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Photo by: Kirsti Eerik

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 96 reviews

Location (map)

Vabaduse väljak, Tallinn

City Centre

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Distance from:

Airport

6.8km

Harbour

2.8km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

3.30km

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Child-friendly

 

Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square)

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This open area at the edge of Old Town is a place of national symbolism and civic pride, as well as a favourite gathering spot.

From the last days of the Tsars and through Estonia's first period of independence, Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) was a place of parades and fanfare, but fell into neglect during the Soviet and post-Soviet period. In 2009, after extensive renovation, it was restored to its former glory.

Now it's a sophisticated place to relax, filled with benches and cafés, and faced by two art galleries. Most of all this is one of best places to see evidence of the city's 1930s-era building boom, with art-deco and functionalist buildings flanking two sides of the square. The large pillar with the cross that dominates the west side of the square is one of its new features. This is the Monument to the War of Independence, commemorating Estonia's hard-fought struggle in 1918 – 1920 to free itself of foreign rule.

To get a glimpse of the square's older history, all you have to do is look down. A glass panel in the street on the northwest corner of the square reveals the foundation and stairs of the Harju Gate tower, which stood here in medieval times.

Check out a short video about Vabaduse väljak.

Visit Vabaduse väljak virtually at Tallinn's 3D application, downloadable here: 3d.tallinn.ee.

Location (map)

Vabaduse väljak, Tallinn

City Centre

More

Distance from:

Airport

6.8km

Harbour

2.8km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

3.30km

Contact

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Visit in the evening for another perspective"

4.0

November 26, 2018, by sabbymama

We walked through Freedom Square during the day on our way to Kiek in de Kok. It is a wide open space flanked by the lovely St. Johns Church and the Old Town. There is a museum below the cross... Read more

"Freedom Square"

4.0

September 9, 2018, by George A

Large open square with mainly symbolic importance. It has the monument to the War of Independence located here as well as the St. Johns Church Read more

"Birthplace of freedom"

4.0

September 3, 2018, by Zhukov

Had to visit Freedom Square as I recall back in the early 90s brave people congregating here to shake off the shackles of Russia Read more

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