Country: Estonia Language: Estonian Currency: Euro (€)
Tallinn's charming Old Town is small and charming. While the history of the city is present, the Old Town has added many modern aspects, creating a delightful blend of character. Wander through the Old Town, allowing yourself to get lost in its allure, as you will never be too far from where you started.
CTW Must See
Town Hall Square & Town Hall
The centerpiece of Tallinn is the Town Hall Square, that boasts the oldest Town Hall in the Baltics and Scandinavia. The Town Hall, which began construction in the 13th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is praised for its Gothic architecture. The square is vibrant and social, filled with fine eateries. It often hosts popular markets, festivals and concerts. It also holds an annual Christmas Market, which began in 1441. This Christmas Market is believed to be the site of the very first Christmas Tree!
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
This Russian Orthodox Cathedral designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky is the largest in Tallinn. It is located on the Hill of Toompea, and has been dedicated to Alexander Nevsky. It was constructed in the 19th century when Estonia was still part of the Russian Empire. The cathedral was scheduled for demolition in 1924, but was instead left to decay. However, it has since been restored as Estonia regained their independence from Russia.
Tallinn is proud to host one of the most well preserved Medieval Fortifications. This fort is nearly two kilometers and holds 20 defensive towers; though it was once 2.4 kilometers long with 46 towers. Today, you can climb the towers and explore the wall, while taking in the view of Tallinn’s Old Town.
St. Nicholas' Church
This beautiful medieval church is now the Art Museum of Estonia. Built in the 13th century and dedicated to St. Nicholas, it was partially destroyed after a bombing during WWII, but it has since been restored.
Toompea Hill and Castle
Toompea is a vast limestone hill in Tallinn, overlooking the Oldtown. At the top of the Hill sits Toompea Castle, built in the early 1200s. The castle now houses the Estonian Parliament. Toompea Hill is also home to the St. Nicholas' Church, St. Mary's Cathedral and stunning views of the Old Town.
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