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  • A corner of Raekoja Plats
    A corner of Raekoja Plats
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  • The smallest house on Raekoja Plats
    The smallest house on Raekoja Plats
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    Looking towards the Long leg Tower
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    Charming Old Town

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Written Jan 7, 2015

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    The Old Town of Tallinn is not to be missed. This was our favourite part of Tallinn. We love history, and to see the well preserved Old Town was delightful. We stayed in Tallinn three nights, and we came to the Old Town each day and each night. The Old Town is small, and can be seen in a short time on foot. It really ought to be seen at both day and night.

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    Rapunzel moments in the Old Town

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Jul 30, 2014

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    My first exploration of the Old Town was early on a damp Friday evening and feeling a little grumpy about the lack of sunshine, I wasn't too receptive at first. Ambling down Pikk, I turned off randomly on smaller streets and settled into wandering rather then having any set destination in mind. Eventually the pastel coloured houses became a bit more higgledy-piggledy, the cobbled streets less crowded and the Old Town looked more and more like an illustration from Grimm's Fairy Tales. Turning yet another corner, I came upon a grey tower with a pointed red roof and that was when I had my Rapunzel moment. No matter how many more towers I saw in Tallinn, I pictured a captive maiden inside all of them, brushing her long blonde hair and hoping her prince would come.

    Heading back to Raekoja Plats will bring you out of fairyland and back to tourism central, very quickly. This is the heart of the city, where all the dramas of centuries were played out and where crowds still gather to gaze in awe at the perfectly restored medieval architecture. Three sides of the square are now lined with outdoor restaurant terraces but even with a large stage in place ( for the Old Town Days festival), it's still a large and impressive space. I loved the hustle and bustle of Raekoja Plats and always liked ending up there after long walks around the Lower Town.

    Tallin's Old Town has lots to offer apart from the obvious visual prettiness of it's cobbled streets and gabled houses. It will thrill you architecturally,there are churches and museums to visit, city walls to walk on and more towers then you could throw a stick at. I really enjoyed window shopping in the Old Town too and was very impressed by the quality of the craftwork on offer. In the evenings we ate in the Old Town and found delicious food at quite reasonable prices.

    Wandering round the Old Town was the highlight of my trip to Tallinn. The Rapunzel moment is optional but you can't beat a good fairy tale.

    A corner of Raekoja Plats The smallest house on Raekoja Plats Looking towards the Long leg Tower
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    Vanalinn ~ Old Town

    by starship Updated Mar 19, 2014

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    Vanalinn, or Old Town, in Tallinn is a charming jumble of cobblestone streets, shops, cafes, a castle and some impressive buildings and churches all encapsulated in an area not far from the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The most impressive feature of Old Town, Tallinn, is the fact that it is so well preserved. At least 80% of the original stone wall, and towers remain in tact even today! This is due in part to the old Soviet regime which ruled Estonia for many years and grossly neglected Tallinn's historical features as well as local economics. Economic stagnation resulted in minimal development!

    Like other similar towns, at the center of it all you will find a town hall square which in Tallinn is called Raekoja Plats. Here you will see lots of people milling about, perhaps enjoying one of the many side walk cafes, or pausing for photos in front of the old town hall. It still is an area of commerce and business, and you will also find the Old Town Meriton Hotel here, and the more upscale "Three Sisters" is close by.

    Raekoja Plats is a lovely place and because of its central location, it makes a good starting point from which you can set out to see Toompea Castle, one of the many fine churches such as the Alex Nevsky Cathedral or the many museums in Old Town or Lower Town. In fact you can see the spire from Niguliste Church from the Plats itself.

    Right off of Raekoja Plats you will find a Tourist Information Office with maps, and alls sorts of information about Old Town and the city.

    Flower Market and Viru Gate, Old Town Tallinn
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    Town Hall Square

    by easterntrekker Written Jan 7, 2014

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    Town Hall Square

    We eventually make our way here...so many interesting sights , distract us on the way. this is a lively spot on the Saturday afternoon when we arrive. there is an outdoor concert with a traditional music group performing .Lots of inexpensive tempting food ...sausages, local cheese, sweets , and cider , and bread...we had an apple tart between us and it was yummy. lots of handicrafts too. We return here at the end of our day and share a drink at one of the outdoor restaurants.

    Lots to see here
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    Tallinn's Old Town

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 22, 2013

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    Tallinn's old town is beautiful. I especially loved the city walls with their rows of tall circular towers. It's great to take a stroll along them and there are many opportunities for beautiful photographs.

    There are lots of churches, gateways, a huge town hall and wide open town hall square. The upper old town has beautiful views across the red roofs of Tallinn and a lovely old Russian church.

    Lots of good locations to eat and drink,too.

    Tallinn old town Old Town Walls Tallin old town.
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    The Old Town - A Divided City

    by antistar Updated Jun 3, 2013

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    There have been people living in Tallinn for at least 5000 years, but the ancient walled city can trace its roots back to the establishment of a Danish castle here early in the 13th century. The castle and subsequent fortifications were a necessity: Tallinn sits in a strategically important location. The east-west trade routes have meant that Tallinn has been fought over and occupied many times by almost every regional power.

