Harjumaa Things to Do

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Harjumaa Things to Do

  • Oleviste-St.Olav's

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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) it was, at 159 metres, the tallest building in the world! But so it is claimed by some – and disputed by others! It was intended to serve as a...

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  • Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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...

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  • Defensive Walls

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 Sambiria (queen and consort of Christopher I of Denmark), and one of the towers still bears her name albeit with the unwelcome epithet “fat” – a reference to...

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  • Alex Nevsky

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 completed in 1900. It is a beautiful building and dominates the upper town.

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  • Toompea

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 squares. The Kohtuotsa and Patkuli viewing platforms are on the edge of Toompea Hill from these you get great views across the red tiled roofs, church...

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  • Raekoja Plats

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 omelette! There are no executions today of course, but the square continues to play an active role in the lives of local people as well as the many...

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  • Gates

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 fore-gates of a much more complex system which also included a large, square tower that stood father back, near where the city wall can still be...

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  • Fat Margaret

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 at the beginning of the 16th century, some say Fat Margaret's Tower got its name from being the stoutest tower in the city walls, while others say it...

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  • Kadriorg

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 buildings and museums, along with a large area of woodland that is ideal for wandering around. The two most stunning buildings are the Baroque Kadriorg...

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  • Kiek in the Kok

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 insight into the fortifications of the city. There are also medieval torture instruments on show. As the museum is situated on 4 floors, you ascend via...

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  • Town Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 in 1404. On the roof of the town hall there is a weather vane, the locals nickname Old Thomas. This has watched over Tallinn since 1530. Town Hall...

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  • Blackheads

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 merchants and foreigners. This Brotherhood was founded sometime around 1399 and was active only in Estonia and Latvia, never taking hold in the rest of...

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  • St. Catherine's Passage

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 very same that you can access from the north side of the Masters’ Courtyard though didn’t check out this theory at the time. These are well worth a...

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  • Dome Church

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 originally (in the 13th century) the Danes had built it in wood and served as a Roman Catholic church. In fact, it became Lutheran only in 1561. The...

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  • Holy Spirit Church

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Church of the Holy Spirit After lunch we head to this ancient medieval church built in a 14th century style .the cost to enter was 1 euro. We marvelled at the ancient style and old paintings of Bible scenes that surround .

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  • Niguliste Church - St Nicholas

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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). This church was originally built in the 13th century but like much of Tallinn was partially destroyed by Soviet bombing during World War II, when fire...

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  • Pirita

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 consecrated on August 15, 1436 by Tallinn’s Bishop Heinrich II, and it survived as a working convent for over 150 years, the largest in Old Livonia....

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  • Museum of Occupation

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 collection of Soviet and Nazi memorabilia and knick-knacks that detail the occupation of Tallinn by Soviet and Nazi forces over the last century. There are...

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  • KGB Headquarters

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 innocuous looking building was possibly the most feared place in Tallinn, as it was the local headquarters of the KGB. What transpired in this house does...

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  • Toomkirik

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 mainland Estonia. Of course it has been much added to over the years, and substantially repaired and in places rebuilt after extensive damage in the...

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  • Tours & Tallin Card

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 normally only allow you to see one, or to get an idea of an overall area. Isa and I decided that an afternoon on one of these buses would allow us to...

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  • St. Brigitta Convent

    Tallinn Things to Do

    We love the ruins. I can´t say why, but we allways visit ruins in every trip we go! Crazy? So now we visited Pirita Klooster ruins, even if it was winter. But I think you could see quite much in winter also. Some areas (maybe some aparment ruins next to church) were looking so slippery, we didn´t go there, but those were only little rooms, or what...

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  • Tall Hermann

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 tower, tallest of the three remaining Castle towers, is known as 'Tall Hermann' and was built in the 14th century at the southwestern corner of Toompea...

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  • Town Hall Pharmacy

    Tallinn Things to Do

    On the opposite side of Raekoja Plats to the Town Hall itself you will find the Town Hall Pharmacy or Raeapteek. This asserts itself to be “the oldest pharmacy in Europe that has continuously been in business in the same building”. The exact date of its first opening here is unknown, but it is evident from council documents that in 1422 it was...

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  • TV Tower

    Tallinn Things to Do

    We (Isa and I) came to the TV Tower on the “hop on, hop off” bus, having seen it from afar and read about the great views to be had from the top. However when we arrived it was to find that there was a 45 minute wait to ascend as only 100 people are allowed up at a time. With infrequent buses we had to choose whether to go up or skip it in order...

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  • Lower Town

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 party. It's beautiful, busy and bustling at all times of day and night. The lower town can be easily encompassed in a day, and it is very easy to...

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  • Cat Well

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 were so worried that a malevolent spirit lived in the well that they made live and dead sacrifices to appease it. Many unfortunate felines met their...

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  • Dominican Monastery

    Tallinn Things to Do

    There’s not very much left of the Dominican Monastery and even what is left is not that easy to find. From outside you will see two of the main walls, one at St. Catherine’s passage and another one at Vene. The latter one is hardly visible as the space in front of it is used as a parking lot. This monastery was founded in 1246, but dissolved in...

