How to spend two unforgettable days in Tallinn

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How to spend two unforgettable days in Tallinn

This year, Tallinn is celebrating its title as 2023 European Green Capital with events that highlight the city's dedication to environmentally friendly and sustainable practices that make Tallinn better for locals, tourists, and businesses. Its compact size means to you can see the most important sites in a weekend.

When arriving by plane, waste no time and reach the city centre in only 15 minutes by tram! It's also located a convenient ferry ride away from Helsinki. Tallinn has historically had a place at the crossroads between East and West; these days it's known for its enchanting combination of medieval and modern. Come for a weekend, though you may find you wish you had more time!

Repurposed industrial 

F-Hoone, one of many popular dinner spots in Telliskivi.

Photo by: Visit Estonia 

Day 1: Medieval Old Town & bohemian Kalamaja

The Tallinn Old Town is a medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site with especially well preserved city walls. Winding streets radiate out from the Town Hall Square, an impressive stone structure built in 1404. For the best bird's eye view, ascend St. Olav's church spire, one of the world's tallest buildings when it was constructed in the 16th century. Climb Toompea hill to the upper city to see the pink parliament, ornate Alexander Nevsky orthodox cathedral and yet more stunning photo opportunities of the city and sea. In the afternoon, head to the Kalamaja district, named for its history as a fishermen's neighbourhood. Only a short walk from the Old Town, you'll find vibrant, wooden, two-story buildings housing cafés, design shops and some of Tallinn's best restaurants. Check out local goods at the Balti Jaam Market, visit Fotografiska  and try one of the eateries at Telliskivi Creative City for dinner.

Art break 

KUMU, the Art Museum of Estonia, is adjacent to Kadriorg park. 

Photo by: Tõnu Tunnel

Day 2: Royal Kadriorg, seaside Pirita & TV tower

Though it's tempting to stay in the charming Old Town the whole weekend, go exploring. The regal Kadriorg area is the best place in Tallinn for a stroll. Centre stage is a colourful baroque palace dedicated by tsar Peter the Great to his wife, Catherine. Tucked in the grounds are art museums like Kumu, a Japanese garden and the Presidential Palace. Northeast of Kadriorg, Pirita promenade runs parallel to the sea. Watch sailboats cruise by and admire the Old Town skyline from a distance. Inland stands the TV Tower, at 314 metres, Estonia's tallest building. Drink in panoramic views at the café or take an adventurous Edge Walk over the side of the platform. 

Last updated : 03.02.2023

In category: Tallinn, History & culture