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Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

1. Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the Old Town of Tallinn and see monuments such as the remains of St. Catherine's Dominican Monastery. Step back to the Middle Ages and walk along Pikk Street, where the merchants' houses and craft guilds bring medieval Tallinn back to life. Get acquainted with the churches of the Holy Ghost, St Nicolas and St. Olaf as you explore the Lower Town and Upper Town. Discover why Tallinn is known as the town that limps on Lühike Jalg (Short Leg Street) and hear about the noble knights who lived in the Upper Town . Admire the outside of the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Make your way to the ancient stronghold of Toompea Castle where the Parliament of Estonia now sits, and marvel at the Pikk Hermann (Tall Herman) tower that dominates the skyline. Get a fantastic view of the city from one of the platforms of the Upper Town. Return to the Lower Town on Short Leg Street to end on Town Hall Square.

Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

2. Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

The Tallinn city tour is a combined bus and walking tour in Tallinn. During the bus part of the tour, which lasts for 2 hours, you drive around the famous Old Town, and see the towers of the wall, the most famous ones are called Stout Margaret and Tall Herman. You also see the mighty wall of Toompea Castle on the hill, drive through the district of high tech architecture – Tallinn’s City. Lastly, you visit the districts of wooden architecture which Tallinn is famous for. See and learn about the history of the baroque style of Kadriorg Palace and the park which Peter the Great of Russia presented to his wife. Next continue the way to Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, a very important place for the people of Estonia, where the Estonia Song Festival is held every 5 years. The Festival Grounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following this, drive along the seaside and enjoy a picturesque view to the Gulf of Finland. Stop at Pirita Convent (St. Brigit's Convent) and discover the story behind the ruins of the monastery. There will also be a beautiful photo stop on the coast of the gulf with the best view of the Tallinn. The bus tour ends in the Old Town and you will continue on foot. Tallinn’s Old Town consists of two parts, the Upper Town and the Lower Town. During your walk you will first discover the Upper Town, which was a stronghold of the former Tallinn nobility. See two cathedrals, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Lastly, view the Estonian Parliament building inside Toompea Castle and enjoy a panorama of the Tallinn from the viewing platforms. After seeing the Upper Town, continue to the Lower Town. Here you will see the medieval merchant’s houses and learn why Tallinn was founded at this particular place, how it developed, why there are so many churches and why they are so tall. Going down along the Long Leg Street see St. Olaf’s Church, the highest building in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. Your tour ends at the Town Hall Square inside Lower Town. Here you will find the Gothic Town Hall and the oldest functioning pharmacy in the world, Town Hall Pharmacy. After the tour you are on your own, the guide will advise you about additional attractions, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The main square of Tallinn – Liberty Square is 5min away and the cruise harbour is just a 15 min walk.

Tallinn: 3-Hour Medieval Walking Tour

3. Tallinn: 3-Hour Medieval Walking Tour

Walk through the narrow gothic dwellings, cozy cobblestone streets and well-made fortress walls with solid towers. The Old Town is comprised of two parts: Lower Town (residence of artisans and merchants) and Upper Town (residence of viceroys and the nobility). On this tour, learn how Tallinn got wealthy by attracting invaders and resisting them. Discover why Tallinn was known as a 'town of pepper and salt,' and how Estonians, local Germans and Catholic monks communicated with each other. Walking the cozy cobblestone streets, get acquainted with Tallinn history through interesting stories and legends.  See medieval dwellings from the 14th to the 15th-century, the oldest town hall and pharmacy in Europe and St. Olaf Church, having once been the highest in the world. Depending on your preference, visit a former Dominican monastery quarter taken over by female workshops of stain glass blowers, chocolatiers, artists, doll makers and weavers. Then, explore Upper Town - an area of German crusaders (later - noblemen), viceroy and bishops. See the largest Orthodox church in Estonia, then the oldest one in Estonia. Nearby, see Toompea Castle occupied by parliament. The climax of the excursion will be a visit to a viewing platform for a view of Tallinn. This excursion will finish at the Town Hall Square. You will also receive recommendations on where to try local food and drinks, what kind of souvenirs are worth buying, where to spend time with children and what museums are worth visiting.

Tallinn: Half-Day City Tour

4. Tallinn: Half-Day City Tour

The tour will consist of 2 components. After meeting at the port/hotel, you will have a panoramic trip by car/bus to Tallinn. From there, continue the tour of the Old Town on foot. During the drive, feel the pulse of everyday life. Discover the developing city and learn why it is convenient for living, discover how Tallinn's economy is developing and where the locals work and like to spend their free time. Visit Kadriorg Park, a summer residence for Russian emperors. During the half an hour walking tour, see Kadriorg Palace, Kumu Art Museum and a French-style garden. Visit Song Festival Ground, a symbol of national unity included on the UNESCO intangible list.  Experience a romantic area and a private cottage district at the seaside of Pirita. Visit Pirita convent, a monastery from the 1400s and the Olympic village from the 1980s. In the Old Town, learn the history through interesting stories and legends. Observe the town from viewing platforms, and visit Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral and Dome Church, the guild houses, medieval churches, a solid fortress wall, the oldest town hall in Europe and a pharmacy. Major sights in the Old Town: • Toompea Castle • Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral • Dome Church • Yard of Danish King • St. Nikolas Church • St. Olaf Church • Church of the Holy Spirit • House of the Great Guild • House of Brotherhood of Blackheads • Shot Leg Street and Long Leg Street • Town Hall • Town Hall Pharmacy • Cat's Well • Fat Margaret Stout • Viru Gates

