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Tallinn Old Town (Vanalinn)
Tallinn Old Town (Vanalinn)

Tallinn Old Town (Vanalinn)

Free admission
City Center, Tallinn

The Basics

Originally surrounded by fortress walls (some of which can still be seen today), Old Town is the jewel of the city housing its art, culture, food, and history. Most tours of the area explore the major sites of Old Town through its winding streets and interconnecting passageways.

Be sure to check out the Tallinn City Museum and the St. Nicholas’ Church, both of which host an extensive collection of medieval artwork. Or consider exploring Toompea Hill for spectacular views of Old Town with a glimpse of the Balctic Sea in the distance. And while you’re there visit the vibrant, onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

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2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour
2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour
$154.05 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Helen provided a wealth of information...
Helen provided a wealth of information about Tallinn today and its history. Highly recommend this tour. Loooove Tallinn!
dwaynespies, Aug 2016

Recent reviews from experiences in Tallinn

star-5
A great way to orientate yourself to Tallinn with a warm and kind guide!
Leslie_V, Aug 2021
Tallinn Small Group Tour Old Town and Kadriorg
Dennis was truly amazing - I really enjoyed our walk and tram ride through Tallinn. The weekend I was in town there was a festival in the old town and Dennis took me to the tourist information center so I could get more information. I enjoyed all the knowledge he had about the town - I especially enjoyed visiting the Russian Orthodox Church. Dennis was willing to take photos of me while we were on the tour (I was traveling solo) and he did a GREAT job! Riding the Tram to the Palace and its gardens was fun and the gardens themselves are outstanding. He showed me where the Kumu Museum was and the next day I visited the Zoo and the museum. (Note that you must be able to show proof of vaccination to enter the museum) This is a great way to orientate yourself to Tallinn and learn about the city - I highly recommend it!
star-5
Fun and interesting
Patricia_M, Mar 2020
Tallinn Shore Excursions: Old Town Walking Tour
Julia was wonderful. The tour of Old Town was fabulous. Julia made it fun and interesting. She had so much information to share. I wish I had more time!!
star-5
Fantastic Tour. Don't Miss It.
bugtb, Dec 2019
Tallinn Small Group Walking Tour: Old Town Only
Our guide, Stanislav, was fantastic. Provided great history and insights into Estonian history. Showed us multiple interesting locations off the main pathways, locations and history we would have never seen on our own. When our ferry arrival was going to be delayed, we contacted the tour company, and Stanislav actually met us at the ferry station to save time. If you go to Tallinn and do not take this tour, you are really missing out on a wonderful experience.
star-5
Old Town Tallinn
flower1390, Nov 2019
Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside
Perfect visit with excellent guide on this port that we did on our cruise. The number of guests on tour was perfect. Not too many!
star-5
Excellent tour
Meander08540614660, Oct 2019
Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside
It was good tour program for full day tour. A lot of walking. We enjoy the tour with prof tour guide.
star-4
We really loved the tour and guide was...
David M, Sep 2017
2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour
We really loved the tour and guide was very informative. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful city. It was touted as a 2 hour tour and we finished after 90 minutes. This was the only disappointing part.
star-5
This tour was very good and I would...
Kathycheetham, Jul 2016
2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour
This tour was very good and I would highly recommend doing it. We walked the upper and lower towns learning about Estonia's history on the way. Well worth doing and our guide Helen was great
star-5
Great surprise
Regina A, Sep 2019
Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside
We took the tour of Tallin / Estonia tour while on a Princess cruise Friday August 23. our tour guide was patient, knowledgeable, on time. Unfortunately I did not keep his name but Im sure you can look it up via res. We used Viator in the past and most likely will use them in every port from now on.
star-5
Great introduction to Tallinn and Estonia
Janice G, Nov 2019
Tour of Tallinn Old Town and visit to The Seaplane Harbour
Great introduction to Tallinn and Estonia. Our guide was very knowledgeable on the history. Estonia has a brutal past, and has had numerous invaders, gaining its independence from the Soviets in 1991. Its amazing the old town has survived - its very beautiful. After our walk in the old town, we then went down to the Sea Plane museum past the old prison - which sounds chilling. The Sea Plane museum is fantastic. Beautiful building and great food for a late lunch. We finished our tour feeling that we had a better understanding of the history of Estonia, and maybe, just maybe an insight into the culture, as well as the courage, fortitude and stoic nature of the Estonians.
star-5
Don’t miss this excursion!
Kathy L, Aug 2019
Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside
Our guide Alex was outstanding! Knowledgeable, fun to listen too and our luncheon was at a small intimate cafe with excellent food tastings....wish our stay in Talin. Was a little longer with free time. 10+!
star-4
Maeriah was great. Wonderful knowledge...
Jenny B, Jul 2016
2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour
Maeriah was great. Wonderful knowledge of the city, buildings, history and culture of Tallin. She had a great personality, making jokes and really seemed to even be enjoying herself. The 2-hour was worth it to see Tallin and where you want to spend the rest of the time in the city! Great experience
star-5
Great Tour, Great Company, Amazing City !
SteveOSh1, Aug 2019
Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside
Very good tour, guide was helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating! Highly recommended. Wish we spent more time at Kadriorg

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Town is a pedestrian-friendly area of Tallinn.
  • Although the winding streets can be confusing, part of the charm of the city is to wander throughout the centuries-old alleys, past ancient architecture.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes when navigating the cobblestone streets of Old Town.
  • Many of the museums, castles, and churches in Old Town are free and open to the public.
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How to Get There

Old Town Tallinn can be reached by car from Tallinn Airport which is roughly a 12 minute drive. You can also take a bus from the airport if you are not renting a car or using a taxi. Once in Vanalinn, most of the compact area is accessible on foot.

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When to Get There

Tallinn, and Estonia in general, is still a relatively less touristy destination, so you won’t be in the crowds of other major European cities no matter what time of year you go. For warm weather and plenty of fun festivals and city-wide celebrations visit Tallinn during the summer. Or for a fairytale-like wonderland, consider a bundled-up excursion in winter.

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Wildcard

Dining in Tallinn Old Town One of the best things to do when visiting Vanalinn is to experience the dining and nightlife scene. The main Old Town Square is filled with restaurants and cafes though they tend to be a little pricey. Instead consider wandering the town’s sidestreets to find a smaller place to stop for a bite to eat. And for those looking to mix history with their cuisine, check out Olde Hansa for a medieval dining experience.

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