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Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), Tallinn

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Standing as an imposing guard at one of the entrances to the old city of Tallinn, Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta)--as it's lovingly known--represents the largest single piece of the town's surviving fortifications. Stop by the tower, which is part of the Estonian Maritime Museum, and examine its massive walls, standing 20 m (66 ft) high and measuring 5 m (16.5 ft) thick in some places. Wander the halls of the 16th-century defensive structure and you'll be treated to a chronological look at Estonia's maritime history. Be sure to climb up to the tower's roof, where you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the sea and the surrounding historical center. Plan your visit to Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Tallinn itinerary maker.
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  • The maritime museum had a great Viking exhibit. Plaques were in English and Estonian. As you get farther up the tower, the exhibits were in Estonian and Russian only. There is a cool cafe up on the to...  more »
  • You atravesarás it if you want to go to Kalamaja-Tallinn-hipster neighborhood or if you stay outside of the old city in the port area. Nice prespective from the outside.
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  • Fat Margaret will likely be your starting point for a walking tour of the old city. Many of the travel guide books say "Starting at Fat Margaret...". There are many stone towers in Tallinn. Fat Margar...  more »
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  • The hostel is nice, clean and in a great location. The kitchen is well fitted out and the sauna and pool is a nice added touch. Only thing is that the beds are not made when you get to a room. It's a minor thing but all the hostels I've stayed at in the Baltic had the beds made
  • Very nice location. We had twin with own shower. Even next to the reception, peacefull room. Traffic noises though. Downstairs joint livingroom, kitchen and sauna with small pool. Very friendly customer service. Beds/pillowns not very comfortable, but clean.
  • Great location, clean rooms, and friendly staff. Well-equipped kitchen and large common room. Sauna available in the morning. WiFi was spotty, and there was some noise from the street and from other guests.
  • Renovation is needed as soon as possible! Not the best choice, but low price and perfect location is worth stay. Free sauna every morning (not tried), large public kithen.
  • Pretty cheap hostels with great location. Right s front of the gate to the old town.

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As Estonia's largest city, Tallinn has a wide range of options for accommodation during your travels. Many of these--from economical bed and breakfasts to a luxury hotels--center within the Old Town or just outside of it, giving you easy access to historical sights and a range of activities. Get more for your money by venturing a little farther away; try a guesthouse in one of the surrounding areas for an authentic Estonian experience. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if you are traveling in the summer, as hostels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are known to book up fast for the months of July and August. This is especially true for weekends from May through to September.
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