These incredible things to do in Tallinn, Estonia show how much there is to discover. Estonia’s beloved city of Tallinn was a highlight on a day trip from Helsinki this year. I loved how much charm was in Tallinn, how easy it was to walk around, and many gems along the way.
It is quintessential Estonian. From the architecture to the food, Tallinn gives you a chance to see just why Estonia is such an incredible country to visit in Europe. So if you’re visiting for the day or already traveling in Estonia, here some incredible things to do in Tallinn.
10 Incredible Things to Do in Tallinn, Estonia
1. Explore the Town Hall Square
Right in the heart of Old Town Tallinn, is the main square. As picturesque as it is, there are many restaurants and shops that line it. It’s a must-see when visiting the old town.
2. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Above the town, the famous church of Alexander Nevsky towers over Tallinn. Take the steep stairs from the old town and work your way up to see it. The history of the church dates back to the Neo-Byzantine era.
3. See Tallinn from Patkuli Viewing Platform
The best viewing platform in Tallinn sits above the city. You can get a glimpse out to the water and see the medieval walls that circle around the city.
4. Explore Telliskivi Creative City.
This creative city in Tallinn is just outside the city and you can easily walk to it. This area is incredible for seeing pop-up shops, street art, local designers, and grabbing a bite from a food truck.
5. Try craft beer from a local brewery.
Local beer is one of the best things to try when visiting Tallinn. You’ll find beer at almost every restaurant but if you’re looking to visit something more unique, head just outside of the old town to St. Vitus where you can try craft beers from all over Estonia.
6. Eat traditional Estonian food.
I was amazed by how good the food is in Tallinn. Sitting down to lunch at Olde Hansa (recommended to reserve), I tried some of their classics. The food was delicious, hearty, and I loved the game meat they had on the menu.
7. Visit the Estonian History Museum
For a look into Estonian history, the museum is the best spot to do so. It doesn’t take long to visit but it has a lot of insight into their heritage and past. For other museums, Kumu art museum and the Estonian Maritime Museum in Seaplane Harbour came recommended as well.
8. Walkthrough St. Catherine’s Passage
If there’s one street not to miss, it’s this. The old stone arches transport you to another world and it’s a sight to see. There are even a few shops and cafes there as well!
9. Head out to Laheemaa National Park
The one thing I didn’t have enough time to go see was the national park of Laheema. It came recommended from the tourist office to go see for a walk in nature. If you’re looking to get outdoors, this park just outside of the city is the best place to go.
10. Spot the colorful doors of Tallinn.
As part of the city, you’ll start to notice the endless colors and shapes of the doors. There are some incredibly photogenic ones as well! Head here to find a map of the prettiest doors of Tallinn.