Pikk Hermann (Tall Hermann)

Lossi plats 1a, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn


Tall Hermann is the defensive tower standing at the southwestern 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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Part of the Free Tour of Tallinn! Christopher was amazing!

I only saw it from the outside and don't really know if you can go inside or even up to the tower. It sounded unlikely because of being part of a government building now.

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.

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