Things to Do in Tallinn

Tallinn Attractions and Landmarks

Like in many other small countries, a big part of Estonia’s tourist attractions are concentrated in its capital city Tallinn.

Tallinn’s Old Town is popular among tourists thanks to its medieval architecture and is often being compared to Prague or Zurich (while remaining less commercial and less expensive, as many visitors say).

In summer the streets of Tallinn get very lively with a lot of cafes and live music. Tallinn’s best known landmarks include Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Kadriorg Palace, and the pink building of the Estonian Parliament, Riigikogu.

Other Things to Do and See in Tallinn

But the list of Tallinn attractions goes beyond historical buildings – e.g. the 314-metre high Tallinn TV Tower or several Soviet era reminders like the Patarei (Battery) Prison or the former KGB Tallinn Headquarters.

You will find a plenty of museums in Tallinn, e.g. Estonian Open Air Museum, National Art Museum KUMU, Museum of Occupations, and many more. During the year Tallinn hosts many festivals and other music and cultural events.

Beaches in Tallinn

Though the climate is far from warm, people do swim in Estonia. There are several good beaches in Tallinn and its surroundings. Tallinn’s Pirita Marina served as the yachting venue at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

Things to Do Outside Tallinn

Though the majority of Estonia’s population, monuments, hotels, and events are located in the capital city of Tallinn, it would be a mistake to limit your visit to Estonia to Tallinn alone. Other parts of the country offer equally beautiful historical buildings, friendly people, and natural views, as well as some unique attractions Tallinn lacks.