Toompea Castle, Tallinn

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Home to the Estonian parliament, Toompea Castle sits at the epicenter of Estonian history. Throughout the ages it served as the military and administrative center for different rulers of the area, from local lords to Danes, Teutonic knights, Swedes, and Russians. The abundance of architectural and artistic styles reflects the castle's rich history, and its tallest tower proudly flies the national flag. Free tours are offered periodically, but you'll need to have a valid ID for a security check. Put Toompea Castle at the forefront of your travel plans using our Tallinn sightseeing planning tool .
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  • This hilltop castle dates from the 9th C. but the fortress was rebuilt from 1227 on and is located on Toompea Hill which is just west of the lower Tallinn Old Town. The south end of the castle feature...  more »
  • The castle is built on a rock, and the walls are part rock. From this castle looks even more majestic. Of course not the whole Castle has been preserved, and already a lot of things attached to it, which does not apply to the Castle. But walk around the castle is worth, and bypassing the lock can be by the way go to the observation deck.
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  • Not too far from the city center, walking distance. We just walked around it and it was gorgeous. Worth having a walk and see it.  more »
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  • Toompea castle which is also the home to the Estonian parliament, it is a beautiful building with an extraordinary setting at the top of the town surrounded by the city walls. There is a nice square in front of the building and a park to the left where you can overlook thev town from above. The tour and opening times changes so check their website.
  • Great views and location. Nicely preserved building. Definitely worth the stop. Plus a good place to catch the hop on hop off bus if you want to see the city.
  • Parliament House is nicely cared for.
  • Directly facing the Alexander Nevsky cathedral, is the Estonian Parliament, at Toompea Castle (Estonian: Toompea loss). Check online for opening times and tours or small exhibitions.
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