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Best Things to do in Tallinn

Tallinn is Estonia's cultural hub as well as the country's capital on the Baltic Sea. A few minutes walk around its cobblestoned Old Town will reveal myriad things to do in Tallinn, from fairy like photographic opportunities, through the cultural richness you can find in its museums, to a wealth of culinary experiences.

We visited Tallinn from Helsinki by ferry and we were amazed to discover such gem of a city. The moment we arrived in Tallinn's walled Old Town, we fell in love with its colourful houses, quaint architecture and distinctive medieval streets. It's rare to see such well-preserved town, which could fool even the most trained eye, making you believe you arrived in a Game of Thrones movie set. 

Here are the best things to do in Tallinn, which you ought to experience during your visit to Estonia.

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Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is one of the prettiest Baltic cities we've seen in Europe. We arrived by ferry from Helsinki at around 9 AM which meant we could photograph the Old Town with almost no people around. We visited Tallinn at the end of March and were lucky enough to get a snowy afternoon which made this incredible place look even more gorgeous. One of the best things to do in Tallinn is to meander around with your camera and discover an array of exciting spots. Tallinn's Old Town preserved its medieval look and feel which made us feel like we were walking around in the Game of Thrones. In our opinion, Tallinn sure is one of the most interesting Baltic Countries we've visited thus far.

Our New Home Tallinn

Toompea

Toompea is a limestone hill in Tallinn. Being around 20-30 metres higher than the surrounding areas, you can enjoy views over the city. On the hill towering over the rest of the city, you can visit Toompea Castle.

Address:
Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn

The Times We Had Tallinn

Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

A beautiful square with merchant houses, restaurants and cafes, the Town Hall Square can get really busy during peak hours. We recommend arriving here as early as possible to enjoy the peace and quiet. And why not enjoy breakfast in one of the cafes, in order to people watch and kick-start the day with a traditional Estonian dish.

Address:
Raekoja plats, Tallinn

Perfect Square Tallinn

Kiek in de Kök

This is a tower turned museum. You can learn about the town's fortification, see some old weapons and get a glimpse into the medieval-era life. At the top, there is a cafe which offers wonderful views of the city.

Opening times:
1.11-28.02 Tue-Sun 10-17.30
1.03-31.10 Tue-Sun 10.30-18.00

Fees
Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 4.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn

Cory G Tallinn

Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

If you are interested in history, this is the place for you. You can view various videos and access hands-on displays to learn more about how Estonian-dwellers lived, fought and survived through 11,000 years.

Opening Times:
1.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18
1.10-30.04 Tue-Sun 10-18

Fees:
Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
Pikk tn 17, Tallinn

Corners of Tallinn

St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn

Interested in magnificent views over the Tallinn? Head over to St Mary's Cathedral and climb the 69-meter Baroque bell. It's one of the perfect places to admire Tallinn from above. Make sure you check when it's open as it's not available year round.

Opening times
01.01-31.03, 01.11-31.12 Tue-Sun 10:30 - 15:30
01.04-30.04 Tue-Sun 10:30 - 16:30
01.05-31.05 Mon-Sun 9:30-16:30
01.06-31.08 Mon-Sun 9:30-17:30
01.09-30.09 Mon-Sun 9:30-16:30
01.10-31.10 Tue-Sun 9:30-15:30

Fees:
Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This is Tallinn's most opulent Orthodox church. It is located on Toompea Hill and you can even see its domes from the Old Town. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was meant to represent the Russian's empire dominance over Tallinn, however, nowadays is regarded only as an architectural gem.

Opening Times
Mon-Sun 8-18

Address:
Lossi plats 10, Tallinn

Cory G Couple Tallinn

KUMU Art Museum of Estonia

We love art museums, so naturally, we couldn't miss Kumu, a glorious art museum which displays Estonian-created works from the 18th-21st centuries. The building has five floors so remember to allocate a few hours for exploring.

