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Viru gate

Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

Viru gate

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4.5

based on 497 reviews

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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.



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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

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

"Beautiful Gates to Old Town"

4.5

February 7, 2018, by Wesley C

Like most medieval cities, Old Town Tallinn was surrounded by protective walls and towers. Luckily, large sections of Tallinns walls and towers are still standing and are very beautiful. Some of... Read more

"Main entrance to the Old Town"

4.5

January 14, 2018, by Mikael F

There are several gates through which the Old Town can be entered. Viru Gates are located on Viru Street leading from Viru Hotel to Town Hall Square. They are part of the defense system of Tallinn... Read more

"The main trade street"

4.5

January 5, 2018, by Zeituni

From the center to to Viru hotel - this is the place where you find many shops, also shopping center near the hotel. In Xmas time it was nicely decorated. Read more

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