Things to do in Tallinn
A walk through Tallinn’s Old Town brings a heightened understanding of the rich history of the town, as well as a mysterious sense of the atmosphere of the old days: many of the houses in Tallinn Old Town are claimed to be haunted even these days and on the Town Hall Square you can still see the stones marking the location of the guillotine and torture posts.
If you wish to see the sights outside the Old Town, the most comfortable way for that is using the City Tour hop on, hop off buses that depart about 200m from theMy City Hotel in Tallinn Old Town. You can choose between three different routes.
If you stay in My City Hotel in Tallinn, you find yourself in the heart of one sight. Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its oldest walls, towers and churches date back to the 13th century. Its winding, cobbled streets lead to merchants’ houses, courtyards and handicraft stalls. The Old Town has two parts – Toompea Hill, once home to the noble families who ruled the country, and Lower Town.
There are viewing platforms in the Old Town, where you can enjoy the scenic view over the city and these are also perfect for watching the sunset. In case you get hungry while sightseeing, the Old Town offers restaurants for every taste. Pick your favourite and enjoy the medieval atmosphere in cosy surroundings. Also see the list of our recommended restaurants.
Tallinn’s Kadriorg Palace was engineered for Tsar Peter I of Russia by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. The Palace is now home to the Foreign Art Museum of Estonia, and the nearby Mikkel Museum has a collection that includes Rembrandt etchings.
The Estonian biggest art museum Kumu, which unique architecture is a sight on its own, is also located in Kadriorg park. Although it holds the biggest repository of Estonian art, the changing displays show different works of art from all over the world.
Located in Tallinn, on the seashore of Rocca al Mare. It is akin to a village, where you can see Estonian rural architecture and village life from the 18th to the 20th centuries. It is not only a historic display of medieval life, but you can experience it yourself – ride in a carriage, get acquainted with domestic animals and enjoy a picnic in the fresh air. Like in any village, there is a church, a tavern, a school, some mills, a fire station, etc. The museum’s 12 farms give an overview of how people with different economic conditions lived in the olden times. See the farm houses, wind- and watermills, listen to folk music and celebrate the holidays of Estonian folk calendar.
The permanent exposition of the Occupations Museum, which was opened in 2003, reflects developments in Estonia from 1940 to 1991, when Estonia was alternately occupied by the Soviet Union, Germany, and by the Soviet Union once more.