
Taking one of Tallinn walking tours of the Old Town is the ultimate way to discover the city’s hidden romantic gems. The Old Town is nicely compact, which allows you to freely walk its cobbled streets all the way on your romantic quest. Below, you will find the names of the places we absolutely recommend you to visit:
- Master’s Courtyard
Surprisingly, the compact and peaceful Master’s Courtyard accommodates the Old Town’s craftsmen, Chocolaterie Café as well as the guest apartments of Villa Hortensia all in one. Here, you can shop for handicraft and one-of-a-kind souvenirs, try delicious cakes, and forget about the world;
- Kohtuotsa and Patkuli Viewing Platforms
The Kohtuotsa and Patkuli viewing platforms offer breath-taking views of modern and medieval Tallinn. If you do not have enough time to visit the outskirts of Tallinn for a romantic picnic, why not grab some snacks and a bottle of crispy wine and enjoy the time with your beloved one right here?
If you have plenty of time and are still hungry for romance, we advise you to leave the Old Town with its romantic hotels, restaurants, and history and go on one of Tallinn tours to Kadriorg Park and Pirita Promenade.
You will no doubt enjoy a romantic stroll through Kadriorg Park that was founded by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine in the 18th century. Quite a cliché, but how romantic is that? In its prime time in the summer, the park boasts beautiful gardens that surround the baroque Kadriorg Palace, a summer palace, and the famous Swan Pond.
Just a stone’s throw away, you will find Tallinn’s Pirita Promenade, a 2 km paved pathway that stretches from Kadriorg to Pirita. A perfect location for a romantic couple in search of spectacular views of the shoreline, the City, and the Old Town in the distance.
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If you are staying in Tallinn for a longer period of time, you might want to go on one of Estonia tours, Tallinn shore excursions, or on a romantic getaway weekend to one of the manor houses located in the close vicinity of Tallinn.
The appreciation of manor houses is once again on the rise in Estonia. The country boasts 1,245 mansions, most of them sadly standing in ruin, so we will focus on the most scenic and romantic one to located just 50 kilometres away from the Estonian capital. Treat yourself and your partner to Padise Manor!
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Padise Manor is an 18th-century historic mansion that currently houses a hotel and a restaurant.
Not far from the main estate building, you will find an extraordinary 13th-century monastery ruin. When the weather is nice, the restaurant of Padise Manor offers seating on a large terrace that faces the monastery ruins, perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner.
The whole area of Padise Manor is a fascinating place to explore. Here, you can take your time, relax, and indulge yourself and your special someone in the romance of the historic grounds.
To sum it up, if you are looking for some quality romance time, take your love interest to the elegant Tallinn. The Estonian capital city is an amazing blend of a perfect location near the sea, overwhelming history as well as romantic privacy and intimacy that every couple is dying for!