Attractions & museums

    Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

    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 with its tower and the Town Hall Pharmacy.


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    • Charming

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      June 19, 2020 By Mark_Dornoch

      Tallinn must be the best preserved example of a medieval city, certainly in Northern Europe, even though the Russians did consider demolishing it. The city is well preserved with some stunning... Read more comments

    • Old City Main Square

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      May 23, 2020 By niksk001

      Plats, located next to Tallinn's City Hall, is the main square of the Old City. It is a very lively place to visit (there are quite a few interesting historical building) and get a quick bite from... Read more comments

    • Beautiful old town

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      March 15, 2020 By Ksy54321

      Tallinn's Town Hall Square is the “heart” of the Old Town - spacious, but at the same time cozy in the frame of its fabulous colorful houses and paved with ancient cobblestones, it witnessed the long... Read more comments