Tallinn Old Town_Kairi The(2).jpg

EXPLORING TALLINN

TALLINN IS...

  • ...the capital of Estonia, with over 500 000 Estonians living there. That's more than 1/3 of our population!

  • ...ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world.

  • ...surrounded by Lake Ülemiste, which was supposedly born out of Linda's tears after our mythological folk hero Kaleva died. Lake Ülemiste is also Tallinn's main water supply.

  • ...full of restaurants, bars and cafes with a selection for everyone. For a great dining experience, check out the Visit Tallinn Eat & Drink section.

  • ...on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list with its Medieval Old Town. It is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world and definitely worth to check out.

  • ...as much modern as it is historic. Tallinn combines its modern and fast-paced city centre with relaxing cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture.

For more info about what to see and do in Tallinn, check out:

visit_estonia_horizontal_negative.png
visit-tallinn.png
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral.

It's also by far the grandest, most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn.

Built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire, the cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over this increasingly unruly Baltic territory.

The church's towers' hold Tallinn's most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes. You can hear the entire ensemble playing before each service.

Kadriorg Art Museum

This grand, baroque palace built for Peter the Great in 1718-1725 now houses the Art Museum of Estonia's foreign collection. Designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance.

In its current role as the Kadriorg Art Museum, it displays hundreds of 16th- to 20th-century paintings by Western and Russian artists, as well as prints, sculptures and other works.

Surrounding the Palace are several interesting palace side buildings. For example, the restored kitchen building houses a cosy art museum called the Mikkel Museum, and the humble summer cottage is the Peter I House Museum.

Kadriorg Art Museum
St. Catherine's Passage

St Catherine's Passage

Easily the most picturesque of Old Town's lanes, this half-hidden walkway runs behind what used to be St. Catherine's Church. 

The passage is home to the St. Catherine's Guild, a collection of craft workshops where artists use traditional methods to create and sell glassware, hats, quilts, ceramics, jewellery, hand-painted silk and other wares. The workshops are housed in the small, 15th- to 17th-century rooms on the south side of the lane, and are set up in an open-studio fashion so visitors can watch the artists at work, be it glass-blowing, weaving or pottery making.

No other place in Tallinn combines creativity with a medieval atmosphere quite like it.

Tallinn's city wall

With 1.9 km of its original city wall and 20 defensive towers wall still standing, Tallinn boasts one of Europe’s best preserved medieval fortifications. In fact, a large part of what gives Old Town its fairytale charm is the system of walls and towers that surrounds it.

Work on the town's defences first began in 1265, but the current outline of the wall dates to the 14th century. By its heyday in the 16th century, the wall was 2.4 km long, 14 to 16 metres high, up to three metres thick, and included 46 towers. 

 

Today roughly half of the original towers still loom over Old Town, evoking images of heroic knights and damsels in distress. Many of the Town Wall’s towers serve as museums, while a few others provide opportunities for adventure for kids and teen visitors.

Tallinn's city wall

SMALL GIFT GUIDE
from Estonia with love

kuma.jpeg

KUMA JEWELLERY

Beautiful butterfly brooches and jewellery from a very famous local brand, Kuma.

joik 4_edited.jpg

JOIK CANDLES

Great skincare, natural soy wax candles and scent diffusers with 24 great scents.

chococlala.jpg

CHOCOLALA 

Handmade luxury chocolate from an award-winning confectionery, Chocolala.