The Old Town in Tallinn is a top attraction in the Estonian capital, protected by its ancient city walls and towers. It is the most preserved old city in Northern Europe and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Walk through this historic old town to discover its hidden secrets and learn about the enchanting past.
Explore Estonian history
The Old Town was built between the 13th and 16th centuries, when the port of Tallinn was a member of the Hanseatic trade league. Its collection of churches, courtyards, and gabled houses rank among the most popular attractions in the entire city. Many of the buildings date back to the 14th century and are surrounded by a city wall still intact in many places and guard towers that give it a fairy-tale look.
Quaint buildings and cobblestone streets of the Old Town
Today, the Old Town combines historic buildings and medieval markets with stylish cafes and quaint shops. You can seek out locally made textiles, earthenware, and glassware from the markets on Muurivahe Street and the workshops in St. Catherine's Passage. The magnificent, historic buildings of the town showcase the town's rich past and the wonderful architecture it produced. The Town Hall is the most famous spot of the Old Town. A Gothic building with a tall spire rising from the square, the Town Hall dates back to the 14th century. On the square near the town hall, you will also find Europe's oldest pharmacy that has been operating since 1400s.
More to See
The Old Town of Tallin is made up of the lower town and Toompea Hill. Explore the city wall in the lower town—though only around half of the wall stands now, it is still a fascinating sight. Some towers offer you the chance of climbing to the top and admiring a view of the city. You will find the city's two most famous churches are on Toompea hill, which has been the seat of city's power since centuries. Don't miss out on visiting the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin. Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a richly decorated Orthodox cathedral whose bright colors and distinct architectural style create a sharp contrast with the rest of the Old Town. Cathedral of Sint Mary is a medieval church with a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
At Tallinn Old Town, you will find many more interesting monuments that will capture your interest. So, make sure that you set aside some time to explore this fascinating Old Town to the fullest.