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Guidebook for Tallinn

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Guidebook for Tallinn

Food Scene
R14 wine restaurant is a place for lovers of quality wine and Mediterranean cuisine. Located in the Rotermann Quarter, the restaurant has a carefully selected wine pairing to complement each of its dishes.
R14
14 Rotermanni
R14 wine restaurant is a place for lovers of quality wine and Mediterranean cuisine. Located in the Rotermann Quarter, the restaurant has a carefully selected wine pairing to complement each of its dishes.
Komeet is a simple, cosy café on the 4th floor of the Solaris Centre, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding neighbourhood while sipping a cup of coffee and eating a slice of delicious chocolate cake. Various cakes, pies, salads, snacks and hot dishes are on offer. In summer, its rooftop terrace is one of downtown Tallinn's most attractive destinations.
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Kohvik Komeet
9 Estonia pst
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Komeet is a simple, cosy café on the 4th floor of the Solaris Centre, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding neighbourhood while sipping a cup of coffee and eating a slice of delicious chocolate cake. Various cakes, pies, salads, snacks and hot dishes are on offer. In summer, its rooftop terrace is one of downtown Tallinn's most attractive destinations.
Restaurant Härg offers the best quality steaks, meat cooked on low temperature, grilled dishes, healthy salads, freshly squeezed juice, and smoothies. Live fire has an important role in their cooking process – many dishes are grilled on or in coals. The signature dish of the restaurant is the ‘dirty steak’, a steak grilled in hot coals. The wine list of restaurant Härg is long and most of the wines can be ordered a glass at a time thanks to the Coravin method. The cosy atmosphere, good music, and classy interior of the historic building promise a dining experience to remember.
Restoran Härg
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Restaurant Härg offers the best quality steaks, meat cooked on low temperature, grilled dishes, healthy salads, freshly squeezed juice, and smoothies. Live fire has an important role in their cooking process – many dishes are grilled on or in coals. The signature dish of the restaurant is the ‘dirty steak’, a steak grilled in hot coals. The wine list of restaurant Härg is long and most of the wines can be ordered a glass at a time thanks to the Coravin method. The cosy atmosphere, good music, and classy interior of the historic building promise a dining experience to remember.
Author of the restaurant's kaleidoscopic interior design is Soho Fond, whose original work is widely recognised by the local community. The historical building once accommodated one of Estonia's most loved writers Oskar Luts, who wrote here his bestseller "The Spring” (“Kevade”).
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Manna La Roosa
15 Vana-Viru
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Author of the restaurant's kaleidoscopic interior design is Soho Fond, whose original work is widely recognised by the local community. The historical building once accommodated one of Estonia's most loved writers Oskar Luts, who wrote here his bestseller "The Spring” (“Kevade”).
Parks & Nature
This vast park surrounding Kadriorg Palace is without a doubt the best place in town for relaxed strolling, pigeon feeding and life pondering. It was set up in 1718 as part of the palace estate, but has always been open to the public.
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Kadriorg Park
26 A. Weizenbergi
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This vast park surrounding Kadriorg Palace is without a doubt the best place in town for relaxed strolling, pigeon feeding and life pondering. It was set up in 1718 as part of the palace estate, but has always been open to the public.
Harjumägi – Harju gate hill - Inger bastion was until the 19th century quite difficult to reach. The Komandandi street improved access to it remarkably. Since 1887 different outdoor cafés and entertainment facilities have operated from here. Today Harjumägi offers a great view over the recently rebuilt Freedom Square, The Monument to the War of Independence was put up in 2009. The renovated Freedom Square is a popular gathering point for citizens where many different events take place.
Harjumägi
Harjumägi – Harju gate hill - Inger bastion was until the 19th century quite difficult to reach. The Komandandi street improved access to it remarkably. Since 1887 different outdoor cafés and entertainment facilities have operated from here. Today Harjumägi offers a great view over the recently rebuilt Freedom Square, The Monument to the War of Independence was put up in 2009. The renovated Freedom Square is a popular gathering point for citizens where many different events take place.
Komandandi Garden
ravel back to the rural Estonia of old in this vast, living museum filled with recreated, 18-20th century villages. The forested park comprises numerous thatched farm buildings as well as historic windmills, a wooden chapel and a village school. Staff is period costume demonstrate how people lived and worked in times past. Visitors can buy handicrafts and try out the traditional foods served in the village tavern.