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  • Songs Festival Ground

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Tallinn Songs Festival Ground was built in 1959 to host large concerts and festivals through the year. It was here in 1988 the musical demonstration THE SINGING REVOLUTION set the path to the Estonian Independence from USSR.

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  • Estonian Open air Museum -...

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 on the examples in the Scandinavian countries and wanted to do the same in Estonia which they succeeded. Here you can see how people lived, what kind...

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  • Upper Town

    Tallinn Things to Do

    With its flag raised to nearly a hundred meters above sea level, Tall Hermann should be one of Tallinn's most prominent towers. It is certainly one of its most important as a national symbol. Each morning the national flag is hoisted to the top, and each sunrise it is brought back down again, to the tune of the national anthem: "Mu isamaa, mu õnn...

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  • Sunset

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Old Town has several locations to take in great views from, of both Old Town itself and the rest of Tallinn. But if you head over the west side as the day is winding down you can catch a spectacular view of the sun setting over Tallinn. Just try to get there a little early so you can get a good spot, because there are only so many places to watch...

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  • City Museum

    Tallinn Things to Do

    City Museum Vene 17 We enjoyed this little Museum .It is housed in an old building dating back to 1394....the age of these places is amazing , especially considering how much was destroyed during WW 11. It has depicts some interesting history from 1200 to the 1950s. It's easy to manoeuvre with lots of English. I almost missed the 3rd floor which...

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  • Christmas Market

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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 Tallinn's main square! It's hard to go wrong in such a picture-perfect setting, especially if it is dusted with snow and frosted with icicles. The...

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  • Three Sisters

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Now a whizzy hotel, these three 15-th century merchants' houses have long been famous. They are called the 'three sisters' because each is slightly smaller than its neighbour. There are loading hatches and winches set into the frontages, because these typically Tallinn-ian houses served as warehouse, offices and living quarters for the merchant...

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  • Music

    Tallinn Things to Do

    It may look like the song festival grounds are nothing special. If there is nothing taking place there, it’s just a slightly terraced hill and a large stage with a roof, looking like a low-budget version of Sydney’s opera house. Especially for Estonians, this place means more. It was in the late 1980s when the call for independence became louder....

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  • Estonian Parliament Building

    Tallinn Things to Do

    It is no accident that the Estonian parliament building is located quite literally in the shadow by the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox cathedral, and the symbolism of the Russian dominance over internal Estonian affairs (particularly during the Soviet era) is apt. The Parliament building was commissioned by Catherine the Great and only dates...

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  • KUMU Kunstmuuseum - Estonian Art Museum

    Tallinn Things to Do

    I wasn't really sure what to expect of the KUMU art museum, and with it being located in Kadriorg - a little bit out from the town centre - it would have been easy to use the bitingly cold weather as an excuse to give it a miss. What an oversight that would have been. Sunset in mid December is about 15:30, and by the time we made it to KUMU (which...

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  • Russalka Monument

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Russalka monument (1902) is dedicated to 177 crewmen who lost their lives to the bottom of the sea. The ship named Russalka was headed from Tallinn to Helsinki and never made it. It was hit by storm and sunk. The sculpture was done by A.Adamson.

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  • Estonian History Museum

    Tallinn Things to Do

    LOWER TOWN - ALL-LINN Located in the center of Tallinn on Pikk 17, is the Gothic GREAT GUILD HALL - ESTONIAN HISTORY MUSEUM. Erected 1407 - 1410, the Great Guild Hall - Suurgild - was a guild for merchant's and artisans. The building has a beautiful and prominent portal, with huge lion door-knocker. The building houses the Estonian History Museum....

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  • New City

    Tallinn Things to Do

    If you ask anyone in Old Tallinn where the "city" is, they will look a bit confused, as it is all around. Officially, however, the city center is east of the Old Town, just behind the vast white tower of Hotel Viru. Here you'll find the core of Tallinn's office towers and burgeoning modern skyline. It's also a place where you find a lot of great...

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  • Great Guild Hall

    Tallinn Things to Do

    The great Guild Hall does not resemble that big from outside, but it was once the second-largest building built for non-religious purposes in Tallinn. Built between 1407 and 1417, it was used as the headquarter of the Merchant’s Guild. Here, the wealthy and mighty came together and the mayor of the town was always chosen out of the members of the...

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  • Raeapteek

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Some people say that this is the oldest continously running pharmacy in the world, but this title may be doubtful. It was probably founded in the 14th century or early 15th century. The oldest document mentioning it dates from 1422. That document says that the pharmacy is already having its third owner and has been run in the very same building...

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  • Rotermann Quarter

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Build as an industrial complex in the 19th century, the area which is known as Rotermann quarter was left into decay during the soviet era. It was built as a flour mill for businessman Albert Rotermann, he and his familly expanded it into present day area by adding food processing factories, a sawmill and more factories. When Viru Hotel was built...

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  • Marzipan Museum

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Although billed as a museum this is really a shop selling marzipan and related products. Having said that, it is worth a visit as it has some very skill ful displays of marzipan art. The Internet shows 2 marzipan museums at this address, one being part of the Kalev Company. If someone can shed light on this, please do. The part we visited was the...

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