Old Town - Vanalinn, Tallinn County
A stroll in the streets of Tallinn would be a rewarding experience. The old town is a miniature architectural gem in the style of the hanseatic trading posts. It certainly stands out against the bleak countryside and uninspiring weather. Matched with its location, the overcast gloom of the town encourages investigation of its origins and plight during the centuries (perhaps over a beer or two). For some people it might even be an intriguing end to a tour following the sea route of German traders from Bergen to Tallinn and the result of their toils.
St. Catherine’s Passage is a landmark combining master craftsmen’s workshops with a medieval atmosphere. Residential buildings from the 15th to the 17th centuries stand along the sides of the southern section of the Passage.
the most famous door in tallinn is the house of the brotherhood of the blackheads. but there are a number of interesting carved portals in tallinn. old town tallinn is a wonderful place to explore on foot and see interesting architectual embellishments on many of it's buildings. pictured is one of a number of carved doors in old town tallinn.
Tallinn has a wonderful and medieval Old Town. I was really impressed. Small streets, nice architecture. Worht a visit fo sure!
Unfortunatelly no photos as it was late evening when I was there.
You have been traveling to many places and seen many different people. But just when you thought you have done it all, you realize that there is one thing that you have never dared to do: Travel in Time! The Nature and Archaeology Cycling Company (NACC) is proud to present you its latest grandiose achievement: A Time Machine!
Two days of complete immersion into medieval times, to taste the food, hear the music, stroll in the tiny streets, enter the houses and meet those proud medieval merchants, knights and monks that will intimately share their stories with you. The city of Tallinn is our setting for this Time Machine. Tallinn is the northernmost medieval city and one of the new capitals of the European Union. It has international flights and an express boat shuttle to Helsinki. The Old City has survived many wars, conquests and plunders and its medieval splendor remains nevertheless intact. Encircled in its fortified walls, the Old Tallinn has 30 km of pedestrian streets bordered by medieval houses, churches and monasteries. The visitor finds himself in one of the former outposts of the Soviet Union, at the crossroad where the East meets the West and where Scandinavian, German, Russian and Eastern European cultures have flourished side by side in the most impressive natural settings. The experience NACC offers in Tallinn is unique has it blends the discovery of the Old City with a unique and exciting plunge in what life used to be in medieval times, its splendor, spirituality, mysteries and debauchery.
Tallinn was put on the world map in 1154 by Arabian geographer al-Idrisi. He found “a small town like a large castle” and a busy port here. But Tallinn was a meeting point between east and west already centuries earlier.
The unique value of Tallinn’s Old Town lies first and foremost in the well-preserved completeness of its medieval milieu and structure, which has been lost in most of the capitals of northern Europe. Since 1997, the Old Town of Tallinn has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
The centre of Tallin is divided into two areas, Toompea (Dome Hill) and the Lower Town both of which are surrounded by the imposing and impressive city walls.
Toompea sits on top of a steep lime stone hill and is the seat of parliament and home to the Estonian government and various embassies. The lower town nestles in the cobbled streets below Toompea.
By day, both are bustling tourist areas full of welcoming bars, cafes, resturants & charming souvenir shops.
But as the daylight fades, the medieval streets begin to light up and revellers gradually pour in to the bars and clubs of the lower town and party through to the early hours.
I recommend wandering around Tallinn's charming old town with its winding cobblestone streets and medieval architecture and spirit. It is one of the best retained european medieval towns. There is especially a very pretty view from Toompea Hill. Estonia is mainly influenced by the Finnish culture. It is a misconception to consider it former soviet union as Estonia was a country in it's own right before being occupied by Soviet union and then illegally annexed. What's more with Tallin's locality it has good links to Helsinki (1 hour 20 min ferry ride or alternatively a short helicopter ride), Stockholm and St Petersburg and as a result is very popular with cruise ships.
Another little place that's not actually hidden, but still even most locals seem not to know it: A little terrace and a cafe (a bit lower than the terrace), next to the old town wall. Cozy and romantic, quiet and - in summer - simply a beautiful place to sit and relax.
Even more: In one of the town wall towers called Neitsitorn (Maiden Tower), there used to be a restaurant that should still be open at least once in a while (as people say...). I unfortunately never happened to be there when it's open...
From Vabaduse Väljak: Go up the hill through the park, keep close to the town wall, and after you're up on Toompea hill turn right into the "Taani Kuninga Aed" (garden of the Danish King).
More simple even from inside the old town: Go to Niguliste Church, where it stands at a street called Rüütli. Opposite the church there's a little gate in the buildings. Go in, climb up some stairs, and there you are.
As everyone would probably recommend, you must see the beautiful medieval old town. But when you're there, be sure not only to walk through the busy main roads (Viru, Vene, Harju streets and other; Townhall Square).
Check out the smaller streets, try to walk almost all around the hill (Toompea) outside the hill, from viewpoint to viewpoint (there are 3 of them, actually even 4, but the 4th is private property...). And - well, see seperate tips for details.
The Old Town - the old town in Tallinn is a walled City with many delightful buildings contained inside -from the Onion domed roof of the Catherdral to red roofed houses. It is a fun place just to wander around and soak up the atmosphere - lots of places to eat outdoors in the summer and lots of cheap beer.
There are lots of local handicrafts/art for sale in the local shops and these are often beautiful and represent great value for money.
You must spend time walking around Vana Linn - old town in Tallinn. Have a meal or drink, do some shopping, or just walk around and soak up the atmosphere. (Watch out, some locals like to snowboard down this street!) The cobblestone streets and old structures (some from the 14th century) are amazing. Vana Linn is fortunate to have so many old buildings intact, unlike much of the rest of the country that was heavily bombed during WWII.
Vanalinn, the old town, is a place for wandering around, it's a romantic labyrinth of cobblestone lanes, towers, and Hanseatic architecture.
Street names are interesting, like 'long leg', and 'short leg'.
If you visit Tallinn the thing I would advise you to definately do - if its not obvious anyway! ;) - walk around the Old Town! :) and the shops of course :)lol
The cobbled streets, the old town wall, the history and the sights ! WOW!