What to see in Tallinn in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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A city that seems a medieval village still intact, small but with many things to see, to get an idea of ​​its entire history. We are talking about Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, a city that has only recently become part of most popular tourist destinations, even if it still does not register the traffic of other large European metropolises. It can be visited almost entirely in one day, on foot, discovering small treasures of art and history, but also enjoying the nightlife.


  1. Tallinn one day itinerary: Morning
  2. Tallinn one day itinerary: Afternoon
  3. Tallinn one day itinerary: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Tallinn one day itinerary: Morning

1 - Toompea Hill

First of all, treat yourself to a delicious breakfast at Chocolaterie Café, Vene 6, where you will find a wide selection of desserts and cakes to be accompanied with hot drinks in a rather original setting, for an average cost of € 10,00 per person. With the energies on your side, you can climb to the top of Toompea Hill, from which it is possible to observe one of the most beautiful views of the city from above. If you feel overwhelmed by the cold, as well as by the beauty of the place, you can always buy a warming glass of local mulled wine.

On the hill there is also the Toompea Castle, which has always been a symbol of Estonian power. Dating back to the thirteenth century, today it is the seat of the Parliament with the necessary modernizations even if some period details are still present, such as the characteristic shape.

2 - Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Not far away you cannot miss the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an imposing Orthodox construction whose dark dome stands tall and can be seen from afar. It is possible to visit the interiors but beware of the ban on taking pictures.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 900 min / 12 min
  • Places visited: Toompea Hill (free), Toompea Castle (free), Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (free)
  • Where to have breakfast: Chocolaterie Café, Vene 6

Tallinn one day itinerary: Afternoon

1 - Town Hall and Raeapteek Pharmacy

As soon as you get off the hill you can go and visit the main square of the city, Raekoja Plats, where the Town Hall, a Gothic-style building, with a typical metal weather vane on the spire, faces. IS the oldest civil palace in the city but it is also the only one built in the Gothic style in all of Northern Europe. It dates back to 1248, the octagonal tower next to it was built in 1627. Today it is no longer used as an administrative seat, but events and ceremonies are organized inside.
Not far from the square stands the Raeapteek pharmacy, one of the oldest in the entire European continent. His business is thought to be uninterrupted even since 1422!

2 - Historic Center

Lunch at Olde Hansa, in Vana turg 1. There is no electricity or running water here: all thethe setting of the restaurant is purely medieval, including the menu. A unique experience, at around € 20,00 per person. The old town of Tallinn is quite small, so you will walk, even without realizing it, the two most famous streets of the capital: the Pikk Tanav and the Vene. Along the first they overlook the palaces that housed the Guilds, or those guilds that gathered the city merchants. You will reach the Church of St. Olav, whose bell tower was the tallest building in Europe for several years, measures around 120 meters and it is possible to climb to the top. In this area there are also the Bastion Tunnels, underground tunnels, passage for military troops during the Swedish rule. From this point it is impossible not to notice the medieval walls, with the towers that are located along the walls: there are about twenty and, to date, almost all host inns or restaurants.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Raekoja Plats (free), Town Hall (€ 4,00), Tower (€ 3,00), Raeapteek pharmacy (free), St. Olav's Church (€ 3,00), Bastion Tunnel's (€ 9,00)
  • Two and a half hour bike tour Medieval Tallinn: 2 hour walking tour of the old town
  • Where to have lunch: Olde Hansa, Vana turg 1

Tallinn one day itinerary: Evening

1 - Via delle botteghe

St. Catherine's Passage is the most picturesque street in the city, a small path that can also seem narrow, located between the Vene and Müürivahe streets. The passage is the seat of the Corporation of Santa Caterina, where artisan shops are gathered which, through traditional methods, make glass objects, hats, fabric items, ceramics, jewelry and much more. Each workshop is located in small rooms dating back to the th and th centuries, the artisans can also be admired during their work from the outside.

2 - Basilica of San Nicola and dinner

Not far away is the last attraction to see, one of the oldest places of prayer in the city. This is the Basilica dedicated to San Nicola di Bari, currently used mostly as an auditorium and religious art museum. In the latter it is present one of the masterpieces of Estonian art, Bernt Notke's "Danse Macabre".
For dinner and after dinner, choose the old town, in particular the restaurant Von Krahli Aed, Rataskaevu 8, delicious and characteristic, for an average cost of € 12,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 14 min
  • Places visited: St. Catherine's Passage (free), Basilica of San Nicola di Bari - Museum (€ 6,00)
  • Tallinn pub crawl
  • Where to dine: Von Krahli Aed Restaurant, Rataskaevu 8

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Climate and clothing: Estonian climate is Baltic-continental, winters are therefore very cold and summers cool and moderately rainy. Also during the summer season it is recommended to bring some warm clothing because the temperatures are never high, in winter do not forget a winter cap, gloves and windproof jacket;
  • to reach Tallinn by plane we recommend using Estonian Air, the national airline of Estonia, Air Baltic and Finnair, which connect the main European cities to the Estonian capital. EasyJet instead flies Tallinn - London and Berlin - flights starting from € 29,98;
  • How to visit it: the city is not very big and it is possible to visit it in one day on foot. Wear comfortable shoes! For more info take a look at how to get around Tallinn - info and tips;
  • Possibility of stay: if you decide to extend your stay and enjoy Tallinn by night, consult our offers for accommodation in Tallinn.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Kadriorg. This is the large city park, to get there you need to take the bus. It is not very far, but it can be overlooked.
  2. Maarjamae Castle. It too is very characteristic, overlooking the sea, but it is too far from the center.

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