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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 223 reviews

Location (map)

Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

6.7km

Harbour

2.8km

Train station

0.90km

Bus station

3.30km

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Restricted accessibility
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
11% 6m
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WC / toilet for disabled users
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  • fully accessible
  • meets international standards
Elevator
  • accessible for wheelchair user
  • min dimensions of the lift are: depth 140 cm, width 110 cm, door 80 cm

Perched on a limestone cliff and towering over the rest of the city, Toompea Castle has always been the seat of power in Estonia. 

Ever since the German Knights of the Sword first built a stone fortress here in 1227-29, every foreign empire that ruled Estonia used the castle as its base. Today, appropriately, it's home to Estonia's Parliament.

The castle has been revamped countless times through the centuries, but still retains the basic shape it was given in the 13th and 14th centuries. From its front, visitors can see a pink, Baroque palace dating to the time of Catherine the Great. A look at its opposite side, visible from the base of the hill, gives a much more medieval perspective.

From the Governor's Garden at the castle's southern edge, the 46-metre Pikk Hermann tower comes into view. The tower is a vital national symbol: tradition dictates that whichever nation flies its flag over Pikk Hermann also rules Estonia. Each day at sunrise the Estonian flag is raised above the tower to the tune of the national anthem.

Location (map)

Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

6.7km

Harbour

2.8km

Train station

0.90km

Bus station

3.30km

Website

Visit website

Information

More

Accessibility

Restricted accessibility
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
11% 6m
Steep ramp
  • indication of gradient expressed in percent on the symbol
  • ramp lenght in meters
WC / toilet for disabled users
  • wheelchair sign on WC door
  • fully accessible
  • meets international standards
Elevator
  • accessible for wheelchair user
  • min dimensions of the lift are: depth 140 cm, width 110 cm, door 80 cm
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Beautiful views from Toompea Hill and Castle"

4.0

April 5, 2019, by discoveringdest

The Toompea hill and Castle are located near the famous Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and it’s also 10 minutes walking distance from the Old town main square. We didn’t visit the building inside, and... Read more

"Old castle"

4.0

February 8, 2019, by thomasozbun

On top of a hill called Toompea is located the Toompea Castle Dating to the 9th century, it now features several additions and refurbishments. The oldest part, dating to the 13th century stands at... Read more

"Pink"

4.0

September 20, 2018, by AChee74

Now it is the Estonia parliament, but before it was a danish castle. The architecture was nice and it has a very nice colour.. Pink! Read more

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