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Viru Gates, Tallinn

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Step right into the heart of Tallinn's urban center and access the city's historical sights from Viru Gates. The square connects all of the city's major roads and main public transportation lines, and it's a gateway to the old town. Throughout history the square was the city's main gathering place and the center of activity. Reconstruction at the beginning of the 20th century transformed the area into a transportation and shopping hub. Apart from visiting an array of stores, you can stop by a bar or restaurant for refreshment or a fine meal. Browse the surrounding area for a selection of souvenirs and be sure to visit some of the flower shops that the neighborhood is famous for. Work out when and for how long to visit Viru Gates and other Tallinn attractions using our handy Tallinn travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    These gates represent the entrance to the Old Town. During our stay in Tallinn we passed several times through this ivy covered gate, with only two remained towers in the present time, aside of the ga...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The virus gates were interesting to compare to some of the other gates (fat Margaret), There is a lot going on down in this area of town.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Door located north of the city. It is the most attractive entry. Place bound with huge medieval flavor. There are flowers on the street selling, which gives it a special charm
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  • April 22, 2017
    Very nice gate between the newer and older sections of the city. (Here is where the tourist trap begins.) It is worthy to note that in less than a square kilometer, Tallinn has the newest of buildings and midieval buildings and everything in between. It is quite an amazing place. This gate is a symbol of this diversity.
  • June 29, 2017
    Really good meeting point if you want to go out in the old town.
  • May 17, 2017
    Well maintained gateway to Old Town. Gives you a sense of the history of Tallinn. Stalls are setup to buy fresh flowers.
  • June 18, 2017
    Beautiful place. Historical. Nice atmosphere
  • June 20, 2017
    Beautiful entrance to the Old Town. Macdonalds, Hesburger and flower market nearby.

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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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