Toompea Hill

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Toompea Hill
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An ancient 10th-century Estonian stronghold stood on this 170-foot-high limestone plateau, which was later divided into the Big and Small Fortress with its distinctive defense towers erected in the early 13th century.
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Toby L
Calne, UK404 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
What a fantastic view over the roofs of this marvellous city, with each building being capped off in its own wonderful way.

The view is stunning, but if you have mobility issues, plan your day carefully as there’s not much else up here.

Worth it for the view, but time it well to allow plenty of time to return.
Written February 29, 2020
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ValRal
Nea Redestos, Greece204 contributions
Oct 2019
Nice view of the city. Clean roads. Beautiful old town. Tallinn is a city that is so lovely. You can also find a lot of souvenir shops.
Written October 4, 2019
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Marywhotravels
Washington DC, DC1,700 contributions
I was just enchanted by Toompea Hill. I came here in September, which thankfully seemed to be far enough from peak tourist season that we could easily stroll around mostly empty streets lined with old fortress walls and colorful, medieval looking shops. Definitely give yourself at least an afternoon to walk around and take pictures. I was especially impressed when we found a wine cafe in one of the upper levels of the castle ruins--a great place to soak in the atmosphere and look out over the landscape.
Written September 7, 2005
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,085 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
We went to Toompea primarily for the views of Lower Town, Toompea Castle, and the Tall Hermann Tower. The views of Lower town and surrounding area were good. Most of the sightseers were from cruise ships. The Estonian Parliament building is here, but I didn’t go inside, as twenty years earlier I had worked out of there for a few weeks. I liked the Russian Orthodox church, Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky. Although nice, I rate Toompea Hill as “Very Good” and the “Lower Town” portion of Old town as “Excellent.” I prefer the close-up views of Lower Town I get when strolling its streets.
Written September 20, 2018
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China146,744 contributions
Jun 2010
Toompea Hill was one of our favorite spots in Tallin. There were some great, narrow cobblestone streets in the area, near the Castle and Nevsky Cathedral and we managed to find some spots for viewing the city of Tallin in its fullest. Wow! Just spectacular views, ones that you keep with you for your entire life.

We highly recommend spending some time in the Toompea Hill area, enjoying the lovely narrow streets and the views that can be found in this area of the city of Tallin. This will be a highlight part of any trip to Tallin.
Written May 19, 2011
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Linda L
Tallinn, Estonia5 contributions
Jan 2012
Toompea Hill is located in the center of the city of Tallinn, which is the capital of Estonia. The Toompea Hill at Estonia is a limestone hill
and stands tall than the rest of the city surrounding it by twenty or thirty meters. The total area which is covered by the Toompea Hill in Estonia is approximately equal to four hundred meters by two hundred and fifty meters. In the Estonia folklore, the Toompea Hill is also known as the tumulus, which is mound on the grave of Kalev. The Toompea Hill of Estonia was erected in the memory of Kalev by his grief-stricken wife. The Toompea Hill is a major center of the Estonia Government and of its Parliament.
It is believed that the first wooden castle, namely Lindanise, was built over the Toompea Hill in the 10th or the 11th century by the inhabitants of the ancient Estonian county at Revalia. It was also possibly one of the first areas of inhabitation in the land of Estonia, which later became Tallinn.

The Toompea Hills' castle was taken over by Danish crusaders, in the year 1219, who were led by Valdemar II. According to a legend among the Danes, it was believed that the very first flag of Denmark fell somewhere from the sky during one of the critical stages of the battle that was once fought near the castle. It resulted in the Danish victory over those of the Estonians.
Written April 3, 2012
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PadTha
Liverpool, UK268 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
We were in Tallinn for one day as part of our Baltic Cruise. It was a bright sunny day when our ship docked in Tallinn.

We began with a tour of the city on a double decker red bus. This was an excellent introduction to Tallinn. The tour guide was helpful. The headphones worked perfectly and the English commentary was excellent. (We do a bus tour of each new city we visit.)

Toompea Hill (Upper Town) contains some of Tallinn's oldest architectural wonders. From here we walked to Palace Square and entered Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which has cupolas and golden crosses that can be seen very clearly. The sunshine during our visit showed them off nicely.

We also looked at the Dome Church as it is the city's oldest church. In the old town we could see the famous Town Wall that was built @ 800 years ago in 1265. We saw Fat Margaret too! (Paks Margareeta) it is one of Tallinn's most impressive defensive structures, also known as Stout Margaret Tower.

There are modern tower blocks at the port. Towering over the perfectly preserved mediaeval street is the church of St Olav. It is one of the world's tallest buildings and has a black steeple @160m. The church has been there for 8 centuries and has had more than 8 lightening strikes which damaged its spire. The worlds first Christmas tree was displayed here in 1441. When Graham Greene planned one of his books, it was to be called Our Man in Tallinn (after his own pre-war trip) but it became Our Man in Havana instead.

We sat and enjoyed a delicious latte at a pretty cafe while we waited for our coach back to our ship.

Well worth a visit.
Written February 23, 2016
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Ros S
Ipswich, UK135 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
there are two traditional ways to get up to Toompea Hil fro, the old town, short and steep, and longer and less steep. When you get to the top, the old Noblemens quarters, the churches and the impressive Parliament building are worth taking time over. You will find various places along the walls where you can enjoy the views over the old town and beyond; enhanced in winter by the lovely aromas created by the gluhwein sellers. There aren't so many cafes and restaurants up here, but there are some interesting galleries.
Written April 5, 2015
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Dickd1946
Charleston, SC1,228 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This along with the lower town below are MUSTS for Tallinn. Here you will experience a variety of of different sites to consume. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, the lookouts and views of the sprawling city below. The artisans displaying their wares, the roasted almonds, bicycling beverage maids.
Written February 15, 2015
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia989 contributions
Aug 2019
Toompea Hill was the first site on our must see list of Tallinn & we got there on a ride share Bolt (just happens to be an Estonian company). Toompea is full of character not only as a location to get views of the Old Town but also for the historic churches & the Estonian Parliament. We walked the narrow & picturesque streets. Very interesting.
Written July 26, 2020
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