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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 115 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

Restricted accessibility
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
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

Restricted accessibility
  • 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

"Quick walkthrough a special little garden"

4.0

November 7, 2018, by 7JoyceT

While the garden isnt big, theres a few special things of note in this garden. The first thing youll probably see are the towering and rather ominous looking statues of monks that look down on you... Read more

"Birthplace of a Danish King"

4.0

October 14, 2018, by GeysirGal

This is small garden not far from the Kohtuotsa viewing platform, where legend tells you a Danish King whose name I cannot pronounce was born. There is not an awful lot to see here, other than the... Read more

"Dannebrog"

4.0

September 9, 2018, by George A

This is a small garden area full of history and nice statues. The legend says that Danish flag was born here. Read more

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