sábado, 11 de abril de 2015

ESTONIA: OLDE HANSA RESTAURANT IN TALLINN





In the blog www.elrincondesele.com I found very interesting information about the places to visit in Tallinn and, above all, a restaurant for having lunch. The restaurant is called Olde Hansa and is absolutely medieval.



The restaurant building, located in the old city center and near the Town's Hall Square, is like a medieval 3-storey house with a gabled roof. Next to the front door, a horse cart gives the medieval appearance.



Medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn
Building of the medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn


Medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn
A horse cart in front of the main entrance to Olde Hansa Restaurant


Restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn
Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn


Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
Doorway of the restaurant Olde Hansa located near the Town Hall's Square in Tallinn



And inside everything was like in the medieval era when Tallinn was a trade hub in the Baltic: tables and chairs, soft light, the waiters were dressed and speak to you with the accent of two centuries ago, you drink beer in jugs and food on huge plates. I ordered a delicious beer flavored with cinnamon. And the food was succulent. Anecdotally, when asking for the bill, the waiter asked: in cash or in horses?



Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
Inside the medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn



Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
First floor of the medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn


Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
Candles lighting the first floor of Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn


Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
The low lighting and candlelight gave even more medieval atmosphere to the restaurant


Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
My beer jar with a slight taste of cinnamon


Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
The main dish I enjoyed in Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn





Below you have the most interesting places we saw in Tallinn:



  • Saint Olav Church. Views from the bell-tower
  • Pikk Street
  • Tower's Square
  • Town walls
  • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral
  • Parliament of Estonia
  • Saint Mary Cathedral
  • Kohtu Platform
  • Patkuli Platform
  • Saint Nicholas Church
  • Town Hall's Square
  • Town Hall
  • Town Hall's Pharmacy
  • Olde Hansa Restaurant
  • Viru Gate
  • Saint Catherine Passage




And this was our trip route in Finland and Estonia:

Day 1 - Helsinki
  • Aleksanterinkatu Street
  • Senaatintori
  • Lutheran Cathedral
  • Esplanadi Park
  • Kappeli Cafe


Day 2 - Helsinki and Tampere
  • Sibelius Monument
  • Olympic Stadium


Day 3 - Lapland


Day 4 - Lapland
  • Country Cross Ski in Ounasvaara Ski resort


Day 5 - Lapland
  • Snowshoes in Ounasvaara Ski Resort
  • Searching for Northern Ligths (Aurora Borealis)


Day 6 - Lapland
  • Rovaniemi
  • Arkikum Museum


Day 7 - Rauma
  • Yyteri Beach
  • Rauma


Day 8 - Turku and Helsinki
  • Castle and Cathedral of Turku
  • Senaatintori and Kauppatori (Senate Square and Market Square) in Helsinki
  • Suomenlinna (Sveavorg) in Helsinki



  • Saint Olav Church. Views from the bell-tower
  • Pikk Street
  • Tower's Square


  • Town walls, Tower's Square and Viru Gate
  • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral
  • Saint Mary Cathedral
  • Kohtu and Patkuli Platform
  • Saint Nicholas Church
  • Town Hall and Town Hall's Square


  • Olde Hansa Restaurant
  • Saint Catherine Passage


    Day 10 - Helsinki



    • Buying souvenirs near Senaatintori (Senate Square)

    ESTONIA: TALLINN



    For going to Tallinn from Helsinki we saw in Internet an agency with which the tickets were well priced. Looking directly into the company Tallink Silja (the one whose timetables adapted to the day and time we wanted: 7:30 am and 4:30 pm round trip) cost 40 € each way. Online (without the right to change or cancellation) cost us € 54 back and forth with the same company. The departure and arrival terminals were:

    • Helsinki: West Terminal 
    • Tallinn: D-Terminal. 



    Since we wanted to visit Tallinn the day before of our return to Barcelona, for the last two days we took the hotel relatively close to downtown and Kauppatori for going to Suomenlinna and Tallinn.



    The problem was that the company we went to Tallinn with departed from another terminal on the other side of the city (I thought that all the companies would depart from Kauppatori and not just some).

    As the ferry left at 7:30am and we had to be half an hour before in the terminal, we had to get a taxi at 6:30 am to get the terminal on time. As there was no traffic, the taxi wasn't expensive at all, about 12 €, and in just 15 minutes we were at the ferry terminal.

