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By  •  13.10.2017

You'll be happy to know that most of the Tallinn Card's absolute, must-see attractions are clustered together in Old Town, making them easy to fit into a tight itinerary.

There’s no better place to start than Town Hall Square, the historic heart of the city. Here you can visit the imposing, gothic Town Hall, climb its 64m tower for spectacular views of the city, then duck into the 15th-century Town Prison, now home to Town Council Prison - Museum of Photography

Tallinn’s beloved medieval churches are nearby, including the 14th-century Holy Spirit Church with its intricate, carved wood interior, Niguliste Museum (St Nicholas Church), now a museum of church art, and the gigantic, 13th-century St. Olav’s Church and Tower, once the tallest building in the world. It has its own tower to climb, for those who dare. The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church), a short climb up Toompea hill, is filled with spectacular artwork and the elaborate coats of arms of Estonia's nobility. From here it's a short walk to the view platforms that look out over the rest of Old Town.
If you have time for a history museum, the Tallinn City Museum, situated in a medieval dwelling that dates from the 14th century, is an excellent choice. The displays here show the development of the town from its very beginning to the present day. For an extensive overview of Estonian history in general, your best bet is the newly-revamped Estonian History Museum in the striking Great Guild Hall nearby.

A nearly 2km stretch of medieval Town Wall protects Old Town, as do two massive cannon towers: Kiek in de Kök houses a museum on Tallinn’s defences and serves as the gateway to the fascinating Bastion Passages and Carved Stone Museum hidden under Toompea hill, while Fat Margaret’s Tower is home to the Estonian Maritime Museum

Art-lovers should budget some time to visit the park-like Kadriorg district, home to the beautiful, baroque Kadriorg Palace- Kadriorg Art Museum and the adjacent Mikkel Museum, both dedicated to foreign art. Estonian art is on display at the nation’s newest and largest art museum, KUMU Art Museum, just up the street.

Not far from Old Town there is quiet neighbourhood Kalamaja („fish house“ in estonian). It's one of the city's so-called wooden architecture areas and home to the city's large maritime museum, the Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour)Energy Discovery Centre and Kalamaja Children´s Museum Miiamilla are perfect places for visiting with the family.

If you would like to have a quick overview of Tallinn, hop on the London-style red double-decker buses that offer Tallinn City Tours. You can choose from three lines: red line (city centre), green line (Pirita) and blue line (Rocca al Mare). Average duration is 1 hour.

Before heading back to the port, you can do a bit of shopping, and you’ll probably want to relax for a while in one of the city’s excellent restaurants and cafés

Those who want to do a little pre-visit research and get the most out of their brief time in the city should consider the Audioguide and E-book for Download, which offers a tour covering 41 top sites as well as 165-pages of colourfully illustrated text.

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