Places not to miss in Tallinn. The Quppy choice

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Tallinn is a hidden gem in Europe, as there are many great attractions to choose from, so everyone from history buffs to sports enthusiasts to artists can find something to fall in love within the Estonian capital.

The Old Town

Tallinn’s Old Town, with many majestic medieval buildings built between the 15th and 17th centuries, is truly mesmerizing. Surrounded by the city walls, you’ll find atmospheric cobbled streets, charming churches, and historic monuments, and plenty of fantastic bars, restaurants, and cafes. Its very well-preserved centuries-old buildings showcase several different architectural styles, and its fascinating museums will introduce you to the rich history and heritage of the city and country. Walking along its amazing old streets, you will make you feel like you are in a fairy tale.

Viru Gate

The main entrance to the Old Town, the twin towers of the Viru Gate were built in the 14th century and were once part of a larger system of gates and towers. Very well preserved gate towers lead to Viru Street, a very lively pedestrian street lined with many small boutiques, restaurants and street stalls. Entering the Old Town through the ivy-covered stone towers will certainly make your acquaintance with Tallinn very memorable and leave a lasting impression.

St. Olaf’s Church

This wonderful church, named after King Olaf II of Norway, is the largest surviving medieval building in all of Tallinn. Built in the 1200s, it is still in remarkably good condition despite being struck by lightning many times over the centuries. Once one of the tallest structures on Earth, its towering spire rises to 123 meters. From its top you have a breathtaking view on the city. While its interior is rather austere and sparsely decorated, it’s still worth going inside to see some of the gleaming stone carvings on display.

Toompea Hill

Even though Toompea Hill rises only 20 or 30 meters above the rest of the Old Town, the hill’s prominent and strategic position has long associated it with power and prestige. On top of a small limestone mountain, you can find many important and impressive historical sites, such as Revel Castle, St. Olaf’s Church and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The mound, known as the tomb of Kalev, an Estonian mythological figure, is an amazing place to walk.

Town Hall Square

The very heart of the city, much of Tallinn’s life revolves around its bustling Town Hall Square. Surrounded by fantastic old medieval buildings, of which the town hall itself is undoubtedly, the large square is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants, with regular markets taking place in its center. Whether it’s stopping for a drink or a bite to eat at one of its establishments or picking up souvenirs at the market, there’s certainly plenty to see and do for you, and many of the city’s most famous sights are only a few minutes’ walk away. One of the most magical times of the year to visit is winter, as since 1441, the square has hosted a wonderful Christmas tree, and its Christmas market has long been one of the best to visit in all of Europe.

Kadriorg Park

Located at the far borders of the city, right by the Baltic seashore, the huge Kadriorg Park is a very beautiful and picturesque place for walking. By order of Peter the Great back in 1718, many beautiful trees and flower beds with sculptures, fountains and ponds scattered here and there grow in the park. Tucked away in a delightful natural setting is the magnificent Peter the Great Baroque Kadriorg Palace, that now houses an art museum and other fantastic institutions such as the KUMU and the Mikkel Museum.

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