St. Olav’s Church tower and observation 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 some 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 observation platform to enjoy views of the city.

The church and observation platform are closed in winter.

There are 232 steps leading up to the observation 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 some sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details and i

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  • Great 360-degree view of the city

    The church is free to go in but you need to pay €3 for climbing up the tower, which is 60m high. It was pretty tiring to climb up the 270+ steps in the spiral staircase but we were rewarded the...

  • Great church

    This is the first church as you enter old town. The steeple is very tall, hard to get in a picture. Love the old wood doors for the entry.

  • It's a church tower, with a view up 200+ narrow steps, of course we had to climb it !

    My wife likes churches which is fine but she has an unhealthy obsession with churches with a tower that you can climb as I have learned to my cost. This one was quite cheap 3euro and the steps all...


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