Venture to the northern edge of Europe, and you'll find a city that seamlessly blends the ancient with the avant-garde. Enter Tallinn, Estonia.
A Walk Through Time
Tallinn's Old Town is like a page out of a fairy tale. With its medieval walls, watchtowers, and cobblestone streets, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've stepped into another era.
Founded in the early 13th century, Tallinn has been a pivotal port, a battleground, and a melting pot of cultures from the Hanseatic League to the Tsars of Russia.
The Gothic Skyline
One of the defining features of Tallinn is its Gothic architecture. The city's skyline is punctuated by spires, with St. Olaf's Church once being the tallest building in the world in the 16th century.
These structures stand as silent witnesses to the city's rich history and architectural prowess.
While Tallinn's roots are ancient, its branches reach firmly into the future. Known as the birthplace of Skype, the city has become a hub for tech innovators and startups. This blend of history and modernity gives Tallinn its unique character, where one can walk from medieval squares to cutting-edge tech conferences in mere minutes.
The End of a Journey
For me, Tallinn wasn't just another stop. It marked the culmination of my bikepacking journey through the Baltics.
The city's blend of old and new mirrored my own experiences, from the ancient forests I pedaled through to the modern challenges I faced on the road.
And as I explored Tallinn's streets, I also said goodbye to my trusty bicycle. This one-way trip was always about the journey, not the destination. In a gesture of passing on the spirit of adventure, I gifted my bicycle to someone in need of basic transport, hoping it would serve them as faithfully as it did me.