Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, has become one of the hidden gems of the Baltics. This culturally rich town captivates all tourists who decide to visit it with its beauty, architecture, and culture. This traditional 18th-century city offers people a lot of different activities to spend their time in. In today’s article, I am bringing you just a few of the things you can do during your escape to the gorgeous Tallinn.
This is basically the entrance to Tallinn’s old town; Viru gates were part of the 14th-century defense mechanism, most of them were destroyed to allow horse-drawn traffic. However, you can still see a portion of the gates at the entrance of the old town. This area is now a house to several artisanal shops and restaurants to enjoy your escape to the medieval century.
The Old Town
The Old Town (definitely my favorite place) is probably the tourist’s favorite area thanks to its beautiful architecture and medieval environment; sometimes, you will even see locals dressed up in medieval clothing. This will allow you to escape reality somehow and feel like you have transported yourself to another time period. Also, this is where most of the places I will talk about further are located, so just like me, you'll probably spend most of your time here.
Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square is the heart of Tallinn and a place you won’t want to miss. It used to be the market of the city; however, it does not act like it anymore. Still, this is quite a busy area as you will find yourself surrounded by cafes, especially during summertime where you will see the place full of people enjoying themselves. The architecture surrounding this location is breathtaking; it’s a small glimpse of what medieval times used to be like. During the summer, you will even experience local festivals, and it is said that this area looks absolutely stunning during Christmas time as well; I haven’t personally experienced it, but it is definitely on my bucket list.
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Hellemann Tower and Town Wall
From the 14th century, this is an attraction you can’t miss; the 200-meter tower includes a stroll that you can walk through to get the most beautiful views of the old town. For only 3 euros, you can go up this medieval stone tower made of stone in medieval times, see Tallinn, and maybe access the art gallery also located here, one of the most iconic Tallinn Landmarks.
The castle is located next to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; it only offers tours during the weekdays. Regardless of what day you find yourself there, you will be captivated by the beauty of this 1700 century castle, surrounded by a large park that will offer you a little bit of nature on your trip.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
One of the most famous landmarks of the city, this cathedral is relatively new to the town of Tallinn, as it was built in 1900. This is a Russian Orthodox cathedral with a distinctive black color on its domes, making it relatively easy to spot in the town. This is currently an active church, so to go inside, make sure to check the entrance hours as sometimes a private service may be happening; on a positive note, entering the cathedral is for free.
A medieval town like no other, with its medieval stone walls, cobblestone streets, and church bell towers, Tallinn, a breathtaking city in the north of Europe, has a lot to offer to those looking for an escape from daily life. This town will transport you to medieval times with their architecture and beautiful culture, no matter what time of the year you decide to visit this town, it will make you fall in love with it.
For even more information about travel restrictions and more about Tallinn, visit the official Estonia Web site https://www.visitestonia.com/en/
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