Tallinn: Old Town Guided Tour

5. Tallinn: Old Town Guided Tour

Discover Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Tallinn is not the most famous capital in Europe. However, Tallinn is a beautiful city with a very attractive medieval heritage. Tallinn is the major cultural and historical destination of the Baltic countries, especially as Tallinn is the most medieval city in Northern Europe. On this tour, you will discover a coastline lined with treasures, a varied and surprising cuisine, vestiges of the Soviet period. Not to mention the art of living that makes you want to settle there.

Tallinn: Private Guided Walking Tour of the Medieval City

6. Tallinn: Private Guided Walking Tour of the Medieval City

Welcome to Tallinn! If you want to immerse yourself in the exciting present and the great past of this beautiful medieval Hanseatic city, then I would like to invite you to an individual German-speaking city tour.  You can explore one of the most beautiful and best-preserved late medieval cities in Europe on a 3- to 4-hour German-language walking tour, which is done individually - i.e. only for you as an ordered. You will get to know the fascinating lower town - the former Hanseatic city - with its merchant and patrician houses, the numerous churches, its winding streets and the impressive town hall square. The Domberg - also known as the Upper Town - impresses with its representative administrative and government buildings, parliament and embassies, the Orthodox Nevsky Cathedral and the Evangelical Cathedral Church.  From here, at the end of the tour, you will have unique views of the lower town with its city walls and fortification towers, modern Tallinn, the offshore islands and the surrounding Baltic Sea. During the guided tour you will not only immerse yourself in the history of Tallinn, in which the Germans occupy a special place, but also get information about the current situation of the country and its inhabitants.  Questions are very welcome! In addition, I am happy to give you practical information for a good café or a restaurant away from the tourist crowds, shopping or other "insider tips" - if desired. This tour is suitable for all ages. Breaks can be installed at any time on request. People with physical disabilities are welcome.

Tallinn: Private Half-Day Guided Tour with Port Transfers

7. Tallinn: Private Half-Day Guided Tour with Port Transfers

Take half the day and explore the city of Tallinn. Enjoy pickup and drop-off from your cruise ship port and a guided walking tour through the Old Town. Admire the Estonian Parliament and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Then, take a bit of free time, before heading back to port. Meet your guide outside of Tallinn Port and climb aboard your private ride to the Upper Old Town. Admire the beautiful parks that surround it as you transfer, especially the 13th-century medieval Toompea Castle, standing majestically at the top of Toompea Hill. Begin your private walking tour, and discover the Estonian Parliament and enjoy visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. After a stroll through the narrow cobble-stone lanes, find the oldest church in Tallinn, The Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral). Climb to the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform and experience the magnificent panoramic views of the Old Town, backlit by the modern city. Descend into the Lower Old Town and notice the gothic style merchant houses, the Town Wall with its beautiful towers, and St. Nickolas Church. Enter into the historical city center and witness the Town Hall Square, where one of the oldest pharmacies in the world still stands next to the 15th-century Town Hall. Walk through St. Catherine's Passage and marvel at the many private studios of local artists. Finish at the Viru Gate, and enjoy freely 2 hours to explore, have lunch, and shop. At the scheduled time, from the city center your private vehicle and driver will take you back to the port. 

Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

8. Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

Start your tour with a convenient pickup from your Helsinki located hotel. Hop aboard a ferry and take in the stunning views on your trip across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia. Once you reach Tallinn you will be greeted by your fun and friendly local guide. From here, your 3-hour adventure commences. During the tour you will get to observe the main city square, Tallinn Town Hall, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, and much more. The Old Town, dating back to the 15th-century, is Estonia’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, and is more than worthy of the title. After the guided tour you will have time to explore the lovely cafes, restaurants and small shops on your own. Say goodbye to Tallinn as you are transferred to the port around 5.30 PM, preparing for the departure to Helsinki. On the ferry returning to Helsinki, you can relax and enjoy the services on board. Your tour concludes at Helsinki terminal at 9:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Toompea Castle

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Excellent tour, Anastasia our guide was very knowledgeable and took us all over the city of Tallin. It was a nice mix of driving around the area and then walking the old city. There was only one other couple with us which made it like your own private tour. Our cruise port date had changed and the tour company was great in maintaining communication regarding the change and exactly where to meet. Highly recommend this tour.

Really interesting, informative and well planned tour. I love a walking tour as it gives you a great feel for the area that you're in as well as providing both historical and current information on the area. This tour certaintly did that and it gave a great understanding on how Tallinn came about and the different ages that it went through. Would highly reccommend

The directions to meet with our guide were easy to follow. Helena was very knowledgable and her English was excellent. We were in a small group of four and so were able to ask questions. Helena answered them all very patiently. A lovely day out in a beautiful city! Thank you.

I was the only one who booked so I got an informative private three hour tour of Tallinn. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave great food recommendations.

super professional guide with deep and interesting knowledge to share with us