Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, is unquestionably one of Europe's most magical capitals. This ancient Hanseatic city is justifiably proud of its beautiful churches, solid limestone houses and well-preserved cobbled streets.
Toompea Hill, with its medieval houses and alleyways, is the oldest part, and at its foot substantial remains of the city wall can still be seen, surrounded by well-maintained parks.[ReadMoreMob] The medieval town hall is one of the best preserved in northern Europe, and the weathercock, Gamle Toomas, is an enduring symbol of Tallinn.
The astonishing, ornate, 19th century Alexander Nevskij Cathedral was built when Estonia was part of Tsarist Russia. Kadriorg’s Castle was built by an earlier Tsar, Peter the Great, and now houses part of the Estonian Museum of Art. The “Peek into the Kitchen” tower has an exhibition of Tallinn’s military history.
The Old Town
No visit to Tallinn would be complete without discovering its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Baltic, and what gives it its fairytale charm is the beautiful walls and turrets that surround it. Today the Old Town is home to narrow streets, gates, towers and many houses dating back several centuries.
Town Hall Square
Tallinn’s Town Hall Square has been the heart of the city for over 800 years and is home to impressive examples of local architecture. The main feature of the square is the Town Hall, which was completed in the 14th century and is the only surviving Gothic town hall in Northern Europe. In the summer months the square is filled with people relaxing in the outdoor cafés.
Located in Tallinn’s Upper Old Town, the mighty Toompea Hill rises 30 metres (98 feet) over the city and offers wonderful views of the surrounding area. Legend has it that the hill is the burial mound of the Estonian King Kalev. Today the hilltop is home to the striking Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and other important buildings.
Cruises to Tallinn
Exploring the Baltic with St Petersburg • L2213
- Explore St. Petersburg on an overnight stay
- Wander through Tallinn’s medieval old town
- Delve into Soviet history in Saaremaa and Liepaja
Baltic States with St Petersburg • M2221
- Visit the Palaces & ballet in St. Petersburg
- Explore the medieval old town in Tallinn
- Discover soviet landmarks in Kaliningrad
- NB: This cruise will be sailing on board Balmoral
Explore the Baltic with St Petersburg • T2312
- Discover the fairytale-esque Old Town in Tallinn
- Explore St. Petersburg fully with an overnight stay
- Wander along the beach in the German seaside town of Warnemunde
Exploring Baltic Capitals with St Petersburg • L2311
- Visit the magnificent Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg
- Wander the historic Gamla Stan District of Copenhagen
- Enjoy scenic cruising on the Kiel Canal