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Not to miss while in town

 
03.04.2013

In Tallinn for a limited time? Want to make sure you've hit all the main sights? Here's a list of places that you'll definitely want to put on your itinerary. We've included extended descriptions of each one to give you the necessary on-site background, and to help you narrow down the list even further if needed. 

 
 
   
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Must see
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

Must see
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
Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

Must see
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 Open Air Museum

Estonian Open Air Museum

Must see
Travel back to the rural Estonia of old in this vast, living museum filled with recreated, 18-20th-century villages.

Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, 13521 Tallinn
+372 654 9100
info@evm.ee
www.evm.ee
Kadriorg Palace - Kadriorg Art Museum

Kadriorg Palace - Kadriorg Art Museum

Must see
This grand, baroque palace built for Peter the Great in 1718 now houses the Art Museum of Estonia's foreign collection.
A. Weizenbergi 37, 10127 Tallinn
+372 606 6400
kadriorg@ekm.ee
kadriorumuuseum.ekm.ee/ru/
Katariina käik (St. Catherine's Passage)

Katariina käik (St. Catherine's Passage)

Must see
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

Must see
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

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


KUMU Art Museum

KUMU Art Museum

Must see
By far the nation's largest and most cutting-edge art museum, Kumu displays Estonian-created works from the 18th-21st centuries.
A. Weizenbergi 34, 10127 Tallinn
+372 602 6000
kumu.info@ekm.ee
www.kumu.ee
Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour)

Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour)

Must see
The unforgettable Seaplane Harbour is home to a super-modern maritime and military museum, complete with historic ships to tour.
Vesilennuki 6, 10415 Tallinn
+372 6200 545
booking@lennusadam.eu
www.lennusadam.eu
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Must see
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
Patkuli viewing platform

Patkuli viewing platform

Must see
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


Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

Must see
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

Must see
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

Must see
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 Song Festival Grounds

Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

Must see
This sprawling event venue in Kadriorg holds a special place in Estonians' hearts as the birthplace of the Singing Revolution.
Narva mnt 95, 10127 Tallinn
+372 611 2102
info@lauluvaljak.ee
www.lauluvaljak.ee
Tallinn Zoo

Tallinn Zoo

Must see
If it hops, flies or slithers, you can find it at the Tallinn Zoo, which boasts one of Northern Europe's best animal collections.


Paldiski mnt 145, 13522 Tallinn
+372 694 3300
zoo@tallinnzoo.ee
www.tallinnzoo.ee
Tallinn Town Wall

Tallinn Town Wall

Must see
Visit this portion of the wall connecting Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala towers to imagine guarding the town against medieval invaders.
Väike-Kloostri 9, Tallinn
+372 644 9867
kodu.linn@mail.ee
Tallinn TV Tower

Tallinn TV Tower

Must see
The 1980s-era TV tower is Estonia's tallest building as well as a high-tech attraction boasting much more than just great views.
Kloostrimetsa tee 58a, 11913 Tallinn
+372 686 3005
info@teletorn.ee
www.teletorn.ee
Town Hall Pharmacy

Town Hall Pharmacy

Must see
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
Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square)

Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square)

Must see
This open area at the edge of Old Town is a place of national symbolism and civic pride, as well as a favourite gathering spot.
Vabaduse väljak, Tallinn


 
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