Top 20 Things to do in Tallinn Estonia

If you are planning your trip to Tallinn Estonia then in this post we will be talking about the top things to do in Tallinn Estonia.

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is an exciting place to visit. The city is small enough to explore on foot, but with a wide variety of things to do and see, you’ll find yourself here for a while. From Russia, Tallinn feels like a step back in time, with cobblestoned roads, old world architecture and a charming Old Town District.

The city has reinvented itself in the past few years, with an investment in new infrastructure and a high-tech business district, making it an even more interesting and enjoyable place to visit than before.

The top things to see in Tallinn are Toompea Castle, the Old Town, and the market. Toompea Castle is the best way to get the full medieval feel of the city. There are only a few towers left, but it used to be a massive castle with over 30 towers. You can climb the towers and walk the battlements, which are a great way to take in the views of the city.

So let us start with our list of Top things to do in Tallinn Estonia

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Tallinn?

Tallinn is an enchanting city, and the best time to visit is in the summer months. During the summer, the city has some of the best weather in Europe, and there are no big crowds of tourists. It’s also a lot cooler so you can enjoy the Estonian Open-Air Museum in the shade!I think there’s only one answer to this question, and it’s not until the summertime.

Estonia is located right in the middle of the Arctic Circle, which means the weather is mild and pleasant year-round. It’s the perfect temperature, and you won’t have to worry about the rain. I really recommend taking a walking tour and seeing the city, as they will show you a lot of the history and architecture.

But then if you are a traveller like me then you may plan your trip during winter as well, I was able to see the first snowfall of that years winter in Tallin and the temperature was around 2 degree celcius when I visited. So probably this list is still suitable for the Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia in winter.

Top 20 Things to do in Tallinn Estonia

Tallinn’s Old Town

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn is a must-see for anyone who has an interest in Scandinavian history, architecture, or simply wants to experience an old-world European city. Although it is the smallest capital city in the Nordic region, Tallinn is a bustling metropolis, with a beautiful medieval centre and plenty of modern attractions.

The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the main focus of the city, and is home to several churches, including the largest wooden evangelical church in Northern Europe. The Town Hall, built in the early 13th century, is one of the best examples of medieval civil architecture in the country, and the largest building in the Old Town.

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour is the gateway to the city and is the main port. The harbour is the site of a number of museums, including the Estonian Aviation Museum which houses an impressive collection of historic aircraft. The museum is open for tours and is a great way to learn about the history of aviation in Estonia.

Tallinn TV Tower

Tallinn’s top things to do in a day might include visiting the Tallinn TV Tower, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Climb the tower’s 200 steps for a 360-degree view of the city, or take a lift to the top for an even better view. For an even higher viewpoint, take the elevator to the top of the Pärnu Shopping Centre. From up there, the whole city is at your feet, and all of Estonia is visible.

Toompea Castle

Once you’ve had your fill of the city’s main square, head to Toompea Castle, which is one of the country’s most important medieval castles. Climb the hill up to the observation platform for a great view of the castle and the Old Town. Below the castle is a small metro station with a statue of J. V. Stalin, which is worth seeing if you have time. Otherwise, walk back down to the lower market and head to the Viru Church, a great example of fortified churches in the Baltic region.

Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia
Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia

Aleksander Nevski Katedraali is the largest Orthodox church in the Baltic States. It was built between 1878 and 1912 in a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles. It’s the best place to see the interior of the church, as the building is open for visits. The crypt is also a good place to visit, as it has some of the most impressive frescoes depicting the life of Alexander Nevsky.

Get a Hot Chocolate at Hunger & Thirst Cafe

Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia - Hunger and Thirst Cafe
Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia – Hunger and Thirst Cafe

So if you are travelling during winters in Tallinn Estonia then the temperature is going to fall down to Zero as well and what better way to warm yourself then getting a Hot Chocolate drink.

So if you head towards the Bishop Garden and you will find this cute store which serves just the same and the lady there is extremly nice.

Kadriorg Park

Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia
Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia – Photo by Frederic Köberl on Unsplash

Kadriorg is Tallinn\’s most beautiful park, with an old castle, a lake, and many other beautiful places to see. As the park is a little bit difficult to get to, consider walking to the top of the park by the old fortress to get a good look at the city.The park is the city’s primary landmark and is the best starting point to get a feel for the city. It also has a beautiful fountain and several great sculptures.

Kumu Art Museum

Tallinn’s Kumu Art Museum is one of the best art museums in the Baltic states, and one of the most interesting museums in Estonia. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon, and it has a number of different outdoor spaces where you can relax and people watch.

The museum also has an incredible permanent collection, which is always changing, and a number of rotating exhibitions which are always worth checking out. The museum is a great place to get out of the heat, as it’s not open on Mondays.

Estonian Open Air Museum

The Estonian Open Air Museum is a must-see in Tallinn. It’s a museum of traditional buildings, which have been moved to their current location and reconstructed in the traditional manner.