    In one day, even in a long morning, you can see perfectly the Old Town of Tallinn. We arrived at 9:30 am to the ferry terminal and at 10 am we were wandering around its cobbled streets. About 1:30 pm we had lunch in the Olde Hansa restaurant and then we walked quietly through the Town Hall Square. At 3:30 pm we went to the ferry terminal.

    The ferries are very full, especially at certain times, because the Finns are going to Estonia to purchase or consume alcoholic drinks. In Finland alcohol is expensive. A can of beer cost about 2 €, whereas in Estonia alcohol taxes are much lower. So it's worth doing a return trip if you buy much alcohol or to get drunk. In fact, many people had folding trucks to transport boxes of bottles or cans.


    The ferry terminal is relatively close to the old town, and after a nice walk of 20 minutes under a lovely day we arrived easily to the Old Town of Tallinn. You can't get lost. Just follow the stream of people.



    Below you have the most interesting places we saw in Tallinn:


    • Saint Olav Church. Views from the bell-tower
    • Pikk Street
    • Tower's Square
    • Town walls
    • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral
    • Parliament of Estonia
    • Saint Mary Cathedral
    • Kohtu Platform
    • Patkuli Platform
    • Saint Nicholas Church
    • Town Hall's Square
    • Town Hall
    • Town Hall's Pharmacy
    • Olde Hansa Restaurant
    • Viru Gate
    • Saint Catherine Passage



    City walls of Tallinn
    From this point of the city walls of Tallinn you see the bell tower of Saint Olav church on the left and one tower of the walls on the right



    The old town of Tallinn from the bell tower of Saint Olav church


    Old town of Tallinn
    The two cathedrals of Tallinn: Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and Saint Mary Cathedral


    Old town of Tallinn
    As well as the two cathedrals, on the left Saint Nicholas church appears


    City walls of Tallinn
    Towers of the city walls of Tallinn in Estonia



    Old town of Tallinn
    In the middle of this picture yo can see the Town Hall of Tallinn



    Pikk Street in Tallinn



    City walls of Tallinn
    From Tower's Square in Tallinn you can get a nice view of the city walls



    City walls of Tallinn
    Taking pictures of the towers of the city walls of Tallinn






    Tower of the city walls of Tallinn
    Detail of the roof of one tower of the city walls




    City walls of Tallinn
    The city walls of Tallin from the other side



    Aleksander Nevski cathedral in Tallinn
    Aleksander Nevski is the Orthodox Cathedral of Tallinn





    Parliament of Estonia in Tallinn
    Parliament of Estonia in Tallinn


    German Embassy in Tallinn
    I liked the building of the German Embassy in Tallinn


    Cathedral of Saint Mary in Tallinn
    Catholic Cathedral of Saint Mary in Tallinn



    Kohtu Platform in Tallinn
    Roofs of the old town of Tallinn from Kohtu Platform


    Patkuli platform in Tallinn
    Towers of the city walls of Tallinn and the bell tower of Saint Olav church from Patkuli Platform

    Patkuli viewpoint in Tallinn
    Another view of Tallinn from the viewpoint of Patkuli


    Patkuli platform in Tallinn
    Behind the bell tower of Saint Olav church you can see the Baltic Sea from the viewpoint of Patkuli in Tallinn


    Saint Nicholas church in Tallinn
    Saint Nicholas church in Tallinn




    In the blog www.elrincondesele.com I found very interesting information about the sites to visit in Tallinn and, above all, a restaurant to have lunch. The restaurant is called Olde Hansa and is absolutely medieval. The restaurant building, located in the old city center and near the Town Hall Square, is like a medieval 3-storey house with a gabled roof.

    Next to the front door, a cart to give the medieval appearance. And inside everything was set in the most splendid period of Tallinn where it was a trade hub in the Baltic. The waiters are dressed and speak to you with the accent of two centuries ago. The interior is medieval too: tables and chairs, soft light, you drink beer in jugs and eat food on huge plates. I ordered a delicious beer flavored with cinnamon. And the meal was succulent. Anecdotally, when asking for the bill, the waiter asked: in cash or in horses?




    Medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn
    Building of the medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn


    Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
    Doorway of the restaurant Olde Hansa located near the Town Hall's Square in Tallinn



    Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
    First floor of the medieval restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn



    Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
    The low lighting and candlelight gave even more medieval atmosphere to the restaurant


    Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
    My mug of beer with a slight taste of cinnamon


    Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn
    The main dish I enjoyed in Olde Hansa Restaurant in Tallinn



    Leaving the restaurant to the Town Hall Square we discovered even a souvenir shop associated with the restaurant. Besides in the surroundings of the restaurant there is a nice girl dressed in a medieval style you can take a picture with and gives you an ancient coin as souvenir.



