What to see in Tallinn in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Tallinn is probably not the European capital at the top of the top ten cities you want to see, but we can assure you that it is a place worth visiting: not surprisingly, the old town of Tallinn, with its medieval atmosphere, is included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Visit Tallinn in three days it will give you all the time you need to get lost in its alleys, discover every corner of the city, savor the traditional dishes and the excellent local beers and enjoy its fascinating mix of modernity and an atmosphere of the past.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Old Town, St. Catherine Passage, St. Olav's Church

La Tallinn old town it is certainly the starting point for your visit, to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city; most of the attractions are concentrated in this area. After a breakfast at the Saiakangi Kohvik Cafe Wecken Gang (where you will spend between € 2,00 and € 10,00) you can set out to discover the Old Town, with its alternation of cobbled alleys, historic buildings, spiers and shops. You will not be able to pass by Raekoja Platz, the Town Hall Square, where you can admire the Gothic-style seat of the Town Hall and where the suggestive Christmas markets take place in winter.

From here you can go in search of the nearby St. Catherine Passage, the most picturesque alley in the city, which runs along the back of the Church of Santa Caterina. Its charm is given by the atmosphere of other times that you breathe there thanks to the parade of art shops that follow one another and where it is possible to see the artisans at work while creating jewels, hats, ceramics and other artistic objects.
Then continue towards the St. Olav's Church, which with its 124-meter bell tower characterizes the Tallinn skyline. The interior is not particularly rich, but it is possible to climb the bell tower to enjoy the view of the city from above.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Museum of the Church of San Nicola, city walls

To eat you can go back to the center, to the Olde Hansa restaurant (price range up to € 70,00 per person), where you can taste traditional Estonian dishes in a particular environment: the restaurant is in fact in medieval style and illuminated from candles; even the staff who will serve you dishes based on bear or wild boar meat is dressed according to the theme.
If you love to visit museums it is time to head to the Museum of the Church of San Nicola, housed in the former church of San Nicola, destroyed during the Second World War and then rebuilt. Within its collection of medieval sacred art, a great Danza Macabra stands out in which many prominent figures of the era in which it was painted dance with skeletons. From May to September the museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday, while in winter it is also closed on Tuesdays. The ticket costs € 5,00 for adults and € 3,00 for children, students, seniors and other reduced categories.
Alternatively, you can stroll along the impressive ancient city walls, which still include 26 of the 46 towers that defended the city and which now house bars and restaurants.

3 - Evening: Dinner, walk through the streets of the old city

One of the best restaurants in tallinn is Rataskaevu 16, housed in a 1.400 building. The good food, the cheap prices (around € 15,00) and the kindness of the staff make it an ideal place for a dinner based on typical Estonian dishes. Thanks to its central position it is possible to end the day with a walk through the narrow streets of the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 22 min
  • Places visited: Old Town, St. Catherine Passage, St. Olav's Church, St. Nicholas Church Museum
  • Tallinn: 1-hour walking tour of the old town
  • Breakfast at Saiakangi Kohvik Cafe Wecken Gang (Get Directions), Lunch at Olde Hansa (Get Directions), Dinner at Rataskaevu 16 (Get Directions)

2 day

1 - Morning and Afternoon: Maiasmokk and Toompea Hill (Castle, Orthodox Cathedral, Toomkirik, Kiek in de Kök)

The place to have breakfast can also be the first attraction of the day: the Maiasmokk, opened in 1864, is considered the oldest café still operating in Estonia and offers different types of coffee, pastries and homemade cakes. Its premises also host a museum on the history of marzipan, open from 10:00 to 20:00.
The second day in Tallinn is dedicated to Toompea hill, from where you can look over the roofs of the city. You can go up to this landmark of Tallinn from Pikk Jalg (Long leg), that is a ramp protected by a fortified gate, or by the Luhike Jalg (Short leg), a stone staircase. Along the Pikk Jalg is the Bogapott restaurant, where you can have a quick lunch when you get hungry (price range between € 9,00 and € 13,00.

Right in the center of Toompea Hill is the Toomkirik, the oldest church in all of Estonia, whose main body dates back to the 14th century; its baroque tower was added later, in the 18th century. The building houses the tombs of some personalities of the past, including that of Otto Johann Thuve, considered the Don Giovanni of Tallinn who after a life of debauchery asked to be buried right at the entrance of the church so that people who entered could kneel and pray for him.
From October to April it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00; in May and September it is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 while from June to August it is open from Monday to Sunday. The entrance ticket costs € 1,50.

At the top you can also visit what remains of Toompea Castle, built in wood from the tenth century, and the majestic Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral with unmistakable Russian-style domes; the church was in fact commissioned by Tsar Alexander III with the intention of "Russifying" the Baltic area. It can be visited on Friday and Sunday from 8:00 to 19:00 and on Saturdays from 8:00 to 20:00; admission is free. Lastly we point out the look in the kitchen, one of the most impressive towers in the city which serves as a branch of the Tallinn Civic Museum.

