The Estonian capital, Tallinn, has emerged as one of the most delightful destinations in the Baltic countries. Its old town is one of the best-preserved in Europe and is surrounded by thick medieval walls punctuated by imposing watchtowers. Having escaped from a much-hated 45-year Soviet bear hug, Tallinn now offers a prewar cityscape, lively café life, excellent restaurants and fascinating, imaginatively presented museums.
Tallinn’s old town is a stroller’s delight. As in many European medieval cities, you generally can’t go wrong by beginning your ambles in the central square (“Raekoja plats”) and radiating outward from there. At Toompea, the remains of the Danish castle which founded the city, you can finish your day with a drink inside the Neitsitorn (“Virgin's Tower”), which in the Middle Ages served as a prison for prostitutes. The views are tremendous.