Harjumaa Things to Do

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Harjumaa Things to Do

  • Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    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...

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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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  • Defensive Walls

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Tallinn's city wall originally had a length of 2.35 kilometers and comprised 46 wall and gate towers. Large sections of the medieval city wall still stand today including 26 of the defensive towers. Each tower has a name. In the 16th century the city wall was one of the most robust in Northern Europe. Its construction was influenced by both Danish...

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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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  • Oleviste-St.Olav's

    Tallinn Things to Do

    On one windy and sporadically rainy day, we went up to the lookout at St Olav's Cathedral. The staircase going up to the lookout is a spiral, and the descent can be rather dizzying. The wind was strong and fierce when up at the lookout. The view of the whole city from the lookout was splendid. St Olav's Church in Tallinn is the city's biggest...

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  • Alex Nevsky

    Tallinn Things to Do

    The Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is situated on the hill of Toompea, opposite the Estonian parliament buildings and Toompea Castle.It is dedicated to the Russian hero St. Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod, who saw off German invaders at the 13th-century Battle of the Ice at Lake Peipus. The cathedral, which is Tallinn’s largest,...

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  • Kadriorg

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Kadriorg can be considered to be the grandest example of palace and park design in Estonian architectural history. The palace, originally an imperial summer residence (built by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine), has been extremely well preserved since the early 18th century. Today the palace is home to the foreign art collection of the...

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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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  • St. Catherine's Passage

    Tallinn Things to Do

    One of the prettiest little walkways in all of Old Town, the medieval St. Catherine’s passage connects Vene and Müürivahe streets. On the northern portion of the passage you can find what's left of St. Catherine’s Church, ancient tombstones that used to line the inside of the sanctuary. On the southern portion of the passage, you’ll find numerous...

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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

    The Town Hall is located on the square of the same name. It is the only Gothic town hall in Northern Europe. The first mention we have of this town hall dating from 1322 The present building was built between 1402 and 1404 the capital was destroyed in an air raid on March 9, 1944 and rebuilt in 1950. El Ayuntamiento se encuentra situado en la...

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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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  • 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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  • Blackheads

    Tallinn Things to Do

    The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads is the only surviving Renaissance building in Tallinn. A residence probably existed at this location already in the 14th century. The Brotherhood of Black Heads bought the property in the first half of the 16th century, when then also built a new vault-less hall. A major reconstruction took place in 1597,...

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  • Gates

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Viru Gates were built in the 14thC, and the towers still standing today are only a part of the original structure. Viru Gates are located in the eastern section of the town wall. The main tower of the gates was built in its initial form in 1345-1355. Today, Viru Gates are one of the entrances into the Old Town leading to numerous shops and...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Toomkirik

    4.5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Town Hall Pharmacy

    Tallinn Things to Do

    The Town Hall Pharmacy is the oldest in Europe that has continually operated from the same premises. It was first mentioned in town records in 1422, when an apothecary by the name of Nyclawes was summoned to a session of the town's rulers. In addition to selling modern medicines, the pharmacy today also sells mementos of times past. La farmacia de...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Estonian Parliament Building

    Tallinn Things to Do

    Toompea Castle, on Toompea Hill in the central part of Tallinn, dates back to the 9th century. It now contains the Estonian Parliament Building, which was erected in the ancient courtyard of a Medieval this castle. The pink and white Expressionest style Estonian Parliament Building was built in 1922 during Estonia's first independent period, to a...

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  • Dominican Monastery

    Tallinn Things to Do

    The Dominican monastery was founded in 1246 and it is the oldest one in the medieval old town. The center of monastery was St. Catherine's Church, which was completed in the late 1300s and was the largest church building in the lower town. The Monastery was expanded several times, most recently in the 16th century. St. Catherine's convent closed...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Estonian Open air Museum -...

    Tallinn Things to Do

    The Estonian Ethnographic Museum is a collection of traditional buildings set in lovely parkland about 3 miles from the city centre. There are farms, and a church, and windmills, a water-mill, a school.even a fire station! The staff dress appropriately, and carry out tradtional activities whilst talking to visitors. It's a fascinating place to...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Songs Festival Ground

    Tallinn Things to Do

    This was one of the highlights of my travels, but only happens every 5 years. Tickets are sold at the gate and they just keep jamming people in (well over a hundred thousand), so you should go early and stay the whole day (the final song is always special). Also, try to get into the dance festivals. Not sure why these are highlighted more - it was...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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