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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.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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.

Toompea

Toompea

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.

Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

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.

Tallinn TV Tower

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.'

Kumu Art Museum

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.

Tallinn Town Hall

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.

Kadriorg Palace

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.

Estonian Open Air Museum

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.

Estonian Maritime Museum

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.

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.

Planning Your Tallinn 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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Estonian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +372
  • Best time to visit
    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

A fantastic, beautiful, peaceful and interesting day our

Firstly thank you so much to our guide from Prangli travel Andreas. A local who was genuinely enthusiastic and proud to take us out of the city to discover the ‘real’ Estonia and a gentler way of life of the beautiful island of Prangli. The day was well organised from start to finish. The little ferry from a tiny quiet port was charming and the trip to the island a pleasure in itself. We were blessed with a fine sunny day too and calm seas. On arrival we transferred to an open top jeep for our island tour. Andreas stopped at many interesting and beautiful places to show us and give us information about. We had lunch at a charming rustic guest house with hearty local food - freshly caught fish, potatoes, cottage cheese with herbs, salad and lovely local bread. All really tasty. After lunch we had time to go for a nice walk before catching the boat back. Andreas kindly dropped us at our hotel afterwards tired but happy. A really good day out, natural, and beautiful countryside.

Wonderful private tour with smiles, history and laughs

We meet up with Marit on a very busy day in Old town Tallin. She made it clear to us that we can take breaks as we go, go places we wanted to see more of.. basically whatever we wanted while she will guided us through Old town and shared its interesting history. I higly recommed this tourguide for those who want a more private tour in smaller groups. More relaxing and to see the best bits of Tallin. Marit was an excellent tourguide. We had a really good time and got great pictures! thanks again Marit!

Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour Reviewed by Marie, 06/11/2019

Visit of major historical places in a good safe pace on great bikes.

Can highly recommend this bike tour. Guide shares the major historical places and we got to cover quite a distance in a short time. Still in a nice pace on comfortable bikes. Places we never would have known about or got to easily. Afterwards we walked the streets of Old Town and headed back to the ferry. PS: If you have a "big head", bring your own helmet (if you want one).

Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Ylva, 06/29/2019

An excellent substitute for a real guide

I am traveling alone and booking tours can sometimes be problematic if there is no other group. In this case, I downloaded the tour to my Fire and used it on my own. It walked me from site to site very efficiently and I was able to learn the history so I did not miss out!

Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour Reviewed by Lora, 04/25/2019

Small group, interesting & informative. Recommended.

Katrine was an excellent guide. She was flexible and informative. Her stories added interest to her narrative about the history of Estonia. Very much enjoyed our walking tour with her.

Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour Reviewed by Risemary, 04/18/2019