Medieval Merchant's Tour

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With its strategic location on the Baltic Sea between East and West, medieval Estonia was part of the Hanseatic League, a trade union traversing Northern Europe. When Tallinn joined in 1285, it became the northernmost city in the network. Wealth from commerce allowed Tallinn to grow and many buildings in the Old Town are reminders of this prosperous era. Merchants walked the streets, preparing goods like flour, salt, and tea for sale. Tartu, Pärnu, Viljandi, and Narva also became important trade outposts and to this day, Pärnu and Tartu celebrate their history with Hansa Days in July.  

Sites along route
  • 1

    Starting point

    Tallinn Town Hall

    Historical buildings

    Raekoja plats 1, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10146

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  • 2
    Town Hall Pharmacy

    Museums & Galleries

    Raekoja plats 11, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10146

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  • 3
    Olde Hansa

    Restaurants

    Vana turg 1, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10140

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  • 4
    Masters' Courtyard

    Museums & Galleries

    Vene tänav 6, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10123

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  • 5
    Tallinn City Museum

    Museums & Galleries

    Vene tänav 17, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10123

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  • 6
    Tallinn's city wall

    Historical buildings

    Väike-Kloostri tänav 1, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10133

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  • 7
    Niguliste Museum and Church

    Museums & Galleries

    Niguliste tänav 3, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10130

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  • 8
    Ruins of Bridgettine Convent

    Forts

    Merivälja tee 18, Pirita linnaosa, Tallinn 11911

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  • 9
    Vao Tower-Fortress

    Forts

    Oru tänav-TORNLINNUSE, Vao küla, Väike-Maarja vald, Lääne-Viru maakond

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  • 10
    Rakvere Castle

    Forts

    Vallikraavi tänav-RAKVERE LINNUSEVAREMED, Rakvere

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  • 11
    Purtse Fortress Residence

    Forts

    Purtse kindlus, Purtse küla, Lüganuse vald, Ida-Viru maakond 43302

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  • 12
    Narva Castle

    Forts

    Peterburi maantee 2, Narva 20308

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  • 13
    Wittenstein Time Centre in Paide Tower

    Museums & Galleries

    Veski tänav-11/1, Paide linn, Paide 72713

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  • 14
    Tartu Cathedral

    Ruins & Historic Sites

    Lossi tänav 25, Tartu linn, Tartu 51003

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  • 15
    Tartu St. John’s Church of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church

    Historical buildings

    Jaani tänav 5, Tartu linn, Tartu 51007

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  • 16
    Entertainment centre in the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle

    Museums & Galleries

    PIIRI KÕRTS, Vana-Vastseliina küla, Võru vald, Võru maakond 65254

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  • 17
    Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle

    Ruins & Historic Sites

    Tasuja puiestee 6, Viljandi 71011

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  • 18
    Pärnu Museum

    Museums & Galleries

    Aida tänav 3, Pärnu linn, Pärnu 80011

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  • 19
    The Red Tower

    Historical buildings

    Hommiku tänav-11, Pärnu linn, Pärnu 80011

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  • 20
    Kuressaare Episcopal Castle

    Forts

    Lossihoov-1, Kuressaare linn, Saaremaa vald, Saare maakond 93810

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  • 21
    Haapsalu Castle

    Forts

    Lossiplats-3, Haapsalu linn, Haapsalu 90502

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  • 22
    Padise Monastery

    Forts

    KLOOSTRI, Padise küla, Lääne-Harju vald, Harju maakond 76001

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  • 23
    Katariina Guild - open workshops and galleries

    Art & Craft workshops

    Vene tänav 12, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10123

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Times and prices
Open all year round

Is open 24 hours

Features and amenities
Getting there
Access
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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