Instagrammable Tallinn - meet Steven

Photo: Mats Õun

Instagrammable Tallinn - meet Steven

 He is a local Instagram star who enjoys sunsets, perhaps a not-so-healthy bite, a good company and prefers to take the high ground at all times. While Steven's exact age is a well-kept secret, we can only assume that he is somewhere between 10-20 years of age. Visitors have a chance to meet the iconic Steven and his extended family on one of the viewing platforms overlooking Tallinn Old Town: Kohtuotsa and Patkuli , with excellent photo ops guaranteed.

That's right - Steven is a bird, a European herring gull to be precise. A resident of the northern European coastal stretch, herring gull can grow up to 66 cm long and has a varied diet of of fish, crustaceans and whatever tasty snacks you might have on you. Steven tends to act hungry at all the times, but for for the sake of future visitor experience as well as his health, we recommend saving that snack for yourself.


Tallinn is a seaside town, where humans and birds alike enjoy an expansive view across the Finnish Gulf. Toompea, where Steven resides, is a limestone hill in the central part of the city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Today, Toompea is a home to Government of Estonia  and the country's parliament. This is considered one of the oldest parts of Tallinn, with the earliest stronghold built in the 10th century, followed by further developments under the reign of Swedes, Danes and other neighbouring forces.

Photobombed by Steven

Photo by: Mart Vares


To explore the 46-kilometre Tallinn seaside a bit closer, take a stroll down to Kalamaja in North of Tallinn, or a rent a bike and ride across the scenic Pirita promenade. Tallinn is a small city where people tend to know each other, so perhaps you'll even come across Steven's seagull siblings.

Ran into Steven? Share your snapshots with us using #visitestonia and #steventheseagull hashtags.

Last updated : 14.08.2018
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