I will give you seven reasons why to walk to Oru Hotel (I recommend to stay there, for me it is like a second home in Tallinn, but it really is a comfy little 3stars hotel with excellent location). And of course if you are not staying at the hotel, just take this small walk in Kadriorg and the surroundings.
Part of the Kadriorg park is a Japanese garden which relies on the philosophy of the circle of life and also on the expressiveness of nature. Flow, contemplation and meditating on nature are activities that characterise a true Japanese garden. The Japanese garden in Kadriorg park was opened on 31 July 2011. Masao Sone, designer of the garden, comes from Kyoto and learned landscaping in Tokyo as well as from his father who is a gardener.The north-east pond of Kadriorg and its buried limestone slope, boulders, large trees, pond and waterfall were a brilliant source of inspiration. A garden is like any living organism – it develops and changes in time and you will always find a reason to come back here!
There is a lot to see and visit in Kadriorg park, but I would like to mention theMiiamilla Children’s Museum that was opened in Kadriorg Park on 25 September 2009 as a branch of the Tallinn City Museum. Children’s park that operated in the 1930s and was called a children’s paradise captivates with its historical building and the complete architectural solution that is a perfect complement to the ensemble of buildings in the Kadriorg Park. The opening theme of the museum is ‘Friend’: the museum as a friend, nature as a friend, my friend. The museum is meant for children between the ages of 3 to 11.
The first stage on its current location between Narva Road and Pirita Road in Kadriorg, was built in 1928 for the 9th Estonian Song Festival. It was designed by Karl Burman and provided space for 15,000 performers.During the Occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union, there was a need for a larger stage. The new and current arched stage was built in 1959 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Estonian SSR in the upcoming year. It was designed by architect Alar Kotli. The 15th Estonian Song Festival in 1960 was celebrated on the new stage.The stage was meant to hold over 15,000 singers but the reverse also became possible, with the performance taking place in front of the stage and audience sitting on the stage. On the northern side of the song stage is the 42m high fire tower, which is used during the Estonian Song Festivals. It is open for the public all year long.In 1988, Estonians gathered at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, to sing patriotic hymns in what became known as the Singing Revolution that led to the overthrow of Soviet rule.Also in 1988, three years before the collapse of the Soviet Union and Estonia’s reestablishment of independence, an international rock concert called the Summer of Rock (also referred to as Glasnost Rock) took place on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds between August 26th and 28th. The concert attracted over 130,000 attendees. Rock Summer would continue each summer until 1997During the Singing Revolution days, up to 300,000 people attended the Night Song Festival. During the Song Festivals, when the grounds are well packed, the number of people in the audience may reach 100,000. I am a HUGE fan of Song Festivals, if you have the possibility to visit Estonia during Song Festival (every 4th year) I recommended it to the warmest!