Seaside Festivities Begin ({{commentsTotal}})

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The Tallinn Maritime Days start today at the Seaplane Harbor with the arrival of one of the biggest historical sail ships, the Krusenstern (in photo), which spans 114.5 meters in length and was built in Germany in 1926.

Currently based in Kaliningrad, the ship's home port used to be Tallinn. The vessel arrives at 10:00 and will be opened to the public at noon.

As one of the main attractions of the three-day festival, five historic ships will put on a display of naval warfare at 19:00. Tickets for viewing aboard the ships are sold out, but the show can be watched from dry land, at the Seaplane Harbor, Patarei Prison and Linnahall.

The festival's opening ceremony starts earlier, at 17:00 at the Passengers Harbor stage, with a concert by Estonian soloist Siiri Sisask, accompanied by the national youth symphony orchestra. Their act will be followed at 19:00 by British harp-guitarist Jason Carter.

From 18:00-21:00, guests can try out competitive sailing, play water golf and checkout a flyboard show at the Noblessner Harbor.

In light of large crowds and major street construction projects taking place by the harbors this summer, it may be smarter to take public transport or go to the festival grounds by foot.