Tallinn travel guide
The capital of Estonia is a beautiful holiday destination, and the cultural hub of the country. It’s one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, with stunning Gothic architecture at every turn.
Estonian Open Air Museum
For history fans, the Estonian Open Air Museum is a great day out. The museum is a reconstruction of an 18th century village, complete with a church, school and functioning farms. Though it’s a little way out of the centre, it’s well worth it for the experience. There are often events on there too, such as re-enactments and old fashioned dances, perfect for some nerdy holiday fun.
Where a fortress once stood, Toompea Castle was built on the ruins in the 1700s. It’s now home to the Estonian parliament. For seven centuries, it was where the person in power would reside, and it’s still known that whichever flag flies in the courtyard indicates the leader of Estonia. It’s a great trip for anyone interested in politics or history.
As well as the castle, the hill is also home to the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Entry inside is free, but photography isn’t allowed, so you’ll be sucked into the beauty of the moment. It’s one of the best places to go to get a view of the Old Town and port. It only takes an hour to make the walk to the top, so it’s a perfect trip for an afternoon of exploration.
Tallinn town square is the middle of the city’s Old Town, and home to its town hall. It’s best known for hosting festivals – such as Old Town Days – and concerts, and it also has an array of bars, shops and restaurants. There’s also a market which is perfect for picking up some souvenirs.
Tallinn city museum
This museum explores the city’s history from the 13th century to present day. For the best interactive experience possible, the museum offers sounds as well as images and objects to get a feel of how the city has grown.
St Olaf’s church
The church is the largest medieval structure left in Tallinn. Though it’s been close to being destroyed plenty of times (including the times it was set on fire by lightning) it’s still in great condition. For the best views of the city, climb the church’s tower and look out at the fantastic view.
The 18th century palace features fantastic architecture, and beautiful gardens, but the main attraction is the art gallery held within. It primarily holds Russian and European art, making it the only gallery in Estonia to feature foreign work. It’s also the largest art collection, with over 9,000 pieces housed here.
Kiek in de Kök & Bastion Tunnels
The old city fortifications now attract hundreds of visitors each year for its interesting exploration of Tallinn’s history. The tower and tunnels now hold a museum, complete with sound effects, pictures and films contributing to the experience.