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Estonian Open Air Museum
12 Vabaõhumuuseumi tee
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ravel back to the rural Estonia of old in this vast, living museum filled with recreated, 18-20th century villages. The forested park comprises numerous thatched farm buildings as well as historic windmills, a wooden chapel and a village school. Staff is period costume demonstrate how people lived and worked in times past. Visitors can buy handicrafts and try out the traditional foods served in the village tavern.
Several hiking trails starting from Hiiu forest are only a 30-minute drive away from the city centre. The easier 2 km trail and another 4 km trail take the strollers away from the city noise to enjoy nature. There is a boardwalk that runs to the observation tower, where visitors can admire the beautiful bog landscape, have a picnic or simply enjoy the weather. The hiking trails are equipped with information boards that introduce various species of flora.
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Pääsküla bog trail
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Several hiking trails starting from Hiiu forest are only a 30-minute drive away from the city centre. The easier 2 km trail and another 4 km trail take the strollers away from the city noise to enjoy nature. There is a boardwalk that runs to the observation tower, where visitors can admire the beautiful bog landscape, have a picnic or simply enjoy the weather. The hiking trails are equipped with information boards that introduce various species of flora.
Drinks & Nightlife
Chicago 1933 is an elegant and sophisticated bar-restaurant on the edge of Tallinn Old Town inspired of 1930s America. It offers an international kitchen, a bounty of drinks and a wide variety of wine. The Live music on every evening is inspired by the legendary jazz and swing era. Tobacco lovers can enjoy the luxury cigar room.
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Chicago 1933
3 Aia
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Chicago 1933 is an elegant and sophisticated bar-restaurant on the edge of Tallinn Old Town inspired of 1930s America. It offers an international kitchen, a bounty of drinks and a wide variety of wine. The Live music on every evening is inspired by the legendary jazz and swing era. Tobacco lovers can enjoy the luxury cigar room.
Nothing goes with good food like good beer, and at Beer House, you can enjoy both! This spacious restaurant-brewery just off Town Hall Square produces seven tasty varieties of natural, live beer, which visitors can enjoy with a hearty meal or buy in a bottle to take away. Live music plays every Thursday to Saturday.
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Beer House
5 Dunkri
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Nothing goes with good food like good beer, and at Beer House, you can enjoy both! This spacious restaurant-brewery just off Town Hall Square produces seven tasty varieties of natural, live beer, which visitors can enjoy with a hearty meal or buy in a bottle to take away. Live music plays every Thursday to Saturday.
Sightseeing
This is the best vantage point for viewing Tallinn's fairytale Town Wall and towers, St. Olav's Church and the harbour area. Located on the north side of Toompea hill, the platform sits visibly on a limestone cliff. On the right, the Town Wall and its defensive towers stretch off into the distance. On the left lie the city's Kalamaja and Pelgulinn areas, with the railway station as a landmark. A winding series of steps, built in 1903, leads down the cliff face to Nunne street and Shnelli Park below.
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Patkuli viewing platform
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This is the best vantage point for viewing Tallinn's fairytale Town Wall and towers, St. Olav's Church and the harbour area. Located on the north side of Toompea hill, the platform sits visibly on a limestone cliff. On the right, the Town Wall and its defensive towers stretch off into the distance. On the left lie the city's Kalamaja and Pelgulinn areas, with the railway station as a landmark. A winding series of steps, built in 1903, leads down the cliff face to Nunne street and Shnelli Park below.
Visit this portion of the wall connecting Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala towers to imagine guarding the town against medieval invaders. With 1.9km of its original city wall and 20 defensive towers wall still standing, Tallinn boasts one of Europe’s best preserved medieval fortifications. In fact, a large part of what gives Old Town its fairytale charm is the system of walls and towers that surrounds it. To get a look at the wall from the inside, head to these three towers at the northwest corner of Old Town. Here visitors can climb up and explore the towers and wall, as well as enjoy a picturesque view of the red-tiled roofs of Old Town.
Hellemann Tower and Town Wall Walkway
48 Müürivahe
Visit this portion of the wall connecting Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala towers to imagine guarding the town against medieval invaders. With 1.9km of its original city wall and 20 defensive towers wall still standing, Tallinn boasts one of Europe’s best preserved medieval fortifications. In fact, a large part of what gives Old Town its fairytale charm is the system of walls and towers that surrounds it. To get a look at the wall from the inside, head to these three towers at the northwest corner of Old Town. Here visitors can climb up and explore the towers and wall, as well as enjoy a picturesque view of the red-tiled roofs of Old Town.
