10 Things to See and Do in Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn seems to be one of those places that you either here people rave about, or you’ve never heard of it at all.  It’s the capital of Estonia and has more recently started to get popular thanks to the likes of social media.  As one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, Tallinn is more than just a charming old town of cobblestone streets, grand churches, and orange rooftops.  It has somehow managed to retain its charm despite its history of being a target for both the Germans and Soviets during WWII.

Tallinn is definitely worth the stop if you’re in Europe.  Make it its own destination by flying in, or a day trip from Helsinki.  Not to be overlooked, this destination is truly what old-time Europe is about.


1.  Get lost in the twisting roads of the old town

Tallinn, Estonia

One of my favorite parts of being in Tallinn was spending time in the medieval old town.  You can get lost in the twists and turns of the streets, every turn transporting you back in time.  I challenge you to go without any intentions.  Put your phone away and just wander aimlessly.  You’ll be happy you did.


2.  Visit Telliskivi

Doopa Street, Telliskivi

The next best thing to the well-preserved medieval part of town is the newer and more hipster area – Telliskivi.  A short walk away from the old town (approx 15 minutes), Telliskivi has a much different feel from the old town.  Street art splashed along the walls, food trucks and markets line the streets. My favorite concept is Depoo Street.  A Street of food trucks that you can either sit inside or outside.  Plus an old train renovated into a restaurant.


3.  Walk Tallinn Town Wall

Tallinn, Estonia

One of the most well preserved medieval fortifications, transport yourself back in time while getting views of the city from above.

Note:  Tickets are two Euros for adults, one for children


4.  Take in the views from St. Olaf’s Church

St. Olaf's Church, Tallinn

Originally built in the 12thcentury, climb up St. Olaf’s Church for the best views in the city.  Be careful of the lightning… it has at least 10 times causing the church to burn down on three separate occasions.

Note:  The viewing platform is closed during the winter; tickets will set you back three Euros for adults, one for children


5.  Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

As one of the most recognized buildings in Tallinn and offering free entry, you have to make this a priority stop if you’re visiting.  The architecture differs from the rest of the old town – the Russian Revival.  This is because the cathedral was built when the country was part of the Russian Empire.


6.  Get your sweet tooth fix at Rukis

Rukis, Tallinn

Snuggle up in this cozy café, sipping espresso and eating your heart out in all things sweets. All displayed beautifully from a glass case, you’ll be tempted to try one of each!


7.  Stroll through Balti Jaama Turg

A unique inside/outside concept, this market sells both food and goods.  Located in Telliskivi Balti Jaama Turg has something for everyone. You can take away or sit in one of the many boxed restaurants lining the streets.


8.  Have a tourist moment at Olde Hansa

Olde Hansa, Tallinn

While completely touristy, I found Olde Hansa to be quite charming.  The concept is to transport you back to medieval times. You’ll be served dinner by candlelight as the waiters and waitresses dress in medieval attire.


9.  Go on the free walking tour

Tallinn, Estonia

This self-deprecating tour walks you through the history of Estonia and old town Tallinn in particular.  This tour will last you about two hours and will teach you the importance of Tallinn’s history and how Tallinn has come to be who it is today.

Note:  Tips expected


10.  Walk St. Catherine’s Passage

St. Catherine's Passageway, Tallinn

A short stroll through this half-hidden passageway, St. Catherine’s Passage is a visual experience if you’re visiting Tallinn.


As of now Tallinn, Estonia is a booming tourist destination and has currently retained its independence for 23 years – the longest in the entire history of the country.  So go check it out!  See what makes the medieval town just as special and unique as the likes of other popular European capitals.


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Kylee is a traveling Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse with a love for solo travel, wine, and Taylor Swift. She has spent 6 years caring for babies in the NICU and is an expert on travel nursing. Kylee began Passports and Preemies in 2017 while volunteering as a nurse in Skopje, Macedonia as a way to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – A vacation geared towards nurses aiming to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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  1. December 16, 2018 / 10:51 am

    For something completely different from Olde Hansa on your next visit, try the contemporary restaurants along Rataskaevu. I ate at Aed and 16 and was very impressed by the value and the use of local ingredients.

    • December 16, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      I have heard Aed but didn’t get the chance to try it! It’s definitely on my list if I’m back! Thanks!

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