Tallinn’s marvellous Old Town is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The unique value of Tallinn’s Old Town lies first and foremost in the wellpreserved completeness of the medieval milieu and structure, something that has been lost in most other northern capitals. The web of winding cobblestone streets and properties, which date from the 11th to 15th centuries, are preserved nearly in its entirety.
All the most important state and church buildings from the Middle Ages have been preserved in their basic original form, as well as many citizens’ and merchants’ residences, along with barns and warehouses from the medieval period.
- The late Gothic Town Hall building is one of the most famed symbols of the city. The Town Hall Square is the place from where the tradition of a public Christmas tree originates.
- The oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe, first mentioned in historical documents in 1422. Over the centuries, it has changed slightly, but it still retains the flavour of bygone days.
- This Baroque palace was built by Peter the Great in honour of his wife Catherine.The upper flower garden has been reconstructed in 18th century style and is open to visitors in the summer.
- For centuries, the place we now know as Maarjamäe was one of the many places in Tallinn where people flocked to enjoy the summer season.Exhibition about the Estonian history.
- The Seaplane Harbour accommodates one of Europe’s grandest maritime museums. You will see the authentic submarine Lembit from the 1930s, the century-old steam-powered icebreaker Suur Tõll etc.
- Named after the Norwegian king Olav II Haraldsson, canonised as a saint. It was the highest building in the world until late 1800.