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Medieval Old Town

 
25.02.2014

Twisting cobblestone lanes and iron street lamps. Gothic spires and medieval markets. Cappuccino and Wi-Fi. This is the city's famous Old Town. If you're looking for that mix of historic ambience and cutting-edge culture that defines Tallinn, you'll find it here.

Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league, this enclosed neighbourhood of colourful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches is, quite rightly, the city's biggest tourist draw. And the fact that it's all neatly packaged within a mostly-intact city wall and dotted with guard towers gives it an extra dose of fairytale charm.


Tallinn Old Town is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The aim of the 3d.tallinn.ee is to allow anyone interested in this Medieval pearl to access the Old Town by using 3D computing technology.
Read more and download the application from here.

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Adamson-Eric Museum

Adamson-Eric Museum

Old Town
The vibrant works of Adamson-Eric, one of the most versatile Estonian artists of the 20th century, live in this curious museum.
Lühike jalg 3, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 5835
adamson-eric@ekm.ee
www.adamson-eric.ee
Bastion Passages

Bastion Passages

Old Town
Tour the 1670s-era military tunnels that run beneath Toompea to learn their fascinating history and view Tallinn from below.
Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn
+372 644 6686
kok@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Old Town
The medieval church that stands at the centre of Toompea hill is one of the country's most fascinating historic attractions.
Toom-Kooli 6, Tallinn
+372 644 4140
tallinna.toom@eelk.ee
www.toomkirik.ee
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church`s) Tower

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church`s) Tower

Old Town
Visitors can climb the 69 meter Baroque bell- tower of this famous, medieval church for amazing views of the city.
Toom-Kooli 6, Tallinn
+372 644 4140

toomkirik.ee
City train

City train

Old Town
The City train is a festive vehicle that chew-chews its way through cobbled, winding streets of Old Town. 
Kullassepa, Tallinn
+372 513 4075

Danish King's Garden

Danish King's Garden

Old Town
This open, garden-like area on the slopes of Toompea Hill happens to be the legendary birthplace of the Danish flag.
Lühike jalg 9a, 10130 Tallinn


Estonian Art Doll House

Estonian Art Doll House

Old Town
This little museum located in the oldest building in Tallinn boasts an international collection of dolls.
Vene 12/1b Katariina käik, 10123 Tallinn
+372 525 0553
contact@estoniadolls.ee
www.estoniadolls.com/
Estonian Health Care Museum

Estonian Health Care Museum

Old Town
At this cutting-edge museum you'll get the full tour of the human body inside and out, and learn about the medicine of the past.
Lai 30, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 1886
info@tervishoiumuuseum.ee
www.tervishoiumuuseum.ee
Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

Old Town
Films and hands-on displays at this extensive museum show how Estonian-dwellers lived, fought and survived through 11,000 years.

Pikk 17, 10123 Tallinn
+372 696 8690
post@ajaloomuuseum.ee
www.ajaloomuuseum.ee
Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

Old Town
This museum dedicated to all sea-faring aspects of Estonia’s history is housed in one of Tallinn's fattest cannon towers.
Pikk 70, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 1408
info@meremuuseum.ee
meremuuseum.ee/et/paks-margareeta
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Old Town
The country’s most impressive works of applied art from the early 1900s to today can be seen here in Old Town's former granary.
Lai 17, 10133 Tallinn
+372 627 4600
info@etdm.ee
www.etdm.ee
Estonian Museum of Natural History

Estonian Museum of Natural History

Old Town
The Estonian Museum of Natural History tells stories about the nature of Estonia and helps you to make sense of its secrets. 

Lai 29a, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 1739
muuseum@loodusmuuseum.ee
www.loodusmuuseum.ee
Estonian Theatre and Music Museum

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum

Old Town
You don’t have to have an ear for Bach to appreciate the curiosities on display in the Theatre and Music Museum.
Müürivahe 12, 10146 Tallinn
+372 644 6407
info@tmm.ee
www.tmm.ee
Hellemann Tower and Town Wall

Hellemann Tower and Town Wall

Old Town
Climb this 14th-century tower and stroll atop its 200m stretch of Town Wall for fantastic views of Tallinn's medieval defenses.
Müürivahe 48, Tallinn
+372 648 4924
info@hellemann.ee
www.hellemann.ee

Horse Mill

Old Town
From the 14th to the 18th century, this squat, round house on the north edge of Old Town was the site of a horse-powered mill.
Lai 47, Tallinn
+372 515 5489
info@kloostri.ee
www.kloostri.ee/?1,50,0,1
House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads

House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads

Old Town
This beautiful, Renaissance-style guild hall is truly a star among Old Town's architectural treasures.
Pikk 26, 10133 Tallinn
+372 631 3199
info@mustpeademaja.ee
www.mustpeademaja.ee
Kalev Marzipan Museum Room

Kalev Marzipan Museum Room

Old Town
See nearly 200 intricate, marzipan figurines and watch Tallinn's favourite sweet being made in this historic shop-museum-café.
Pikk 16, 10123 Tallinn
+372 646 4192
maiasmokk@kalev.eu
www.kalev.eu/maiasmokk/martsipanimuuseumituba
Katariina käik (St. Catherine's Passage)

Katariina käik (St. Catherine's Passage)

Old Town
Easily the most picturesque of Old Town's lanes, this half-hidden walkway runs behind what used to be St. Catherine's Church. 
Vene 12, Tallinn


www.katariinagild.eu
Kiek in de Kök

Kiek in de Kök

Old Town
This massive, 38m-high cannon tower houses an extensive museum of the town's fortifications, weapons and medieval-era life.
Komandandi tee 2, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 6686
kok@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok
Kohtuotsa viewing platform

