Cool places to visit in Tallinn – attractions, museums, skywheel, Fotografiska, etc
Whether you want to take it easy and relax, expand your knowledge, or push your body – Tallinn has plenty of exciting and surprising things to see and do.
Tallinn Old town
Tallinn Old town is the city’s biggest tourist draw. It is small, compact, very easily explored on foot and has a fairytale charm. It is built up from the 13th to 16th centuries when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league. The colorful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches are all neatly packaged within a well-preserved city wall and dotted with guard towers.
Town Hall square
The most important places in the old town are the Town Hall square, Town Hall and its tower. There is always hustle and bustle here. In November-December and the beginning of January, This is also where the Christmas market takes place.
There are several viewing points in Tallinn Old town. From Kohtuotsa viewpoint, you will find great views to the east of the old town and from Piiskopi viewpoint to the west.
The best view is from the tower of Saint Olaf’s church. The ascending via narrow, steep staircase is rewarded with a great view over the old town and the Tallinn cruise port.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Speaking of churches. There are a lot of those in the old town. One of the most beautiful churches is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Unique in Europe, the observation wheel will take you 120 meters above sea level, opening up a view of Tallinn’s classic skyline at a completely new angle. You can also enjoy the magnificent views of the city, sea, Lake Ülemiste and the airport in private. Ferris wheel provides a safe and comfortable ride around the year. The pods are heated during winter months and air-conditioned in the summer. Each pod has room for up to six people, either standing or sitting. The pods also have wheelchair and baby cart access.
At the same location as the sky wheel, there is Super Skypark – the region’s largest indoor family entertainment center. The Super Skypark play center has the size of a football pitch and offers active entertainment and lots of fun all year round, both to adrenaline-hungry adults and the youngest members of the family. A single pass gives you access to a series of attractions unique in Estonia or even in Europe: the largest trampoline area in Europe, a 10-metre high climbing court with slides, a play area for toddlers and much more.
Internationally renowned, Fotografiska opened its new location in Telliskivi Creative City in 2019. The gallery or meeting place is known for bringing the world’s best photography to its walls, and its Tallinn location is no exception. The aim of this urban meeting place is to redefine the traditional museum space, where visitors are invited to linger and become inspired. Fotografiska includes exhibition and event spaces, a music club, bar, café, gift shop, and restaurant. The restaurant is located on the sixth floor, offering panoramic views of the city.
Seaplane Harbour maritime museum
Not far from the city center, the museum is located at the seaside and inside the seaplane hangars. It’s truly unique as the first shell concrete structure ever built. Initially completed as part of Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress in 1916-1917, the museum now combines new and old land and sea. The hall has an area of 8000 m².
It is a modern maritime museum with a lot of information and interactive exhibits. The main attraction is a real WW2 submarine that you can easily walk through. Also, there are several ships to look at and visit in the harbor outside. One of them a steam-powered icebreaker Suur Tõll.
KUMU – Art Museum of Estonia
Kumu is one of the largest museums in Estonia and one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. The permanent collection is versatile enough to get a gist of Estonian modern art of the past and today. And even if you don’t want to see the works of the Estonian artists inside (they are very good!), you should at least admire the modern Scandinavian architecture of the museum. The KUMU is located near the Presidential Palace and the Mikkel Museum and can be visited with a combination ticket.
Tallinn Open Air Museum
This is something unique! You can see there how the people lived in the past and learn a lot about Estonian history and culture. Open Air Museum is located at the Baltic Sea and surrounded by the forest. You can breathe the fresh air, enjoy the quiet time close to nature and sightseeing at the same time. How awesome is that?
The museum invites you to see rural architecture and get acquainted with village life. The 12 farms of the museum show the visitor the life of families of different income and occupation in the 18th-20th centuries. As in any real village, there is a church, an inn, a school, a number of mills, a fire station, a village shop and net sheds by the sea.
WANT TO SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
The blue lagoon of Estonia – Rummu quarry
If you look for something extra cool, grab a taxi or rental car and pay a visit to the Rummu quarry. This magical place, located 42 km from Tallinn, is well-known of its` light blue water and sand hills. Not so long time ago, Rummu quarry was used as a mining site for Vasalemma marble, where most of the workforce were prisoners of Murru prison. These days, Rummu quarry operates as an adventure center and with its` extremely transparent water it is a perfect destination for divers and all those who seek for best spots for marvelous Instagram pictures in Estonia (explore #rummu on Instagram and you´ll see what we are talking about). In summer, the territory is open to guests, but you should book your visit first. They also offer guided tours!
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