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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 4491 reviews

Location (map)

Raekoja plats, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

4.7km

Harbour

1.8km

Train station

0.60km

Bus station

3.30km

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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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The walkways from the side of Vanaturu kael have gentle slopes. There is a steep curb (15 cm) from the side of Kullassepa Street to the Town Hall. No obstacles exist on the side of Voorimehe Street. You can get off the right-hand walkway of Kinga Street at the end of Voorimehe Street. Coming from Mündi Street, the left-hand curb is steep; you can get off the walkway at the end of Saiakangi Street. The rise is steep from the side of Apteegi Street; you can get off the walkway at the entrance to Saiakang. Accessible toilet: in the restaurant Troika

Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

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Picturesque Town Hall Square has been the undisputed hub of Old Town for the last eight centuries.

Surrounded by elaborate merchant houses and, in summer, packed with café tables, it's a natural magnet for tourists.

Historically it served as a market and meeting place, and was the site of at least one execution (resulting from a dispute over a bad omelette). Find the round stone marked with a compass rose in the middle of the square. From this spot, with a little stretching and bending, you can see the tops all five of Old Town's spires.

Today, the square remains the social heart of the city, a venue for open-air concerts, handicraft fairs and medieval markets. Each winter it's home to the town's Christmas tree – a tradition that stretches back to 1441 – and a buzzing Christmas Market. In spring it hosts the Old Town Days festival, a modern version of a medieval carnival, where traditions from the Middle Ages are kept alive.

Notable buildings around the square include the Town Hall with its tower and the Town Hall Pharmacy.

Take a virtual tour of Town Hall Square.

Location (map)

Raekoja plats, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

4.7km

Harbour

1.8km

Train station

0.60km

Bus station

3.30km

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

The walkways from the side of Vanaturu kael have gentle slopes. There is a steep curb (15 cm) from the side of Kullassepa Street to the Town Hall. No obstacles exist on the side of Voorimehe Street. You can get off the right-hand walkway of Kinga Street at the end of Voorimehe Street. Coming from Mündi Street, the left-hand curb is steep; you can get off the walkway at the end of Saiakangi Street. The rise is steep from the side of Apteegi Street; you can get off the walkway at the entrance to Saiakang. Accessible toilet: in the restaurant Troika

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"The very heart of the Old Town"

4.5

June 23, 2019, by GeysirGal

This is the original market square, for which it is still used today - where you can people watch and buy a variety of different goods. Always bustling and always full of life, it forms the very... Read more

"historic square with interesting shops"

4.5

June 20, 2019, by Luv2TravelFarNWide

This was the original marketplace square in medieval times. Now its still a popular spot for markets, festivals, concerts and more. The square is surrounded with medieval buildings now containing a... Read more

"Lots to see at the square"

4.5

June 20, 2019, by palawanismyhome

One could easily spend an hour here, sitting at a cafe watching the activites. Besides the town hall there are many restaurants, the oldest pharmacy in the country and some wonderful architecture... Read more

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