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Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

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Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

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4.5

based on 3676 reviews

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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

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 and the Town Hall Pharmacy.

Take a virtual tour of Town Hall Square.

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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

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Charming square"

4.5

January 15, 2018, by candybubbles

During the festive season, the square is filled with markets. Unfortunately, they are mostly selling much of the same, but it is still nice to look around, and the atmosphere is lovely. It is lined... Read more

"The heart of the Old Town"

4.5

January 14, 2018, by Mikael F

This picturesque square has been the heart of city life for eight centuries, first as a medieval market and now as a modern meeting place surrounded by merchant houses. In summer it is filled with... Read more

"Nicer in the festive season"

4.5

January 13, 2018, by AttitudeAdjuster

Over the festive season, there is a good market in the Square and of course a nice big Christmas Tree so a pleasant place to while away an hour, especially with hot Glogg! Read more

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