Old Town with Old World Charm
Being the capital and the biggest city with the population of almost 400 thousand, Tallinn is the centre of culture, politics and business. Tallinn’s Old Town belonging to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a magnificent blend of a medieval streetscape and modern convenience, with cafes, restaurants, shops and street fairs all easily accessible inside the city walls.
Cobblestones, courtyards and craftsmen.Experience the Middle Ages with a stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, peeking into side alleys, inner courtyards and artisans workshops.
Tradition-bound, alive and alluring.Traditions like the Old Town Days and medieval markets keep the Hanseatic spirit alive in enchanting venues.
Medieval cuisine with a modern touch.Tallinners have always enjoyed a hearty meal. Today you can taste a mixture of medieval atmosphere and modern cuisine.
The highly prized value of true craft.The skills of craftsmen have been passed down for centuries. Search for your favorite among workshops, handicraft shops, and markets.
Layers upon layers of history.Through the ages, Tallinn’s culture has been molded by its many rulers from east and west. Today the dynamic life of the city pays tribute to its various historical influences.
A modern city with a medieval twist, the Estonian capital is one place where the past is still alive and kicking!Tallinn has made huge strides in transforming itself into a high-tech, cosmopolitan city over the past decade, but as much as Estonians are proud of the forward-looking nature of their capital, there’s no question that the city’s most valuable treasure is its connection to the past.
The jewel in Tallinn’s crown is its medieval city centre, otherwise known as Old Town. This web of winding cobblestone streets and properties, dating mainly from the 11th to 15th centuries, has been preserved nearly in its entirety thanks to a strong defensive wall - much of which is still standing - and a strict ban on the use of combustible building material. That bit of foresight means that 21st-century visitors can still stroll through Old Town’s streets, wandering past the same churches, squares, towers, and rows of peak-roofed houses that their predecessors did centuries ago. Considering that this is the best-preserved medieval city in Northern Europe, it came as no surprise when, in 1997, UNESCO decided to add Tallinn’s Old Town to its World Heritage list. Simply put, Old Town captures the feeling of the medieval era like no other place in the world.