Favorite thing: One of the things about Tallin is that it still has most of the medieval wall. Fat Margaret is part of the wall - it was built during the 16th century to impress those who arrived by sea. It is one of the top things to see in Tallin. I wanted to visit it because it s now the Estonian Maritime Museum. We had a shuttle ticket in to town and I hoped the shuttle would drop us off at Fat Margaret as that was right near the docks. But no - they took us around one of the roads with streetcars in the middle and dropped us there. I had no idea where we were. When we were on the pedicab tour we passed Fat Margaret, but did not get to visit the Maritime Museum
With nearly 2 kms of its original city walls still standing, Tallinn has one of the best preserved medieval fortifications. Tallinn originally had a length of 2.35 kms and was comprised of 46 wall and gate towers. Large sections of it still stand today, including 26 defensive towers. Ancient city walls can be seen best along the narrow Muurivahe Street. I would say most of the towers are located in the north-west section of Old Town
Some of the Towers include:
Long Leg Gate Tower
When I visited the Tourist Information Center, I found a Tallinn map with a picture of four wonderful towers. I asked the lady at the desk, where I might find these Towers and she pointed out on the map where they were.
Saturday, I made my way to the area, passed under a little gateway, and there it was, the picturesque, iconic view of the four towers.
A large part of what gives Old Town its fairytale charm is the walls and towers that surround it.
the Tallinn Flower Festival takes place in the gardens around the towers each year.
At the end of Pikk Street and intersecting with Nunne, you will find LONG LEG GATE TOWER which dates back to the 14th century. One of the gates that links Upper Town - Toompea with Lower Town - All-Linn.
When you pass under the Gate, you will see the laneway which is a slow ascent leading you to Toompea. It's not such a bad climb and I just took my time. Believe me , it's worth the effort.
LOWER TOWN - ALL-LINN
Located at Pikk 70, in the northern part of Old Town near the port GREAT TOWER GATE & FAT MARGARET'S TOWER were built in the 16th century (from 1511 to 1530), to protect the city from attacks from the sea.
The Tower got its name "Fat Margaret" as its walls measure 25 meters in diameter, 20 meters in height and 5 meters thick.
Fat Margaret is also home to the Estonian Maritime Museum of which I have a separate review.
In the past the Old Town (Vanalinn) of Tallinn was surrounded by a 4 km picturesque but strong medieval wall with more than 40 turrets.
Nowadays about 2.5 km of the wall and 26 turrets are still existing. Some of the turrets can be visited and house museums or cafes.
Fondest memory: The Viru street leads you through the Viru gate to the Old Town. Unfortunately there's only two towers remaining of the entire gate. This scene is facing opposite from the Old Town towards the famous Viru Hotell.
Favorite thing: The Estonian people are very proud of their status as an independent nation. The independent Estonian goverment flies its flag proudly atop the Pikk Hermann Tower of the Toompea Castle.