St. Olaf’s Church
St. Olaf’s Church
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Originally built in 1250 and considered the tallest building in Europe during the Middle Ages, this city landmark is now used by both Baptist and Methodist congregations.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sandi V
    Evansville, Indiana57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must see
    This historic church is a must see. Your Tallinn card includes admission and the hike to the top if you want to. Built in the 12th century. The staircase to the top is all stone, spiral and narrow with breathtaking views when you reach the top.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom3,007 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    ‘As it’s the tallest building in medieval Europe it felt wrong not to climb the stunning church.’
    As it’s the tallest building in medieval Europe it felt wrong not to climb the stunning church. The church on the inside is nothing too speculative. It’s painted all white, with no special paintings. It cost €5 per person to go up to the top. But beware the climb is strenuous, as the stairs are very narrow and steep. As it was quite busy we had to wait a while before we could go up and while we were on the way up, people were coming down so it was a tight squeeze in the staircase. So if you’re claustrophobic, then give it a miss. I think they should operate a traffic light system to avoid human traffic and to make the climb and descent smoother. Once you do the reach the top you’re rewarded with breathtaking views of the entire city! Overall, would recommend visiting this church solely due to amazing views but the climb up the spiral staircase is hard work.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Daniel R
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mandatory and impressive visit.
    In the lower town you could find this majestic chuck wich its tower could be seeing from every part of the city thanks to its 124 metres high. It's a mandatory visit on your trip and you will nor be disappointed because the views are one of the best in the city. Go up to the top could be difficult, tough time, nevertheless it worth the views.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Mark T
    Aberdeen, Washington3,009 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views after a harrowing climb
    St. Olaf’s Church was one of the tallest buildings in medieval Europe. They offer an opportunity to climb the 258 steps of a narrow winding staircase to the top. they only accept cash. some come prepared with your Euros or Dollars,Not recommended for small children, the elderly or those not in top physical shape. the church itself is gorgeous
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much inside but the view is worth the climb
    A visit to this church is a must if you want to see Tallinn and the Old Town with the clearest 360 view. The narrow stone stairs takes you to the tower which offers the best view in the city from what seems to be the tallest building in the city. The cost to enter is 5 euros and you need to be prepared to climb the narrow winding stairs. So if your knees or legs are weak then forget it. It's a definite must do.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written September 1, 2023
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niksk001
Philadelphia, PA773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The Church is one of the oldest buildings in Tallinn (it was built back in the XII century, before the Danish invasion). It is seen from almost any place in the Old Cirty. We did not plan to go inside, but for some reasons did. Do yourself a favor and walk up (appr. 300 steps) to het a very different view of Tallinn - great experience.
Written May 23, 2020
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Mark T
Aberdeen, WA3,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
St. Olaf’s Church was one of the tallest buildings in medieval Europe. They offer an opportunity to climb the 258 steps of a narrow winding staircase to the top. they only accept cash. some come prepared with your Euros or Dollars,Not recommended for small children, the elderly or those not in top physical shape. the church itself is gorgeous
Written August 27, 2023
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Margueriteevel
New York City, NY80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
My favorite thing to do when i only have a few hours to explore a new city is climb to the top of a high tower and see the city from above. I stumbled upon St Olaf’s church, did just that and was rewarded with a great view. The architecture is impressive and the twirling stone steps that lead you up were a lot of fun for me. But they’re tiny and narrow, so if you suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia like my brother, you will know to avoid. The first floor is lovely too so definitely go inside the church and enjoy!
Written March 7, 2023
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Sylvia DrSoul Fernandez
San Juan, Puerto Rico12,234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I got in the church, bought some keychains to cooperate and a ticket to go up the tower (a must for the fit 😄). Then had the opportunity to hear the organ playing because the person was practicing 🎉. Then as I was going up to thr obervarion area 230 something steps I "bumped" into an adult and some children. The man asked me if I wanted to go into one of the areas of the tower with them because he was giving a provate tour to the children and of course I said yes!! It turned out to be the pastor of the church!! He was so kind and so where the children, it turns out his child was part of the group. When I asked about church services to attend he said Sunday was a special day with chior and of course I will go!! An amazing experience! 🙌🏻🎉🎊
Written June 9, 2022
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Orabi
Doha, Qatar513 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
View from the tower is spectacular. I am not that fit or sporty person but I took the 200 something steps to the observation platform in just 2 shoots with just one break for a couple of minutes. Very recommended to have a 360 amazing view from above all over the city
Written May 20, 2022
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max v
Europe407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
It is impossible to pass by it and not notice this structure, because theSt. Olaf's church (Oleviste kirik) is the tallest building in medieval Europe. Soaring to a height of 124 meters, the church spire was visible from afar and served as an excellent reference point for navigators. I recommend climbing the famous spiral staircase and seeing the city from above, but the climb is not easy! I remembered the legend about Master Olaf, who, as they say, sold his soul to the devil to build this endless staircase with a tower.
Written July 20, 2023
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Daniel R
Edinburgh, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
In the lower town you could find this majestic chuck wich its tower could be seeing from every part of the city thanks to its 124 metres high.

It's a mandatory visit on your trip and you will not be disappointed because the views are one of the best in the city and inside is magnificent. Get up to the top could be difficult, and and tough time but it worth it.
Written October 28, 2022
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Sandi V
Evansville, IN57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This historic church is a must see. Your Tallinn card includes admission and the hike to the top if you want to. Built in the 12th century. The staircase to the top is all stone, spiral and narrow with breathtaking views when you reach the top.
Written August 5, 2023
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Daniel R
Edinburgh, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
In the lower town you could find this majestic chuck wich its tower could be seeing from every part of the city thanks to its 124 metres high.

It's a mandatory visit on your trip and you will nor be disappointed because the views are one of the best in the city. Go up to the top could be difficult, tough time, nevertheless it worth the views.
Written August 16, 2023
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Michael Š
103 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The church was supposed to be open as part of the Tallinn Pass attractions, but to my disappointment, it was unexpectedly closed for reasons unknown. This was a letdown as I was looking forward to experiencing the historical and architectural beauty of St. Olaf Church, which is a significant part of Tallinn's heritage. Unfortunately, I was unable to explore it further due to this unforeseen closure. Notably, there was no ongoing mass, which made the closure even more puzzling. My primary interest was in accessing the church's observation tower, a highlight for many visitors. The inability to experience this part of the church, especially on a Sunday when one would expect it to be open, was a significant letdown. The unexpected closure of such a key attraction in Tallinn was an unfortunate aspect of my visit.
Written November 26, 2023
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