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Tour of Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and it is also its largest city with a population of approximately 450,000 inhabitants. The city was founded about 5000 years ago and it has been conquered by many nations, including Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Germany. Nevertheless, Tallinn has never been razed and pillaged, so the Old Town still retains much of its medieval charm.

Viru Gate in Tallinn
Viru Gate in Tallinn

The official language of Tallinn is Estonian, which is somewhat similar to Finnish. Approximately 50% of the population speaks Estonian as their native language and 47% speaks Russian as their native language. You can hear both languages as you walk down the street.

Medieval wall and turrets
Medieval wall and turrets

High defensive walls with strategically positioned turrets surround the Old Town of Tallinn. These are remnants of a time when battles were still fought with bows and arrows.

Tall Hermann tower
Tall Hermann tower

Tall Hermann sounds like the nickname of a person, but it is an ancient defensive tower standing at the south-western corner of Toompea Castle in Tallinn.

Stone walls line hilly streets
Stone walls line hilly streets

Tallinn is located on hilly terrain. You really get a workout walking around town. Tallinn is the financial and business center of Estonia. The city has a highly diversified economy with particular strength in information technology and software development.

round cobblestones
Round cobblestones
cobblestone bricks
Cobblestone bricks

Wear good shoes and be careful when you walk on the streets of Tallinn. The streets in the oldest portions of the city have round cobblestones that make walking difficult. The newer sections of the city are paved with regularly shaped cobblestone bricks. I did not see any women wearing high-heel shoes when I was in Tallinn.

Parliament of Estonia
Parliament of Estonia

The parliament of Estonia is located in a small square across from the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral in the Old Town area of Tallinn. The cathedral was built between 1894 and 1900 when Estonia was ruled by the Russian Empire.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral interior
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral interior

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral has has three altars decorated with Russian Orthodox icons, and the spires have eleven bells cast in Saint Petersburg. Tours frequently make a stop here to listen to concerts of sacred music.

Gustav Ernesaks statue
Gustav Ernesaks statue at the Song Festival Grounds

The Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn have an open air amphitheater at the bottom of a grass-covered hillside with a capacity of 300,000 spectators. Festivals are held here every five years and up to 30,000 performers sing in large choirs. On top of the hillside facing the amphitheater sits a statue of Gustav Ernesaks (1908-1993) who was a famous Estonian composer and choir conductor.

Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)
Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square)

Raekoja plats is a town square in front of the Tallinn Town Hall, called Raekoda in Estonian. It is in the center of the Tallinn Old Town

Intersection of Vene and Vanaturu Kael
Intersection of Vene and Vanaturu Kael streets

The intersection of Vene and Vanaturu Kael is near the center of the Old Town and it is busy with tourists from many parts of the world.

Olde Hansa restaurant, Tallinn
Olde Hansa restaurant

Tallinn's Old Town has many restaurants.

Street vendor
Street vendor selling candied almonds

Tallinn Streets
View of St. Mary's Cathedral along Toom-Kooli street

Many streets in Tallinn are narrow and lined with well-maintained three-story buildings. This picture shows the spire of St. Mary's Cathedral while walking north from the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral along Toom-Kooli street.

Tallinn Streets
Streets paved with cobblestones and colorful façades are typical of Tallinn

One reason why old buildings are only three stories high is because there were no elevators when the buildings were constructed and people had to walk up and down the stairs for their daily activities.

St. Mary's Cathedral
St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral was built around 1219 when the Danes invaded Tallinn. The structure was originally made of wood, but it was later rebuilt into a stone structure. St. Mary's Cathedral is the oldest church in Estonia and survived a 17th-century fire. St. Mary's was originally a Roman Catholic cathedral, it became Lutheran in the 16th century and now belongs to the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

View of Tallinn from Toompea Hill
View of Tallinn from Toompea Hill

The Toompea Hill overlook attracts a lot of tourists. Some modern buildings can be seen in the distance beyond the Old Town.


Saxophone jazz duet in Toompea Hill, Tallinn, Estonia

View of Tallinn from Toompea Hill
View of Tallinn from Toompea Hill

This view shows the tops of the turrets of the Medieval wall, the spires of several churches, and cruise ships in Tallinn's harbor.




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