Activities in Tallinn
EXPLORE THE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS OF TALLINN
Over its more than 800 years, Tallinn has become a patchwork of historical districts, making a trip through the city a tour through history. You can get a glimpse of Soviet-era life; step back into medieval times in the city’s pride and joy, Old Town; and visit the Kadriorg district, which marks the years when Russian tsars controlled Estonia.
Tallinn’s many museums range from world-class history and art museums to unique attractions including a former prison, the 1st concrete shell structure and a former KGB center. If you’re planning to visit multiple museums, buying a Tallinn Card will gain you entrance to most of the city’s museums. Note that many are closed on Mondays and/or Tuesdays.
Choose from a variety of guided and self-guided tours, including specialty jaunts like ghost walks and pub crawls. Be sure to plan ahead because many tours require advance booking.
The history of Tallinn is written in its various neighborhoods, which provide snapshots of various eras. To see where the city is heading in the 21st century, stroll through the Rotermann Quarter, the national Art Museum of Estonia and Tallinn's favorite gathering spot, the commemorative Freedom Square.
Since the arrival of German Crusaders in the early 1200s, religion has heavily influenced Tallinn’s culture as seen by the number of Catholic, Lutheran, Russian Orthodox and Jewish houses of worship built throughout its history. The magnificent churches constructed in medieval times drew on the talents of the city’s best craftsmen. Many of these churches remain architectural treasures with stunning interiors.
Open green spaces dot the city, making it easy to find a peaceful patch of green or manicured park. If you prefer your outdoors with a coastal air, you can stroll along the city’s seaside promenades and beaches. Visitors arriving within a few weeks of the summer solstice (21 Jun) experience the added bonus of the White Nights, when the sun sets just before midnight and rises around 04:00, letting people enjoy the outdoors even longer.
Explore more of Estonia’s fascinating nature and history with a day trip to one of the attractions surrounding Tallinn. Choose from islands off the coast, vast national parks or charming nearby towns.