Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, Tallinn

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Immerse yourself in the past at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, a life-size showcase of centuries of Estonian village life, architecture, and culture. Home to about 80 buildings dating as far back as 1699, the village offers the chance to see the structures in a traditional rural setting. Visit the museum and explore the 72 hectares (178 acres) of forested coastal landscape divided into different themed zones, each dedicated to showcasing one of the country's prominent regions and its architectural styles. You'll notice how large a role fishing and farming played in country life, as evidenced by the presence of mills and fish storehouses. Try your hand at cooking, embroidery, or a number of other handicrafts while you're at the museum; those with little ones will find plenty of kid-friendly activities and demonstrations as well. Afterward, kick back with some traditional Estonian cooking at the village tavern. Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Tallinn Edition.
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  • Liked visiting this beautiful place. decided to rent bicycles, because the area of the Museum is enormous. it all carefully and lovingly maintained, well cared for got great pleasure from visits with the weather too lucky
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  • Come experience how Estonian peasants lived through the ages. It's fun for adults and kids. Mostly outdoors so bring warm clothing and comfortable shoes.  more »
  • Located just outside the Centre of Tallinn, in the countryside, you open this interesting museum about Estonian culture and civilization. Well reconstructed locations, interesting ambiance recreated. Not bad for an afternoon outdoors ...
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  • Great place to visit to walk around. Don’t come late as some houses might be closed. You basically walk around and see many different building from different eras. A great change of scenery from the the city.
  • TOURISTS BEWARE! this is a nice place but to see the different historical building with people in them, you need to visit early in the day. I went at 6pm on a day that they closed at 8pm and the guy at the entrance informed me that the houses are now closed! 2 hours before closing time! I still strolled around this humongous park, but the experience is not the same as I saw in the pictures with people dressed up.
  • Very nice place to be "in the nature in the city", traditional houses with possibility to enter inside. Very nice walk and staff. Must-see in Tallinn.
  • Great place for bicycle family day. It is like historic town with Estonian village style in a different century. You follow routes and maps to different farms, buildings, swings. They also do horse cart rides. Perfect if you love walking and enjoy sea views. We didn't get to go everywhere, because on foot with kids you need to plan your distance back to exit. Next time we'll try next area and hope they will fix the sings by the sea. The place has a tavern to get some drinks and food. However, I would not plan tavern as full meal stop, just comfortable to have a break. Kids were happy to sit and drink their juice, but food was a little bit unusual for them, so "No" to tasting. There are picnic areas, if you do plan a meal break.
  • All the landscapes that you would need to travel to different cities in the country to visit, are gathered here for you, in a very beautiful and calming atmosphere, as if you ate walking in far villages. Easily accessible by public transport. There is also a bike rental at the entrance. If you visit the place on weekend, you may alsi get the chance to watch some traditional dances, performed by locals.

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As Estonia's largest city, Tallinn has a wide range of options for accommodation during your travels. Many of these--from economical bed and breakfasts to a luxury hotels--center within the Old Town or just outside of it, giving you easy access to historical sights and a range of activities. Get more for your money by venturing a little farther away; try a guesthouse in one of the surrounding areas for an authentic Estonian experience. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if you are traveling in the summer, as hostels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are known to book up fast for the months of July and August. This is especially true for weekends from May through to September.
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