Estonia Things to Do

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Estonia 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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  • Toompea Hill & Castle

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    My main photo on this Tallinn page (overlooking the city) was taken from Toompea, it's the government area of Tallinn and is well worth the uphill walk of five minutes or so to get there - it's very pleasant to walk around with interesting architecture. St. Mary's Catherdral (Dome Church) is in Toompea, it dates back to the 13th century.

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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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  • Russian orthodox cathedral - Aleksander...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    Building a Russian Orthodox cathedtral on Toompea Hill, where once the Estonian kings ruled in their castle of the small Baltic country was also a demonstration of Czarist power in 19th century. Still, to visitors it looks just beautiful with its bright colors, the scent on incense and it Russian looks

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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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  • City walls & towers

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    During the reconstruction of the gate in the early 16th century, the cannon tower Fat Margaret was added. The round tower, with 155 loopholes, a diameter of 25 meters, and a height of about 20 meters, was built to protect the harbour. It got its name from the fact that it was indeed the stoutest tower in the city wall. Through history, the cannon...

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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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  • Architecture & monuments

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    This is a strange, very large and fascinating monument situated on the picturesque Pirita tee coast road about 2 miles or so out of the town centre. The accompanying pointy obelisk is clearly visible from Dome Hill in the old town if you look east along the bay. A huge '60s style angular concrete structure, it was built in honour of the soldiers...

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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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  • Churches & Landmarks

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    the dome church also known as the cathedral of st.mary the virgin was originally built after the danish invasion of 1219. the original church was built out of wood. during the reformation the cathedral became a lutheran church in 1561. the church burned in a fire in 1684. it was rebuilt in the late 17th century and it's tower was added in 1779. at...

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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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  • Town Hall square - Raekoja Plats

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    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.

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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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  • Old Town - Vanalinn

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    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.

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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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  • Views & walks

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    To see a great panorama view over Tallinn county and the Gulf of Finland: go to Tallinn TV Tower. There's a cafe, restaurant and observation deck at the height of 170 metres. Sometimes in the evening also live dance music in the restaurant. Tickets 60 kr for adults. Open from 10 to 24.

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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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  • Rocca al Mare - Open air museum, Zoo &...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    It is a nice place, 72 old buildings, relaxing possibility near the seaside but if you don't have much time to spend in the city you may forget to see there. If you want to see, you may reach by bus(21) or troleybus(6,7) easily. Don't get off at Rocca al mare shopping center! You may also visit zoo on your way. 'Museum' is perhaps something of an...

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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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  • Kadriorg Palace & Park

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    Kadriorg Park is the most noteworthy park in country of Estonia. It is intended to preserve the look of the natural landscape, meadows and forest groves and paths. In 1722 soldiers planted 550 trees in the park to promote rapid development of the park

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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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  • Katariina Käik - St Catherine's passage

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    st. catherine's passage is a narrow lane from alexander nevsky cathedral to lower tallinn. this narrow passage is the best way to walk back to old town square from toompea hill. it is a pretty good hike from lower tallinn to the alexander nevsky cathedral and the attractions of toompea hill. the walk takes about 30 minutes or you can take a cab for...

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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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  • Estonian parliament - Riigíkogu

    5 out of 5 stars

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    the estonian parliament building is located on toompea hill across the street from aleksander nevsky cathedral. built in 1921 this interesting baroque building is home to estonia's government. not open to the public.

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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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  • Museums

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    You find 17 museum coupons, mainly of Tallinn, at kupongiraamat.ee/eng. So it is easy to decide where to go. My favourite was the Mine Museum in an old gunpowder warehouse next to the Estonia ferry monument, but I am planning to visit the submarine Lembit soon as well. For a tourist and a local the KUMU art museum in Kadriorg is a must. With a...

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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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  • House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    Built by the Brotherhood of Blackheads in 1399 The House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads is the only fully preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn. The name of the Brotherhood came from their patron black St. Mauritius> aChristian martyr who died in Switzerland circa 300 A.D. Tallinn’s most eye-catching door on the front of this...

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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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  • Viru gates

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    Viru Gates The Viru Gates were built in the 14th century(c1345)but the towers are all that are left. Viru gate is one of the main entryways in the Town Wall and leads to the main shopping street of the Old Town.

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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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  • Town hall

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    the town hall is located in the center of old town on old town square (raekoda plats). originally built in the 13th century the building you see today was built between 1402-1404. for centuries the town hall was used as meeting room and warehouse. in the 17th century a late reniassance tower was added to the building. in 1944 the soviets bombed...

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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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  • Town pharmacy - Raepteek

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    It was first mentioned in historical documents in 1422, but by some accounts, it may be older still. The town council-governed pharmacy sold many other goods besides medicine. Open: Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat 9.00-17.00 Closed: 01.01, 24.02, 25.03, 09.04, 01.05, 23-24.06, 20.08, 25.12

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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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  • Dominiiklaste Klooster

    Tallinn County Things to Do

    Founded in 1246 the Dominican Monastery is the oldest cloister in downtown Tallinn and is a typical Catholic cloister. Abandoned, a fire started in 1531 in the desecrated, empty church, leaving only ruins. Remaining standing today are the western wall of the cloisters’ church that now houses an exhibition on the stonemasonry of Tallinn, as...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Songs Festival Ground

    Tallinn Things to Do

    This was one of the highlights of my travels. If you can get a ticket (book EARLY), then you should go early and stay the whole day. Also, try to get into the dance festivals. Not sure why these are highlighted more - it was actually a moving experience, which is saying something for a bloke who does go to this sort of stuff usually.

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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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