    Town Hall Square in Tallinn
    Town Hall's Square in Tallinn


    Town Hall in Tallinn
    Town Hall in Tallinn


    Town Hall Square in Tallinn
    Town Hall's Square in Tallinn


    Town Hall Square in Tallinn
    Town Hall's Square in Tallinn



    Town Hall Square in Tallinn
    Town Hall's Square


    Town Hall Pharmacy in Tallinn
    Town Hall's Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacy in Europe



    Viru Gate in Tallinn
    Viru Gate in Tallinn



    Pikk Street in Tallinn
    City walls of Tallinn between Viru Gate and the Passage of Saint Catherine


    Saint Catherine Passage in Tallinn
    Saint Catherine Passage in Tallinn


    Pikk Street in Tallinn
    We left the old town of Tallinn walking along Pikk street



    Tallinn's Old Town is lovely and transports you to a past time. The day was sunny, which enhanced the beauty of its streets and buildings. Ther is a mix of architectural styles in the construction of religious buildings: Protestant churches, a Catholic cathedral and another Orthodox Cathedral.

    The place I liked most was the Town Hall Square, wide, pedestrian, delimited with two-story buildings and the City Council as the most prominent building. The atmosphere in the square was festive and lively, with many tourists (it was weekend and the day was splendid with a very pleasant temperature for early April).

    I liked the viewpoints too. There are two located in the upper part of the old town. From one of them, yo can see better the downtown area surrounding the Town Hall Square. From the other, a magnificent view of the city walls and the Baltic Sea is obtained. In addition we climbed the bell tower of the Church of St. Olav to get a first overview of the city.

    And the walls are impressive. Very well preserved, with its towers finished in red cones perfectly visible from the viewpoints of the city.



    This was our trip route in Finland and Estonia:



    Day 1 - Helsinki
    • Aleksanterinkatu Street
    • Senaatintori
    • Lutheran Cathedral
    • Esplanadi Park
    • Kappeli Cafe


    Day 2 - Helsinki and Tampere
    • Sibelius Monument
    • Olympic Stadium


    Day 3 - Lapland


    Day 4 - Lapland
    • Country Cross Ski in Ounasvaara Ski resort


    Day 5 - Lapland
    • Snowshoes in Ounasvaara Ski Resort
    • Searching for Northern Ligths (Aurora Borealis)


    Day 6 - Lapland
    • Rovaniemi
    • Arkikum Museum


    Day 7 - Rauma
    • Yyteri Beach
    • Rauma


    Day 8 - Turku and Helsinki
    • Castle and Cathedral of Turku
    • Senaatintori and Kauppatori (Senate Square and Market Square) in Helsinki
    • Suomenlinna (Sveavorg) in Helsinki


    Day 9 - Tallinn in Estonia

    • Saint Olav Church. Views from the bell-tower
    • Pikk Street
    • Tower's Square


    • Town walls, Tower's Square and Viru Gate
    • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral
    • Saint Mary Cathedral
    • Kohtu and Patkuli Platform
    • Saint Nicholas Church
    • Town Hall and Town Hall's Square


    • Olde Hansa Restaurant
    • Saint Catherine Passage


      Day 10 - Helsinki



      • Buying souvenirs near Senaatintori (Senate Square)


      Finally, other countries and cities I have already visited are:

      viernes, 10 de abril de 2015

      FINLAND: SUOMENLINNA IN HELSINKI

      I arrived to Kauppatori half an hour before the departure of the boat to Suomenlinna, so I spent this time taking some pictures of this square and the buildings beside it:

      • The City Hall
      • The Prime Minister Palace
      • The Orthodox Cathedral

      After visiting the elegant Senate Square I went to Kauppatori, the market square, just a few meters away. This large square is bounded on the south by the Baltic Sea and, on the North, by several elegant buildings. Among them are the Palace of the Prime Minister of Finland and the City Hall. While I was waiting for the ferry departure to Suomenlinna I amused myself taking some pictures to these buildings and enjoying the nice afternoon.


