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Best Places to Visit in Tallinn

Updated: 13th June 2022

Estonia - Tallinn Old Town - Best Places to Visit
Our pick #1

Tallinn Old Town

Enclosed by medieval walls, Tallinn's Old Town is a charming collection of ancient churches, grand baroque palaces and forbidding fortifications. Dating back to the 12th century, Tallinn's old town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and shows the influences of Danish, Swedish, German and Russian rule in its architecture with a plethora of styles and features. The cobbled market square of Raekoja plats sits at the centre of town and throughout the year plays host to open-air performances, medieval festivals, and a magical Christmas market in the winter months.

Estonia - Tallinn Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Best Places to Visit
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Completed in 1900, the impressive Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral was built during a period when Russian Tsars ruled Estonia and much of the Baltic. Typical of a Russian Orthodox cathedral, it features onion-domes with golden spires and a beautiful interior richly decorated with wonderful icons and frescoes. Crowning Toompea Hill, the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral is Tallinn's largest and features 11 bells, one weighing 15 tonnes.

Estonia - Open-Air Museum - Best Places to Visit
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Estonian Open-Air Museum

A short distance from Tallinn stands the Estonian Open-Air Museum, a collection of 14 farms that showcase rural Estonia - its architecture and traditional way of life. Historic buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries litter the sprawling complex with everything from chapels to taverns with mills, shops and a fire station also. In the summer months staff dress in traditional costume, emphasising the sense that you've returned to the past. Visitors can enjoy traditional Estonian cuisine, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, shop for handicrafts or hire bikes and explore at leisure.

Estonia - Kadriorg Park - Best Places to Visit
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Kadriorg Park

Situated some 2km from Tallinn's Old Town, the romantic Kadriorg Park is the green heart of the capital where grand oak and chestnut trees line formal ponds and historical houses border the grounds. Construction on the park began under Russian rule and a number of architectural pieces display such influence including the baroque Kadriorg Palace, a brilliantly preserved summer palace that was designed to resemble the Italian palaces of the time. Kadriorg Park is also home to the KUMU Art Museum with displays of Estonian art classics and modern pieces.

Estonia - Patarei sea fortress and prison - Best Places to Visit
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Patarei Sea Fortress

This 19th century sea fortress was established by Tsar Nicholas I and has served as an artillery battery as well as a prison where hundreds of people were incarcerated, interrogated and executed, including 250 French Jews during the Third Reich. Spread over four hectares, a section of the fortress is open to the public as a Culture Park with street art and installations displayed in the prison cells.

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