A lovely walking tour for people who wish to see the best of the Tallinn Old Town in the company of an inspiring local guide. This is a great opportunity for those fond of walking to have a cosy stroll within reasonable time to enjoy the best of the historic city.
The fascinating walls of the old town remind us of the middle ages. The numerous towers each have their own history and the unique name. The most famous of those are "Paks Margareeta" (Fat Margaret), Kiek in de Kök (look into the kitchen), Tower behind the tower and many others. Tallinn is one of the very few towns with that large number of the middle age constructions preserved.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral stands out from the old town buildings with it's bright color and Byzantine architecture. It's one of the latest constructions of the old city, the Russian Orthodox church, build by the request of Russian Emperor Alexander the 3rd in the 1900. It's located on the high point of the Toompea Hill in front of the Parlament building.
The Dome Church is one of the oldest churches of Tallinn. The church looks very plain and simple with the white walls and small dome, but it has the very long history. It was first mentioned in 1233 and since than it has been one of town's main temples. It's dedicated to Virgin Mary. It has the graves of the prominent peope of 13th-19th centuries.
Fat Margareth (Paks Margareeta) reminds us of the romantic legend of "Estonian Romeo and Juliet" - the story of a pesant boy Herman and firsheman's daughter Margareth. The Tall Herman tower is on the opposite part of the old town, sadly separated from his love for centuries.
Great Coastal Gate is located in the northern part of the old town. It's the closest gate to the seashore, which explains the origin of the name. The Gate is built next to the Fat Margareth Tower. It's decorated with the dolomite coats of arms of Tallinn and the date the gate was open - 1529.
Estonian Parlament building is located next to the walls of the Toompea Castle. It's the active government building, open for the tourists' visits to observe the work of the Parlament from the special balcony. The Tall Hermann (Pikk Herman) Tower is a part of the Parlament building. It's the tallest tower of the Tallinn's city walls.
The white tower of St. Olaf's church is the most distinct landmark of Tallinn. The 123 meter high spire is still the highest structure in the town (except for the TV tower). It's the most popular observation spot of the city. The church has the great acoustics, so it's frequently used for the conserts.
The Tallinn old city center consists of 2 major sections - the Lower Town and the Toompea hill, separated by the fort wall. The lower town is a busy tourist area with narrow streets and old houses. The main attractions of the lower town are the Town Hall Square, Oldest Pharmacy, Church of Saint Olaf, 3 Sisters Buildings. There are numerous restaurants and coffeeshops on the streets of lower town.
Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy) is one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe, having always been in business in the same house since the early 15th century. It is also the oldest commercial enterprise and the oldest medical establishment in Tallinn. It's located next to the Town Hall and still preserves the charming medieval spirit with the of jars and herbs, hidden in the large wooden closets.
Three Sisters are 3 identical houses, located in the northern part of the old town on the main street. These are the traditional houses of the merchants, first mentioned in 1362. Since that time 3 sisters were owned by richest and most prominent citizens of Tallinn.
It is a great way to feet the medieval spirit of Tallinn. Make a stop for the photo at the Tallinn Town Hall - the only remaining gothic town hall in Europe, walk the narrow streets of the old city, have a cup of coffee in the 200 year old coffee shop, walk up to the observation spot with the greatest panorama of the Tallinn bay.
|Meeting time: 30 minutes after the ship docks OR at the time specified by your manager.|
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Meet your guide and driver outside the main port gate. Please read Tallinn meeting instructions carefully. We will also send you a copy at time of booking. It's better to print them out!
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The tour starts from the cruise port, where our guide picks you up and together you take an easy 15 to 20 minute walk to the Tallinn Old Town.
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Ancient Hanseatic town Tallinn holds its charm with narrow cobblestone streets, red tile roofs, medieval gothic style houses and the pride of being called the best-preserved old town in Northern Europe. The tour enables you to take a good look at the picturesque Lower Town, the fortified Town Wall with many towers, the famous Town Hall and one of the oldest continuously functioning pharmacies in the world. Interesting legends mingled with the views at the churches of St. Olav's, St. Nicholas and the Holy Spirit will take you into the right mood of the old times in this city.
In the Upper Town Alexander Nevskij's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Dome Church and magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill will be also part of your experience of this romantic medieval wonderland.
Our friendly and well-informed guide can provide you with so much more than just the tour info – feel free to inquire all about the current life, issues and most exciting details about the nowadays life in Estonia.
The tour ends in the Old Town area and you can freely continue the exploration on your own and do some shopping, too. Now that you know most of the Old Town – getting back to the ship is fairly easy.
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