St. Olav’s Church tower

The gothic steeple of this church, which was completed in the early 16th century, once made the church one of the tallest buildings in the world (soaring to 159 metres, according to certain sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details and interpretation of the measurements, and some even think that the steeple has never been higher than 115-125 metres. Nevertheless, the church has always been a grand structure, and its 124-metre tower is considered one of the symbols of Tallinn.

In summer visitors can climb a winding staircase to the tower's viewing platform to enjoy the views of the city.

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*There are 232 steps up to the viewing platform

The gothic steeple of this church, which was completed in the early 16th century, once made the church one of the tallest buildings in the world (soaring to 159 metres, according to certain sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details an

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  • Stairway to Heaven

    The church is free and just OK, but for 3 euros you can ascend a windy, spiral staircase up to the top. Its barely wide enough for two way traffic. Not terribly difficult just take your time. Part...

  • Great view

    The church is free to visit, but the highlight of the visit is climbing the tower which will cost you €3. Be prepared for a lot of steps and get some water with you. It's definitely worth it! The...

  • Best View - Be Careful of the Crowded Climb

    This climb up the 258 stairs is absolutely the best and a must. The climb can be a bit strenuous especially as it was quite warm on the day we climbed but the breeze at the top will take care of...


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