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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 499 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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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

"Oldest pharmacy in Europe "

4.5

April 17, 2019, by 112kjetilp

Good service and advice. Nice building in Tallin old city, close to town hall. I reccomend to pay them a visit. Read more

"Shop and gaze"

4.5

April 1, 2019, by Heli P

Business is as usual in the ancient pharmacy which has been open continuously from the 15th century in the same place by the Raekoja square. Besides remedies for everyday ailments you can buy... Read more

"Kevin & Jane pharmacy visit"

4.5

March 25, 2019, by 997kevins

Very impressive given that the pharmacy has been in the same place since 1442! It still operates to this day and along side the shop are a number of historical exhibits and records which we found... Read more

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