Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town
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This jumble of 14th- and 15th-century architecture with its medieval walls, needling spires and twisting, cobblestone streets is also the site of many of the city's important historic attractions and museums including the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, St. Catherine's Guild and the 15th-century Guildhall that now houses the History Museum.
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  • Jem J
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom285 contributions
    What a truly wonderful old town
    A week's break to celebrate my birthday, beautiful to walk around the old town. Such a scenic town, lovely restaurants, coffee shops and bars to take a break from the bitterly cold weather. Thoroughly enjoyed it
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Alan B
    Mukwonago, Wisconsin237 contributions
    Nice but for tourists
    Lots to do and see, fair prices. Liked the castle walls and several museums in the same area. Large bar scene in the evening or clubs as some want to be called. Weekends very noisy but the hotel I was at I didn't hear a thing once inside.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Nathaniel
    Malta37 contributions
    Beautiful Old Town
    We visited Tallinn for a day from Helsinki. The old town is very impressive. The building is medieval and beautiful. the streets are also medieval styled, the churches and cathedrals are worth a visit. There are also a lot of souvenir shops and good quality restaurants. What I liked the most is the city walls, they are well maintained and definitely worth to visit. I suggest to visit the town by walk rather than by car.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Duane B
    West Des Moines, Iowa20 contributions
    perfect for Photography
    My trip involved both Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. I kinda thought going into the trip I would enjoy Tallinn much more and I was right. I just enjoyed the old streets, buildings and the colors I just felt very comfortable in the old town area. My hotel I was not a fan of but it was in old town area so that was a plus. I feel like if you enjoy photography you will have a lot of choices for very cool pics. I felt it was one of the nicer old towns. I would suggest going to this area. My first couple hours in the area I got lost it's so easy to get turned around and have no idea where you are. After the next day it was easy to navigate. There are a lot of good places to eat and I found a great gelato places also which was a must. I would say also that Tallinn is much more price friendly compared to Helsinki.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Navigator58095249889
    4 contributions
    Excellent medieval experience
    We took the cruise from Helsinki to go to Tallinn. A leisurely stroll of the old town on a sunny day. Good gourmet experience at Olde Hansa. We try the Grand Chef’s Feast at lunch. What an experience! The food and the way they were presented. Suggest skipping breakfast because the portion is really big.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Travlr3210
    101 contributions
    Still a Hidden Gem
    Tallinn, Estonia, has yet to become a major tourist destination, but it is a delightful town with many interesting things to explore. We stayed at the Schlossle Hotel and it was wonderful. It's listed as one of the "best hotels in the world'" and it is easy to see why, even though the price was really reasonable. When Estonia gets popular, prices are sure go up. Enjoy it now.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, Ohio3,037 contributions
    Come Here, Stay Here, Learn About Its History
    Tallinn is becoming, deservedly, a popular site to visit. Many people arrive on cruise ships. But we would like to advocate staying here and enjoying this wonderful medieval city both in the day and overnight. The old town of Tallinn is postcard perfect, with medieval walls, architecture, towers, and sights. It would be difficult NOT to take a great picture simply by taking your camera or smart phone and taking a shot. There are countless beautiful vistas, attractive buildings, and views. Just walk along the streets, stop at a cafe, or stop to admire a view. This city is a little like Venice in that you might want to throw away your map and simply wander around seeing things you haven't before. Many visitors are here for the day, but we stayed over a few nights. The city is always attractive, but we especially enjoyed waling around in the evening and simply taking in the sights and atmosphere. In any case, this is the proverbial "find."
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Trevor H
    Plymouth, United Kingdom325 contributions
    The perfect way to set up your city break
    What a great place to go to for a short city break. Tallinn old town is very easy to navigate around and I would certainly advocate buying the Tallinn Card which allows entry to many places for free, free transport to visit sites out of the city (recommend the Tallinn TV Tower and the next door Botanical Gardens). Firstly though I advise going to the tourist office at Niguliste 2, and hiring the audio guide. The tour said 2 hours but we took all day at our own pace...........drink stops, lunch etc! This tour gave us an idea to what we might want to come back to eg Fat Margaret. Everyone was so friendly and spoke really good English. Really recommend this as a city break.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • KemikOjstra
    Maribor, Slovenia1,593 contributions
    The best preserved medieval old town in the Northern Europe
    In my opinion, Tallinn has the most charming historic old town in the Northern Europe although Gamla stan in Stockholm and Nyhavn in Copenhagen are also quite nice. It is still a hidden gem to many tourists but it is more and more known as it is quite easy accessable from Helsinki with a 2-hour ferry ride. Medieval town walls with towers are well preserved, the same goes for Toompea Castle (now houses the Estonian parliament) and amazing Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It must be like a fairytale there when Christmas market tooks place.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic6,340 contributions
    One of my most favorite historical city centers
    Full of nicely preserved historical walls and buildings. At the same time, full of trees. On the top of that, most of the buildings are in use, showing that it's possible to be respectful to the past, but to live in the present. This all is making Tallinn's historical center one of my most favorite historical sites ever. My especially favorite place are Viru Gates, that you can't miss walking through in any case.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2023
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William S
Clinton, NJ393 contributions
Aug 2022
Tallinn was a great find. We have never been to the Baltic countries before and used this capital as a launching point for an East to West Scandinavian trip (highly recommended). The Old Town was quaint and bustling with tourists and a modest number of locals. We stayed in the Old Town (highly recommended) as it was easy during our short less than two-day adventure to cover many of the coveted sites. After we arrived early afternoon, we quickly launched into seeing the Old City and covered quite a bit during that day, including a very good exhibit in the old city hall on medieval activities, wandering the cobbled streets, and walking up towers and on ramparts. Much of the city still has intact medieval walls unlike many other historic cities. We even had time of beer in the central square before having dinner al fresco at one of the many restaurants. The city was also very affordable. While many visitors come by cruise ship for a day experience, we highly recommend staying at least one night and preferably two.
