Toompea Hill
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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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth exploring!
    This was part of our guided walking tour - with some true highlights! Alexander Nevsky cathedral is the main one, stunning both inside and out (and incredible to think that it was nearly demolished), but many of the other buildings are also beautiful, in different ways, and there are many styles to admire from across the centuries. The viewpoints are well worth visiting as they do give excellent vistas across the city rooftops. One really quite odd thing was the almost complete absence of people other than tourists, mostly in groups: the whole area felt like it was somehow frozen in time and space, like some enormous museum piece.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view of Old Town
    Toompea hill offers so much. I am sure during the spring or summer it's much better for viewing and it offers more greenery. The only disadvantage during the winter is the fog over the city which obscure some of the view. Nonetheless, it offers so much more. On the hill you can find beautiful churches and castles and other interesting buildings. But this hill is mainly for the Birdseye view of the city. I recommend.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Ilovetravel
    Birmingham, United Kingdom390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great city views
    Lovely panoramic city views from atop the hill and with narrow cobbled streets it is very nice stroll. Alexander Nevsky cathedral is the main site up here. A must see when in Tallinn.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Marc K
    Munich, Germany587 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    If you’re visiting the city, this spot should be on your list. It’s a cute little hike up on the hill where the charming ancient architecture is awaiting you. The Russian Cathedral and the Dom is the clerical hotspots next to the different views on the fortress left over. There is one of the best spots to overview the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Vik A
    St. George, Utah7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Jewel of the Baltic
    The views from the top of Toompea Hill are amazing. Moving down from the top brings you into “old town” and the central plaza that is both well preserved and replete with great shops and restaurants. And before leaving “old town” the medieval gates and fortress walls complete with intact towers provide more eye candy for the historian.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,900 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Rooftops
    One climbs way up here to get a good view of the old city and the harbor. It is worth the effort to make the climb if you want to get a sense of how the whole urban area looks. Pretty rooftops.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2024
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Ilovetravel
Birmingham, UK390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Lovely panoramic city views from atop the hill and with narrow cobbled streets it is very nice stroll. Alexander Nevsky cathedral is the main site up here. A must see when in Tallinn.
Written December 30, 2023
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Vik A
St. George, UT7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The views from the top of Toompea Hill are amazing. Moving down from the top brings you into “old town” and the central plaza that is both well preserved and replete with great shops and restaurants. And before leaving “old town” the medieval gates and fortress walls complete with intact towers provide more eye candy for the historian.
Written June 19, 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This area is about 20-30 metres higher than its surroundings. In the folklore it’s known as the „tumulus mound over the grave of Kalev.” It has a rich history and today it’s the center of the Government of Estonia and the Parliament. We walked there in a sunny day so it was really nice. Nearby we took some photos of Tall Hermann tower with the flag of the tower which is one of the best-known symbols in Estonia of the government in force. It’s worth a visit.
Written November 30, 2022
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Toby L
Calne, UK411 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
One climbs way up here to get a good view of the old city and the harbor. It is worth the effort to make the climb if you want to get a sense of how the whole urban area looks. Pretty rooftops.
Written July 4, 2024
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sarppaliini
Oulu, Finland340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
There was not any good signs that hete is viewpoint but we did go there by accident. Now i know its back end of old town. If you go there middle of day, go also in museum. It was worth to see and explore.
Written August 2, 2022
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Marc K
Munich, Germany587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you’re visiting the city, this spot should be on your list.
It’s a cute little hike up on the hill where the charming ancient architecture is awaiting you. The Russian Cathedral and the Dom is the clerical hotspots next to the different views on the fortress left over. There is one of the best spots to overview the city.
Written March 28, 2024
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ValRal
Kalmar, Sweden264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, DC1,629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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