Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town
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This jumble of 14th- and 15th-century architecture with its medieval walls, needling spires and twisting, cobblestone streets is also the site of many of the city's important historic attractions and museums including the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, St. Catherine's Guild and the 15th-century Guildhall that now houses the History Museum.
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  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect romantic getaway
    A perfect long weekend away place to go. The prices are reasonable and you can get lost roaming the old cobbled streets, city walls and steep stone stairs into hidden underground cavern and upper towers. Lots of restaurants to enjoy a drink or meal whilst checking out the historical surroundings. A beautiful well maintained UNESCO town with lots to give.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small group guided tour
    We had a 3-hour small group walking tour with a local guide, Maria, which was a great way to both see the Old Town and learn about Tallinn’s history. There is certainly plenty to see - the range of architecture is really quite amazing for such a small city and there are plenty of truly notable sights. We then had the rest of the day for independent exploration!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Kate
    536 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice historic old town
    A very compact old town, with numerous monuments to see and visit within a walking distane. The city walls, the cathedral, the orthodox church, the palace and numerous cobbled streets and old merchant houses - they all make up the atmosphere of the plcace. It's good that the old town preserved the traditional layout and character. If you get tired, you can always sit for a cup of coffee or tea and grab a delicious cake in several cafes and restaurants. And - don't forget the roasted almonds sold in the square (the Medieval sellers do accept credit cards, though :)
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • KellyLS144
    Nottingham, United Kingdom55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over priced and over commercialised
    There is no denying the old town is beautiful - with medieval buildings and quaint streets. What let’s this place down is the absolute hoards of tourists, particularly coming off cruise ships. As such the old town is over commercialised and over priced. For the best experience go early or late (before 10am or after 5pm) when the cruise ships have left.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Sandi V
    Evansville, Indiana57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back into History
    This is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to see and take in and so much history! It is truly amazing. The architecture and age of this area will leave you in awe. The cobblestone streets wind through areas you can only see on foot. So worth the trip and many attractions within that area are free with the Tallinn card.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Αντώνης Χ
    Mesolongion, Greece25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    One of the most beautiful old towns i have ever visit. Two days we walked and we walked and we walked around the town. We had all the types of whether.. sun, clouds,rain but it was beautiful in every occasion.. the only thing that it wasn't nice was the cars that parked in all the old town..
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 August 2023
  • nidriks
    Dorset, United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Tallinn Old Town
    I wandered Tallinn Old Town on a very warm and muggy day in August, but I refuse to let that influence my review. I'm not a huge heat lover. The area is beautiful and exactly what I was expecting to see when I decided I would like to visit Tallinn. There is a photo opportunity around every corner. I bought the Tallinn City Card and used it to its full advantage to visit as many museums as possible. Well worth the money. I would recommend anyone with a medieval interest, or indeed an interest in pretty places, to get on a plane and visit Estonia's capital.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Alex
    Singapore, Singapore690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sizable and walkable
    Large but still compact European Old Town. It felt fairly authentic and much less crowded than other European Old Towns. Some stretches, including Town Hall Square, had some colourful houses making for nice pictures.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom3,013 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ‘Narrow streets with cobbled paths and a myriad of shops, bars and restaurants.’
    We recently went on a Baltic tour, of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. I can definitely say that the best old town in each capital city was Tallinn. Narrow streets with cobbled paths and a myriad of shops, bars and restaurants. There’s so much history within the town and there’s plenty of sites to explore, with various viewing platforms dotted around. Overall, a stunning old town in a beautiful country!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • chrissieb94
    Dorset, United Kingdom3,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medieval Wonder
    Tallinn Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are original cobblestone streets, numerous churches, and grand houses which once belonged to German or Danish merchants. The centre is based around Town Hall Square and surrounding streets are easy to walk. Around the Old Town is the city wall with its towers, originally built for protection and certainly impressive today. The Old Town is well worth visiting.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
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William S
Clinton, NJ392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Tallinn was a great find. We have never been to the Baltic countries before and used this capital as a launching point for an East to West Scandinavian trip (highly recommended). The Old Town was quaint and bustling with tourists and a modest number of locals. We stayed in the Old Town (highly recommended) as it was easy during our short less than two-day adventure to cover many of the coveted sites. After we arrived early afternoon, we quickly launched into seeing the Old City and covered quite a bit during that day, including a very good exhibit in the old city hall on medieval activities, wandering the cobbled streets, and walking up towers and on ramparts. Much of the city still has intact medieval walls unlike many other historic cities. We even had time of beer in the central square before having dinner al fresco at one of the many restaurants. The city was also very affordable. While many visitors come by cruise ship for a day experience, we highly recommend staying at least one night and preferably two.
