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Toompea Castle

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Toompea Castle

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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.

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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

"A place where time stood still"

4.0

December 26, 2017, by Sharon B

Everything about Tallinn is amazing - from the gates at the entrance to the medieval city, all the way up to Toompea at the top - its as though time stood still and should be on everyones bucket... Read more

"Suitably impressive"

4.0

November 26, 2017, by permia

The main facade is most impressive with its arches, architectural flourish at the apex and attractive colours. The Estonian flag of blue black and white was blowing softly in the light breeze. The... Read more

"Working Castle"

4.0

October 28, 2017, by Professor04

Located at the top of the hill, across the square from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, this is an impressive looking building with clean lines and Nordic-type architecture. It is very much a working... Read more

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