Old Town of Tallinn

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Old Town of Tallinn: Our most recommended tours and activities

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

1. Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the Old Town of Tallinn and see monuments such as the remains of St. Catherine's Dominican Monastery. Step back to the Middle Ages and walk along Pikk Street, where the merchants' houses and craft guilds bring medieval Tallinn back to life. Get acquainted with the churches of the Holy Ghost, St Nicolas and St. Olaf as you explore the Lower Town and Upper Town. Discover why Tallinn is known as the town that limps on Lühike Jalg (Short Leg Street) and hear about the noble knights who lived in the Upper Town . Admire the outside of the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Make your way to the ancient stronghold of Toompea Castle where the Parliament of Estonia now sits, and marvel at the Pikk Hermann (Tall Herman) tower that dominates the skyline. Get a fantastic view of the city from one of the platforms of the Upper Town. Return to the Lower Town on Short Leg Street to end on Town Hall Square.

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Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

2. Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

Take this spectacular drive along Tallinn's coast to get a feel for the area's natural beauty and fascinating maritime and Soviet history! You'll visit the Olympic Center built in Tallinn for the Moscow Olympics and hear how the yachting competitions were organised during Soviet times. On the Viimsi peninsula, you'll visit the abandoned Soviet air-defence base and Coastal Folk Museum's exhibiton introducing stories about time behind the iron curtain. Picture-postcard views of the Old Town skyline can be admired from Tallinn TV tower. 

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Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

3. Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Discover the Old Town of Tallinn with your knowledgeable, local guide. Choose from a private or small-group shared tour with a maximum of 12 people so it will always be an intimate experience. Find out why Tallinn’s appeal is rooted in its rich history. The UNESCO-protected Old Town has winding alleyways, ornate doorways, and medieval courtyards. Get to know Tallinn's Lower Town, stop at Tompea Hill for stunning views, admire the art at Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, and a have break at the Town Hall.  Spend 2 hours in the Old Town, then jump into a private vehicle to discover the surrounding area. Admire Kadriorg Palace and Park designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. The palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance. View the Song Festival Ground to understand an important part of Estonian history. Explore the eerily beautiful ruins of St. Bridget’s, a medieval convent destroyed in 1577 for a unique and historic experience.  Relax at the Pirate Beach: the largest and most popular beach in Tallinn, and enjoy magnificent views of Old Town and the busy sea traffic in the Gulf of Finland. Finally the tour ends back at your original start point. For cruise ship passengers, choose the Shore Excursion option upon checkout to ensure a timely delivery back to the port ready for your onward departure.

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Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

4. Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

This "Welcome to Tallinn Bike Tour" is a welcome indeed. Explore the picturesque city the easy way with a guided bicycle tour that is suitable for individuals, groups or the entire family, who want to see more than just the Old Town. The tours are designed for travelers who like to have fun while they explore and gain a true insight into the Estonia of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Tours take place every day and in all seasons, starting from the City Bike office in the Old Town. Groups are kept small to allow for a more personalized experience, with easy routes to allow for inexperienced or young cyclists. Children’s bikes, seats and trailers are all available on request. You will keep mainly to the cycle paths and quiet roads as you tour the city. You will also see some of its modern buildings, the World War II Memorial and the Olympic Center. During the summer, cruise along the promenade and hop-off onto the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Finland. The tour also runs in winter when your bike will be equipped with special spikes, and you can learn how to cycle in the snow.

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Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

5. Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

The Tallinn city tour is a combined bus and walking tour in Tallinn. During the bus part of the tour, which lasts for 2 hours, you drive around the famous Old Town, and see the towers of the wall, the most famous ones are called Stout Margaret and Tall Herman. You also see the mighty wall of Toompea Castle on the hill, drive through the district of high tech architecture – Tallinn’s City. Lastly, you visit the districts of wooden architecture which Tallinn is famous for. See and learn about the history of the baroque style of Kadriorg Palace and the park which Peter the Great of Russia presented to his wife. Next continue the way to Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, a very important place for the people of Estonia, where the Estonia Song Festival is held every 5 years. The Festival Grounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following this, drive along the seaside and enjoy a picturesque view to the Gulf of Finland. Stop at Pirita Convent (St. Brigit's Convent) and discover the story behind the ruins of the monastery. There will also be a beautiful photo stop on the coast of the gulf with the best view of the Tallinn. The bus tour ends in the Old Town and you will continue on foot. Tallinn’s Old Town consists of two parts, the Upper Town and the Lower Town. During your walk you will first discover the Upper Town, which was a stronghold of the former Tallinn nobility. See two cathedrals, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Lastly, view the Estonian Parliament building inside Toompea Castle and enjoy a panorama of the Tallinn from the viewing platforms. After seeing the Upper Town, continue to the Lower Town. Here you will see the medieval merchant’s houses and learn why Tallinn was founded at this particular place, how it developed, why there are so many churches and why they are so tall. Going down along the Long Leg Street see St. Olaf’s Church, the highest building in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. Your tour ends at the Town Hall Square inside Lower Town. Here you will find the Gothic Town Hall and the oldest functioning pharmacy in the world, Town Hall Pharmacy. After the tour you are on your own, the guide will advise you about additional attractions, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The main square of Tallinn – Liberty Square is 5min away and the cruise harbour is just a 15 min walk.

