Attractions & museums

    St. Olav’s Church Tower and Observation Platform

    Make the vigorous climb to the top of Tallinn's iconic, Gothic church, once the tallest building in the world. 

    Once upon a time, from 1549 to 1625 to be precise, this Gothic church was the tallest building in the World. But it’s gigantic, 159-metre spire, meant as a signpost for approaching ships, also turned out to be a very effective lightning rod. Throughout the church's history lightning hit the spire repeatedly, completely burning down the structure three times.

    Nowadays its smaller, 124-metre spire still dwarfs most of Tallinn’s buildings and remains an important symbol of the town. From April to October, visitors can make the vigorous climb to the top of the stone portion of the tower for magnificent and dizzying views of Old Town, Toompea hill and the port area.

    The church itself dates back to at least 1267 when it is thought to have served a group of Scandinavian merchants who settled in the area. Various legends insist the church got its name from either the giant or the mysterious stranger who built it, however it was in fact dedicated to King Olaf II of Norway.

    Its current shape and size were set in the 16th century. Inside are high, vaulted naves and a historicist interior design that dates to the time it was rebuilt after a fire in 1830.

    Services on Sundays at 10am and 12pm.

    Entrance to the church is free.
    Entrance to the tower is free with Tallinn Card.

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    • Climb the tower !!

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      September 15, 2022 By Southside_Travels

      Climb the tower !! 5€ admission to climb the tower Narrow winding stairs to the top but great 360° view you get when you finally get there !! Well worth the effort!!

    • In the end, it's worth it

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      August 22, 2022 By Ilias_t_t

      The stairs to go up might "kill" you. But even if the don't, they'll kill your legs. But it's worth it. The problem is if you meet someone else while going up. The view is great. You get to see the... Read more comments

    • The tower is more than it seems

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      August 11, 2022 By sillyslugs

      When I first walked in and paid the 5 euro to enter, I didn't know what I was paying for. There is an incredible, winding staircase that just keeps going. At the top, there is a wooden ladder-like... Read more comments