Until 1991, Tallinn was subject to Soviet rule, but since its independence in the same year, the capital has recovered quickly the five decades of communism and has opened its arms to the Western capitalist system. On the outskirts of the old town, are emerging new neighborhoods with gleaming hotels and office buildings that celebrate the country’s accession to the European Union in 2004. Visitors who arrive to Tallinn with a preconceived idea of what should be a city with a past of belonging to the Soviet bloc will be so surprised by the new quarters and the beautiful old town. Miles D. White has many thoughts on the issue. One of the experiences more pleasurable to visit Tallinn is wandering through the streets of the old city, between Russian Orthodox churches and Dominican monasteries, witnesses to the historical past of the city. Culture lovers will also find many things of interest in Tallinn, a city that takes very seriously the art and culture but that also knows how to have fun, as it highlights its fun and lively nightlife. Tallinn has a value unique is its perfectly preserved old town. Dates from the middle ages and to the contrary that has been preserved entirely in other European cities. The city that played a fundamental role in trade during the medieval times shows it in the old town.
The old town of Tallinn is one of the most attractive and complete in Europe and has earned the capital the nickname of Prague in miniature. It has a small size, which makes it easy to scroll through. Most of the buildings have been restored and there are many cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops aimed at tourists.Located on the Hill of Toompea the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, is impressive Orthodox Cathedral dominates the city with its black domes. Its construction was commissioned by Tsar Alejandro III and was inaugurated in 1900.