Certainly one of my favorite places in Tallinn ever since I first discovered it all that time ago!
It is the most outstanding green area in the center of the city, think of it as Tallinn’s Central Park. Among the beautiful nature you will find attractions like Peter the Great House where the Russian Tsar and his wife Catherine stayed during their visits to Tallinn, a number of museums including KUMU (covered in another blog post), Kadriorg Art Museum (no I haven’t just repeated myself, its different from KUMU, just not as good!), Mikkeli Museum and the Miiamilla Children’s Museum.
The park also features monuments of important cultural figures such as sculptor Amandus Adamson, author F.R. Kreutzwald and artist Jaan Koort. Perhaps the most popular part of the Kadriorg Park is the Presidential palace which was designed and built in 1937 by Alari Kotli. Last, but not least, when in Kadriorg, it is definitely worth paying a visit to the Japanese garden which was opened in 2011 and is designed by Masao Sone from Kyoto. Yes, a Japanese garden in Estonia, totally random, but really quite beautiful, it is in the north-east area in Kadriorg certainly worth checking out.
To get to Kadriog take tram number 3, getting of at the Kadriog stop.
Kadriog Park also holds the annual festival, ‘Light Walks’ and celebrates the end of summer and beginning of autumn. Thousands of candles are lit all over the park and light installations installed. Traditionally, the festival goes hand in hand with a program of concerts by local artists and a light show and fireworks to end the evening. But the best thing to do, in my opinion, is to just walk around the park after it gets dark and enjoy the view of thousands of candles spread all over the place, as well as the colorful lights that illuminate the buildings, it really is spectacular. It is annually held, usually during the third week of September.