Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

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

Surrounded by elaborate merchant houses and, in summer, packed with café tables, it's a natural magnet for tourists.

Historically it served as a market and meeting place, and was the site of at least one execution (resulting from a dispute over a bad omelette). Find the round stone marked with a compass rose in the middle of the square. From this spot, with a little stretching and bending, you can see the tops all five of Old Town's spires.

Today, the square remains the social heart of the city, a venue for open-air concerts, handicraft fairs and medieval markets. Each winter it's home to the town's Christmas tree – a tradition that stretches back to 1441 – and a buzzing Christmas Market. In spring it hosts the Old Town Days festival, a modern version of a medieval carnival, where traditions from the Middle Ages are kept alive.

Notable buildings around the square include the Town Hall and the Town Hall Pharmacy.

Take a virtual tour of Town Hall Square.

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Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)
Location Old Town
Address Raekoja plats Map
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