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Tallinn best places to visit

Tallinn best places to visit – few months ago all we knew about Tallinn was that it’s a capital city of Estonia & that it’s far on the North and East of Europe. We love discovering new places and going off the beaten path, so we decided to give it a try and travel to the three Baltic countries: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Tallinn was the first place that we visited… and we felt in love with it immediately! It has one of the most beautiful Old Town Squares that we have ever seen. This city is charming, lovely and has a lot to offer. In this post we’re sharing with you top Tallinn travel tips and best places to visit in this city. We hope this guide will fuel your wanderlust and inspire you to explore the capital of Estonia!

Tallinn best places to visit

#1 St Olav’s Church

The church itself is rather average. It looks nice both from the inside and from the outside but there is nothing spectacular about it. Why is it worth to visit St Olav’s church then? To go to the tower! The views from the top of it are absolutely breathtaking, the best that we have seen in Tallinn. You can take awesome photos of Old Town Square and Baltic Sea.

Going there may not be good for people with fear of heights or claustrophobia though… Climbing up the narrow and winding staircase is quite challenging. The wooden and very tight floor on the top of the tower won’t make you feel secure and cozy for sure. But for us, it was worth to go there for the view like this –>

Aerial view from St Olav's Church in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#2 Old Town

Tallinn has one of the most charming Old Town Squares in Europe. Medieval buildings remind visitors of the rich history of this place, including wars and Russian regime.

This is a very picturesque spot. We spent three afternoons wandering around the narrow streets of Tallinn’s Old Town and taking photos. So if you go there, be sure to take your camera and have a lot of time to see everything!

Old Town in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#3 TV tower

TV tower is a place worth visiting because it is the highest building in Estonia. To be honest, there is nothing special about it comparing to other countries. The observation desk is situated on 21st floor which is not very high.

What we liked about TV tower is that you can learn a lot there about Estonian culture, history and law. The most interesting fact that we have found there is that all citizens of Estonia have ID cards with chips. Why is it great? Because they can get the all important things done online. For example vote in parliamentary and local elections from any place in the world. How awesome is that?

TV tower in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#4 Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Alexander Nevski Cathedral was the first building that we saw in Tallinn. We were absolutely enchanted by its beauty. We spent more than an hour taking photos of this Orthodox Church and getting to know more about it.

The cathedral is colourful and monumental. It was built a little more than a hundred years ago. What is interesting- very similar church existed in Warsaw, the capital city of our homeland. It was demolished after the World War I when Poland regained independence from Russia, Austria-Hungary and Prussia.

Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#5 Kohtuotsa view point

Kohtuotsa is one of the best view points in Tallinn. It is a perfect place to visit anytime you want. In the early morning, when the weather is good, you can take photos of an amazing sunrise there. During the day you can admire the beautiful landscape of Tallinn. In the late afternoon Kohtuotsa is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. And of course we can’t imagine better place to take photos of Tallinn at night.

Kohtuotsa view point in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#6 Toompea Castle

Toompea Castle is the landmark of Tallinn. It is situated on the hill and according to the myth, it was built by Linda (very important character in Estonian mythology).

Nowadays, the castle houses the Parliament of Estonia, so it is not interesting to visit (at least not for us!). The Toompea hill is beautiful and picturesque though. It is worth to go there and take some awesome photos of Tallinn’s Old Town from the above.

Toompea Castle in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#7 Town Hall

Situated in the heart of the Old Town Square, Town Hall cannot be missed by any tourist visiting Tallinn. It looks great from the outside and it is quite interesting from the inside. You can learn there some interesting facts about the history of Estonia.

What we liked the most about Town Hall is that we could take awesome photos of an Old Town from there.

Town Hall in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#8 Open Air Museum

This is something unique! Open Air Museum is situated quite far from the city centre. It is definitely worth visiting though. You can see there how the people lived in the past and learn a lot about Estonian history and culture.

Open Air Museum is located at the Baltic Sea and surrounded by the forest. You can breathe the fresh air, enjoy the quiet time close to the nature and sightseeing in the same time. How awesome is that? 🙂

Open Air Museum in Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#9 Kiek in de Kok

Kiek in de Kok is one of the most important bastions in Tallinn. Visitors are allowed to climb up to the top of the tower or visit the basements of this building.

We chose the first option and we don’t regret it- the views from the highest floor of Kiek in de Kok were amazing! There is a small coffee shop there, so you can buy yourself a drink and relax, surrounded by the beautiful medieval interiors.

Kiek in de Kok tower Tallinn

Tallinn best places to visit

#10 Pirita promenade

We stumbled upon a Pirita promenade when we were searching for the best place to watch the sunset at the Baltic Sea. As you can see on the photo below, this spot is just perfect for this!

There’s a beach close to the promenade, so you can sunbathing or even swim in the sea if the weather is good. It is a great place for walking, jogging and riding a bike as well.

Sunset at Pirita promenade in Tallinn

Tallinn travel tips

Tallinn travel tips #1

Go to Visit Tallinn website to plan your trip

When we were planning our stay in Tallinn, we weren’t sure where we should go. Our time in this city was limited, so it was difficult to choose places that were worth a visit the most. We found VisitTallinn very helpful. On this website, you can read all the important facts about the capital of Estonia. What to see, where to eat and more. This is the most reliable and helpful source of information about Tallinn that we have found in the Internet.

Tallinn sightseeing

Tallinn travel tips #2

Buy Tallinn Card

Tallinn Cards are the best thing that you can buy when visiting the capital of Estonia! For a little money, you have an access to almost all the museums in the city, public transport and hop on hop off bus.

All the attractions that are mentioned in this post were covered by a Tallinn card. You can buy a card for 24 hours (for 32€), 48 hours (for 42€) and 72 hours (for 52€). Children always pay half a price.

Here you can read more about a Tallinn Card.

Tallinn Card

Disclosure: We want to thank VisitTallinn for a complimentary stay in the city. All opinions presented in this post are honest and our own.

Have you ever been to Tallinn? Was this post helpful or informative for you? Share your thoughts in comments!

6 COMMENTS

  1. Tallin looks really beautiful. Like you I’ve been quite curious about those Baltic Countries.
    I absolutely love how the Alexander Nevski Cathedral looks like and didn’t know that there was an orthodox church in warsaw before.

    My trips for this year are booked until the end of the summer. Maybe I’ll put Tallin on my list for the winter, I love snow anyway (crazy right? :D)
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