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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 732 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

"Wonderful towers"

4.5

August 19, 2019, by NigelB940

Our entry point to old Tallinn these wonderful towers either side of the Viru Gate provides a wonderful introduction to the medieval city with its wonderful buildings. The flower stalls by the gate... Read more

"Entrance to a different world"

4.5

August 17, 2019, by high_low73

Our first meeting with the Old Town of Tallinn was these fairytale, ivy-covered towers at the entrance to Viru Street. They were built in the 14th century. There should be a warning telling you that... Read more

"A landmark"

4.5

July 31, 2019, by Jane N

Even if you come into the town through a different gate make sure you visit this gate. The towers are part of the old town walls and there is also a pretty flower market located there. Once through... Read more

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