Top attractions in Tallinn
Top 10 must-see sights in Tallinn
A true rustic haven and digital powerhouse, Estonia's capital city is a beautiful blend of ancient and modern. Stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Town or explore the sparkling Rotermann Quarter. Tallinn's a cultural hub and Estonia's national treasure.
1. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Perched atop Toompea Hill is this stunning Russian Orthodox cathedral. With a fascinating political history and masterful architecture, it's a must-see for every tourist.
Home to Estonia's parliament, Toompea Hill is bursting with cultural wonder and stunning views. It's great for sightseeing, particularly with Toompea Castle perched on its banks.
3. Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)
As for centuries past, it's the social heart of the city. Time your visit for a feast of traditional wonders with medieval festivals, Christmas markets and open-air concerts.
4. Tallinn TV Tower
As Tallinn's tallest building, it offers lunch with a view. The 314 meter tower also borders the beautiful Botanic Garden, but the truly brave can try 'Walking On The Edge.'
5. Kumu Art Museum
Culture vulture? You'll definitely want to visit Tallinn's center of cutting-edge art. Displaying classical and contemporary works, it's a creative record of Estonian history.
6. Tallinn Town Hall
As the oldest town hall in the Baltic region, it's a piece of Scandinavian history. This 13th century beauty boasts stunning architecture and houses visiting art exhibitions.
7. Kadriorg Palace
Once Peter the Great's baroque palace, today it houses an extensive art museum. With hundreds of 16th to 20th century works, it's not just the gardens that are worth a visit.
8. Estonian Open Air Museum
Wander through this vast forested park lined with traditional thatched buildings. An audio guide tells Tallinn's historical narrative as you take in the sights at your own leisure.
9. Estonian Maritime Museum
Once Tallinn's defense, Fat Margaret's cannon tower is now home to an archive of maritime history. Between May and September, you can climb to the top for a picture-perfect view.
10. Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin
Mixing architectural styles dating from the 13th century, it's a fascinating symbol of Estonian history. After wandering its eclectic interior, visit the tower for lovely views.
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Planning Your Visit
When's the best time to visit?
Tallinn is stunning year-round, but if you're hoping for certain weather then you might want to be plan carefully. The city turns into a wonderful snowy winterland throughout autumn and the Christmas markets are well-worth a visit. But the days are short and you need to wrap up warm. If you want a sunnier stay, then a trip in the summer months is for you. The attractions are open for longer and you might even catch the medieval festivals.
How expensive is a trip to Tallinn?
If you're worried about visiting Tallinn on a budget, then there's no need. It's easy to stay and eat cheaply around the city and none of the must-see sights will cost an arm and a leg. Just be savvy with often-expensive taxi charges and overly touristy restaurants.
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- Tallinn has so much to offer all year, with the winters being cold but beautiful with incredible Christmas markets to visit, while the summer days are longer, warmer, and offer great outdoor events.
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What people are saying about Tallinn
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Excellent tour by Roman. Extremely helpful and informative. I accidentally booked the wrong day and he very kindly resceduled.
Wonderful experience with worthy insights about past and present days.