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Where to sleep in European Capital of Culture, Tallinn.

If you like to be where it’s all happening and visit one of the current European Capitals of Culture, there’s no better time to book for Tallinn than now. The travel savvy advise trips in May, June or September, when the weather is pleasant but the tourist hordes haven’t yet arrived. This year’s European Capital of Culture has a host of music events and exhibitions planned, so check out www.tallinn2011.ee for details of what’s on while you’re there.

There are plenty of big-name hotels in the modern part of town providing good accommodation but if you prefer the medieval old centre, at the top of the range, try the five-star boutique Sclössle hotel (www.schlossle-hotels.com), whose past guests include Prince Charles and Sting. Doubles start at €154.

Merchant’s House Hotel (www.merchants-tallin.com) , another luxury boutique hotel, gives great value, offering a similar atmosphere, charm and central location, but with doubles from €95. And if you really want to save your euro cents, try City Hotel Tallin (www.uniquecityhotel.com), where doubles start at €25.

Thinking of slinging your rucksack over your shoulder and doing Europe on the cheap? Try Tallin Backpackers (www.tallinnbackpackers.com). They have three hostels (one for groups) where you can not only spend the night from €12, but also join in social activities, including an evening walk that involves downing a few drinks!

Ryanair flies to Tallinn from Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh and London Luton, and Easy Jet from Liverpool and London Stansted.

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