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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 313 reviews

Location (map)

Narva mnt 95, Tallinn

Kadriorg

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Distance from:

Airport

5.5km

Harbour

3.80km

Train station

4.60km

Bus station

5.40km

Contact

info@lauluvaljak.ee

+372 611 2102

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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
3cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
WC / toilet for disabled users
  • wheelchair sign on WC door
  • fully accessible
  • meets international standards

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The region of the Song Festival Grounds is very suitable for moving around in a mechanical or an electric wheelchair, although the back part of the Song Festival Grounds has a steep slope of over 16%. A 10% slope of approximately 50 m must be negotiated for accessing the outdoor accessible toilet. A 5% ramp leads to the women's toilet. There is another accessible toilet under the Song Arch, but you have to ask for a key. There is parking in front of the Sea Gate (a longer journey) as well as the Oru Gate.

Tallinna lauluväljak (Song Festival Grounds)

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This sprawling event venue in Kadriorg holds a special place in Estonians' hearts as the birthplace of the Singing Revolution.

It was here in 1988 that Estonia's massive, musical demonstration against Soviet rule set the nation on its road towards re-independence.

The grounds feature an outdoor concert arena, built in 1959, a number of indoor halls, and host a multitude of large concerts and festivals through the year. Most famously the site is home to the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, an unforgettable event that takes place every five years, drawing together up to 34,000 performers and 200,000 spectators.

Next to the concert arena is the 42-metre Song Grounds Light Tower (advanced bookings required for entrance). Every Song Celebration starts with the traditional lighting of the flame atop the tower. Its staircase displays a photo exhibition on the history of the song festivals, and from its observation platform at the top, with the help of newly-installed binoculars, you'll get great views of the Old Town and ships out a sea. 

On top of the natural limestone slope sits a bronze monument to Gustav Ernesaks, Estonian composer and 'father of song'. His creations are regarded as part of the Estonian identity and can be heard on nearby standing 'singing bench'. Here one can rest for a moment, take in the beautiful views and listen to the most popular of the Song Festivals’ sounds.

The Song Festival Grounds is also home to a concrete building called the Cromatico, which is a visual representation of the chromatic – scale, i.e. all the white and black notes on a piano. This sensual and didactic sculpture takes you on a journey through the 12 half tones of the octave, allowing you to touch the art and experience how space relates to musical frequencies.

Location (map)

Narva mnt 95, Tallinn

Kadriorg

More

Distance from:

Airport

5.5km

Harbour

3.80km

Train station

4.60km

Bus station

5.40km

Contact

info@lauluvaljak.ee

+372 611 2102

Information

More

Accessibility

Fully accessible
  • no step
  • treshold up to 2,5 cm
  • ramp gradient max 10%
  • doors width at least 70 cm
3cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
WC / toilet for disabled users
  • wheelchair sign on WC door
  • fully accessible
  • meets international standards

More

The region of the Song Festival Grounds is very suitable for moving around in a mechanical or an electric wheelchair, although the back part of the Song Festival Grounds has a steep slope of over 16%. A 10% slope of approximately 50 m must be negotiated for accessing the outdoor accessible toilet. A 5% ramp leads to the women's toilet. There is another accessible toilet under the Song Arch, but you have to ask for a key. There is parking in front of the Sea Gate (a longer journey) as well as the Oru Gate.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Worth a visit"

4.0

October 13, 2019, by Michael T

The festival grounds play a big part in the history of Estonia and they are well worth a visit. Many big artists have performed here over the years. Read more

"Very Moving"

4.0

October 3, 2019, by Jennifer259

This a huge open air amphitheatre which holds great magnificence in the recent history of Estonia. I was moved to visit this place because it means so much to the Estonians and their fight for... Read more

"Interesting to learn of Estonians devotion to singing"

4.0

October 3, 2019, by KathySica

Every town and village has active choral groups and competitions, many of whom come annually to participate in All Estonian Song Festivals throughout the year. In mid-August, it was quiet. Read more

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