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Old TownTallinn

See how this commercial hub grew, with a look at its complete, preserved historic center near the trade routes of the Baltic Sea.

The Old Town of Tallinn is a UNESCO site with fascinating medieval attractions scattered among charming plazas and cobbled pedestrian areas. Much of this quaint region dates back to the 13th century, when Tallinn became a major center of commerce. Admire the range of well-preserved architectural gems in this enchanting zone.

The area comprises the lower town and Toompea, the upper town atop limestone hills. Walk through Toompea to see the initial administrative nucleus of Estonia. Learn the history of the city through visits to the Old Town’s many museums, such as the Tallinn City Museum, the Museum of Applied Art and Design and the Estonian Health Care Museum. Tallinn has an intriguing past, involving the commercial merchant guilds of the Hanseatic League and feudal lords.

Enjoy the view of the lower town, with its many church spires. Make your way through its winding medieval streets and watch people go by. Admire the medieval houses that belonged to the bourgeois elite. Among the highlights in the lower Old Town is the Tallinn Town Hall, which has a Gothic design that stands out on its namesake square.

A little northeast is the delightful St. Catherine’s Passage, a preserved cobbled lane that runs alongside the remains of its eponymous church. Take a break at one of the cafés with outdoor tables and carved studios with artisanal trinkets for sale. Browse the items on sale in the market stalls of the Wool Wall, a knitwear hub in front of the Old Town walls at the eastern end of the passage.

The historic center is accessible to the public for free at all times. Note that individual shops and restaurants have their own opening times.

The Old Town of Tallinn is a 280-acre (113-hectare) nucleus around which the city has grown. Take a tram or bus to one of the many stops along the southeastern flank of the Old Town area. Just outside this district are many landmarks, including the Tammsaare Park, St. Olaf’s Church and the Tallinn Post Office.


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Tallinn City Apartments Old Town Suites
Tallinn City Apartments Old Town Suites
3.5 out of 5
Vana Posti 7, Tallinn
The price is ¥5,100 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is steps from Tallinn Tourist Information Centre, Tallinn Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Port of Tallinn is 1 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (165 reviews)

"Perfect area to stay at Old town. Good parking lot."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Tallinn City Apartments Old Town Suites
Angleterre Apartments
Angleterre Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Mere Puiestee 8, Tallinn
The price is ¥4,636 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Rottermann Quarter, Port of Tallinn, and Town Hall Square. Tallinn Town Hall is 0.5 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (397 reviews)

"Helpful staff. Good location.good value. I will stay there again"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Angleterre Apartments
Schlössle Hotel - The Leading Hotels of the World
Schlössle Hotel - The Leading Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Pühavaimu 13/15, Tallinn
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Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Tallinn City Museum and Town Hall Square. Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Town Hall are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (476 reviews)
Great breakfast

"The hotel was nice, one of its kind in the old city of Talllinn, walkable to everywhere. Breakfast was way over my expectation for a complimentary one. It was a nice semi-buffet in the lower ground cave-liked restaurant. The staffs were very polite, and that's all. You definitely dont feel welcomed.....from ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

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Hestia Hotel Kentmanni
Hestia Hotel Kentmanni
4 out of 5
13 Kentmanni, Tallinn, Harju maakond
The price is ¥7,765 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Solaris Centre, Tallinn Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Port of Tallinn is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)
Very nice

"Nice new hotel. Need a 15min walk for the tourist spots. But quiet and good quality. Breakfast on the better side for Baltic hotels."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Hestia Hotel Kentmanni
Hestia Hotel Barons Old Town
Hestia Hotel Barons Old Town
4 out of 5
Suur Karja 7 / Väike Karja 2, Tallinn
The price is ¥5,331 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Tallinn Tourist Information Centre, Tallinn Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Port of Tallinn is 1 mi (1.5 km) away. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
Great location!

"Great location - everywhere in the old town was max 15 minutes on foot. Buffett breakfast was always well stocked with eggs, beans, bacon, sausages, meatballs and a 6th option that changed daily. We were in the annex which is across the road. Very spacious rooms with a heated bathroom floor, safe, ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

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Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark
Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark
4 out of 5
Aia 18, Tallinn
The price is ¥5,998 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in the center of Tallinn, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Russian Icon Gallery, Town Hall Square, and Tallinn Town Hall. Port ...

3.9/5Very Good! (764 reviews)
Great stay at a centrally located, modern hotel.

"The hotel was very clean and modern and the swimming pool and sauna areas were fabulous. Great forca family stay as very close to the centre of everything. Breakfast was just ok as most of the hot food was cold, however there was plenty of choice. Overall rating is very good."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark
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