Tallinn, Estonia is a destination that is only recently on tourist’s radar. It is becoming increasingly popular among backpackers and digital nomads, as well as anyone else looking for a beautiful, historic destination that is also a good value.
Tallinn Warnings And Dangers
Overall, Tallinn is a safe, lovely city, but as with other major cities and tourist destinations, you have to be careful. There are a variety of things to be aware of. Some tips aren’t so much about dangers, but just things you may want to know. For example, the cobblestone streets aren’t exactly dangerous, but it’s worth mentioning that they can be uneven and a bit rough to walk on, especially if you are planning a long day with plenty of walking. This isn’t the place for flimsy sandals or heels. You will regret it! Wear comfortable shoes with good support, and be mindful when you walk, so you don’t trip or twist an ankle. If you have an infant, strollers in old town aren’t a good combo. You may be better off with a carrier.
Pickpockets, Theft And Scams
Like many European and tourist-frequented cities, a common warning is pickpockets. Thieves typically target tourists, hoping to get cash, credit cards, cameras, jewelry and whatever else they can get from you.
It’s important to realize that pickpockets are not sloppy, careless criminals who are easy to spot. Pickpockets may not appear to be suspicious. They can be male, female, young, old, well-dressed and friendly. They often work together, and can come up with some pretty elaborate scams. Or, they can just grab your bag and run. If this happens, you will most likely not catch them.
Keep your bags closed tight. Leave valuables at home. Don’t set anything down you don’t want stolen. Be mindful and don’t look lost or confused. Don’t wear flashy jewelry or show off your money.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have a fun and safe trip in Tallinn.
Editor’s Note: The above tips were compiled using real traveler reviews and experiences.