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Tallinn Card recommends – where to go and what to do in Tallinn

Tallinn Card is an all-in-one sightseeing card that grants you free entrance to top 40 museums and sights, a free ride with public transport, discounts for tours, entertainment, restaurants and stores. Here you will find monthly recommendations by the Tallinn Card team for exciting attractions and activities.

In June, exciting activities abound for all tastes. In the Old Town, you can visit events and exhibits that celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first time the city of Tallinn was mentioned. You can also visit the medieval towers along the city walls, where you can take in the gorgeous views and also see interesting exhibitions. In Rocca al Mare, the Estonian Open Air Museum awaits guests to come see village life in Estonia throughout history and participate in the grand summer solstice celebration. For music lovers, the stage of the Estonian National Opera has some real pearls to offer, while those who would like to get away from the bustle of the city, take in some air by the sea and discover exciting places can hop on the Sunline historical cruiser Katharina. 

Photo by: Krõõt Tarkmeel

Free with the Tallinn Card:

Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum

The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum joins the Kiek in de Kök artillery tower, the underground bastion passages with the Carved Stone Museum, as well as the Maiden’s Tower, the Stable Tower and Gate Tower into one museum complex that offers a unique visiting experience. Every building and installation tells its own story and shows the history of Tallinn from its own perspective. 
This year the museum will organise several exhibitions and events to celebrate Tallinn being mentioned for the first time 800 years ago. On 15 June in cooperation between the Kiek in de Kök fortifications museum and the Danish history museum Frederiksborg, the exhibition “Dannebrog and Estonia 1219-2019” will be opened. The exhibition will give an overview of the events leading up to the Lindanise battle, the battle itself, as well as the period of Danish rule in Estonia (1219-1227, 1238-1346), as well as the crowned heads of the Danish state during those periods. On 15 June, the family festival “Dannebrog 800 and Estonian flag 135” will take place on the Freedom Square.

St. Olav’s Church and Tower 

The viewing platform of the St. Olav’s Church is definitely one of the places in the Old Town which visitors have to go to. The 159-metre high gothic church was supposedly the tallest building in the world until 1625. It is definitely worth taking the 232 steps to the tower’s viewing platform to enjoy the views from the top of both Tallinn Old Town and the Gulf of Tallinn.

Hellemann Tower and Town Wall

Much to the delight of all fans of medieval towers, the Hellemann Tower and town wall section near the Viru Gates have been opened once more. The defence tower that dates back to the 14th century has later been used as a prison, for ammunition storage and as a café. At the moment, visitors can access a nearly 200 metre defence passage in the Hellemann Tower at the end of Müürivahe Street. The passage joins the Hellemann Tower with the Tower behind Monks.

Tallinn Town Wall: Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala towers

Visitors to the city can also walk along the town wall at the other end of the Old Town – near the Baltic Station along a section that joins the Nun’s, Sauna and Golden Leg Towers. The top of the wall has wonderful views of the Old Town and Toompea. 

Epping Tower

Dating back to the 15th century, the Epping Tower includes an exhibition about the development of the Tallinn fortifications. There you’ll have a chance to try on chain mail shirts and armour, handle medieval weapons and make your own copy of the first coin of Tallinn. Exciting interactive exhibits on the sixth floor of the Epping Tower are interesting for visitors of all ages. 

Estonian Open Air Museum

The Estonian Open Air Museum is like a peculiar village within the borders of Tallinn. There you can see nearly 80 buildings: farmhouses from 18-20th centuries, a wooden chapel, a village schoolhouse, a shop and windmills. Fun entertainment options also include horse and cart rides and meals at the farmers’ inn, where you can try traditional Estonian foods. 
On the evening of 23 June, the Estonian Open Air Museum will hold its traditional summer solstice party. Throughout the night, bonfires will be lit, musicians will play, folk dancers will dance, village swings will be full of revellers and old time games will be played. With the Tallinn Card, access to the event is free of charge!

Discounts with the Tallinn Card:

Estonian National Opera

This summer, the Estonian National Opera has a real treat in store. On 24 May, the world famous musical West Side Story will premiere on its stage. When it first premiered in 1957, it changed the face of musical theatre with its unforgettable music and powerful choreography. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and set in 1950s New York amongst rivalling teen gangs, the musical was the first in the history of musicals to tackle social topics. This summer, two sets of casts including the best musical singers from Estonia and abroad will take the stage in Estonia, with performances in Estonian as well as in English. You'll get 15% discount with Tallinn Card on purchase of one same-day ticket!

Sunlines cruises and excursions

This summer, Sunlines offers many exciting trips and excursions on the sea. You’ll have a chance to admire Tallinn’s wonderful skyline during the 2 hour cruise along the Tallinn coast. Make your evening more memorable on a dinner cruise, where you can enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful panoramic views and the fresh sea air. For those interested in a longer voyage on the sea, Sunline offers a trip to Naissaare. Make the trip even more exciting with a themed tour: a tour to Naissaar Lighthouse and Imperial underground tunnels or a Naissaar Soviet Military and Coastal Folk Heritage Tour. The trip to Naissaare over the sea takes an hour, and if you choose a tour with your cruise, in addition to visiting interesting places, you will also get a memorable ride on a military vehicle and a lunchtime meal. All trips include the opportunity to visit the captain’s deck on the historical cruiser Katharina, and onboard you will also find a bar and a souvenir shop. With the Tallinn Card, your discount on a cruise can be up to 50% (depending on the package deal you selected). 

This should give you days worth of activities on your visit to Tallinn, but remember to check out all Tallinn Card offers!

Regardless of when you are coming to Tallinn, remember to buy your own Tallinn Card from our online shop!