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An enjoyable bus tour which enables you to see the best city highlights of Tallinn without putting too much effort into walking. Your guide will be greeting you at the cruise port and will bring you back to the harbor at the end of the tour. Even though you do not need to walk long distances in Old Town, you will still fully enjoy the atmosphere of this Hanseatic city.
The fascinating walls of the old town remind us of the middle ages. The numerous towers each have their history and the unique name. The most famous of those are "Paks Margareeta" (Fat Margaret), Kiek in de Kök (look into the kitchen), tower behind the tower, and many others. Tallinn is one of the very few towns with that large number of the middle age constructions preserved.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral stands out from the old town buildings with its bright color and Byzantine architecture. It's one of the latest constructions of the ancient city, the Russian Orthodox church, built by the request of Russian Emperor Alexander the 3rd in 1900. It's located on the high point of the Toompea Hill in front of the Parlament building.
The Dome Church is one of the oldest churches in Tallinn. The church looks very plain and simple with the white walls and small dome, but it has a very long history. It was first mentioned in 1233, and since then, it has been one of the town's main temples. It's dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has the graves of the prominent people of the 13th-19th centuries.
Fat Margareth (Paks Margareeta) reminds us of the romantic legend of "Estonian Romeo and Juliet" - the story of a peasant boy Herman and fisherman's daughter Margareth. The Tall Herman tower is on the opposite part of the Old Town, sadly separated from his love for centuries.
Great Coastal Gate is located in the northern part of the old town. It's the closest Gate to the seashore, which explains the origin of the name. The Gate stands next to the Fat Margareth Tower. It's decorated with the dolomite coats of arms of Tallinn and the date the Gate was open - 1529.
Kadriorg Palace and the park is an excellent masterpiece from Peter the Great’s times. It bears the name of Peter’s wife, Catherine. It’s a beautiful palace in a quiet park, located close to the seaside.
The contemporary building of the Kumu Art Museum (Kumu Kunstimuuseum) houses one of the largest national art museums of Northern Europe. The building appeared at the beginning of the 21st century to the design of the Finnish architect. It was rated as the best museum by the European Museum Forum in 2008.
Estonian Parlament building is located next to the walls of the Toompea Castle. It's the current government building, open for the tourists' visits to observe the work of the Parlament from a special balcony. The Tall Hermann (Pikk Herman) Tower is a part of the Parlament building. It's the tallest tower of the Tallinn's city walls.
For a long time, the office of Estonian president was located in the Kadriorg Palace. Later, a special building was constructed next door to Kadriorg, repeating the design of the old palace. The palace is closed to visitors.
Russalka Memorial is an essential landmark of the Pirita beach. It honors the Russian warship Russalka that sank in a severe storm in the Baltics at the end of the 19th century.
The white tower of St. Olaf's church is the most distinct landmark of Tallinn. The 123-meter high spire is still the tallest structure in the town (except for the TV tower). It's the most popular observation spot in the city. The church has excellent acoustics, so it's frequently used for concerts.
The song festival grounds are a tradition of the Scandinavian countries. The national singing has been a large part of the national culture for centuries. This is why most of the Scandinavian towns will have the area with the excellent acoustics for the outdoor singing festivals. The Grounds in Tallinn were re-designed in 1959 with the unique arch-shaped stage, which enhances the voices of the singers. It is used regularly for a full scale of performances from rock concerts to folk festivals.
The Tallinn old city center consists of 2 major sections - the Lower Town and the Toompea hill, separated by the fort wall. The Lower Town is a busy tourist area with narrow streets and old houses. The main attractions of the Lower Town are the Town Hall Square, Oldest Pharmacy, Church of Saint Olaf, 3 Sisters Buildings. There are numerous restaurants and coffee shops on the streets of the Lower Town.
The theater plays operas, ballets, and musicals, including the world-famous performances like "Rigoletto," "Toska," "Swan Lake," "My fair lady." It's the most famous theater in Estonia. A Finnish architect designed the building at the beginning of the 20th century.
Firstly the drive will take you to the Upper Town of the Old Town. This first stop includes brief walk to the most notable buildings – Aleksander Nevskij's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the Dome Church. The highlight of the Upper Old Town is the sightseeing platform, where it is possible to enjoy the most marvellous view over the red tiled roofs of the Old Town and the panorama of the whole city.
We will also take a moment to enjoy ourselves over a relaxing coffee break.
The tour will take you next through the city centre where you will see beautiful buildings from different historical periods including The Opera and Estonian Ballet Theatre and The War of Independence Victory Column on Freedom Square. The sightseeing continues in the lovely wooden district Kadriorg with a short break in Kadriorg Park – the picturesque park with the Palace of the Russian Empress Catherine , Estonian Presidential Palace and KUMU Estonian Art Museum. Further the ride will continue along the shoreline and take you to see Song Festival Grounds.
Our friendly and well-informed guide will spice the whole trip with the most fascinating facts and best stories and legends about the most notable landmarks. In addition the guide can provide you with so much more than just the tour info – feel free to inquire all about the current life, issues and most exciting details about the modern life in Estonia.
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