Easily the most picturesque of Old Town's lanes, this half-hidden walkway runs behind what used to be St. Catherine's Church. It connects Vene street with the Müürivahe street where the town's famous knit market operates.
St. Catherine's Passage
14a Vene
Easily the most picturesque of Old Town's lanes, this half-hidden walkway runs behind what used to be St. Catherine's Church. It connects Vene street with the Müürivahe street where the town's famous knit market operates.
It was built in 1402-1404 as a meeting place for the ruling burgomeisters and has been a showpiece of the city ever since. Nowadays the Town Hall – the only intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe – is used mainly for concerts or for entertaining visiting kings or presidents
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Tallinn Town Hall
1 Raekoja plats
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It was built in 1402-1404 as a meeting place for the ruling burgomeisters and has been a showpiece of the city ever since. Nowadays the Town Hall – the only intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe – is used mainly for concerts or for entertaining visiting kings or presidents
Perched on a limestone cliff and towering over the rest of the city, Toompea Castle has always been the seat of power in Estonia. Ever since the German Knights of the Sword first built a stone fortress here in 1227-29, every foreign empire that ruled Estonia used the castle as its base. Today, appropriately, it's home to Estonia's Parliament.
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Toompea loss
1a Lossi plats
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Perched on a limestone cliff and towering over the rest of the city, Toompea Castle has always been the seat of power in Estonia. Ever since the German Knights of the Sword first built a stone fortress here in 1227-29, every foreign empire that ruled Estonia used the castle as its base. Today, appropriately, it's home to Estonia's Parliament.
Arts & Culture
Exquisite altarpieces, medieval burial slabs and other works of religious art can be seen in this 1230-era church-turned-museum. Saints, dancing skeletons and silver – not to mention the occasional organ concert – are the main attractions here. Founded by German merchant/settlers from the island of Gotland, the sturdy church was designed to double as a fortress in the days before the town wall was built. The building survived the Reformation looting of 1523, but wasn't so lucky in the 20th century when it was destroyed by World War II bombs.
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St. Nicholas' Church and Museum
3 Niguliste
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Exquisite altarpieces, medieval burial slabs and other works of religious art can be seen in this 1230-era church-turned-museum. Saints, dancing skeletons and silver – not to mention the occasional organ concert – are the main attractions here. Founded by German merchant/settlers from the island of Gotland, the sturdy church was designed to double as a fortress in the days before the town wall was built. The building survived the Reformation looting of 1523, but wasn't so lucky in the 20th century when it was destroyed by World War II bombs.
By far the nation's largest and most cutting-edge art museum, Kumu displays Estonian-created works from the 18th-21st centuries. A must-see for culture creatures, Kumu, the main building of Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia's national gallery and as a centre for contemporary art.
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Eesti Kunstimuuseum
1 Valge
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By far the nation's largest and most cutting-edge art museum, Kumu displays Estonian-created works from the 18th-21st centuries. A must-see for culture creatures, Kumu, the main building of Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia's national gallery and as a centre for contemporary art.
This grand, baroque palace built for Peter the Great in 1718 now houses the Art Museum of Estonia's foreign collection. A trip to Tallinn isn’t a trip to Tallinn without a visit to the northern Baroque palace. Designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance.
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Kadriorg Palace
37 A. Weizenbergi
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This grand, baroque palace built for Peter the Great in 1718 now houses the Art Museum of Estonia's foreign collection. A trip to Tallinn isn’t a trip to Tallinn without a visit to the northern Baroque palace. Designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance.
This museum and gallery exhibits historic forgings and tools from the 15th to 20th centuries. It is also the oldest operational smithy, or metalsmith’s workshop, in Tallinn’s Old Town. Here, you can watch a blacksmith in action and sign-up to try your hand at blacksmithing.
Kuninga sepikoda
13 Olevimägi
This museum and gallery exhibits historic forgings and tools from the 15th to 20th centuries. It is also the oldest operational smithy, or metalsmith’s workshop, in Tallinn’s Old Town. Here, you can watch a blacksmith in action and sign-up to try your hand at blacksmithing.
This majestic, historical opera house is part of the "Estonia" Theatre building, located in the very heart of Tallinn. The National Opera "Estonia" repertoire consists of classical and contemporary operas and ballets, as well as operettas, musicals and frequent shows especially for kids. The art nouveau/ neo-classical structure, designed by Finnish architects Armas Lindgren and Wivi Lönn, was the largest building in Tallinn when it first opened in 1913. The state concert agency Eesti Kontsert, is also head quartered here.
