Looking for things to do in Tallinn? Below you'll find suggested itineraries for one-, two-, and three-day trips, as well as useful tips on how to save money in the city. With the Tallinn Card, you can enjoy a carefree visit to the Estonian capital while exploring its exciting sights and saving more than 60% on tickets. Tallinn Card includes access to over 40 museums and attractions in the city, as well as tours, entertainment and more. The following suggestions will help you plan your days using the Tallinn Card.
Bonus tip: You can create your own personalised travel plan using the Tallinn Card Calculator. It allows you to tote up how much you'll save by visiting different attractions with the Tallinn Card.
The fastest and most convenient way to purchase a Tallinn Card is online. You can choose between versions valid of 24, 48 or 72 hours. Please note that children 17 and under enjoy discounted prices, while two children under the age of 7 can be brought along free of charge with each adult Tallinn Card holder.
Upon purchase, you will receive your Tallinn Card ticket via e-mail with a QR code: simply show it on your mobile device or print it out. Your ticket is activated upon its first use and is valid for the selected number of hours.
Worth knowing: Public transport is the most convenient way of getting around the city, and with the Tallinn Card, you can use its buses, trams, trolleybuses and more free of charge. Ride an unlimited number of times for however long your card is valid.
Day 1: Save €15 with the 24-hour Tallinn Card
Enjoy a day in Tallinn's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned globally for its remarkable preservation. You can stroll around soaking up the medieval atmosphere and visiting its museums and attractions, which are characteristic of the area and will provide you with a good insight into the history of the Estonian capital.
The Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum, with its defensive towers and underground bastion passageways, offers a unique opportunity to discover the story of Tallinn's formation, moving along the city wall from one tower to the next. The 69-metre tower of St Mary's Cathedral on Toompea Hill, which dates back to the Middle Ages, offers magnificent views over the Old Town and out to sea. Housed in a once mighty artillery tower, the Fat Margaret Museum and Visitor Centre tells the story of Tallinn as a maritime city through a medieval shipwreck, a magnificent display of model ships and other fascinating hands-on displays. Visitors can enjoy refreshments in the tower's modern rooftop café.
The best way to end the day is to experience Tallinn's buzzing energy at Telliskivi Creative City, where you'll find one of the capital's newest museums, Fotografiska, showcasing world-class photography.
Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum
St Mary's Cathedral and tower
Fat Margaret Museum and Visitor Centre
Total price without Tallinn Card, Day 1
Price with 24h Tallinn Card, Day 1
Worth knowing: There are lots of other exciting museums in the Old Town. You might want to pick one or two more if you have time. There are some charming cafés in the Old Town, too. Both Kehrwieder Chocolaterie and the Marzipan room next to the Maiasmokk café offer Tallinn Card holders a sweet surprise.
If you fancy venturing beyond the Old Town, opt for the 48-hour Tallinn Card and explore the verdant suburbs of Pirita and Kadriorg on your second day. You can easily reach the outskirts of the city by public transport.
Tallinn’s TV Tower, the tallest building in Estonia, is now home to an experience centre offering interactive exhibits and stunning views. Additionally, the TV Tower boasts the highest elevation restaurant in the country, at which holders of the Tallinn Card receive a 10% discount. From there, continue on to Maarjamäe, once a popular upscale summer resort, now home to the Maarjamäe History Centre. The Estonian History Museum at Maarjamäe Castle takes visitors on a 100-year journey from the birth of the Republic of Estonia up to the present day. An exhibition for younger members of the family, the Children's Republic, will help little ones learn how a country is run through games. The Film Museum, located on the same grounds as the history museum, offers an introduction to the film-making process and the history of Estonian cinema.
No place in Tallinn is more romantic or has a higher density of art museums than beautiful Kadriorg Park. These are just a few options, but if you are interested in art, all are well worth a visit.
Tallinn TV Tower
Kumu Art Museum and Kadriorg Palace
Public transport in Tallinn
Total price without Tallinn Card, Days 1 & 2
Price with 48h Tallinn Card, Days 1 & 2
Worth knowing: Tallinn’s Botanic Garden is located on the banks of the Pirita River next door to the TV Tower. Also, while at Maarjamäe History Centre, you can visit the stables at Maarjamäe Castle and the sculpture park in its rear garden.
Your third day can be spent exploring Tallinn's waterfront areas. You can begin your day at Tallinn's most popular museum, the Seaplane Harbour. A modern maritime museum with a real, life-size submarine has been established inside the former seaplane hangars. The harbour behind the museum also features a number of old vessels.
Tallinn's newest and trendiest area, Port Noblessner, is just a short walk from the Seaplane Harbour. This former submarine dockyard now offers charming restaurants, shops and recreational facilities as well as a marina. The PROTO Invention Factory, located in Noblessner, lets you explore centuries-old scientific achievements and seemingly impossible prototypes using virtual-reality glasses.
The afternoon can be spent in the seaside Rocca al Mare district, on the outskirts of the city. Here you will find the Estonian Open Air Museum, which showcases Estonia’s agricultural history as well as more recent rural life. The museum is like a big village with a dozen farms, a school, a chapel, a tavern and a village shop.
PROTO Invention Factory
Estonian Open Air Museum
Tallinn public transport (the cost of a three-day ticket being €7.50)
Total price without Tallinn Card, Days 1, 2 & 3
Price with 72h Tallinn Card, Days 1, 2 & 3
Worth knowing: The Seaplane Harbour’s marina is also home to the steamer Katharina, which takes visitors on summer cruises around Tallinn Bay and to the island of Naissaar. The Tallinn Card grants you a 50% discount on tickets.
While in Rocca al Mare, in addition to the Open Air Museum, you can also visit Tallinn Zoo.