1) Tallinn's central post office
Smack bang on Viru Square (which is actually a roundabout), Tallinn's central post office is deliciously and unashamedly Brutalist. It's also a great place to buy stamps, which is less surprising.
2) Hotel Viru
We've already taken you on a tour of the top floor KGB museum on top of Tallinn's landmark hotel, but the architecture itself is just fantastically Modernist, reminding us of a smaller, split-in-two United Nations building.
3) Pirita Olümpiakeskus
We love that word. "Olümpiakeskus" means "Olympic Center." You knew that Tallinn was the host city for the sailing part of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, right? Well, there's a fairly large complex built out in the suburb of Pirita (shockingly enough, by the sea) that's got some fantastic late-70s stuff. Like the Olümpiakeskus. Olümpiakeskus. Heh.
4) Pirita Top
Just down the beach (yes, a nice sandy beach in the Baltics) from the Olümpiakeskus, you'll find the insanely 70s Pirita Top hotel and casino, also built for the Olympics.
From the crazy restaurant suspended in the air to the awesome balconies (which were filled with guests going a delightful shade of pink during a hot summer's day of around 70°F/21°C), this one is definitely worth a wander around with your camera.
Slightly further out from Pirita, you come to Teletorn, which is not a Tolkien elf but rather the Tallinn TV Tower. Also built for the Olympics, it's been recently renovated as a tourist attraction and has a great view and an an absolutely brilliant interactive exhibit telling the story of the tower. It's fascinating, especially the bit about the Estonian revolution, where Teletorn was a major scene of the final confrontation with the Soviet Union.
Beware if you've got a fear of heights, though: there are person-sized windowed holes in the floor so you can see straight down hundreds of feet. We almost walked on one and had a giant freakout that was only fixed by the liberal application of a stiff drink and a nice sit-down. At ground level.
[Photos: John Walton/Jaunted]