Tallinn Old Town, Tallinn

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Divided between a fortified upper portion and lively lower section, Tallinn Old Town, now a World Heritage Site, represents the historic heart of Estonia. Defended by imposing walls and 26 surviving watchtowers, the city is one of the best preserved in Europe. Wander the winding, cobbled streets surrounded by Hanseatic-style architecture and buildings dating from as far back as the 11th century. Climb up the steep steps to the castle-like upper town, where the city's elite once lived. You'll be rewarded with sweeping views of the city and the Gulf of Finland, accented by a multitude of church spires and towers. For the clearest panoramas, head to the viewing platforms around the edges of the walls. Arrange your visit to Tallinn Old Town and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tallinn using our Tallinn road trip site .
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  • I love Tallinn; I have visited the three Baltic cities; Riga, Vilnius, and recently Tallinn. Personally, Tallinn is one of my favorites; the town is small and compact; you can walk everywhere. We cros...  more »
  • Tallinn's old town has an unusual climate. Paved streets and cendants with well-preserved townhouses from different periods, charming Passage of St. Catherine, market square with town hall and old pharmacy, defensive walls and bastions. And a little higher - Toompea hill with castle, parliament and many embassies housed in great Hanseatic tenementhouses - palaces. The old town is really large and varied - thanks to the varied formation of the terrain, different widths of streets, many swallows, buildings from different eras, Catholic churches, evangelical churches and churches. Tourists a lot, but much less than in the well-known cities of western Europe.
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