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Walk in the impressive Kadriorg Park in Tallinn

The area Kadriorg is its suburb Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It was created from the time of the Tsar’s empire, as an area of ​​high society, with good architecture in the houses and on the streets with elements from different cultures and centuries.

What stands out is the large and impressive park, ideal place for a leisurely stroll for both tourists and locals. Next to the park is the residence of the President of Estonia.

THE Japanese garden, designed by a Japanese architect, in the center of the park with the lake, swans and beautiful flowers gives special beauty.

In spring the blossoming cherries are strongly reminiscent of spring Japanese landscape, in summer the garden is full of yellow and white flowers, in autumn everything takes on shades of red and brown while in winter they are often covered with snow.

At the other end of the park dominates baroque palace which in 1718 was the summer residence of the family of the Russian Tsar.

Designed by an Italian architect, the palace and the surrounding areas are a typical example of the Tsar’s exaggeration!

Today it houses a part of the art museum – Kadriorg art museum– Estonia, with hundreds of 16th to 20th century paintings by Western and Russian artists, as well as statues. Entrance fee 4.80 € – free with the Tallin card. Open on Wednesdays from 10 – 8 in the afternoon and Thursday to Sunday from 10 to 5 in the afternoon. Monday and Tuesday is closed.
There are many buildings around the palace. For example, the old kitchen has now become the museum of foreign art Mikkel Museum, which includes collections of Chinese porcelain, paintings by Flemish and Dutch artists and engravings by Italian artists. Entrance fee € 2.50 and opening hours on Wednesdays from 10 – 8 in the afternoon and Thursday to Sunday from 10 to 5 in the afternoon. Monday and Tuesday is closed.

Also in the park there are museums:

KUMU – Museum of art with exhibitions of classical and contemporary art, from the 18th century until today. In 2008 it received the “Museum of the Year” award and is the largest museum in the Baltic and one of the largest in Europe. Ticket price 5.5 € (free with the tallin card) and opening hours Thursday-Sunday 11-6 and Wednesdays until 8.

Mila Milla Manda – Museum with activities on the subject of friendship, for children up to 11 years old. Ticket 2.60 € and hours Tuesday to Sunday 12-6.

Eduard Vilde Museum – Eduard Vilde (1865-1933) is one of the most important Estonian writers and spent his last years in this house in the park. Many of the rooms of the house are dedicated to his work while the rest are with the furniture and decoration that he had. spent his last years living on the ground floor of this grandiose 1850sera baroque house in Kadriorg park.

Very close to the park is the concert hall Lauluväljak, which hosts the famous Estonian Song Festival with many singers and an audience of about 80,000.

Also nearby is the monument Rusalka, dedicated to the naval ship that sank in the Gulf of Finland in 1893 with 177 casualties.

The photos below show the changes in the landscape of the park depending on the season and finally we understand that all seasons are equally beautiful there !!

tips

* It is worth visiting the park, even if you do not want to see a museum. Enjoy a walk in the Japanese garden and the palace garden, find the swans swimming in the lake, see the beautiful buildings located both in and around the park.

* Access to the park is very easy with trams 1 and 3 that stop right outside.

* The time it takes to see the park depends on whether you want to see a museum. We spent about 2 hours relaxing there, without seeing a museum but taking many photos with the background of the palace and the gardens, the lake and everything else.

* With the Tallin card you have a free tour of the red tourist bus, as well as free admission to many museums and attractions. Worth to see more information here.
* You will find 4 * and 5 * hotels at really very good prices – nothing to do with Greek prices! View all hotels in the city here

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