3 - Evening: Dinner, pub

For dinner you are spoiled for choice: you can choose for example the Restoran Spot, where you can taste soups and classics of Baltic cuisine at a price of around € 15,00. You can end the day at the Tavern of 100 Beers, where you can spend a pleasant and relaxing evening tasting craft beers in an environment reminiscent of an ancient castle. The price range is between € 2,00 and € 12,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 27 min
  • Places visited: Toompea Hill, Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral, Toomkirik
  • Tallinn: private walking tour with a resident
  • Breakfast at Maiasmokk (Get Directions), Lunch at Bogapott (Get Directions), Dinner at Restoran Spot (Get Directions), After Dinner at Tavern of 100 Beers (Get Directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Kadriorg Palace

You cannot leave Tallinn, the "pearl of the Baltic", without having seen the Kadriorg Palace, a Baroque style building that was built in 1718 by order of Peter the Great, who wanted to honor his wife, Catherine I: the name itself, in fact, means the plain of Kadri, or Catherine.
It is located about two kilometers from the city and can be easily reached on foot or by taking trams 1 or 3 or buses 67, 68, 31, 8, 19, 29, 35, 38, 44 or 51. This obviously after having done breakfast, perhaps at The Pierre Chocolaterie, a cozy place that serves excellent desserts.

The Kadriorg Palace houses the Museum of Foreign Art, with Dutch, Flemish, Russian, German and Italian paintings, and the KUMU, the National Art Museum, which houses the largest collection of Estonian art in the country. A visit to these museums allows you to admire the rooms of the palace, among which the Great Hall stands out, with its entirely painted ceiling. The two museums are closed on Mondays from April to September, while the remaining days are open from 11:00 to 18:00; on Wednesday the closing time is extended to 20:00. From October to March the museums are closed on Monday and Tuesday, while the remaining days remain open from 11:00 to 18:00; on Wednesday the closing time is extended to 20:00.
The entrance ticket costs € 6,00 for the KUMU and € 5,50 for the Museum of Foreign Art. The park that surrounds the building is also worth a visit: it is full of gardens, greenery and large trees and a favorite place for locals to relax in spring and summer.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Bastion Tunnel tour

We advise you to move to the next stop to eat; you can choose Põrgu for a quick lunch washed down with over one hundred beers on the menu. Here, too, the price range is between € 3,00 and € 19,00.
Let's continue with the things to see in Tallinn: know that, like any self-respecting medieval city, Tallinn is also crossed by underground defensive tunnels, which can now be visited accompanied by a guide. There are numerous tours that take visitors every day to discover the tunnels on the edge of the Toompea district, tunnels where you can now also admire photos and historical reconstructions; the visit ends at Sculpted Stone Museum, which houses over 600 artifacts from the old city. THE Bastion Tunnel tour they can be booked at the Kiek in de Kök tower and museum and run from Tuesday to Sunday; the ticket price is € 5,75 for adults and € 3,20 for children, while it is free with the Tallinn Card.

3 - Evening: Dinner, walk

For your last dinner in Tallinn you could try the Kompressor where, if you like, you can enjoy a dinner of crepes and pancakes and then leave for a last tour through the streets of the old town.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,5 km / 1 h 22 min
  • Places visited: Kadriorg Palace, Bastion tunnel
  • Better than Tallinn with the Kadriorg Palace and Pirita Tour
  • Breakfast at The Pierre Chocolaterie (Get directions), Lunch at Põrgu (Get directions), Dinner at Kompressor (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Tallinn cost

In Tallinn, the cost of living is generally a little lower than in Italy, although there is no shortage of luxury hotels and restaurants. For travel and visits to monuments and museums, costs can be reduced by purchasing the Tallinn Card with one, two or three days of validity.

  • Costs to eat: about € 40,00 per day per person, including breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 5,00 per day per person following the itinerary we suggest, cost that can be reduced by using the Tallinn Card.
  • Transportation: a bus ticket costs € 0,96, while the Tallinn Card, which lasts between 6 and 72 hours, costs from € 12,00 to € 32,00 and allows you to use public transport in a free.
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person per day.
  • Total cost of a weekend in Tallinn: from € 250,00 per person for three days.

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Tallinn: in summer, the temperature is mild and pleasant, ideal for taking a long walk without suffering from the heat. Winter is long and cold, but Tallin's Christmas markets are definitely worth the sacrifice - find out more
  • Tallinn Airport, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, is approximately 4 kilometers from the city. To reach the city center you can take bus 2 which leaves every 30 minutes. The stop is in front of the airport departure hall; the ticket can be purchased on board and costs € 1,60.
    Tallinn is also connected by sea with the cities of Helsinki and Stockholm, which are respectively 2/3 hours and 15 hours of navigation. The bus to reach the city center from the port is always 2; alternatively you can take a taxi. Flights starting from € 187,00 -
  • The most luxurious hotels in Tallinn are typically in the Old Town, while most of the cheaper accommodations are in the city center, within walking distance or a few bus stops from the main points of interest. Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Getting around: In Tallinn buses and trams run from 6:00 to 23:00. The ticket can be purchased from the driver of the vehicle at a price of € 1,60 or in the kiosks for € 0,96. It is possible to buy a package of 10 tickets at the price of € 6,39 or the Tallinn Card, which gives the right to use public transport in an unlimited and free way. It lasts between 6 and 72 hours and costs from € 12,00 to € 32,00 - find out more

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