Tallinn Old Town, Tallinn

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Divided between a fortified upper portion and lively lower section, Tallinn Old Town, now a World Heritage Site, represents the historic heart of Estonia. Defended by imposing walls and 26 surviving watchtowers, the city is one of the best preserved in Europe. Wander the winding, cobbled streets surrounded by Hanseatic-style architecture and buildings dating from as far back as the 11th century. Climb up the steep steps to the castle-like upper town, where the city's elite once lived. You'll be rewarded with sweeping views of the city and the Gulf of Finland, accented by a multitude of church spires and towers. For the clearest panoramas, head to the viewing platforms around the edges of the walls. Arrange your visit to Tallinn Old Town and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tallinn using our Tallinn road trip site .
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  • August 17, 2017
    What a great place to wander through and admire the different types of old buildings and churches. The lanes are quite wide hence the feeling of space. Every other restaurant is either vegan or vegeta...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    If you are here, old town would be the place you would never miss. We joined a walking tour. Though it's a huge group, he still did a great job, in terms of history telling, make a bit fun of his neig...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice city centre with the main square surrounded by restaurant and colourful façade. Lots of souvenir shops.
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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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