Tallinn

A World Heritage listed city, enchanting Tallinn is a rare delight and has the best-preserved medieval old town in Northern Europe.

Insider Tip

Stay in the fabulous location of Tallinn's main square next to the old cobbled streets of the Old Town for an authentic Tallinn experience.

Dine in Tallinn's Old Town traditional restaurants and sample the smoked fish, especially trout (suitsukala), which is an Estonian speciality along with the famous sausages.

Try the syrupy Vana Tallinn liqueur which is sickly sweet, very strong and an essential part of any Estonian table. It's best served in coffee, over ice, with milk or with champagne. Estonia's best beers are served in abundance, try the light Saku beer or the heavier Saare beer from the island of Saaremaa.

A required stop on any shopping tour of Tallinn is the outdoor market on Müürivahe street where craftswomen sell knitted products.

Even more intriguing is the Katariina Passage, where medieval-style workshops are run by artists. Onlookers watch as glasswork, ceramics and leather goods are created right before their eyes.

Must See


Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Tallinn's onion-domed, Russian Orthodox church was named after the Russian hero who defeated the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century.

Kadriorg Park

Just outside Tallinn sits this beautiful 250-acre park with a palace in the centre and a swan lake.

Toompea Castle

An ancient 10th-Century Estonian stronghold stands on a 170-foot-high limestone plateau overlooking Tallinn..

Tallinn's Old Town

This jumble of 14th and 15th century architecture, with its medieval walls and cobblestone streets, is the site of many of the city's historic attractions.

Must Do


Town Hall Tower

Climb to the top of the Town Hall Tower for fabulous views over Tallinn.

Tallinn's Occupation Museum

A visit to Tallinn's Occupation Museum provides a fascinating insight into life under the Soviet occupation.

KUMU Art Museum

Named European Museum of the year for 2008, the KUMU Art Museum is unmissable.

Excursions


Sightseeing Walking Tour of Tallinn

The walking tour begins in the Upper Town Toompea with a stop in front of Toompea Palace, the seat of the Estonian Parliament, here you can also take a look at the limestone walls and towers that belonged to its predecessor the medieval Toompea Castle. Side by side with Toompea lies the medieval Lower Town. Its landmarks include the Gothic Town Hall, the Holy Ghost Church, the former St. Nicholas Church housing a museum of medieval art, the magnificent St. Olai's with its soaring spire and once the world's second tallest building, an old chemist's shop, numerous authentic Hanseatic merchant houses. The next to visit are the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Dome Church. You will take a walk along the short and narrow medieval cobblestone streets that lead you to some panoramic viewpoints facing this medieval pearl.
Departs: daily. Duration: 2 hours.
Adults from £37 based on 2 people sharing.