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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 513 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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  • 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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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

June 21, 2019, by palawanismyhome

This pharmacy has been operating since 1422 on the original premises and holds the distinction of being the oldest in Europe, if not the world. Although it still operates as a pharmacy the place is... Read more

"10 minute stop is worthwhile"

4.5

June 20, 2019, by Luv2TravelFarNWide

This pharmacy is he oldest in Europe that has continually operated in the same premises -- since 1422. The back room still contains jars of remedies sold in medieval times such as snakeskin potion... Read more

"Off the beaten path"

4.5

June 16, 2019, by ogerkan

The Raeapteek pharmacy has stood on Raekoja Plats since 1422. It has been serving customers for almost 600 years. Feels a bit like a mini-museum with the interesting artwork and artifacts. Read more

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