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?