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
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.