Pikk Hermann (Tall Hermann)

Lossi plats 1a, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn


Tall Hermann is the defensive tower standing at the south-western corner of Toompea Castle in Tallinn. It is thought to have been built in 1371. It obtained its current height (45.6 m) and shape in the late 15th century. 

A narrow stone staircase of 215 steps leads to the top of the tower.

At the top of the tower, 95 metres above sea level, flies the flag that symbolises the ruling power in Estonia. The blue, black and white of the national flag were first seen here on 12 December 1918 and after years of Soviet occupation, again on 24 February 1989.

Good to know: The flag is raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset, except on Victory Day and Midsummer Day on June 23–24.

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  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • On foot only
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Mike J

Mike J

Steep steps

Pikk Hermann is a defensive tower dating back to 1360 and you can climb the 250 steps for the most amazing view from the viewing platform. It is tallest tower of the old town wall. The building in...

Zane Z

Zane Z


We saw this only from the outside, the tower is quite impressive. There is a small garden park and viewing platform next to it.



Lovely Tower

Pikk Hermann (Tall Hermann) is one of the many defensive towers built into the Old Town walls. Pikk Hermann is much taller and much more slender than the other towers (particularly 'Fat Margaret...

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