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Tallinn
Travel Guide

Tallinn showing a city and a sunset

Famed for its narrow, cobblestone streets and medieval monuments, Tallinn also offers parks, café culture and nightlife.

See medieval buildings, a replica 18th-century village and traditional industries such as glass-blowing in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, in northern Europe.

Tallinn’s heart is its Old Town, which is a great place to start your visit. A World Heritage Site, this area was built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Here you’ll find major Tallinn attractions, including Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Danish King’s Gardens. Go to St. Catherine’s Passage to watch glass-blowers and pottery workers in the St. Catherine’s Guild workshops. Enjoy views of the city from the castle on Toompea Hill.

The Old Town’s narrow, cobblestone streets are ideal for walking and some have become fashionable shopping areas. Among these is the street of Viru, where you can buy Vana Tallinn, a rum-based liqueur.

Tallinn’s culture is celebrated in a collection of museums. Learn about the fight for independence at the Museum of Occupations. Find Estonian classics at the KUMU Art Museum. Kids will enjoy exploring the Open Air Museum. This 197-acre (80-hectare) complex is a life-size portrayal of an 18th-century rural village.

While history and culture abound in Tallinn, the city also entertains with its cafés and nightlife. You can sample hand-crafted chocolate at Chocolats de Pierre, in the city’s oldest courtyard, or people-watch from the outdoor terraces on Town Hall Square. Beer is Tallinn’s drink of choice. Try local brews at the lively Hell Hunt pub.

To explore beyond the city center, rent a bike and take advantage of over 93 miles (150 kilometers) of bicycle lanes. The woodland park of Kadriorg is just a short ride away from the center. Check out the galleries of the Baroque palace. Peter the Great commissioned the palace for his wife. Nearby, don’t miss out on a day at Pirita, the city’s favorite beach.

Come to Tallinn in winter to experience the city’s magical Christmas markets. They offer a great opportunity to sample local food, including sauerkraut and blood sausage, and buy local arts and crafts.

Where to stay in Tallinn

U11 Hotel
U11 Hotel
3.5 out of 5
11 Uuslinna, Tallinn, Harju maakond
The price is ¥3,757 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Lasnamae, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kumu Art Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Town Hall. Town Hall Square is 2.5 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
"So clean and new. For that money, just awesome. Will come again"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

U11 Hotel
ibis Tallinn Center Hotel
ibis Tallinn Center Hotel
3 out of 5
Juhkentali 28, Tallinn
The price is ¥4,581 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Kesklinn, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tallinn Central Market, Tallinn Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Port of Tallinn is 1.6 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (139 reviews)
"Very nice place. Super friendly staff I would have appteciated a few more Tv channels in this pandemic times"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

ibis Tallinn Center Hotel
Swissotel Tallinn
Swissotel Tallinn
5 out of 5
Tornimae 3, Tallinn
The price is ¥12,119 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Kesklinn, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Estonian Firefighting Museum, Tallinn Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Port of Tallinn is ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
Absolutely will come back!
"Excellent service from front-desk, helpful with practical information. Spacious room with of wonderful view of the harbour. Had snack and enjoyed evening drinks at the Sky bar. Also had tasting enu (Tues evening) with wine and mocktails. The bartenders experienced and committed to satisfy the ..."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Swissotel Tallinn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tallinn Luxury Apartments with sauna and old town view
Tallinn Luxury Apartments with sauna and old town view
4 out of 5
Poordi 1, Tallinn, Harjumaa
Located in Old Town Tallinn, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Rottermann Quarter, Viru Keskus Shopping Centre, and Port of Tallinn. Estonian ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
9 out of 10.
"Very quiet. Specious apartment. Close transportation."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Tallinn Luxury Apartments with sauna and old town view
Furnished Room With Kitchenette. Apartament
Furnished Room With Kitchenette. Apartament
Tallinn, Harju County
The price is ¥5,284 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Kalamaja, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Balti Jamm Market, Tallinn Town Hall, and Town Hall Square. Port of Tallinn is 1 mi (1.7 ...
2.7/5 (3 reviews)
Two nights in Tallinn
"The apartment was at a perfect location, but even though the pictures make it clear that there is no window in the room, it was still a shock. So if you are a bit claustrophobic don't even think about it. It was well equipped, but very small. If you need a budget solution for a few nights close to ..."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019

Furnished Room With Kitchenette. Apartament
Pirita Beach Apartments & SPA
Pirita Beach Apartments & SPA
3 out of 5
Supluse pst 1, Tallinn
The price is ¥8,375 per night from May 16 to May 16
Nestled on the beach, this Pirita aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pirita Beach and Pirita Convent. Tallinn Botanic Garden and Estonian History Museum ...
4.1/5Very Good! (174 reviews)
"Good access to beach, balcony and pool. Pool closes somewhat early at 22:00; could management consider extending to 23:00? No large dinner plates in the apartment!"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Pirita Beach Apartments & SPA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Tallinn

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5/5 - Excellent

AK

Jan 8, 2020

A beautiful city with lovely historic architecture. I highly recommend a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 25, 2019

A must city to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Hugh

Dec 20, 2019

Attended a concert by the Nordic Symphony Orchestra. It was absolutely fabulous!

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 10, 2019

Christmas market is awesome, I can really feel the Christmas spirit.

4/5 - Good

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Oct 27, 2019

Old Town is nice as well as multiple museums and shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

Great option to stay in Old Town.

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