This state puppet-museum's collection is a wonderful introduction to the art of puppetry from many different cultures and eras. There's enough interactive exhibits to balance out those behind glass, plus a genuinely unsettling Cellar of Horrors, and workshops where you can see creations taking shape. There are generally no performances in summer, but plenty at other times of the year, aimed at a wide range of ages. Tickets for those aimed at older audiences are €20.

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1. Great Guild Hall

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The Great Guild Hall (1410) is a wonderfully complete testament to the power of Tallinn's medieval trade guilds. Now a branch of the Estonian History…

2. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

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The blue-and-gold clock on the facade of this striking 13th-century Gothic church is the oldest in Tallinn, dating from 1684. Inside are exquisite…

3. Town Hall Square


In Tallinn all roads lead to Raekoja plats, the city's pulsing heart since markets began setting up here in the 11th century. One side is dominated by the…

4. Draakoni Gallery


In among the guilds, beneath a fabulous sculpted art nouveau facade, this commercial gallery hosts small, often stimulating exhibitions of contemporary…

5. Town Council Pharmacy

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Nobody's too sure of the exact date it opened, but by 1422 this pharmacy was already onto its third owner, making it the oldest continually operating…

6. Tallinn Town Hall

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Completed in 1404, this is the only surviving Gothic town hall in northern Europe. Inside, you can visit the Trade Hall (whose visitor book drips with…

7. Photo Museum

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Only enthusiasts are likely to find much of interest in this little museum housed in the former town prison. Exhibits include selections of the wider…

8. Town Hall Tower

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Old Thomas (Vana Toomas), Tallinn’s symbol and guardian, has been keeping watch from his perch on the town hall's weathervane since 1530, although his…