Tallinn

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Tallinn showing a city and a sunset

Famed for its narrow, cobblestone streets and medieval monuments, Tallinn also offers parks, café culture and nightlife.

See medieval buildings, a replica 18th-century village and traditional industries such as glass-blowing in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, in northern Europe.

Tallinn’s heart is its Old Town, which is a great place to start your visit. A World Heritage Site, this area was built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Here you’ll find major Tallinn attractions, including Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Danish King’s Gardens. Go to St. Catherine’s Passage to watch glass-blowers and pottery workers in the St. Catherine’s Guild workshops. Enjoy views of the city from the castle on Toompea Hill.

The Old Town’s narrow, cobblestone streets are ideal for walking and some have become fashionable shopping areas. Among these is the street of Viru, where you can buy Vana Tallinn, a rum-based liqueur.

Tallinn’s culture is celebrated in a collection of museums. Learn about the fight for independence at the Museum of Occupations. Find Estonian classics at the KUMU Art Museum. Kids will enjoy exploring the Open Air Museum. This 197-acre (80-hectare) complex is a life-size portrayal of an 18th-century rural village.

While history and culture abound in Tallinn, the city also entertains with its cafés and nightlife. You can sample hand-crafted chocolate at Chocolats de Pierre, in the city’s oldest courtyard, or people-watch from the outdoor terraces on Town Hall Square. Beer is Tallinn’s drink of choice. Try local brews at the lively Hell Hunt pub.

To explore beyond the city center, rent a bike and take advantage of over 93 miles (150 kilometers) of bicycle lanes. The woodland park of Kadriorg is just a short ride away from the center. Check out the galleries of the Baroque palace. Peter the Great commissioned the palace for his wife. Nearby, don’t miss out on a day at Pirita, the city’s favorite beach.

Come to Tallinn in winter to experience the city’s magical Christmas markets. They offer a great opportunity to sample local food, including sauerkraut and blood sausage, and buy local arts and crafts.

Where to stay in Tallinn

Hotel St. Barbara
Hotel St. Barbara
3.5 out of 5
Roosikrantsi 2a, Tallinn
The price is $55 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
This family-friendly Tallinn hotel is located near the airport, just steps from St. John's Church and Claustrophobia. Port of Tallinn is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (976 reviews)
Nice little gem in Tallinn center.
"Very nice and clean, great location with gated free parking. A little gem in Tallinn I wasnt expecting. Only one downside was the breakfast, pwdered scrambled eggs and the hot food not good. All the cold food was very good."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Hotel St. Barbara
Metropol Spa Hotel
Metropol Spa Hotel
4 out of 5
Roseni 9, Tallinn, TLL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $71 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in City Center, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rottermann Quarter and Port of Tallinn. Viru Keskus Shopping Centre and Rusian Cultural ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (619 reviews)
"Love everything. Hotel staff and allall the amenities. TY."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Metropol Spa Hotel
Palace Hotel Tallinn, a member of Radisson Individuals
Palace Hotel Tallinn, a member of Radisson Individuals
4.5 out of 5
Vabaduse Valjak 3, Tallinn
The price is $68 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in City Center, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. John's Church and Port of Tallinn. Freedom Square and Claustrophobia are also within 5 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (967 reviews)
"Excellent property! Very clean and spacious rooms. Excellent location - right next to old town area. Very friendly staff. Very wide variety at breakfast. Would stay there again if I went back to Tallinn. (Also: Was upgraded to a better room due to Expedia VIP Access)"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Palace Hotel Tallinn, a member of Radisson Individuals
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tallinn City Apartments Town Hall Square
Tallinn City Apartments Town Hall Square
3.5 out of 5
Kullasepa 11, Tallinn
The price is $62 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Located in Old Town Tallinn, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tallinn Tourist Information Centre and Port of Tallinn. Tallinn Town Hall and St. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (131 reviews)
"Very well set up apartment and great location. Loved it"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2021

Tallinn City Apartments Town Hall Square
Oldhouse Apartments
Oldhouse Apartments
4 out of 5
Rataskaevu 16, Tallinn
The price is $112 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Old Town Tallinn, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beer House and Port of Tallinn. St. Nicholas' Church and Estonian State Puppet Theatre ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (549 reviews)
"Lovely old property with all the bits needed. We had a fireplace so could stay cosy and the owners were helpful. Lots of blankets hidden about the place too which was great. Could be improved by having curtains in the bedroom as the thin blinds let light in. It was quiet there and we had great night's ..."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2019

Oldhouse Apartments
Tallinn City Apartments Old Town Suites
Tallinn City Apartments Old Town Suites
3.5 out of 5
Vana Posti 7, Tallinn
The price is $73 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Located in Old Town Tallinn, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tallinn Tourist Information Centre and Port of Tallinn. Aatrium Gallery and St. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (176 reviews)
"Brand new, very clean, great location"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Tallinn City Apartments Old Town Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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