Town Hall square - Raekoja Plats, Tallinn County
The Town Hall square is the heart of Lower Town. Surrounded by beautiful houses with dominating tower of Town Hall is definitely a place where you should slow down to feel the atmosphere of the place. Numerous cafes ( with tables outside in summer) and restaurants invite you to spend there a lazy hour.
Tallinn`s Town Hall is one of the most famous symbols of the city.
The Town Hall was established on the central square, probably at the beginning of 13th century. In 1402-1404 it was substantially reconstructed. The exterior you can see today dates from this period, and the basic room plan has been also preserved, as it was reconstructed for hosting receptions.
The second floor was and still is the main floor, where the Citizen`s Hall and the Council Hall are located and where festive receptions and concerts are held, just as they were in the Medieval days. The three-nave cellar hall is open as an exhibit hall.
You simply cannot come to Tallinn and not go to the Town Hall square - the centre of old town. In the medieval times it served as a marketplace but nowadays it is surrounded with nice open-air cafes, a great place for relaxing and people watching.
You can also take a tour in the Town Hall, one of the oldest surving town halls in Europe (built in 1401-1404) and go up to the tower, where the good old "Old Thomas" is watching over our city...
The Town Hall Square functioned as a marketplace even before the Town Hall itself was built, and it was used for celebrations but also for executions.
Today the square is the center of the social life of the city, with plenty of outdoor cafés, open air concerts, handycrafts fairs and medieval markets during the summer.
Be aware: the outdoor cafés on the square are really expensive! I paid 3 Euros for an espresso!
I think Town Hall square has a great atmosphere, especially with all the restaurants and the merchants in the middle of the place who are selling handcrafts things. The day was sunny, so everybody was enjoying the beautiful weather. Some people were taking a beer while others were having lunch..It was awesome. A really great place to take a break before you continue your discovering of the Old Town.
Before Christmas there are Christmas market on the square. I saw lot of people dressed up in costumes which were from middle age. As you can see the pic there were small stalls where sold candies, chesnuts, cardigans etc.
The marketplace square in front of the Town Hall is the oldest part of the oldtown and was multi purpose in the old days as it was used for celebrations AND executions.
Present day the square is is filled with outdoor cafés and is a venue for concerts, handicraft fairs and medieval marketplaces.
Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats)
Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats)
The result of your climb up Viru. And well worth while. A lovely open square with as expected the Town Hall.
Very helpful Tourist Office here in the Square.
Do not ignore the streets surrounding the square. They are very interesting and you can spend considerable time wandering around.
Go to sit at Raekoja Plats - the main market place or grand place in Tallinn. During the summer it is full of beer cafes and people. Good plave to have a beer ot two (or gin long drink for ladies) and watch people!
Town hall square is in the centre of the old town. In the past it has been used for many different purposes such as a marketplace, tournements, festivals were held here and a execution also once took place in the square. Today the square is still the place were locals gather and festivals and other events still take place here. In the spring and summer there are cafe terraces with umberellas and in the winter months it plays host to tallinns main christmas tree which has been put up here since 1441. I have taken several photos of the square but the pictures make it look relatively quite however they were taken fairly early in the morning.
We arrived in Tallinn very early in the morning after taking a night bus from Riga. After spending an hour or two in a cafe drinking coffee and waiting for dawn, we set off for Old Town. We were lucky, it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day.
When in Tallinn you have to give the town square a visit. It was so lovely with the snow falling like it was Christmas morning. I guess if it has to snow it might as well be pretty snow... The buildings are all a few hundred years old - give or take a decade - and house various businesses like very expensive antique stores, souvenier shops, or coffe shops that sell really good Irish(go figure) coffees.
Tallinn is one of the best-preserved historic centres in Europe. All the winding cobbled streets lead on to the Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square), which is dominated by the imposing façade of the Town Hall.This historic square has served as a marketplace since the eleventh century and features a pharmacy that has been operating since 1422. Open-air concerts are held here in summer and its many cafés and eating places make it a bustling meeting place for both tourists and Tallinners alike.
This square has been the center of Tallinn for hundreds of years, when they started having markets here in the 11th century. The gothic town hall, in the picture, is the only surviving gothic town hall in northern Europe. The inside of the town hall is open to the public, and there you find several beautiful halls such as the citzen's Hall and the Council Hall. Nowadays the square is full of open air cafes and is a great place to sit and relax for awhile.
pictured is raekoja plats, tallinn's town square. in medieval times this square was the center of commerce for the baltic germans. today it is lined with shops and cafes.