Eye-catching Sights in Tallinn Old Town, Estonia

The Old Town is perfect for soaking up its years of history by strolling aimlessly – and letting your curiosity guide your feet.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic Old Town of Tallinn is divided into two sections – Toompea Hill and the lower town.

We started our walking tour of Tallinn Old Town in Toompea Hill. But it doesn’t really matter where you start. Tallinn is also small enough that you won’t get too lost.

Toompea Castle

Toompea Castle dates back to the 1200s, but the pink Baroque-style palace is an 18th century add-on built by the Russians.



Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

We were told most Estonians don’t really like the cathedral, as it was built in 1900 at a time when Estonia was part of the Russian Empire. But it’s beautiful to look at.


Eye-catching oddities and decorations

When sightseeing in Tallinn, you never know what you’ll see by looking up! Be sure to look out for the drain pipe shaped like a large cowboy boot, complete with spurs.


Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin

Also known as the “Dome Church,” this is Estonia’s oldest church, built sometime before 1233. You can climb to the top of the 226-foot spire for incredible views of Tallinn Old Town below.

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