Kohtuotsa viewing platform

Old Town
Kohtuotsa offers sweeping panoramas of Old Town's rooftops and towers against the backdrop of the modern city skyline.
Kohtu 12, Tallinn


Köismäe Tower

Köismäe Tower

Old Town
Originally built in 1360, this five-storey, stone tower was once an integral part of Tallinn's Town Wall defence system.
Laboratooriumi 27, Tallinn
+372 644 4606
info@kloostri.ee
www.kloostri.ee/?1,51,0,1
Maiden's Tower

Maiden's Tower

Old Town
Explore this sturdy, 14th-century tower, sip coffee in its swank café or walk along the Town Wall for some amazing views.
Lühike jalg 9a, Tallinn
+372 601 2751
neitsitorn@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/neitsitorn/
Masters' Courtyard

Masters' Courtyard

Old Town
Old Town courtyard is this site dedicated to the master craftsmen of old.
Vene 6, Tallinn
+372 504 6113
jaan.parn@mail.ee
www.hoov.ee
Museum for Puppet Arts NUKU

Museum for Puppet Arts NUKU

Old Town
Visitors get a behind-the-scenes look at the city's famous puppet theatre, operating since 1952, at this fun, high-tech museum.

Lai 1, 10133 Tallinn
+372 667 9555
kassa@nuku.ee
www.nuku.ee
Museum of the Estonian Drink Culture

Museum of the Estonian Drink Culture

Old Town
This museum showcases the historic Luscher & Matiesen Distillery as well as the history of Estonian alcohol production.
Toom-Rüütli 10, Tallinn
+372 5691 2910
info@matiesen.ee
www.luschermatiesen.com
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Old Town
Exquisite altarpieces, medieval burial slabs and other works of religious art can be seen in this 1230-era church-turned-museum.
Niguliste 3, 10146 Tallinn
+372 631 4330
niguliste@ekm.ee
www.nigulistemuuseum.ee
Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

Old Town
This gorgeous structure at the north end of Vene street was the first neoclassical church built in Tallinn.
Vene 24, Tallinn
+372 644 1945

www.orthodox.ee/epc/index.php/en/
Patkuli viewing platform

Patkuli viewing platform

Old Town
This is the best vantage point for viewing Tallinn's fairytale Town Wall and towers, St. Olav's Church and the harbour area.
Rahukohtu 3, Tallinn


Pühavaimu kirik (the Holy Spirit Church)

Pühavaimu kirik (the Holy Spirit Church)

Old Town
The 14th-century Holy Spirit Church is a spectacular structure inside and out, from its wood interior to elaborate façade clock.
Pühavaimu 2, 10123 Tallinn
+372 646 4430
tallinna.puhavaimu@eelk.ee
www.eelk.ee/tallinna.puhavaimu
Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

Old Town
Picturesque Town Hall Square has been the undisputed hub of Old Town for the last eight centuries. 
Raekoja plats, Tallinn


St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Old Town
This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral.
Lossiplats 10, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 3484
nevsky@hot.ee
www.nevsky.orthodox.ee/index.php/en/
St. Olav’s Church and Tower

St. Olav’s Church and Tower

Old Town
Make the vigorous climb to the top of Tallinn's iconic, Gothic church, once the tallest building in the world.

Lai 50, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 2241
oleviste@oleviste.ee
www.oleviste.ee
Tallinn City Museum

Tallinn City Museum

Old Town
Housed in a 14th century merchant house, this comprehensive museum provides an excellent introduction to Tallinn’s history.


Vene 17, 10123 Tallinn
+372 615 5180
info@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/linnamuuseum
Tallinn's Russian Museum

Tallinn's Russian Museum

Old Town
The unique history and art of Estonia's ethnic Russian community is brought to light in this venerable, Old Town building.
Pikk 29a, 10143 Tallinn
+ 372 608 0016
info@vemu.ee
www.vemu.ee
Tallinn Town Hall

Tallinn Town Hall

Old Town
Nothing says power like the impressive, Gothic Town Hall that dominates medieval Tallinn's main square.


Raekoja plats 1, 10146 Tallinn
+372 645 7900
raekoda@tallinnlv.ee
www.tallinn.ee/raekoda
Toompea Castle

Toompea Castle

Old Town
Perched on a limestone cliff and towering over the rest of the city, Toompea Castle has always been the seat of power in Estonia.
Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn
+372 631 6345
ekskursioon@riigikogu.ee
www.riigikogu.ee
Towers' Square

Towers' Square

Old Town
Towers Square gets its name from the Town Wall towers that border one of its sides, and the fact that a number of the church spires can be seen from here.
Rannamäe tee, Nunne, Tallinn


Town Council Prison - Museum of Photography

Town Council Prison - Museum of Photography

Old Town
Antique cameras, old photos and even a re-created early 20th-century darkroom can be viewed in the Town Council’s former prison.
Raekoja 4, Tallinn
+372 644 8767
foto@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum
Town Hall Pharmacy

Town Hall Pharmacy

Old Town
Open since 1422, this curious little shop on Town Hall Square is in fact the oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe.
Raekoja plats 11, Tallinn
+372 5622 2825
silja.pihelgas@apotheka.ee
www.raeapteek.ee
Viru gate

Viru gate

Old Town
This pair of picturesque, ivy-covered towers at the entrance to Viru Street is often the first glimpse visitors get of Old Town.
Viru, Tallinn


 
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