Written November 1, 2022
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Maxtrap
Seattle, WA191 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The hill area is very prominent from ferry dock and easily walkable. Lots of museums in that area. Post office across from church makes post card mailing easy. Give yourself enough time before ferry back to Helsinki to walk cobblestones toward KGB museum. Beautiful area with lots of shops and restaurants. If it’s cold, expect cool breeze and dress appropriately or bring money for well made local products. We could easily have spent another day here, but will return on a cruise ship. Enjoy!
Written February 9, 2020
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jlw0lf
Brevard, NC265 contributions
Jul 2022
Estonia is another one of those countries I would not have considered visiting, except that our cruise itinerary included a stop there. This is a good place to get a feel for what life under Soviet domination must have been like. There are many signs of Soviet-era life still plain to see. I recommend taking a guided tour with a guide who remembers back to at least the 1970s & 80s so you hear the opinions of someone who lived under a repressive regime.
Written July 26, 2022
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Jondoe
6 contributions
Jan 2020
Lovely city, deserves its UNESCO rating but sadly the life has been hollowed out of it. Almost all the shops in the heart of town are souvenir or amber outlets, repetitive offerings, and pricey, too. A few corner shops selling alcohol and snacks. No 'real' businesses. Churches frequently shut unless a service in progress but found a delightful free organ recital in the Church of Holy Spirit - well worth an hour of my evening. Some lovely cafes and a great public skating rink in the winter.
Written January 21, 2020
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Tide Knot Travellers
London, UK14 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
Tallinn Old Town really is the most beautifully preserved medieval town we have ever seen. We absolutely love it there, it is full of beautiful streets bursting with history and charm. The Town Hall square is an amazing centre point with beautiful restaurants all around and although it’s touristy there, the prices aren’t astronomical for food and drink. This place is a must visit, give yourself 2 or 3 days to really explore!
Written August 6, 2020
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia1,016 contributions
Aug 2019
We were on a day trip from our cruise ship that docked at 8 am & sailed at 5 pm. Effectively 6 hrs or so to see Tallinn. We decided to take a ride share Bolt from the cruise terminal to Toompea Hill so that we wouldn't have to walk uphill all the way, at the same time make the most of the available time. So after Toompea Hill sites we walked down to the Old Town, had a snack at a cafe & through the Town Square where there was a market and then along the narrow streets to Fat Margaret's Tower from where we got a Bolt ride back to the ship. A great day spent in Tallinn!
Written July 26, 2020
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Ludwig H
Augsburg, Germany27 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Nice town to visit with a decent amount of things to do. Really great architecture as well as views over the town. Sadly almost every church required a fee to enter, we would've liked to visit more than one of them. While perhaps not our favorite, it is overall a good place to visit. Would recommend!
Written August 10, 2020
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MHAccorLoyal
Kortrijk, Belgium92 contributions
Jan 2020
The history and resilience of Tallinn city Walls, cathedrals, and its people deserves greater recognition. This city with its City wails, cathedrals and Museums is a feast for knowledge thirsty tourists. the cafes and restaurants are good quality and prices very affordable. This was on my Bucket List and so glad to have been lucky enough to TICK it in every sense
Written January 25, 2020
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Casper H
Vanlose, Denmark79 contributions
Aug 2022 • Business
Tallinn is a city where you can use a lot of time. Many good restaurants, and bars.
The city is the capital, and you can see that on the prices, a good advice is to go about 500 meters away from the the Main Street, then you will save a about 50 % on the market prices (food)
Written August 24, 2022
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Belfast, UK65 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Tallinn Old Town is a must see! I do recommend getting a Tallin Card (free entry to many museums and churches and all public transport). This was the best thing I purchased. I wouldn’t have went into some beautiful churches had it not been free to enter. Tallinn Old Town is a beautifully preserved medieval town with lots of history to dive into
Written July 16, 2022
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