The buildings date from all over Estonia and there’s something here to fascinate even the most hardened traveller. The museum is on the waterfront, in the area known as Kappel, and it’s well-worth checking out.

Kalev Chocolate Shop and Workshop

Kalev Chocolate Shop and Workshop: Kalev Street is one of the city’s oldest streets and the best place to get traditional Estonian food and pastries. Start at the Kalev Chocolate Shop and Workshop, which is an old chocolate factory that’s been converted into a chocolate shop.

You can watch the master chocolate maker create delicious chocolate treats, or you can also try your hand at making chocolate yourself. The workshop portion of the shop offers a great opportunity to learn about chocolate making, and you can also buy chocolate making supplies and ingredients to take home with you

Check Out Jagala Waterfall

You’ll need at least half a day in Tallinn to see everything, so make sure you venture outside of the city a bit too. Make your way to the Jagala waterfall, which is about a 40-minute drive from the city.

The waterfall is a popular spot for locals to cool off in the summer, and is a great place to stop and have some lunch. If you have time, you can also check out the water wheel and go fishing, which is also a popular activity here.

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Check Out St Catherine’s Passage

Visit the St Catherine’s Passage, an old city-centre passageway in the centre of town. It’s a narrow lane with no cars and a few shops and cafés. It’s also lined with statues of different saints, so it’s a great place to just walk around and try to understand why people were so religious in centuries past.

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Town Hall

The town hall of Tallinn is a beautiful Baroque building with a stone facade, and a copper-domed roof. The interior of the building is amazing, with an intricate gold-leaf ceiling and a huge statue of a seated Lenin in the atrium. The best part is the view from the top of the building, which overlooks the entire city. It’s a great spot to take some photos, and it’s the best place in the city to take in the view.

Viru Gate

Walk through the Viru Gates, a series of stone archways from the 13th century that lead down to the city center from the castle, then walk through the old city center to the fortress. The fortress is the most iconic building in Tallinn, a massive square structure with a thick layer of wall that was built to protect the city from the Russians. The views from the top are incredible, and the fortress is also worth visiting if you’re into history and architecture

St. Olaf’s Church

Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia
Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia

Afterward, walk back up to the Viru Gates, and then walk through them and continue on to the St. Olaf’s Church. The church was built in medieval times, but it was reconstructed in a gothic style in the 18th century. It’s the city’s landmark, and the interior is beautiful, so make sure you go inside and take in the atmosphere. You can also take a free walking tour of the church, but if you have time to kill, you can also climb the tower for a great view of the entire city.

Why not try the Food Tour of Tallin?

If you are in Estonia and you have not tried to famous Estonian Dishes then you might wanna take the Food Tour of Tallinn.

If you have more time, you can also take a food tour of Tallinn, which is a more hands-on way to see the city. There are a number of food tour companies in town, and most of them will take you to different parts of the city and give you a guided tour.

I recommend using Tallinn Food Tours, which is run by a really fun Australian couple. They’ll show you a different part of the city each time they visit, and they make the experience really interesting.

Why not also try Beer Tasting Tour?

Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia
Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia

There are many places to sample the best of Estonian craft beer. Some of the best include Nõmme Brewing Co., which has a unique sour beer named Aftertaste. They have a small selection of saisons as well, so if you’re a lover of sour beer, you’ll have a great time here. They also have a strong porter, which is almost a cross between a stout and a porter, and it’s a good drink

Try Gravity Escape Room Experience

Top Things to in Tallinn Estonia
Top Things to in Tallinn Estonia – Image Source – Getyourguide

Wind down the day with a game of “Gravity Escape Room Experience”, an immersive activity located at the top of the city. The escape room is about an hour and a half long, and it’s a really fun way to experience the city and try to work together with your group to solve the puzzles and escape the room before time runs out.

The escape room is unique in that it’s the only one in Europe, so it’s quite a unique experience. You can also take advantage of the cheaper ticket deals that they have during the week, which include entry to the escape room and a free drink as a welcome drink.

Take the day tour Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Submerged Quarry

Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia
Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia – Image Source GetYourGuide

Head back to the coast and take a walk along the rocks, stopping to check out the sea caves and tide pools. If you have more time, consider doing a day tour to the Rummu Suberged Quarry, which is an abandoned quarry that was turned into a nature preserve.

The tour takes you to the top of the cliff, where you can look down at the quarry and see the rock formations, and then you get to go inside the cave and see the sea life. It’s a really fun tour with a lot of great facts about the area, and the best part is that it’s included in the price of your ticket to Tallinn.

Take the Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Top Things to do in Tallinn Estonia – Sunset Dinner Cruise – Image Source

If you have more time, you can also do a dinner cruise along the river. The sunset dinner cruise is the most fun way to see the city, as you travel along the river between the old and new city, watching the lights come on and the sun go down.

You also get to stop at various lookout points, which is great if you have a camera. The dinner cruise lasts around 2.5 hours, and the food is included, which is a good way to get in your required eating for the day.

That was our list of top things to do in Tallinn Estonia so enjoy your time exploring this beautiful city.

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