Our staff likes to travel all around in Estonia and other countries, as you propably have already figured out from our blogposts! This time we visited the city of Sillamäe, which was long known as the “Forbidden city”.
Sillamäe is located around 180 km from Tallinn in Ida-Virumaa. It takes littlebit over 2 hours to drive there, and when you are heading there, you can also visit Rakvere, Narva and Viivikonna! Definetly worth a daytrip.
In Sillamäe, there is is about 14.000 people living at the moment, and in the 2011’s census over 87% of them were russians and only under 5% estonians. Sillamäe was basicly closed and forbidden city to enter until 1991 by russians because it was producing uran for nuclear power and other importan metals for the soviet.
Currently the city is open, and is well taken care of. You can find the usual shops, cafe’s and restaurants. In the area you can visit Langevoja and Ukuoru waterfalls, and nearby there is the abandoned city Viivikonna.
There is a nice promenade, that starts from the seafront, and ends with the stairs that leads to the church, park and the mainstreet. The park and its monument is dedicated to the Estonian Singing Revolution, that took place between 1987-1991. At the end of the revolution, Estonia finally claimed back its independency.
You can download the map of Sillamäe from here.
More information about the sightseeings in the area can be found from here.
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See below the pictures wee took during our visit, click them to go directly to the gallerymode!