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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 221 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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  • 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

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

"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

"Toompea"

4.0

September 9, 2018, by George A

One of the most beautiful parts of Tallinn with great history and most preserved part of the old walls. For some reason there were very few tourists here. Read more

"Historically deceptive"

4.0

August 27, 2018, by Timski4u

Dating from at least the 9th Century, this has been a fort, castle, palace and is now the Estonian Parliament building with a modern soothing pink façade. Plaques nearby tell of the history. Looking... Read more

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