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See as much as you can during this All-Highlights of Tallinn small-group join-in tour. Explore the Old Town of Tallinn with it's striking Hanseatic architecture, and get out of the city center to get to know Tallinn's suburban areas - Kardiorg palace & gardens and Pirita Beach area, a popular destination among Estonians for a vacation break.
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.
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.
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 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.
Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy) is one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe, has always been in business in the same house since the early 15th century. It is also the oldest commercial enterprise and the oldest medical establishment in Tallinn. It's located next to the Town Hall and still preserves the charming medieval spirit with the of jars and herbs hidden in the large wooden closets.
Three Sisters are three identical houses, located in the northern part of the old town on the main street. These are the traditional houses of the merchants, first mentioned in 1362. Since that time, three sisters were owned by the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of Tallinn.
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.
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 Regatta of Moscow 1980th Olympics was organized in Tallinn. The unique Regatta complex was constructed at Pirita Beach to provide the accommodation for the participants. The colors of the complex reflect the natural landscape of the area, blending it into the environment.
Pirita is the one and only river of Tallinn, located 3 miles away from the old town. Pirita valley is a beautiful natural area, loved by locals. The Tallinn botanical garden and the remains of the ancient St. Brigitta’s monastery can be found there. The area where the Pirita river reaches the Baltics is called the Pirita beach. There are numerous spa hotels on the Pirita beach.
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.
It is an excellent way to feel the medieval spirit of Tallinn. Make a stop for the photo at the Tallinn Town Hall - the only remaining gothic town hall in Europe, walk the narrow streets of the old city, have a cup of coffee in the 200-year-old coffee shop, walk up to the observation spot with the most magnificent panorama of the Tallinn Bay.
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.
Toompea is the highest hill in the Tallinn area, so it was selected for the construction of the fort. The first constructions in the Toompea castle date back to 1219. Many of the walls and towers have survived, thus making it one of the oldest forts of Europe. Tall Hermann tower of the Toompea castle with the Estonian flag on top is one of the leading national symbols.
Your guide will pick you up straight from the cruise port by private vehicle and will take you to the Upper Old Town to see St. Olav's Church, Alexander Nevskij's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill.
The old city with its romantic cobblestone streets, charming red roofs, and ancient looking but well-tended houses is considered the best-preserved old town in Northern Europe. The Lower Town with its daily bustle resembles much the times of old, people still rush around and merchants try to offer you the best piece of their goods. Your tour guide will give you the best advice of the most authentic souvenirs. There is also some time reserved for a shopping break in the wonderful Masters Courtyard where you can enjoy the skills of local artisans.
The best landmarks of the Old Town walk include the fortified Town Wall with many towers, the Town Hall and one of the oldest continuously functioning pharmacies in the world. Our friendly and well-informed 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 nowadays life in Estonia.
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