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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 559 reviews

Location (map)

Raekoja plats 11, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

4.8km

Harbour

1.8km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

2.90km

Open/ Available

Mon-Sat 10-18

Contact

revalirae@apotheka.ee

+372 5887 5701

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Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy)

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Open since 1422, this curious little shop on Town Hall Square is in fact the oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe.

Ten generations of the same family, the Burcharts, operated it from1581 to 1911. It was so famous in its day that the Russian tsar used to order medicines from here.

Remedies sold at the pharmacy in medieval times included snakeskin potion, mummy juice and powdered unicorn horn (for male potency). But this was also a place to buy everyday items like jam, tea, claret, gunpowder and, most importantly, marzipan. Marzipan was one of the pharmacy's best sellers, one that local legend insists was actually invented as a curative here in the 15th century.

The historic site still operates as a pharmacy today, selling modern products, but its side room houses an interesting display of 17th- to 20th-century medicinal bric-a-brac.

Location (map)

Raekoja plats 11, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

4.8km

Harbour

1.8km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

2.90km

Open/ Available

Mon-Sat 10-18

Contact

revalirae@apotheka.ee

+372 5887 5701

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

No accessibility
  • accessibility is restricted
  • object is located on the second or higher floor, only steps for access
  • more than one person's help is needed for accessibility
10
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Fascinating and free"

4.5

September 17, 2019, by Ian C

Dating back to the 15th century, this is the oldest continually-operating pharmacy in Europe. The first space is an operating pharmacy, while the second is the historic space with old jars... Read more

"Oldest pharmacy in Europe"

4.5

September 16, 2019, by C L

The Town Hall Pharmacy, located in Town Hall Square, is a great (free) attraction to stop at. This is a functioning pharmacy, but houses a mini-museum that displays historical equipment and... Read more

"Really interesting displays - simply too crowded"

4.5

September 12, 2019, by Roadrunner32

The pharmacy would probably warrant an extra star if wed stopped by after the cruise ship crunch. As it was, the displays are a lot of fun to look at - though more and better descriptions would be... Read more

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