Tallinn, Estonia’s capital is one of Europe’s rising stars. It lies on the eastern side of the Baltic Sea, parallel to Stockholm, and within a day’s reach of St. Petersburg. For several years now, the city is becoming more and more popular, thanks to its exceptional value, beautiful scenery and fascinating history that’s reflected in its numerous sights and attractions. When planning your stay in Tallinn, soak in the beauty of its old town, learn about its long and tumultuous history and indulge on European cuisine like no other. Here are some suggested attractions in Tallinn worth visiting.
Attractions in Tallinn, Estonia
Bastion Passages in Old Town
Forget about the small bouts of claustrophobia you might experience when visiting the Bastion Passages in Old Town. These mysterious passages underneath the city were built between the 17th and 18th centuries. In the first place they were used to conceal the movement of soldiers, ammunition and other equipment from the enemies of Imperial Russia. Take a train ride that takes you on a historical journey through time where you can learn about the histories behind the military objects on display.
St. Catherine’s Passage
The original structures of the 12th century St. Catherine’s church and monastery are long gone. However, remnants of this medieval section is easily one of the most picturesque attractions in Tallinn. St. Catherine’s Passage connects Vene Street with the Müürivahe Street where the town’s famous knit market operates. As you walk along the stone-cobbled street, stop by one of the shops selling local arts and crafts and talk to the artists who use traditional methods to create and sell glassware, hats, quilts, ceramics, jewelry, hand-painted silk as well as other wares.
St. Olaf’s Church
If you have limited time in Tallinn, St. Olaf’s Church is the one not to miss. It’s easily one of the most recognizable attractions in Tallinn. Moreover, it’s one of the largest and best-preserved medieval structures in Europe.
The church was named after the sainted Norwegian King Olav II Haraldsson and played an integral part during the Protestant Reformation. For a small fee, visitors can climb up the 159-metre spire for stunning panoramic views of the city. In addition, entrance to the church is free.
Estonian Open Air Museum
Learn what daily life must have been some 300 years ago in rural Estonia at the Estonian Open Air Museum. Located just 15 minutes away from the city center, the museum features a village complete with a church, tavern, school, fire station, mills, shops as well as fishing sheds by the sea. Admission rates begin at seven euros and the museum is open year round.