Holidays to Tallinn, Estonia

Why Travel to Tallinn, Estonia?

Tallinn is the beautiful capital of Estonia. The city is blessed with gorgeous coastal views thanks to its enviable perch along the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Famous for its incredible medieval architecture, Tallinn draws in millions of visitors year upon year.

With direct flights available from London, you can get to the city in less than three hours. However, a lot of tourists also journey to Tallinn via a ferry from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The journey takes around two hours and offers the perfect opportunity to take in the breathtaking Baltic Sea.

Tallinn is a popular destination amongst travellers exploring the Baltic nations, with many journeying from Vilnius, Lithuania. It is also rather easy to reach from Latvia, with many venturing to Tallinn by train from the Latvian capital of Riga.

Upon arriving in Tallinn, you will quickly find yourself enamoured by its relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and enchanting medieval buildings. Along with taking in the wonderful scenery, you will find lots of unique things to see and do in the city.

Highlights of a Trip to Tallinn

Tallinn’s enchanting old town is a must-visit for any tourists in the city. With its medieval walls, stunning limestone architecture and winding cobblestone streets, it is the cultural hub of the city. Here you will find trendy cafes and restaurants along with lots of hotels where you can stay the night.

The beautiful architecture reflects the city’s troubled history. Having spent much of its existence ruled by Russia and Germany, the buildings display a blend of different architectural styles. Gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1918, Tallinn is one of the youngest European capitals and has an incredibly unique ambience.

Whatever you’re looking for from your trip to Tallinn, you are sure to be impressed by the plethora of sights to see and activities to get up to. The city is rather easy to navigate thanks to its well-connected tram and bus system that can easily take you to and from the best attractions.

Tours and Holidays of Estonia and the Baltics

Guided tours to Tallinn are one of the best ways to see the city. Local tour leaders guide you through the most iconic attractions along with hidden gems that slip under most tourists’ radar. Well acquainted with the area, these experts will share all the secret stories about the area along the way.

We also offer tailor-made tours for those wanting to personalise their trip. If you’re looking to bookend your Tallinn adventure with a trip to Riga and Vilnius, we also offer tours in these Baltic cities so you can turn your trip into a Baltic tour.

Places you’ll visit in Tallinn on our group tours

  • Pirita and Saint Briggita’s convent ruins
  • Kadriorg Park and Palace
  • Russalka Monument
  • Medieval City Walls
  • Toompea Castle
  • Aleksander Nevsky Orthodox Church
  • Saint Mary’s Cathedral
  • Town Hall Square
  • House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads
  • Fat Margarita Tower
  • Viru Gate

Discover What To Do in Tallinn Old Town

The Town Hall Square is a must-visit for anyone wandering the cobbled streets of Tallinn Old Town. This is the centre of the hubbub of the city’s medieval streets, with the Town Hall itself being the oldest in the Baltic region and Scandinavia, dating back to the 13th century.

If you happen to be visiting during the summer months, expect the square to be brimming with outdoor cafes, open-air concerts, medieval festivals and fairs. In winter, the area plays host to the city’s Christmas market. This tradition traces back to 1441 when the very first Christmas tree is said to have been erected.

Go to Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform for the finest view of Tallinn. Located on Toompea Hill, you can catch public transport part of the way up before venturing the rest of the journey by foot.

Upon arriving, your efforts will instantly be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views over the city. The viewing platform offers the perfect photo opportunity, encapturing everything from centuries-old spires to the highest TV tower.

Another of the best things to do in Tallinn is climb the City Walls. These medieval structures trace back to 1265 when they were ordered to be built by Margaret Sambiria for defensive purposes. The walls were originally less than 5 metres high but were significantly enlarged, extending around 15 metres high in the 16th century.

Today, around 20 of the original towers still stand over the city, allowing Tallinn to live up to its nickname of the ‘City of Towers’. Many of the towers now serve as museums that you can visit and get a fascinating insight into the city’s past.  Hellemann Tower is a particularly popular one to visit. This three-story fortification has functioned as a prison and weapons store but now serves as an art gallery and an inn.

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Holidays in Tallinn FAQs

Is Tallinn safe to visit?

With low crime rates, Tallinn is considered a very safe city to visit. Of course, like in all cities, you should be careful with your valuables and always keep an eye out for pickpockets.

If you are planning to rent a car and drive during your visit, you must be very careful. The weather conditions and potholes in the city will require you to apply the utmost care and attention.

Is Tallinn good for a city break?

Serving up stunning architecture, a fantastic food scene and incredible points of historic interest, Tallinn makes a fantastic destination for a city break. You could not find yourself short of things to do in the city and there is a wide range of accommodation options to cater to all tastes.

Can you fly direct to Tallinn from the UK?

Yes, you can fly direct to Tallinn from the UK. At the moment, there are two direct flight routes available, both of which are from London. You can fly with Ryanair from Stansted and EasyJet from Gatwick. If you’re based elsewhere, you can always catch a connecting flight from your local airport to London or elsewhere in Europe.

How many days do you need in Tallinn?

With so much to do in Tallinn, it is advisable to stay for at least three nights in order to get the most out of the city. That being said, a guided tour around the city will whizz you through all of its highlights and best attractions in a short time frame. You could always opt for a bespoke tour to ensure you tick off every spot on your bucket list.

Do they speak English in Tallinn?

While Estonian is the native language, Tallinn’s flourishing tourism industry has brought most of its inhabitants to speak English. Many residents are fluent, especially those working in hospitality sectors so you are unlikely to encounter many communication issues.

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