Tallinn’s unique medieval Old Town is the perfect place to start your trip. Divided into the Lower Town and Upper Town (the hill of Toompea), the area is quite big yet still compact enough to explore on foot.
You can easily spend an entire day (or two) discovering the Old Town, but if you wish to mix it up a little, add Kalamaja to your to-do list. Situated within a walking distance from the Old Town, the area is known for its colourful wooden houses, bohemian cafés, trendy shops and the impressive Seaplane Harbour museum.
A top tip: The Tallinn Old Town is a favourite among locals and tourists alike, so if you wish to avoid the crowds during cruise season (summer), plan your visits for early in the morning or for the afternoon.
Tallinn’s Old Town
Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, the Tallinn Old Town is, according to UNESCO, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe with 1.9 km (1.2 miles) of its original city wall and 20 defensive towers still standing.
TOP three things to do in the Old Town
- Wander around the ancient cobblestone streets. In addition to the impressive medieval defence system, the area’s top sights include the only intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe, the oldest continuously operating pharmacy in Europe (since 1422), numerous churches, viewing platforms and much more. You can just walk around aimlessly, sit in one of the many cute cafés and take in the fairy-tale-like surroundings, or go for a more structured approach and try to check these top sites off your to-see list: