Old Town, Tallinn

The jewel in Tallinn's crown is its Unesco-protected Old Town, a 14th- and 15th-century twin-tiered jumble of turrets, spires and winding streets. Most travellers' experiences of Estonia's capital begin and end with the cobblestoned, chocolate-box landscape of intertwining alleys and picturesque courtyards. Enjoy the postcard-perfect vistas from up high (climb one of the observation towers) or nestle down below (refuel in one of the vaulted cellars turned into cosy bars and cafes), or simply stroll and soak up the medieval magic.