Tallinn

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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.

  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

    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.

  • Toompea

    2. 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)

    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.

  • Tallinn TV Tower

    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.'

  • Kumu Art Museum

    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.

  • Tallinn Town Hall

    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.

  • Kadriorg Palace

    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.

  • Estonian Open Air Museum

    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.

  • Estonian Maritime Museum

    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.

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.

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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,076 reviews

We had an enjoyable trip with Jaan. He is a friendly guide and knows his work well. He explained about things on the way to the Lahemaa, like how the life is for locals, what the history was. History of how Estonia came into being demographically as well as geologically. We found about a lot more than what we could not find in books about Estonia and the places we visited.

The walk was very nice. The manager told everything about what can be seen around. He took photos all the time, the photo came together very well. I highly recommend. The team is kind and friendly. Covid-19 certificate required, otherwise not allowed in.

Wonderful way to start our time in Tallinn. Very enjoyable ride, great information presented, I highly recommend this, especially if you want to get out of old town a bit and explore a little more. Fantastic!

We really enjoyed our food tour! We got a little history, saw some major sites and was introduced to some tasty local food. It is a neat introduction to the city.

Bjorn was the best tour guide. My tour was fun, informative and full. I would recommend to my friends