Tour historical buildings, watch open-air concerts and peruse market stalls at this ancient plaza in the center of Tallinn’s Old Town.
Visit Tallinn's Town Hall Square, the social heart of the city for about eight centuries, hosting markets and serving as a meeting place. Today, it is a venue for open-air concerts, fairs and medieval markets. The picturesque plaza dates back to at least the early 14th century and is surrounded by old merchant houses and other historical buildings.
Go to Tallinn Town Hall, a 15th-century Gothic building that is open to the public during summer. Tour its four ancient floors and see the collection of art treasures, including a set of tapestries. Take the 115 steps up to the belfry of the building’s tower, 111 feet (34 meters) above the ground. If you are in Tallinn from September to June and want to explore the town hall building you will need to make an appointment.
Among the other notable buildings around the square is the Town Hall Pharmacy. This lays claim to being the oldest pharmacy in Europe that has continuously operated from the same building. Its earliest mention in town records is from the year 1422. In addition to selling modern medicines, the pharmacy presents a small exhibit of its history in a back room. Browse bottles of old remedies from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
Walk to the center of the square to see the circular stone, which is marked with a compass rose. From this point, you can view the top of the Old Town's five spires. In the summer, relax at an outdoor café table. During the winter, visit the stalls of the Christmas Market. The square also hosts a Christmas tree, a tradition that dates back to 1441. At all times of year, check local advertisements for news of markets, concerts and other events.
The Town Hall Square is located in the center of the city's Old Town, most of which is car free. Arrive on foot or by taxi or public transportation. If you want to drive, use the metered parking area nearby.