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Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 755 reviews

Location (map)

Viru tn, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

4.5km

Harbour

1.5km

Train station

0.90km

Bus station

3.20km

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Accessibility

Fully accessible
  • no step
  • treshold up to 2,5 cm
  • ramp gradient max 10%
  • doors width at least 70 cm

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A cobblestone roadway may make access difficult for the smaller front wheels of manual wheelchairs. There are steep curbstones outside the town wall.

This pair of picturesque, ivy-covered towers at the entrance to Viru Street is often the first glimpse visitors get of Old Town. 

Anyone passing between them couldn't be blamed for thinking they've left the 21st century behind and landed smack in the middle of the 18th.

The towers are actually only the foregates of what was a much more complex gate system built in the 14th century. It included a large, square tower that stood father back along the street, close to where the city wall can be seen.

Most of the gate was pulled down in the 1880s to make room for traffic, but these two towers remained and have since become a symbol of the town.



Location (map)

Viru tn, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

4.5km

Harbour

1.5km

Train station

0.90km

Bus station

3.20km

Contact

Information

More

Accessibility

Fully accessible
  • no step
  • treshold up to 2,5 cm
  • ramp gradient max 10%
  • doors width at least 70 cm

More

A cobblestone roadway may make access difficult for the smaller front wheels of manual wheelchairs. There are steep curbstones outside the town wall.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Where the old meets the new"

4.5

September 17, 2019, by JDSor

Viru gates are a fairly impressive remnant of the old city wall in Tallinn, the sort you rarely see standing around in the heart of a continually evolving city. The contrast is rather a stark one... Read more

"Iconic gates for an iconic moment"

4.5

September 17, 2019, by Mark O

These gates will always have a very special place in my heart, I ran the marathon in Tallinn last weekend and the finish was right through these gates securing a PB to much of my surprise. Read more

"Very nice entrance to Old Town."

4.5

September 15, 2019, by inglistw

These Gates will feature in many a holiday snap. An interesting and historic set of buildings at the entrance to the Old Town. Read more

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