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Welcome to Tallinn Bicycle Tour
A chance to find out all there is to know about Tallinn sightseeing in this comprehensive bike tour lasting approximately two hours. The tour guide will show you the best spots for a souvenir picture, share stories and anecdotes and introduce you to popular landmarks.
Kalamaja Bike Tour and Market Visit
Located northwest of the city centre of Tallinn and directly by the sea, the former fishing village of Kalamaja grew in importance during the late 19th century. Back then, many factories were constructed, while wooden townhouses were built to accommodate the workers' families. Nowadays, the district is considered a vibrant hotspot thanks to an ever-improving collection of bars and art galleries. On this guided tour, you'll cycle through Kalamaja and stop at important sights such as the Seaplane Harbour and the Patarei Prison. You'll also get the chance to see Telliskivi Creative City, and stroll through the Balti Jaam Market as your guide shares entertaining stories about life in Kalamaja.
Hop-on Hop-off Red Bus Pass
This sightseeing bus ride gives you the freedom to explore the city sights at your leisure. Hop on and off at a variety of landmarks including the Old Town, Kadriorg Palace and Seaplane Harbour. An on-board commentary is available and provides information about all of the locations.
Naissaar Island Cruise
Departing from Lennusadam in Tallinn on MS Katharina, this 60-minute scenic voyage on the Norwegian-built ferry will give you an opportunity to enjoy views of Naissaar and take photos. Beautiful sights along the way include Katharina Keys, Bald Island and the Midshallows lighthouse. Morning coffee is served on the trip. You will then step off the ferry and hop on an army vehicle for an exploration tour of the island. If that is not your thing, you can choose a self guided tour of the island with the aid of a printed map with important information about the area. Next, a 1.5 km hike in the woods awaits you to bring the exhilarating tour to a close.
Hop-on Hop-off Tour
This tour of Tallinn will let you explore the city at your own pace. You can hop on one of the open deck buses, and hop off at any of the 18 stops on the route. There are three different routes on this tour which will take you to some of the best attractions the city has to offer.
Tallinn Bay Evening Cruise
Depart from the historic Seaplane Harbour and begin your cruise around the Bay of Tallinn. Admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers, the historic shoreline and fancy cruise ships in the port as you learn about Tallinn's maritime history. The navigation bridge is open to visitors and souvenir pictures can be taken there. The package includes seating in the indoor II Class saloon on the first deck or on the optional sundeck. Receive an Illustrated Tallinn Bay tour map created by artist Kristjan Luiga. The bar and souvenir stand will be open.
Tallinn Bay Sunset Dinner Cruise
A floating tour on the old cruiser 'Katharina' is the best way to admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers. You will learn about Tallinn's maritime history as well as admiring the picturesque shoreline and boats in the port. The navigation bridge will be open to visitors, and souvenir pictures can be taken there. Your trip begins at the historic Seaplane Harbour where you will be taken to the Bay of Tallinn. Complete with seating both inside and outside, the ship has three saloons, seating a maximum of 200 guests at a time. It also boasts two sundecks, a seminar room, a bar and a restaurant. Your tour includes a welcome drink, a buffet dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, an illustrated tour map and a souvenir photo session on the captain's bridge.
Legends of Tallinn Evening Walking Tour
A guide dressed as a monk will tell you all the eerie legends surrounding Tallinn on this evening walking tour. They will light the way with a torch and take you to mysterious places in the city centre. At each stop, you’ll hear stories about famous merchants and learn about the ghosts said to inhabit the Danish King’s Garden, Virgin’s Tower and Short Leg Gate Tower.
City Bus and Walking Tour
Discover Tallinn’s most famous attractions by bus and foot during this tour. During the bus portion, you’ll drive around Old Town to see the towers of the medieval wall, Toompea Castle and the wooden architecture the city is famous for. Afterwards, you’ll walk through Upper Tower to discover iconic landmarks like the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Estonian parliament buildings. This district is also home to a few viewing platforms so bring your camera if you want to capture beautiful panoramic photos. In Lower Town, you’ll visit a merchant’s house from medieval times, St. Olaf’s Church and the Town Hall Square which houses the oldest working pharmacy on the globe. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable guide will share lots of interesting stories about the city and answer questions like why Tallinn was founded in this location and how come there are so many churches in the city.
Estonian Spirit Tasting
This 90-minute tour looks at Tallinn’s history of alcohol production and gives you a chance to sample traditional liqueurs. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to historic places in the old town and, along the way, they will tell you how locals have brewed beer over the centuries and how Estonia liqueurs were created. After your walk, you’ll head to a cosy restaurant for a guided tasting of Vana Tallinn, Kannu Kukk, Kiiu Torn and other local spirits. Bottles will be available for purchase if you want to take some home as a souvenir.
