Picking favourites from Tallinn’s numerous attractions seems like an impossible mission, but let’s try! On the Town Hall Square, the heart of the Old Town, we can already find three candidates: the medieval market square itself, the best-preserved Gothic town hall in Northern Europe, and Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy), the oldest continuously operating pharmacy in Europe. Turning our gaze up, it is as if Tallinn was created by conquerors of heights. There is Oleviste Church, an integral part of the city’s skyline, which was arguably the tallest building in the world in the 15th and 16th centuries. And not to mention Toompea Hill’s Kohtuotsa viewing platform, which provides an excellent view of the city and its medieval walls and towers.
In the Masters’ Courtyard and Katariina Guild, you can observe how craftsmen and artisans ply their trades. Kadriorg – with its Baroque castle – is an enchanting area, from which the road leads to Maarjamäe memorial, dedicated to the victims of Communism, and the Song Festival Grounds, an iconic embodiment of the Estonian National Identity. The Pirita Olympic Yachting Centre and the TV Tower are monuments to the fact that Tallinn was once an Olympic city, while Tallinn’s new experience centres Fotografiska, PROTO Invention Factory, and the Estonian Maritime Museum in the Fat Margaret artillery tower revive Tallinn’s historical and industrial heritage. Which sight takes the top must-see spot? We simply can’t decide, you’ll have to see for yourself!