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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

Great wat to see some parts of Tallinn outside the city center.

Our guide Maria was enthusiastic and had a lot of information about history and daily life and we had the feeling of really getting an insight in Estonian life. It was also family friendly - our 4years-old got a seat and our 10year-old the right bike and helmets. Both liked it somehow, even though the older one got bored some time (as he did not understand the guide). It was not too far tho drive and worth the money.

Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Tina, 08/20/2018

A brilliant young guide who told us everything and more

It was an absolute delight to have Darja as our guide as we expierenced the beauty and wonders of Old Tannin. We were so very lucky to meet with someone so enthusiastic and with such an excellent command of English. We heard so much about the history and legends and were able to ask her questions about different buildings such as Fat Margaret and The Three Sisters Hotel, The Guild, the medieval churches- the list is endless! We learned too about the current President and how the Estonian Parliament worked. She was very knowledgable and as there were only the two of us (weren’t we lucky !) we came away feeling we understood so much more about such a wonderful city. Thank you so much.

Tallinn: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour Reviewed by Heather, 07/28/2018

Funny stories about the beautiful Talon Old Townend

We had a really great time with this tour in Old Town. The guide talked about the funny stories and legends about Old Town.

Tallinn: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour Reviewed by Jean-Francois, 07/24/2018

nA super tour to navigate the Old Tow and some of Tallin's history

Anne was a great guide, very knowledgeable explaining in detail all spots visited, and very patient answering all questions.

Tallinn: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour Reviewed by Ramiro Alberto, 06/18/2018

Well organized and fun to see more than the old town

Excellent guide and tour of Tallinn. Was expecting that part of the tour was in the old town. More comfortable to walk there though. Very nice to see a larger part of Tallinn all the way to the arena for song festivals and the presidential palace. Beautiful park and houses around the area. The bikes were in good condition and the staff very helpful and quick.

Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Johan, 06/14/2018