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Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Photo by: Jaan Künnap, Tallinna Linnamuuseum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 161 reviews

Location (map)

Taani Kuninga aed, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

5.7km

Harbour

1.8km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.50km

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Accessibility

Semi-accessible
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12% 0m
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The walkway to the Garden of the Danish King has a slope of 12%. The pavement is uneven. Assistance is needed.

This open, garden-like area on the slopes of Toompea Hill happens to be the legendary birthplace of the Danish flag.

Nestled between the city wall and Lower Town, this relaxing spot is called the Danish King's Garden because it was supposedly here that King Valdemar II of Denmark and his troops camped before conquering Toompea in 1219.  

More importantly, a well-known legend both in Estonia and Denmark holds that the Danish flag, the Dannebrog, originated right here. According to the story, Valdemar's forces were losing their battle with the Estonians when suddenly the skies opened and a red flag with a white cross floated down from the heavens. Taking this as a holy sign, the Danes were spurred on to victory.

Today the garden remains a place where locals honour the role Denmark played in Estonia's history. Halfway down the steps towards Rüütli street you can see an iron sword and shield with a Danish cross, and each summer, Danneborg Day is celebrated here.

Location (map)

Taani Kuninga aed, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

5.7km

Harbour

1.8km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.50km

Contact

Information

More

Accessibility

Semi-accessible
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
12% 0m
Steep ramp
  • indication of gradient expressed in percent on the symbol
  • ramp lenght in meters

More

The walkway to the Garden of the Danish King has a slope of 12%. The pavement is uneven. Assistance is needed.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Unusual statues"

4.0

November 29, 2019, by Mike J

This is an interesting ancient garden where the Danes allegedly first came and conquered the locals. The enormous statues of monks are unusual and ideal for the ubiquitous selfie! Read more

"Pretty Little Garden"

4.0

November 29, 2019, by TroubledByTribbles

This is beautiful & atmospheric, with the towers, wall, parapet & statues of monks. Despite visiting three times, Ive yet to view the placard commemorating the birth of the Dannebrog. It is fairly... Read more

"Old Town"

4.0

November 18, 2019, by GrayDog2019

It is interesting and bewitching place. Figures of monks, fortress wall, ancient towers make a lasting impression. Read more

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