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Paldiski

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Paldiski is a town (population: 4,000) in Harjumaa county, NW Estoniaon the shore of Baltic Sea.

Bank and Pakri lighthouse, situated about 5 km from Paldiski centrum to North

Understand

During Soviet times and early years of independent Estonia, until up to 1994, the city was a “closed city”, i.e., off-limits to foreigners, non-resident Soviet citizens, even non-resident Estonians themselves, because of its military importance. Today, it’s open to everyone and deserves a visit by those interested in the grey-world of Soviet Union (Paldiski and the Pakri peninsula are covered with abandoned bunkers, piles of unidentifiable junk and various military debris).

The scenes taking place in a location introduced to the audience as “somewhere in the former Soviet Union” in the film Lilya 4-Ever were actually shot in Paldiski.

Get in

By train

There is a electric train service to Tallinn. The trip takes about 1h 12min and it costs 25 EEK.

By car

Tallinn is 45 km east.

By boat

There are regular ferries between Paldiski’s harbour and Kapellskar, Sweden / Hanko, Finland / Lübeck, Germany.

Get around

See

Do

Buy

  • There are two grocery stores.
  • The locals shop at a few kiosks, located in a dilapidated lot, which sell sausages and other supplies.

Eat

  • The newly renovated train station has a cafe which serves hot food.
  • Hotel Valge Laev has a restaurant/bar.
  • Peetri Toll serves food.

Drink

  • Peetri Toll is a new tavern. [1]
  • There is an alcohol shop.

Sleep

  • Valge Laev, with six guest rooms. [2]
  • There is a new bed & breakfast, Paldiski Tuule B&B. [3]

Contact

Get out



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