    This has left Tallinn with a rich and varied history, and this can be seen walking about the wonderful old town. From the Hanseatic merchant houses that fill the lower town, to the Russian mansions of the upper town.

    This divide between rich and poor has existed since medieval times. Even today the upper town is where the president's palace exists, and where you will find the most expensive houses. There are two walls in Tallinn: one that encompasses the entire town, and one that divides the upper town from the lower levels.

    Old Town, Tallinn Lower Town at Sunset, Tallinn Upper Town, Tallinn

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    Back to the Past

    by fachd Written Sep 10, 2012

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    The Old Town is a wonderful place to visit. You can walk around the cobblestone streets for hours admiring the view of the medieval town. They are many historical sites to visit, museums, many café, and restaurants to dine or just park your bottom at many of the bench and Trans yourself to the past.

    Map of the Old Town One of the many cafes/restaurants
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    Old town

    by yvgr Updated Apr 23, 2012

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    Tallinns Old town is small, medieval and beautiful! A lot of tourists of course, shops and many restaurants. Not too crowdy on a Holiday like the Victory Day (23/6). We enjoyed walking around here. Be aware of that most shops and attractions of Tallinn are located in the Old City area. Lots of restaurants & souviner shops. If you're looking for shopping the best place with many stores is Viru Keskus.

    Old town of Tallin - the Main gates Old city of Tallinn Old city of tallinn Old town Tallinn, Estonia
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    Say it with flowers!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    One of my most abiding memories of all the Baltics is the high regard that they place on giving flowers. I am not sure what it is - maybe the result of being in a region which experiences such long and extreme winters? - but bringing flowers to friends and families seems to be a big thing.

    In Tallinn, there is a whole row of flower shops just outside the city walls just by the Viru Gate - these stay open until late, and even in the depths of winter when we visited, the selection was gorgeous.

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    Curved, cobblestone streets are tempting

    by fred98115 Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    The old town is small enough to enjoy and soak in by just walking about. Beware of thunderstorms, it literally poured and soaked us all while caught out in the storm. There are many shops. Also you will find photo opportunities at almost every step.

    Shopping street Cobblestone street after a downpour Postcard sales vendor Streetscape Outside the old town gate
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    Around the Old Town

    by Flying.Scotsman Written Apr 8, 2011

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    Much of our time in Tallinn was spent just walking up and down the streets of the Old Town, stopping occasionally for coffee and cake or looking in the window of an amber shop. St Catherine's Passage is apparently busy in summer with café tables spilling into the street. It was quiet in winter but still very picturesque. Next to St Catherine's Passage off Vene is a small courtyard with a number of small craft shops. Make sure that you pick up a free map of Tallinn from your hotel or the tourist information office.

    St Catherine's Passage Wooden Building just outside Old Town Craft Shops off Vene Amber Shop Snowy street scene
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  • Old town in Tallinn

    by Tobias_Plieninger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tallin's old town belongs to UNESCO's cultural heritage!

    Tallinns old town is one of the nicest old towns in eastern Europe.

    It's absolutely not typical for soviet cities!

    It has a big market square and many nice houses.

    This is remained of the times in which Tallinn was a trading center in the east sea.

    There are very much nice restaurants and pubs.

    In Tallinn you can get really everywhere by foot.

    Houses in the old town
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    Art Nouveau Houses and a Jealous Bachelor

    by Kathrin_E Updated Sep 20, 2009

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    About the only art nouveau architecture in Tallinn's old town can be found in Pikk, not far from the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Historical Museum.

    The two houses are located opposite each other and are the setting of a very sad love story. A beautiful girl was living in the house with the dragons. The house on the other side of the street belonged to a rich bachelor who fell in love with the girl. She, however, did not want him even with all his money because she loved someone else. The guy was heartbroken, and he said, all right, you don't want me so I'll be staring into your windows all the time from now on.

    Look up the facade, you will indeed see his bust staring at the other house through spectacles on the corner of the gable (photo 4 and 5).

    Art nouveau house in Pikk Art nouveau houses in Pikk Detail of facade The bachelor's house The jealous bachelor on the rooftop
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    Old town sightseeing on a train

    by nomadig Written Aug 2, 2009

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    When visiting the Tallinn old town and having children with you or just feeling playful, consider boarding on Toomas the train -- a small tourist train that runs twenty minutes route around the old town. You can see plenty of landmarks while seated.

    The train leaves on Kullassepa street, near Raekoja Plats. Cost of the ride is 70 EEK for adults and 30 EEK for children. Please note that there is no commentary on the train, so be prepared with your own map or a friend that knows the old town.

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    THE STREETS OF OLD TOWN TALLINN

    by RACCOON1 Written Aug 2, 2009

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    The Red Roofs of Old Town Tallinn are usually what you see in postcards or guidebooks. Walking the streets of Old Town is quite rewarding. An easy morning walk or you can do everything and stop for lunch and make it a full day excursion.

    TOWN  HALL SQUARE

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