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National Opera Estonia
4 Estonia puiestee
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This majestic, historical opera house is part of the "Estonia" Theatre building, located in the very heart of Tallinn. The National Opera "Estonia" repertoire consists of classical and contemporary operas and ballets, as well as operettas, musicals and frequent shows especially for kids. The art nouveau/ neo-classical structure, designed by Finnish architects Armas Lindgren and Wivi Lönn, was the largest building in Tallinn when it first opened in 1913. The state concert agency Eesti Kontsert, is also head quartered here.
Opened in 2009, the world-class Alexela Concert Hall has truly paved the way for hosting major, international conferences in Tallinn. It is located in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the best hotels, the stunning Old Town and most essential sights. Its Grand Hall seats 1,829 guests and its 3,300 m2 of multifunctional foyers, which are distributed among five floors, can meet the most demanding needs. In addition, nine cinema rooms of varying sizes are available to serve as fully functional breakout rooms. All are connected to the concert hall, making it easy to use this modern venue for your next big event.
Nordea Kontserdimaja
9 Estonia puiestee
Opened in 2009, the world-class Alexela Concert Hall has truly paved the way for hosting major, international conferences in Tallinn. It is located in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the best hotels, the stunning Old Town and most essential sights. Its Grand Hall seats 1,829 guests and its 3,300 m2 of multifunctional foyers, which are distributed among five floors, can meet the most demanding needs. In addition, nine cinema rooms of varying sizes are available to serve as fully functional breakout rooms. All are connected to the concert hall, making it easy to use this modern venue for your next big event.
Shopping
By far Estonia's largest and best-established department store, the Kaubamaja has the widest selection of goods you'll find in the city. The shop occupies the six floors of its own downtown building, and even extends over the street to take up a portion of the Viru Centre mall.
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Tallinna Kaubamaja
2 Gonsiori
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By far Estonia's largest and best-established department store, the Kaubamaja has the widest selection of goods you'll find in the city. The shop occupies the six floors of its own downtown building, and even extends over the street to take up a portion of the Viru Centre mall.
The Viru Centre is by far the largest, busiest shopping mall in the downtown area. In addition to a healthy number of fashion outlets, it's home to the Tallinna Kaubamaja department store, an extensive, two-storey book shop and several cafés.
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Viru Keskus
4/6 Viru väljak
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The Viru Centre is by far the largest, busiest shopping mall in the downtown area. In addition to a healthy number of fashion outlets, it's home to the Tallinna Kaubamaja department store, an extensive, two-storey book shop and several cafés.
Central market offers a variety of seasonal foods, clothes and other goods. The market sells also flowers in the summer months.
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Keskturg
9 Keldrimäe
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Central market offers a variety of seasonal foods, clothes and other goods. The market sells also flowers in the summer months.
The modern Solaris Centre is a combination shopping mall and cultural centre located right in the heart of the downtown area. In addition to a number of shops and restaurants, it encompasses a 3D multiplex cinema, an art-house cinema, and the grand Alexela Concert Hall, which seats over 1800 spectators. Also good food market.
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Solaris
9 Estonia puiestee
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The modern Solaris Centre is a combination shopping mall and cultural centre located right in the heart of the downtown area. In addition to a number of shops and restaurants, it encompasses a 3D multiplex cinema, an art-house cinema, and the grand Alexela Concert Hall, which seats over 1800 spectators. Also good food market.
This newly-restored market complex is the most modern of its kind in Estonia, bringing an extraordinary range of items together under one roof, with everything from children’s clothes to tasty street food. There’s also a supermarket, sports club, hair salon, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, the widest range of meat and fish in the country, and a variety of cafés.
Baltic Station Market Selver
1, 10149 Kopli
This newly-restored market complex is the most modern of its kind in Estonia, bringing an extraordinary range of items together under one roof, with everything from children’s clothes to tasty street food. There’s also a supermarket, sports club, hair salon, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, the widest range of meat and fish in the country, and a variety of cafés.
Entertainment & Activities
The second-largest cinema house in Tallinn makes its home on the top floor of the Solaris Centre, in central Tallinn. The facility has seven halls, showing the latest international hits, including those in 3D, with the latest Dolby surround sound. Relatively small halls make the visit perfectly comfortable for all the family.
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Apollo Kino Solaris
9 Estonia puiestee
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The second-largest cinema house in Tallinn makes its home on the top floor of the Solaris Centre, in central Tallinn. The facility has seven halls, showing the latest international hits, including those in 3D, with the latest Dolby surround sound. Relatively small halls make the visit perfectly comfortable for all the family.