Estonian Museum of Natural History
Nature lovers of all ages will be kept entertained at this museum, which explores the natural history of Estonia through several fascinating exhibitions. Highlights include ‘The Secrets of Ancient Sea’, which explores the evolution of the Estonian seabed over half a billion years, and ‘Our Baltic Sea’, which reflects on the connection between humans and marine life in the Baltic Sea today. This Estonian Mires exhibition gives an insight into the biodiversity of the country's wetlands.
Estonian Open Air Museum
Located on the outskirts of Tallinn, the Estonian Open Air Museum presents an overview of rural architecture and village life in Estonia. The museum features recreations of typical farms from the 18th-20th centuries, which aim to reflect the lives of families of different incomes and social classes during this time.
Energy Discovery Centre
Featuring daily planetarium screenings, electricity demonstrations and over 100 interactive exhibits, the Energy Discovery Centre offers fun for the entire family. You'll learn all about energy production, sound and light at this popular attraction. Permanent exhibitions include the 'Story of Electricity' and 'Sound and Light', and you'll also get the chance to watch interesting films in the Planetarium. Hair-raising demonstrations with static electricity, as well as the opportunity to see a lightning demonstration are also among the exhibits at this captivating science centre.
Tallinn TV Tower
The Tallinn TV Tower is Estonia’s highest building, reaching 314 metres. Inside, you can visit an interactive exhibition about Estonian achievements, watch a film, and test your news-reading skills on camera. You can also visit the 175-metre-high observation deck, and see a spectacular 360-degree view of Tallinn.
Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood
This museum provides an introduction to historical Orders of Knighthood in Europe. Inside, you'll find a wide selection of pieces including beautifully crafted badges, stars, collars and other insignia. Highlights include the Order of the Garter and Peter the Great's badge of the Order of the White Eagle. Adults can enjoy the exhibition while children join an adventurous quest discovering orders of knighthood in a fun and exciting way.
Multimedia Art Show Monet2Klimt
Situated in the heart of the Old Town, this innovative art exhibition features over 140 works by the likes of Monet, Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt. All paintings are animated and projected onto giant walls with a 360-degree aspect, while music and sound effects play to enhance the experience.
KGB Prison Cells
Once the most feared and infamous prisons in the world, the basement of 1 Pagari Street is now open to the public. The cells housed a large number of politicians, civil servants and intellectuals. You'll be able to explore many areas including various corridors and holding areas.
Museum of Occupations and Freedom Vabamu
This museum explores the notions of occupation, resistance, restoration and freedom, all in the context of Estonia’s fight for independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The modern permanent exhibition offers activities suited to visitors of all ages, and there is a special exhibition targeted at children, providing memorable activities and excitement for the whole family.
Seaplane Harbour Ticket with Audio Guide
The Estonian Maritime Museum is the national institution for collecting, preserving, studying and presenting objects associated with Estonian maritime culture. Its most popular exhibition is inside the seaplane hangars, which house several maritime vessels, from salvaged warships and a steam-powered icebreaker, to seaplanes and the EML Lembit, a genuine Kalev-class submarine.
Tallinn City Museum
The Tallinn City Museum encompasses ten sites in all around the city, but the main site is located in the Old Town, in a medieval merchant´s house boasting a history that goes back to the 14th century. The permanent display presents Tallinn’s history from its founding to the re-establishment of Estonian independence in 1991. The cellar houses a porcelain and faience collection. Significant collections of historic ceramics, copper, brass and pewter are open to the public.
Tallinn Old Town
0.3 miles from city centre
Time stood still in “Old Town”. The Hanseatic houses are a painter’s palette of clovers and dusky pinks, inhabited by wealthy families. Stroll the streets, then check out the Health Museum on Lai Street. Stop by the Olde Hansa bar on Vana Turg 1, which is as medieval as you can get – beers in terracotta flagons and waiters with curly-toed shoes!
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4.2 miles from city centre
Relax in nature. Pirita is a wealthy residential area comprised of elegant villas and large houses. It's flanked by natural forest reserves, great for hikes through the pine trees and glades. You'll also find the substantial 15th-century ruins of St. Bridget's Convent, half-destroyed during the reign of Ivan the Terrible.
Places to stay from £31 per night
4.3 miles from city centre
Hurrah! Haabersti is an upmarket residential district that's lovely for leisure-seekers. It's the location of the peaceful Kakumäe Area. Visit the beach to fish or swim, then dine at Restaurant Lucca or Kapten Flint, a gastronomy pub surrounded by nature. It's also in close proximity to the Rocco al Mare Mall on Paldiski Road 102.
Places to stay from £32 per night
1.2 miles from city centre
Põhja-Tallinn is a quiet suburban enclave. There's a mix of Soviet-era buildings and new-builds, inhabited primarily by young families. It's in close proximity to Stroomi and Pikakari Beach, both perfect for picnics. Pick up supplies at the large Stroomi Keskus Mall, or a quick snack at Ristikheina Kohvik, a great little cafe.