      Orthodox Cathedral in Helsinki
      Orthodox Cathedral in Helsinki from Kauppatori, the place from which the boats to Suomenlinna leave


      Palace of the Prime Minister of Finland
      On the right, the Palace of the Prime Minister of Finland beside Kauppatori



      Palace of the Prime Minister of Finland in Helsinki
      Palace of the Prime Minister of Finland beside Kauppatori in Helsinki



      Palace of the Prime Minister of Finland in Helsinki
      Palace of the Prime Minister of Finland in Helsinki



      Kauppatori or Market Square in Helsinki
      Kauppatori or Market Square in Helsinki. On the left of this picture the Esplanadi Park begins


      City Hall of Helsinki
      City Hall of Helsinki




      Kauppatori or Market Square in Helsinki
      Selfie in Kauppatori, the Market Square in Helsinki


      Kauppatori in Helsinki
      The last picture in Kauppatori before boarding the ferry to Suomenlinna



      The ferry ride from Helsinki to Suomenlinna was very pleasant in spite of the cold air of the Baltic Sea. The views of Helsinki with its referent, the Lutheran Cathedral, from the ferry were nice. I got Suomenlinna a little before 6pm and I wanted to catch the ferry back leaving at 7pm because the next was at 7:45pm, too late. I only had about an hour, just to go to the Kingsgate (a kilometer and a half away) and back almost without stopping.



      Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki
      Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki




      Pier of Suomenlinna
      Pier of Suomenlinna from which you can see on the left the Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki





      Visitor Centre in Suomenlinna
      Visitor Centre in Suomenlinna beside the main quay



      I walked fast passing beside the church, next to a museum and next to the Great Courtyard. In this first stretch of path there were buildings and parks. After crossing a couple of bridges I only saw the walls with guns and a large green area. Almost nobody. I just saw 4 or 5 people in one hour.



      Church in Suomennlina
      Church in Suomennlina


      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      Suomenlinna is a fortress on a set of islands linked by bridges like the one of this picture



      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      Suomenlinna is like a huge park with paths and bridges perfect to walk or to spend a weekend morning with children


      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      Another bridge connecting two islands of Suomenlinna Fortress


      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      Going to King's Gate in Suomenlinna




      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      Green area inside the Suomenlinna fortress in Finland



      Due to lack of time and cold I just stopped briefly to do some pictures. I was walking through the Kingsgate area about 5 minutes without stopping and then I returned to the pier. Then I would realize that I did not see actually the door even though I was near, but I would not have had time to look. The ferry ride back was short and I enjoyed the views of Helsinki from the ferry at sunset.




      Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) in Helsinki
      Gun in Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) in Helsinki



      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) in Helsinki near the King's Gate. My walk of almost 2 km in this fortress ended here



      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      I thought that beyond this wall of Suomenlinna was the King's Gate but I didn't time to get closer to it




      Suomenlinna in Helsinki
      Suomenlinna (Sveaborg in Swedish) in Helsinki before coming back to Helsinki




      Helsinki in Finland
      Sunset in Helsinki from the ferry coming back from Suomenlinna




      I think that Suomenlinna is an ideal place to spend a sunny summer day. It is a huge green space, like a huge park. There is a kilometer and a half from the pier to Kingsgate. There is actually a pier next to the Kingsgate where the ferries stop only in summer.



      This was our trip route in Finland and Estonia:


      Day 1 - Helsinki
      • Aleksanterinkatu Street
      • Senaatintori
      • Lutheran Cathedral
      • Esplanadi Park
      • Kappeli Cafe


      Day 2 - Helsinki and Tampere
      • Sibelius Monument
      • Olympic Stadium


      Day 3 - Lapland


      Day 4 - Lapland
      • Country Cross Ski in Ounasvaara Ski resort


      Day 5 - Lapland
      • Snowshoes in Ounasvaara Ski Resort
      • Searching for Northern Ligths (Aurora Borealis)


      Day 6 - Lapland
      • Rovaniemi
      • Arkikum Museum


      Day 7 - Rauma
      • Yyteri Beach
      • Rauma


      Day 8 - Turku and Helsinki
      • Castle and Cathedral of Turku
      • Senaatintori and Kauppatori (Senate Square and Market Square) in Helsinki
      • Suomenlinna (Sveavorg) in Helsinki



      • Saint Olav Church. Views from the bell-tower
      • Pikk Street
      • Tower's Square


      • Town walls, Tower's Square and Viru Gate
      • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral
      • Saint Mary Cathedral
      • Kohtu and Patkuli Platform
      • Saint Nicholas Church
      • Town Hall and Town Hall's Square


      • Olde Hansa Restaurant
      • Saint Catherine Passage


        Day 10 - Helsinki



        • Buying souvenirs near Senaatintori (Senate Square)

        Finally, other countries and cities I have already visited are: