Tallinn Sights

Tallinn's tiny Old Town, the most impressive in all of the Baltic states, has romantic towers, ankle-wrenching cobblestone streets, cozy nooks, city-wall cafés, and a dozen other attractions—all within 1 square km (½ square mile). In the 1990s, Vanalinn (the lower Old Town)—historically the domain of traders, artisans, and ordinary citizens—sprouted glitzy neon signs in otherwise charming

alleys and sights. The stately, sedate Toompea (Upper Town), a hillock that was the site of the original Estonian settlement, is on the burial mound of Kalev, the epic hero of Estonia. Toompea Castle, crowning the hill, is now the seat of the country's parliament and is not open to visitors. Summer visitors can experience the unforgettable white nights, when the sun never completely sets.

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Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral

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The 19th-century Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, with the country's largest bell, is a symbol of the centuries of Russification...

Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin in Talinn

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Talinn's towering Lutheran cathedral was begun in 1233 and consecreated in 1240. It is best known for its many gravestones dating from...

Dominiiklaste Kloostri Muuseum

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Wander through the ages in the ancient stone galleries and narrow hallways of the Dominican Monastery Museum, founded in 1246 and now...

Estonian Maritime Museum

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The stocky guardian of the northernmost point of the Old Town, Paks Margareeta (Fat Margaret), is a 16th-century fortification named...

Estonian Open Air Museum

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A 15-minute taxi ride from the center, the 207-acre Open-Air Ethnographic Museum provides a breath of fresh air and an informative look...

Kadriorg Palace Foreign Art Museum

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The baroque palace, built for Catherine I by her husband Peter the Great in 1721, merits a visit not just for its impressive and thorough...

Kiek-in-de-Kök

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At the southern end of the Old Town looms this magnificent, six-story tower church (the name is Low German for "peep in the kitchen"),...

Niguliste Kirik

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The 15th-century Church of St. Nicholas, part of the Estonian Art Museum, is famed for its fragment of a treasured frieze, Bernt Notke's...

Raekoja Plats

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Tallinn's Town Hall Square has a long history of intrigue, executions, and salt (Tallinn's main export in the Middle Ages). You can tour...

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