Places to stay from £11 per night
1.8 miles from city centre
Kristiine is a quiet suburban area. Its quaint side streets are lined with wooden apartment blocks. It holds at least one big surprise in the form of Kristiine Keskus OÜ, which is Tallinn’s largest shopping centre. Shop at its plethora of fashion-related shops, or try the Antalya Tavern on Nomme Tee 7 for top Azerbaijani and Turkish food.
Places to stay from £27 per night
3.5 miles from city centre
If you are interested in late Soviet architecture, this is the place to be. The quiet streets of Mustamäe are lined with block-style houses, apartments and local restaurants – try Pirosmani on Uliopilaste Tee 1 for amazing Georgian cuisine. It’s also home to the delightful Männi Park, which has a children’s play area and scenic walks.
Places to stay from £33 per night
4.8 miles from city centre
Residential, relaxed and in close proximity to nature. Other than people buying foodstuffs at Nõmme Market on Turu 6, this quiet residential neighbourhood is seldom busy. However, there are some great sports bars and restaurants in the area, like Diner on Vabaduse Street that’s known for its hearty burgers.
Places to stay from £10 per night
Rocca al Mare
4.3 miles from city centre
Charmingly quaint. This residential area is home to many wealthy young professionals. It’s filled with places to cycle, shop and work out. Most visitors are drawn to the Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum, a historic village that replicates the felling of "Old Estonia". It also has its fair share of fabulous taverns, like the Rocca Al Mare Grill.
Places to stay from £40 per night
In the city centre
As "big city" as this little city gets! This is the main commercial centre of Tallinn, filled with places to eat, shop and party. People flock to the Viru Centre for midmarket brands like Sephora and Armani Jeans, or drain into the Coca-Cola Plaza Cinema. Check out Klaus Cafe near the seafront for a true-blue English breakfast.
Places to stay from £7 per night
0.7 miles from city centre
Kalamaja is slowly gentrifying. Its undesirable denizens have been replaced with happy hipsters and fancy urbanites. However, some things remain the same – dodge the bell-jingling cyclists en route to Boheem for top-notch morning nosh, walk around Kalamaja Park, or pop into the Gustav Cake Shop on Estonia Pst. 9 for divine pastries.
Places to stay from £12 per night
History and innovation blend seamlessly in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia and one of the busiest ports of the Baltic Sea. Vanalinn, its UNESCO-listed old town, is hemmed in by a remarkably well-preserved medieval city wall, which includes no fewer than 26 defence towers. Most sightseers head to Patkuli viewing platform for sweeping vistas of the walls and the Gothic churches they contain. Among the most notable of these is Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, perched atop Toompea Hill.
On closer inspection, you’ll discover Vanalinn’s cobbled streets are lined with museums, galleries and craft stores selling everything from Baltic knitwear to the region’s famous amber jewellery.
Yet, despite this medieval feel, Tallinn is also regarded as one of Europe’s leading tech and start-up hubs. Lots of new enterprises open here, drawing on the pool of talent from the likes of Tallinn’s University of Technology. The modern city centre bustles with high-speed internet cafés and lively bars and clubs.
Tallinn’s approach to gastronomy is just as dynamic, with a range of both international and traditional restaurants to choose from in picturesque Raekoja Plats. In summer and spring, indulge in a bowl of wild berries and currents, while winter is a time to savour hearty fare like wild mushroom soup served with a hunk of black bread.
Set by the sea, Tallinn’s sandy beaches are also popular with locals and visitors alike during summer.
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|Most popular time to visit||June–August|
|Cheapest time to visit||February–April|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.90|
|Average weekend price||£64 per night|
|Average weekday price||£67 per night|
|Typical stay||1 night|
Lovely old inner city, a country with an exciting history, good food, friendly people. It's great to visit a country that due to the determination of its people (and EU money) is a success. From poverty during the Soviet regime to a modern, well-educated population. Everything works, the infrastructure is excellent, and all Estonians speak a very good English. Estonia has become very Nordic, the only exotic feature is the language. The price level is also Nordic …
The old town is eveyything Tallinn has to offer, one of the best maintained I've been too but it's getting over priced this is my third time here and I can't see me going back . The main square is a ripoff avoid eating or drinking here.
Stay in the Old Town - it is so beautiful, lively and historic. So much to do, look at and explore, bring your flat walking shoes as you will climb towers and walls and the cobble stone streets are uneven.
Stayed in Tallinn for one night (2 days) en route to a conference in Tartu. Really beautiful city with good food and lots to see. Most of teh sights are located within the old town, which is compact and you can see most things inside a couple of days. Good local food is everywhere, so if you like wild boar, Elk etc then there is plenty to try.
Although limited for time my experience of Tallinn was very positive. Weather was great as was the food and drink and very reasonably priced. The old town was small but quaint and very easy to get around as indeed was the transport system. I was there with a friend to watch football but have told my partner all about my experiences there and will definitely consider returning,with her, in the near future
Historic city was lovely and eating out reasonably priced. Very clean and heard the most wonderful busker playing violin outside oldest tea shop in Tallinn. Lovely way of informing people about the buildings set in the glass frames,
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