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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 605 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
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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

"Very interesting"

4.5

February 12, 2020, by radoslavd171

Very interesting place combining working pharmacy and museum with many historic items, showing how the pharmacy and medication evolved over the centuries. Read more

"One of the older still-operating pharmacies, oldest in Tallin..."

4.5

December 17, 2019, by jenesairie

That honor of the oldest still-operating goes to Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy (since 1221) in Florence, Italy. Anyway this old Pharmacy (Raeapteek, since early 15th century) is one of the main... Read more

"Nothing spectacular, but simply amazing!"

4.5

December 14, 2019, by Hawk470

Tucked into one corner of Old Town Tallinn’s lovely and atmospheric main square you will find an old building like many of the others, but with an entrance plaque that for me makes all the difference... Read more

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