Central Tallinn

-> - , - (SiioDi100 -' .V-f Ilarjum p 1 - j T O ' ' O Vabaduse To Australian Consulate (2.3km) Zoo (4.5km) Rocca al Mare (5.5km) Aia Apteek 1 E3 D4 E4 British Council 4 C5 Canadian Embassy 5 B4 Central Library 6 D5 Central police station 7 D5 Central Post Office 8 F4 Cultural Objects 9 DS Estonian Holidays 11 C5 D5 Euro Publications 13 F5 Felix & . Fabian 14 C4 Finnish Embassy 15 B4 Goethe Institute 17 C2 Internet Caf (see 1 Irish Embassy 18 Leon Travel 20 Matrix Club 23 Russian Consulate...

Postindependence

In 1992 the first general election under the new constitution took place, with a proliferation of newly formed parties. The Pro Patria (Fatherland) Union won a narrow majority after campaigning under the slogan 'Cleaning House', which meant removing from power those associated with communist rule. Pro Patria's leader, 32-year-old historian Mart Laar, became prime minister. Laar set to work transforming Estonia into a free-market economy, introducing the very solid Estonian kroon and negotiating...

For The Love Of Sprats

For such a tiny fish, sprats have been a large part of the Estonian diet. They've been a local favourite since at least the Middle Ages many Russians who've never crossed the border picture 'sprats' when they think of Estonia. This is because of the ubiquity of Tallinn Sprats, a can of spicy sprats with the silhouette of Tallinn's skyline. Owing to this sprat tin, the capital is sometimes joshingly called 'Spratsville'. Don't know your kana from your kalal Your maasikas from your raim 1 cuisine...

Lonely Planet Index

Half-litre of Saku beer in a store bar Souvenir T-shirt 150Kr packet of roasted nuts 25Kr do so, since the president has little involvement in the day-to-day running of the country the domain of the prime minister . Ruiitel's administration, which ended in 2005, was marked by a few scandals. Some classified documents went missing on two occasions, leading to the resignation or firing of two high-ranking ministers. There were also the usual parliamentary shake-ups, which have become fairly...

Geography Geology

The landscape is mostly flat or gently rolling, with the highest point just 115m above sea level. Geologically, much of the park is on the North Estonian limestone plateau, the northern edge of which, stretching east-west across the park, forms a bank up to 65m high, known as the North Estonian Glint, which forms part of the Baltic Glint see p59 . The highest parts are inland and therefore barely visible. In Lahemaa, the glint is most visible at Muuksi, where it is 47m high, but only 23m above...

Sleeping

K smu, set near a tiny beach, has plenty of low-key B amp Bs. If you want rowdier beach action, head to V su, a popular summertime hang-out for Estonian students. Other guesthouses are sprinkled throughout the region. The Lahemaa National Park Visitor Centre in Palmse can arrange accommodation. Also, many small guesthouses have dogs big ones . Keep that in mind before vaulting over fences. Merekalda B amp B 323 8451 www.merekalda.ee Neeme tee 2, K smu d with private bathroom 550-750Kr, 2-person...

Information Bookshops

Central bookshops stock city and regional maps covering most destinations in Estonia. Allecto Map pp70-1 681 8731 V lke-Karja tanav5 Excellent selection of English-language books. Apollo Map pp70-1 654 8485 Vira t nav 23 Loads of Lonely Planet and other travel titles as well as foreign-language novels and periodicals, plus a comfy caf on the 2nd floor. Euro Publications Map ppp70-1 661 2210 Tartu maantee 1 Art and design books are the speciality. It's opposite the Kaubamaja and connected to the...