Tallinn Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Tallinn

  • 1. Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • 2. Oleviste-St.Olav's

    Although the tower of this church is impressively tall, and still dominates the skyline of old Tallinn, it is perhaps hard to believe that for a time (from 1549-1625 when the Eiffel Tower was built)...

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  • 3. Alex Nevsky

    This Russian Orthodox cathedral is named after Alexander Nevsky, a Russian nobleman who attacked southeastern Estonia in the 13th century. The cathedral was designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky and was...

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  • 4. Defensive Walls

    There are still nearly two kilometres of city wall intact around Tallinn’s old town, and twenty of its defensive towers. Work first began on defences for the town in 1265, ordered by Margaret...

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  • 5. Toompea

    Tallinn's old town can be divided into the upper town on Toompea Hill with its castle, Russian church and viewing platforms; plus the lower town with its city walls, town hall, churches, towers and...

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  • 6. Raekoja Plats

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The heart of old Tallinn is its medieval town hall square. A market has been held here for centuries and it was the site of at least one execution which apparently arose from a dispute over a bad...

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  • 7. Kiek in the Kok

    This imposing medieval tower built in 1475 houses the Kiek in die Kok museum; truly a must-see when visiting Tallinn. The museum takes you through various conflicts Tallinn has endured, giving an...

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  • 8. Fat Margaret

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    An unusual, but friendly looking building, Fat Margaret Tower or Paks Margareeta, was actually built to bolster the fortifications of Tallinn which were thought to be too exposed and vulnerable. Built...

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  • 9. Kadriorg

    4 out of 5 stars

    A short distance outside the city centre is Kadriorg Park, the former palace gardens of Peter the Great. These parks form an immaculately kept formal gardens, containing a number of impressive...

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  • 10. Town Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn has a huge town hall building dominating the town hall square of the lower town. This building has been the centre of civic rule in Tallinn since the Middle Ages. The town hall was completed...

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  • 11. Gates

    The most prominent single feature of the Tallinn city walls is the Viru Gate in the south east corner of the old town. But while it looks impressive today, these remaining towers are only the smaller...

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  • 12. KGB Headquarters

    On the face of it, there is little to distinguish the house at Pagari 1 from its neighbours, until closer inspection confirms that the cellar windows have been bricked up. But in its time, this...

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  • 13. St. Catherine's Passage

    Just beyond the Masters’ Courtyard is a more famous corner of medieval Tallinn, the Katariina käik or St. Catherine's Passage. Its south side is lined with small craft shops – I believe these are the...

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  • 14. Dome Church

    What everyone refers as the Dome Church is in fact a Lutheran Church whose real name is Cathedral of Sant Mary the Virgin. The building as we see it today is a white construction made of stone, but...

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  • 15. Blackheads

    The medieval guilds were hugely important in Tallinn and wielded significant power. As in Riga, one of the most powerful was the Brotherhood of Blackheads, whose members were all young, single...

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  • 16. Niguliste Church - St Nicholas

    The 105 metre high spire of the former St Nicholas Church is one of several in the old town that help to create its distinctive skyline (along with the Town Hall and St Olaf’s – see separate tips)....

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  • 17. Toomkirik

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The second of Toompea’s cathedral buildings is the Lutheran one dedicated to St Mary but more usually referred to as Toomkirik, the Dome cathedral. This is the oldest church in Tallinn and indeed in...

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  • 18. Pirita

    These atmospheric ruins sit on the banks of the Pirita River. They are all that remains of a large convent that dates back to the 15th century when it was founded by local merchants. Its church was...

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  • 19. Museum of Occupation

    The Museum of Occupation is a wonderful tomb like building, fronted by a giant monolithic granite door that opens automatically when you approach it. Inside you'll find a small but interesting...

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  • 20. Estonian Open air Museum - Vabaohumuuseum

    This is an open air museum with houses and other things from all of Estonia. This place was founded in 22 May 1957 and the first visitor who entered it was on 29th August 1964. The Estonian had looked...

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  • 21. Lower Town

    Despite being the poorer cousin of Tallinn's Old Town, the Lower Town is rich in architecture and activity. This is the life and soul of the old town, the place where people shop, eat, drink and...

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  • 22. Tall Hermann

    From the lower town and from the top of Oleviste Church and the gardens around Toompea, visitors to Tallinn will surely spot an impressively tall, stone tower rising above the Upper Old Town. This...

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  • 23. Tours & Tallin Card

    While a “hop on, hop off” bus tour is an expensive way to get around compared with public transport, it can be useful when you are short of time and want to pack several sights into a time that would...

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  • 24. Christmas Market

    Let's face it, Christmas is a time to suspend your inhibitions and your good taste and seasonally embrace your 'inner kitsch'. And there are few places better to do this than the Christmas Market in...

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  • 25. Cat Well

    A rather non-descript covered well can be found at the corner of Dunkri and Rataskaevu streets. Nevertheless, there is a strange and disturbing story connected to it. In medieval times, the townsfolk...

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