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Photo by: Jaan Künnap, Tallinna Linnamuuseum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 121 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

"Worth a walk through "

4.0

June 17, 2019, by manc_emm

Nice well kept garden with a good view over Tallinn that is perfect for pictures. There are also statues of faceless monks around the garden that were apparently donated by a wealthy local and have... Read more

"Cool Medieval style garden to visit"

4.0

April 5, 2019, by discoveringdest

If you like legendary places with haunting stories, this is the place in Tallinn you shouldn’t miss. Just behind Neitsitorni Museum, there is this amazing entrance for the “Short Leg Gate Tower... Read more

"Hidden garden"

4.0

February 22, 2019, by Luke-n-LauraB

Just round from the cathedral you can find the quaint grounds of the Danish Kings Garden, with some special history about it and a little museum too. There is some spooky but cool monks towering... Read more

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