Written 1 November 2022
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Maxtrap
Seattle, WA220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The hill area is very prominent from ferry dock and easily walkable. Lots of museums in that area. Post office across from church makes post card mailing easy. Give yourself enough time before ferry back to Helsinki to walk cobblestones toward KGB museum. Beautiful area with lots of shops and restaurants. If it’s cold, expect cool breeze and dress appropriately or bring money for well made local products. We could easily have spent another day here, but will return on a cruise ship. Enjoy!
Written 9 February 2020
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jlw0lf
Brevard, NC274 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Estonia is another one of those countries I would not have considered visiting, except that our cruise itinerary included a stop there. This is a good place to get a feel for what life under Soviet domination must have been like. There are many signs of Soviet-era life still plain to see. I recommend taking a guided tour with a guide who remembers back to at least the 1970s & 80s so you hear the opinions of someone who lived under a repressive regime.
Written 26 July 2022
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Jondoe
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Lovely city, deserves its UNESCO rating but sadly the life has been hollowed out of it. Almost all the shops in the heart of town are souvenir or amber outlets, repetitive offerings, and pricey, too. A few corner shops selling alcohol and snacks. No 'real' businesses. Churches frequently shut unless a service in progress but found a delightful free organ recital in the Church of Holy Spirit - well worth an hour of my evening. Some lovely cafes and a great public skating rink in the winter.
Written 21 January 2020
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Tide Knot Travellers
London, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
Tallinn Old Town really is the most beautifully preserved medieval town we have ever seen. We absolutely love it there, it is full of beautiful streets bursting with history and charm. The Town Hall square is an amazing centre point with beautiful restaurants all around and although it’s touristy there, the prices aren’t astronomical for food and drink. This place is a must visit, give yourself 2 or 3 days to really explore!
Written 6 August 2020
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia1,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were on a day trip from our cruise ship that docked at 8 am & sailed at 5 pm. Effectively 6 hrs or so to see Tallinn. We decided to take a ride share Bolt from the cruise terminal to Toompea Hill so that we wouldn't have to walk uphill all the way, at the same time make the most of the available time. So after Toompea Hill sites we walked down to the Old Town, had a snack at a cafe & through the Town Square where there was a market and then along the narrow streets to Fat Margaret's Tower from where we got a Bolt ride back to the ship. A great day spent in Tallinn!
Written 26 July 2020
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Ludwig H
Augsburg, Germany28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Nice town to visit with a decent amount of things to do. Really great architecture as well as views over the town. Sadly almost every church required a fee to enter, we would've liked to visit more than one of them. While perhaps not our favorite, it is overall a good place to visit. Would recommend!
Written 10 August 2020
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MHAccorLoyal
Kortrijk, Belgium86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The history and resilience of Tallinn city Walls, cathedrals, and its people deserves greater recognition. This city with its City wails, cathedrals and Museums is a feast for knowledge thirsty tourists. the cafes and restaurants are good quality and prices very affordable. This was on my Bucket List and so glad to have been lucky enough to TICK it in every sense
Written 25 January 2020
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Casper H
Vanlose, Denmark66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Business
Tallinn is a city where you can use a lot of time. Many good restaurants, and bars.
The city is the capital, and you can see that on the prices, a good advice is to go about 500 meters away from the the Main Street, then you will save a about 50 % on the market prices (food)
Written 24 August 2022
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Belfast, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Tallinn Old Town is a must see! I do recommend getting a Tallin Card (free entry to many museums and churches and all public transport). This was the best thing I purchased. I wouldn’t have went into some beautiful churches had it not been free to enter. Tallinn Old Town is a beautifully preserved medieval town with lots of history to dive into
Written 16 July 2022
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