9 Things to Do in Tallinn Old Town

Monday, April 6, 2015


As I said in my last post about Tallinn, I loved my visit! I'm very happy that I was able to visit in the low-tourist season, because I had read several blog posts complaining about the crowds. Even though it was cold in March, the streets and restaurants weren't packed with tourists, but it wasn't too cold to walk around. There were several sites in the Tallinn Old Town that I would have liked to see, but unfortunately weren't open (or were open by appointment only).


1) Wander St. Catherine's Passage. St. Catherine's Passage is a tiny passage with a couple of shops, beautiful architecture and incredibly old stones.







2) Eat a pancake! The pancakes in Estonia are very, very large crepes that are stuffed with all kinds of delicious things. Try them at Pannkoogipubi at Rataskaevu 3.




3) Visit the Town Hall Square. The Town Hall Square is the main hub of the Old Town and with all of the outdoor cafes it is a perfect place to sit and people watch.



4) Take a free walking tour. I took a free walking tour that began at 12 at the Tourist Information Building near the Town Hall Square. The tour was about 1 hour and 45 minutes long and we saw some of the lesser known parts of the Old Town.



5) Visit the Alexander Nevsky Church. The Alexander Nevsky Church is the largest Russian Orthodox Church in Estonia and is free to enter. The exterior of the Alexander Nevsky Church is gorgeous, but the interior was undergoing renovations.



6) Enter the Town Hall. The Town Hall is only open by appointment during the low season, but has regular hours during the high tourist season (May to September).

7) Go to the Kohtusta Viewing Platform. The Kohtusta Viewing Platform is a perfect place to see the whole old town from above (for free!). 



8) Visit St. Olaf's Church (this is closed in the low season). The tower for St. Olaf's Church was closed during my visit, but I would have loved to see the inside of the tallest tower.

9) Walk along the open portion of the old city wall. For only two euro you can walk along a short portion of the old city wall.




What else would you do in the Tallinn Old Town?

8 comments:

  1. These are definitely a lot of great things to do! I haven't made it to Tallinn (yet!) but am thinking I will do it next year. How long were you in Tallinn for? If/when I go it will likely be with a boat cruise from Stockholm, so I may only have 6-7 hours there. I did the same trip to Riga and felt it was perfect to quickly explore a new city!

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    1. I was in Tallinn for about 2 days, but you can easily see the Old Town over 6-7 hours. The Old Town is pretty compact and the cruise boat docking area (does that have a name?) is very close to the Old Town. I hope you do get the chance to go sometime next year- just remember that some things are closed if you visit during the off-season!

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  2. I thought Tallinn was charming when I went there years ago - didn't have much of a chance to explore as I was there for work, but thank you for sharing these snapshots! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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    1. It is lovely - I'm glad to you got to see some of it while you were there!

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  3. I think my one of my favorite things would be to walk along the old portion of the city wall, I love all of the pictures you've posted and the wooden beans are totally evocative. This town looks perfect for a day of exploration and discovery.
    Angie from reasons to dress

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    1. I really loved walking along the city wall as well. The city looked beautiful that day as well because it was so sunny out. The Old Town is a perfect day trip.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes! This post has me so excited. I've been wanting to visit Tallinn for ages, I'll definitely check all of these things out when I finally make it there.

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    1. I hope you have a wonderful trip there! It was really a wonderfully preserved old town, the people were friendly, and there was great food.

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