What to see and do in Tallinn
Explore the Old Town
Start your introduction with the city from a leisure walk through the narrow
streets of its Old Town.
The Old Town of Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval town centers in the world.
This whole part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of 500-year-old houses, intriguing stories, and a quite breathe of history in the air.
The oldest pharmacy, of those still working in the world is situated right here,
and it’s probably one of the most interesting sites of the Old Town.
Also, you can’t miss St.Olaf’s Church, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral,
and of course, the Town Hall.
The Old Town of Tallinn is actually divided into two parts: Lower Town (All-
linn) and Upper Town (Toompea).
If you are looking for a beautiful view of the city, head to Toompea Hill.
Over thousand years old, it offers breathtaking panorama of the city beneath.
Visit St. Catherine’s Passage
Another must-visit place in Tallinn is St.Catherine’s Passage.
In the past, it used to be a convent and a center of learning.
Today, it is home to the traditional artisans of Tallinn.
It’s a perfect place for souvenir shopping.
The architecture of the passage has remained still, since the foundation of the city.
Tallinn is a great festival city with many festivals held every year.
Here are some of the most popular festivals in Tallinn.
- Old Town Days – in June.
- Tallinn Medieval Days – in July.
- Christmas Markets – November – January
- Christmas Jazz – in November.
- Bach Fest – in January
- Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – in November
- Mustonen Fest
- Kalamaja Days – in May.
- Tallinn Winter Festival
- Tallinn FoodFest
- Estonian Food Fair
- Estonian Song & Dance Celebration
- Tallinn Coffee Festival
- Baltica International Folklore Festival
Try Estonian craft beer
Estonia is known for its craft beer, so you can’t avoid tasting it.
There are countless places to enjoy great beer in Tallinn, and most restaurants will offer a vibrant selection too. Just choose one to your liking.
Visit the KGB Museum at the Viru Hotel
During the 50 years of the Soviet occupation of Estonia, traveling wasn’t as easy as it is now.
The only hotel international tourists were allowed to stay in was the Viru Hotel, totally controlled by the KGB agents, the Soviet secret police.
Nowadays, the place is a KGB Museum, with a collection of uniforms, spying devices, secret documents, propaganda brochures, and artifacts from that time.
The entrance cost of 11 euro has a guided tour included.
You can still stay at Viru Hotel, now without KGB spions.
The rooms are good and the hotel has great reviews from its visitord.
Explore Tellskivi Creative City
The heart of the hipster culture of Tallinn, Tellskivi Creative City is a thriving mecca for both artists and shoppers.
Over 250 different businesses call this district their home, so if you are up for some great shopping, it’s a place to go.
By the way, beautiful murals of the district also makes it worth coming here.
Enjoy the street art of Kalamaja
Another artist residence and a small business center.
Kalamaja with marvelous murals, weird graffitis, wonderful street art, and great food.
You can explore the area on your own or book a walking tour.
Seaplane Harbor Museum
Located in an old seaplane hangar, the museum will be a perfect choice if you are interested in the history of sea travels.
The place is quite interactive and surprisingly, very interesting.
Its collection contains about 200 different artifacts, from the oldest Estonian ship to an actual submarine, allowed for boarding.
Escape the city and go to Lahemaa National Park
Located around 45 minutes away from Tallinn, the park is definitely worth a visit if you have an extra day in Estonia.
You can come by car or book a guided tour.
The Viru bog is particularly interesting here, especially during late autumn and early winter, when it changes its color from green to deep orange and red.