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10 interesting Facts about Tallinn Estonia

1. The name Tallinn comes from the Estonian word "Taani-linna" and means Danish city.

2. But before 1918, the city was known as Reval. According to legends, it comes from the German word for “deer fall” (Reh-fall). Others say it comes from the old Estonian county called Revalia.

3. Tallinn an very old city. The first confirmed written record is from 1219.

4. So it’s no wonder, that it has one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. With a medieval fort that dates back to the 14th century.

5. Other buildings where you can see the rich history of Tallinn are the Town Hall Pharmacy (open since 1422), Café Maiasmokk (open since 1864), and the Dominican St. Catherine’s Monastery (1246).

6. For even more history you can visit one of over 60 museums and galleries in Tallinn.

7. Something not everyone might expect, Tallinn has a beach!

8. You can see the city from below… and walk through the “secret” Bastion Tunnels.

9. “Vanna Tallinn” is Tallinn's signature drink. Vanilla seeds, orange, and citrus oils mixed with rum are the main ingredients.

10. The St. Olaf's Church in Tallinn is said to have been the tallest building in the world from 1549 to 1625 with a spire height of 124 meters (407 ft).

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