Opening Times:
Thu 10-20, Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-18

Fees:
Ticket 8.00€
Child ticket 6.00€
Family ticket 16.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
A. Weizenbergi tn 34, Tallinn

Square Tallinn

Estonian Museum of Natural History

For the love of nature, visit the Estonian Museum of Natural History. This museum tells various stories of Estonian's natural environment so if you love the outdoors, as well as want to know more about local flora and fauna, make sure to not skip this attraction. You can get a free web-based audio guide in Estonian, English, Russian or Finnish.

Opening Times:
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-17, Thu 10-19
1.06-31.08 Fri-Wed 10-17, Thu 10-19

Fees:
Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
Lai tn 29a, Tallinn

Kissing in Tallinn

KGB Prison Cells

Interested in a darker side of Estonian history? Head over to the KGB prison cells where enemies of the state were imprisoned and interrogated before they were either shot or sent to labour camps in Siberia. These prison cells are not for the pigeon-hearted, as a lot of human suffering happened between those walls. If you want a lighter experience of the city, best to skip this one.

Opening Times:
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18
01.10-30.04 Mon-Sun 11-18

Fees:
Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 4.00€
Family ticket 11.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
Pagari tn 1, Tallinn

Epping Tower

This attraction is more family oriented as it offers the chance to dress up in medieval armour. You can find various handicrafts here as well. We love interactive museums but since we don't have kids we decided to skip the Epping Tower. However, we know how many of our readers are interested in family attractions, so we wholeheartedly recommend it.

Opening Times:
16.09-01.05 Sat-Sun 11.00-16.00
02.05-15.09 Thu-Tue 10.00-18.00

Fees:
Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 4.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
Laboratooriumi tn 31, Tallinn

Tallinn Winter Estonia

Maiden's Tower

One of the most famous defence towers, the Maiden's Tower is now a renovated museum which offers an interesting exhibition hall in its basement. You can learn a lot of interesting facts about a family in Estonia separated due to war. At the top, you can enjoy a cafe and a traditional dish.

Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 11-18

Fees:

Ticket 3.00€
Child ticket 2.00€
Family ticket 6.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
Lühike jalg 9a, Tallinn

Tallinn is beautiful

Tallinn Botanic Garden

You know how much we love botanic gardens, so we weren't going to skip Tallin's kingdom of plants. It is home to over 4,500 plant species which makes it the best stop for those in need of a relaxing stroll away from the city's agitation.

Opening Times:
01.10-30.04 Mon-Sun 11-16
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-19

Fees:
Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 2.50€
Family ticket 9.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Address:
Kloostrimetsa tee 52, Tallinn

Where to eat in Tallinn

As you might already know we travel vegan so we are going to recommend you our favourite plant-based restaurants.

Vegan Food Tallinn

Breakfast at Vegan Inspiratsioon

We just arrived in Tallinn and we were already starving. We did a quick search and found Vegan Inspiratsioon, a cute cafe which serves really nice tea as well as great sandwiches and pancakes. Prices were very reasonable and the ambience was lovely.

Address: Lai 44, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia

Lunch at Restoran Spot

We didn't think we're going to find vegan options for the lunch menu but we were wrong. We were so pleased with the starter, main (amazing chickpea curry) and the most delicious vegan gelato ever. The food was original and the ambience was great. We loved the service, the traditional drinks (we tried Vana Tallinn) and the overall experience. Can't miss Spot Restaurant in Tallinn, totally worth it.

Address: 10140, Vene 4, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia

Chickpea Curry

Dinner at Vegan Restoran V

Before heading back to Helsinki, we decided to have one more stop at the V restaurant. This is 100% vegan. We were very hungry so we ordered starters, mains and desserts. The highlight of our trip? Their amazing chocolate cake with mango cream made with oat milk. Seriously, we never ever, ever tasted a cake as good as this one. V is popular so make sure you book a table in advance if possible.

Address: Rataskaevu 12, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia

Practical information: Our trip to Tallinn was sponsored by VisitTallinn, MyHelsinki and Tallink Silja Ferries. You can read more about our trip from Helsinki to Tallinn. In Tallinn, we received two Tallinn Cards so we can explore the city and find its incredible cultural gems. We also had our lunch covered. We covered our own expenses for breakfast and dinner, gratuities and purchases made in Tallinn. This article is honest and transparent and all opinions are our own.

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