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Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

6. Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

Get acquainted with the cuisine of Hanseatic merchants, Estonian peasants, Soviet workers, and find out what Estonians eat today. On this 3-hour guided tour, try 3 dishes with dessert, and taste 3 local drinks. In addition, you’ll taste the famous Estonian green chocolate, berry chips, and much more. The cafés and restaurants chosen for this tour are famous for their special interiors and histories, and are, in a sense, museums themselves. Avoiding the more touristy places, you’ll only hit up places off the beaten path where locals like to go for a truly authentic Estonian experience. This tour is the perfect activity for bad weather, as Tallinn’s cozy restaurants will keep you warm and relaxed.

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Tallinn Food Tour

7. Tallinn Food Tour

This food tour of Tallinn takes you on a culinary excursion through the Old Town, including stops at the neighboring Baltic Station Market and gives you a chance to experience the smells, flavors and stories of Estonian cuisine. You will also get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Old Town and nearby Kalamaja quarter and hear exciting stories about Estonian history and the country today. This tour includes around 6 food and drink stops based on local traditional and modern food and drinks. You will be served a soup, various traditional food samples, like black rye bread, traditional Estonian open-faced spiced sprat sandwiches and also samples of modern Estonian cuisine. You will try out some local drinks, like 'Kali' and 'Kama', some local schnapps and sweets and a good cup of locally roasted coffee or a glass of local berry or fruit wine.  Please note that food and drink stops and the menu can vary a bit depending on the season.

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Tallinn: Sunset Dinner Cruise

8. Tallinn: Sunset Dinner Cruise

A floating tour on the old cruiser "Katharina“ is the best way to admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers. You will learn about Tallinn's maritime history, and admire the historic shoreline and fancy cruise ships in the port. The navigation bridge will be open to visitors, and souvenir pictures can be taken there. Your trip begins at the historic Seaplane Harbor, and will take you around the shoreline of the Bay of Tallinn. Complete with seating both inside and outside, the ship has three saloons, seating a maximum of 200 guests at a time. It also boasts two sundecks, a seminar room, a bar and a restaurant. Your tour includes a buffet dinner, non-alcoholic beverages. and illustrated tour map and a souvenir photo session on the captain's bridge.

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Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

9. Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the best of Tallinn's charming Old Town on this walking tour. Visit the historic Town Hall Square and hear stories about how the weather-vane got its name and which famous recipe was invented in the Town Hall Pharmacy. Marvel at the medieval churches as you listen to your guide's interesting commentary. Learn more about the city walls and take pictures from the viewing platforms on Toompea Hill. You will also visit the Parliament of Estonia.  Walk in St. Catherine's Passage, one of the most picturesque Old Town lanes. Discover St. Catherine’s Guild, a collection of craft workshops where traditional artists create and sell glassware, hats and other goods. End your tour with a visit to the city’s oldest existing building, the Dominican Monastery, which dates to 1246. 

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Tallinn: Estonian Craft Beer Tasting

10. Tallinn: Estonian Craft Beer Tasting

Experience the best of the beers of Estonia with this unique beer crawl in Tallinn. During the tasting you will be learn about the history and traditions of beer making. Get acquainted with the best sorts of Estonian beer, both common and craft. During this 1.5-hour tour you will visit historical places in Tallinn and discover how much of the town is affiliated with making and drinking alcohol! Find out where citizens brewed and drunk beer, how vodka was produced by German Barons, and how well-known Estonian liqueurs were born. Spend time in a cozy restaurant where a specialist will tell you all about these drinks, and of course you will try some of them! You can also take home a bottle or two of your favorite drink as a souvenir. The types of beer you will try:  Saku Hele - the only Estonian beer which can be easily compared with the best sorts of Czech beer because it was created in cooperation with the best beer masters from the Czech Republic. Põhjala -  the most famous craft brewery in Estonia. A selection of 10, half of which are seasonal. The dominant types are dark beers and porters. Õllenaut - founded in the Summer of 2013 but already with a good reputation among craft beer lovers. Located in Tallinn’s suburb - Saue. This brewery has over 10 types and is growing. Vormsi Õlu - an islander’s beer first made in the village of Norby on Vormsi island.  For ease of transport the brewery moved to the mainland. They make 4 kinds of beer - Vormsi hele õlu, Tõmmu õlu, Märtsiõlu and Eripruul.

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What people are saying about Old Town of Tallinn

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 457 reviews

The tour was fascinating and full of interesting information about the rich history of Tallinn. The tour guide was very kind and extremely knowledgeable, as well as funny. I would recommend this tour to anyone who'd like to learn more about the different factions which occupied the city and the significance of many buildings within the old town.

We had a very nice trip and explored the city in a short time, but never felt too rushed. Transportation was arranged so that we could get down to the historic city park district, where we had a lovely walked and learned more about the construction and inhabitants of the buildings on the grounds.

Jules was very informative. A lovely wall around the town seeing things that you wouldn't by yourself. It was great walking in the snow.

The tour with Martin was excellent. Great information - historical and current Has adapted well to our wishes. Any time.

A very good tour with extensive background information on all points.