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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 578 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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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

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  • 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
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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

"Most interesting place in Tallinn"

4.5

November 7, 2019, by Geminican

Personally this is the most interesting place to visit in old town Tallinn for me. Its a medieval pharmacy. Free. You can take pictures. They still sell medications, active, and there are... Read more

"A functioning pharmacy and a museum"

4.5

October 15, 2019, by Gaye R

Yes, if you want to buy some pain killers and visit a museum at the same time, heres your chance. Lovely old documents to peruse about the history of the place and families that have run it. Free... Read more

"Cool old pharmacy!"

4.5

October 4, 2019, by nepatravellers

This is a cool old pharmacy located right in the main square of Old Town Tallinn. Lots of cool old pharmacy equipment and herbs and medicine like dried rat tails! Read more

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