Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds

Completed in 1960, Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepmann and Uno Tölpus. Their design took into account the nature of the land they were to be built on: audiences would be seated on the slope of the hill, so the song arch would need to echo sound to them. A copy of the song stage was later erected in Vilnius.

The Song Festival Grounds are a popular venue for events. It is best known as the place where every 5 years the Song Festival is held, in which nearly 25,000 singers take part, attracting an audience of nearly 100,000. Anyone interested can climb to the top of the tower, which is 42 metres high and from which you can see all the way out over the city and bay. And if you have binoculars with you that are powerful enough, you should be able to see far out into the Gulf of Finland!

Completed in 1960, Tallinn'sSongFestivalGrounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepm

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  • Great open arena

    This place has for sure a long history in Estonia and for Estonians. The place itself I beautifully located next to the sea and really nice to visit for example concerts with a natural stand in the...

  • Go for the History

    The site is special because of the way Estonians used this song festival to resist the Soviet oppressors. Otherwise it is just a normal outdoor theater in a pleasant surrounding.

  • Underwhelming sight

    Much was made of this site but all I could see was a stage and a field in front of it where they were setting up for the forthcoming festival. Like taking us to Glastonbury without the music.Waste of...


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