inhabitants: 411 063
number of cinemas: 6
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 70 km (43 mi) south of Helsinki. At the historical and medieval heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval houses and alleyways. The lower town spreads out from the foot of the hill, still protected by the remnants of a city wall. Around the city wall is a series of well-maintained green parks, great for strolling.
Most travellers arrive to Estonia through Tallinn either by plane, train, bus or a car, making it the most international city in Estonia. With half a million citizens, Tallinn is hardly a world metropolis. However: short distances and low traffic are advantages to cherish. Medieval Tallinn Old Town, one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world, is just a short walk away from the city business centre with modern towers.
Outside of the Old Town, there is still plenty to see and do – beautiful Kadriorg area with its large park, ponds, fountains and playgrounds, also an elegant and glamorous Pirita area where you can spend a day on the beach, or rent a boat. And Rocca al Mare, home to Tallinn Zoo, and the Estonian Open Air Museum.
Artis Cinema offers a selection of arthouse and other quality films in comfortable and modern surroundings. In 2005, Tallinnfilm earned recognition from Europa Cinemas for “best youth work” and children’s and youth programmes continue to be front and centre at Artis cinema.