Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Tallinn

Estonian Open-Air Museum

If tourists won’t go to the countryside, let’s bring the countryside to them. That's the modus operandi of this excellent, sprawling complex, where historic buildings have been plucked and transplanted among the tal…
Top Choice Gallery in Tallinn

Kumu

This futuristic, Finnish-designed, seven-storey building (2006) is a spectacular structure of limestone, glass and copper, nicely integrated into the landscape. Kumu (the name is short for kunstimuuseum or art museu…
Top Choice Square in Tallinn

Town Hall Square

Raekoja plats has been the pulsing heart of Tallinn since markets began here in the 11th century. One side is taken is taken up by the Gothic town hall, while the rest is ringed by pretty pastel-coloured buildings d…
Top Choice Cathedral in Tallinn

Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

The positioning of this magnificent, onion-domed Russian Orthodox cathedral (completed in 1900) at the heart of the country's main administrative hub was no accident: the church was one of many built in the last par…
Top Choice Palace in Tallinn

Kadriorg Art Museum

Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great between 1718 and 1736, now houses a branch of the Estonian Art Museum devoted to Dutch, German and Italian paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and Russian works f…
Historic Building in Tallinn

Patarei

Surely one of the creepiest buildings in all of Estonia, this former sea fortress and prison has a chilling history as a place of incarceration, brutality and oppression. Part of it is now open as a kind of eccentri…
Museum in Tallinn

Maarjamäe Palace Stables

The lengthy Soviet occupation of Estonia is covered in painstaking detail elsewhere, so this branch of the Estonian History Museum, housed in a 19th-century stable block at Maarjamäe, is devoted solely to the German…
Zoo in Tallinn

Tallinn Zoo

Boasting the world’s largest collection of mountain goats and sheep, plus around 350 other species of feathered, furry and four-legged friends (including lions, leopards and African elephants), this large, spread-ou…
Museum in Tallinn

Maarjamäe Palace

A kilometre north of Kadriorg Park, Maarjamäe is a neo-Gothic limestone manor house built in 1874 for a Russian count. It’s now home to the Estonian Film Museum and a less-visited branch of the Estonian History Muse…
Park in Tallinn

Kadriorg Park

About 2km east of the Old Town, this beautiful park’s ample acreage is Tallinn’s favourite patch of green. Together with the baroque Kadriorg Palace, it was commissioned by the Russian tsar Peter the Great for his w…