Tallinn-Hanover: The Scandinavian route

The northern route through Finland, Scandinavia, Denmark and northern Germany was a more uncommon way to take to Tallinn. This may have been because it encompassed at least two trips over the sea and another leg of the journey that led over land, along the Gulf of Bothnia a way which is more than 1.000km longer than the route along the southern Baltic shores. Nonetheless, some travelers took this route in order to visit the countries of northern Europe and cities such as Turku, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

The voyage through the maps begins with an old anthropomorphic map of Europe and continues with another map, printed 300 years later, illustrating the Baltic for the curiosity of the educated elites. Afterwards, detailed maps express the geographical inquisitiveness and the political events of the times of their creation. Town maps of the royal residence of Hanover, today’s state capital, are the final stop of the trip, leading to a presentation of some cultural highlights of the Hanoverian region. Among them are the City of Hildesheim with the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hildesheim Cathedral and St Michael’s Church, as well as Herrenhausen Palace and Hamelin – the town of the Pied Piper.

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