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4.0

based on 106 reviews

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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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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

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Distance from:

Airport

6.8km

Harbour

2.8km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

3.30km

Contact

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Large squae that commemorates the freedom of a nation"

4.0

June 29, 2019, by GeysirGal

This large square just outside the old town which is home to the freedom monument is one of huge national importance. It presents a large open space with St Johns Church at one end and the freedom... Read more

"Large square of historic significance"

4.0

June 20, 2019, by Luv2TravelFarNWide

Freedom Square is a large open space with St Johns church on one side and a War of Independence monument on the other. The monument is not a cross, it does not have a religious significance. It is... Read more

"A famous meeting point"

4.0

June 20, 2019, by palawanismyhome

Freedom Square used to be known as the Haymarket, Peters Square, Victory Square until it adopted its present day name in 1989. By the square is the monument to the War of Independence. There are... Read more

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