What is worth seeing in Tallinn, Estonia?
Vyshgorod towers over the capital of Estonia thanks to Toompea Hill, after which the ancient castle built here is named, which is considered one of the oldest and largest in Estonia.
Tallinn City Wall
Just as Moscow cannot be imagined without the Kremlin and Red Square, so Tallinn cannot be imagined without the main attraction, called the city wall. Powerful stone walls of height about 20 meters were built along the perimeter of the city in the 13th century.
House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads
Walking down Pikk Street in Tallinn, do not miss the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads. This mysterious name stands for the merchant union founded back in the 14th century. Merchants united to conduct their business activities together.
Dome Cathedral in Tallinn
The white-stone Dome Cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is one of the oldest churches in Tallinn, consecrated in 1240. And although over the centuries the cathedral itself has been repeatedly rebuilt, many relics of that time have been preserved in its interior.
Toompea Castle in Tallinn is impossible to miss. Stone fortress, stands on the homonymous hill in the heart of the city and attracts all tourists without exception. Toompea Castle dates back to the 13th century, and, it should be said, has been well preserved to this day.
Lower Town of Tallinn
Lower Town is located at the foot of Toompea Hill. It is still surrounded by an ancient defensive wall with 21 towers, which in the past centuries protected citizens from enemies.
Town Hall Square in Tallinn
The heart of any more or less large European city has always been city hall and its square. And if the town hall was the place where only high class people could enter, the square was open for everyone.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn
There are many Orthodox attractions in Tallinn, but the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the most famous among them. Dark domes of the majestic temple can be seen from many points of the city, and the bells, sounded by bell ringers, can be heard even farther.
Tallinn Town Hall
The center of the Old Town is Town Hall Square with its remarkable medieval architectural monument, the Gothic City Hall.
For a wilderness experience and a breath of fresh air, you don’t have to go far away from Tallinn – just go to the zoo. It is located in the city, but a large part of its territory is occupied by forest.
Niguliste Church is literally a prominent landmark in Tallinn. The building with its tall spire peeks out from almost everywhere, attracting the attention of all tourists exploring the Estonian capital.
Many tourists walking around Tallinn get attention from the slender, sky-high spire of a landmark. You can’t miss it either: the Oleviste Baptist Church. It was named after the Norwegian King Olaf II, who was consecrated a saint.
Atlantis H2O Water Park
Recently, the most popular facility in Viimsi, a suburb of Tallinn, has become the Atlantis H2O water park. Visitors are offered a variety of water attractions: eight slides (one of them is 120 m long), a slow-moving river flowing around the perimeter, a pool with artificial waves, and tube slides with dynamic lighting.
Art Center “Fotografiska” in Tallinn
At the end of June 2019, the Fotografiska Art Gallery (Fotografiska), a branch of the museum of the same name in Stockholm, opened in Tallinn. The new art center is located in the building of the former Kalinin Electric Plant in the center of the creative quarter of Telliskivi.
One of the most beautiful and colorful places in Tallinn is Tower Square. It is from it that you have a magnificent view of the city wall and the spire of the Oleviste Baptist Church. Once this land did not belong to the city, the nuns of the neighboring Cistercian monastery grazed their cows here.
Long Hermann’s Tower
In medieval Europe Long Hermann was a brave Landsknacht, a desperate shirt and a conqueror of women’s hearts. It is not without reason that this nickname was given to the Toompea Castle’s tallest tower, which was built by the Teutonic Knights on the edge of a 50-metre steep cliff using the latest fortification methods.
Fat Margaret Tower
To the right of the Sea Gate, the main entrance from the port behind the Tallinn city wall, there is an elegant and slender tower, and to the left of it – a huge heavy construction of frightening appearance.
Gorhol is the exact opposite of the cozy homes of Tallinn’s Old Town. The abandoned concrete building of the former Lenin Palace of Culture and Sports is striking in its size and strange architecture.
Maiden Tower of Tallinn
The most mysterious fortification of Tallinn is Neitsitorn, that is, Maiden’s Tower. Firstly, it is not round like all the others, but rectangular, secondly, the date of its construction is unknown and, finally, it was originally built open from the city side.
Children’s Museum Miia-Milla-Manda
The Miia-Milla-Manda Children’s Museum exhibit focuses on the history of the house where the museum is located, the theme of friendship, nature and various professions – in a museum geared towards children from 3 to 11 years old.
Old Town with its many attractions is the historical heart of Tallinn. It is located in Kesklinn district and is divided into two parts: Upper Town or Vyshgorod and Lower Town.
The surrounding area outside the historic center is no less interesting to look at.
There are plenty of parks, the unique Estonian Open-Air Museum in the Roca al Mare neighborhood and the magnificent baroque Kadriorg Palace and Park.
Numerous parks and the unique Estonian Open Air Museum at Roc-al-Mare (Opening hours: daily 10:00-17:00 (except June 24, 24, 25 and 31 December). In the summer season (April 23 to September 28) from 10 to 20 hours, the farms from 10 to 18 hours, the Coke Inn from 11 to 20 hours. Cost of admission (depending on season): 7-10 EUR, free for children under 8), the magnificent baroque Kadriorg Palace and Park (Palace opening hours: May to September, Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00; October to April, Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00. The box office is open until 4:30 p.m. Full ticket price: 6,50 EUR), the Bohemian district of Kalamaja is a small part of the list of must-see sights.
Churches and cathedrals
In the Old Town there is the oldest church in the country – the Dome Cathedral. In it the tombstones of the 13th-18th centuries are preserved and the famous Russian sailor I.F. Kruzenshtern is buried. Walking around the city, be sure to pay attention to the Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky. Other interesting monuments of religious architecture: the Oleviste Church and the Dominican Monastery of St. Catherine.
When buying a Tallinn Card not only provides great discounts in stores, restaurants, when buying tours, cruises, scooter rentals, but also eliminates the need to pay for public transport, bike rentals and entrance tickets to museums. Also with this miracle card you can visit the Tallinn Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, the Church of the Holy Spirit and several monasteries and towers for free. There are several versions of the card, varying in validity time, the degree of accessibility of various kinds of entertainment and, of course, the price. For children under 14 years old – a big discount (50% of the cost of adult card).