The Old Town of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is very beautiful and can be easily explored on foot. It is especially beautiful at nightfall when it empties of the tourists who had disembarked from cruise ships and come to spend the day.
We suggest you start your visit at the Viru Gate, which is part of one of the best-preserved medieval fortifications in Europe. Once inside the city, you can walk to the St. Catherine’s Passage. It is a very picturesque street with craft workshops where artists use traditional methods to make their products.
We continue to the Church of St. Olaf, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. In summer, you can climb the 232 steps up to the observation deck and enjoy the wonderful views of the port, the Old Town and Toompea Hill.
Next, we will head to Towers’ Square where you can see part of the almost 2 kilometers of original wall and some of the 20 defensive towers that are still preserved.
Then we will go to the Town Hall Square, the social heart of the city, where concerts, craft fairs and medieval markets are held. The Tower and the Pharmacy of the Town Hall stand out. The pharmacy, open since 1422, is the oldest one in Europe still in continuous operation.
Then we will head to the Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky, whose interior is full of icons and mosaics. And then we will go to the Castle and Toompea Hill, located on a limestone cliff.
We recommend you end the visit of this beautiful city by enjoying two viewpoints that offer unique views of the red roofs and towers of the Old Town: the Patkuli viewpoint and the Kohtuotsa viewpoint.