Tallinn has so much to see and do that getting the maximum from three days in the city requires careful planning. From discovering its Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Site to exploring farther afield, here’s our take on spending 72 hours in the Estonian capital.
Tallinn Botanic Gardens (Tallinna Botaanikaaed)
Located on the right bank of the Pirita River, the Tallinn Botanic Garden (Tallinna Botaanikaaed) is the largest and most biodiverse botanic garden in the country. From its modern row of greenhouses—home to foreign, exotic, and local plant varietals—to the more than 6,000 plant species spread out across hundreds of acres, this botanic garden is perfect for plant enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.
Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Kloostrimetsa tee 52 11913, Tallinn
In addition to its highly-curated greenhouses, the Tallinn Botanic Garden also has a lovely arboretum that has been carefully landscaped as a park perfect for a shaded stroll. There is also the Garden of the Senses which invites guests to study the healing properties and use of edible plants. And don’t forget to visit the incredible rose garden. Home to roughly 700 varietals—some species dating back to the 15th century—the rose garden is a sight to behold when in bloom.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Tallinn Botanic Garden is an excellent place for a walk or a picnic.
- The greenhouses are situated along a 2.5-mile (4-kilometers) long trail, so where your walking shoes.
- You can book a guided tour or explore the garden on your own with an audio guide.
- Grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe.
- Visitors can buy a discounted, combo ticket to visit the botanic garden and the adjacent TV Tower.
How to Get There
Tallinn Botanic Garden is approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) away from Tallinn’s main city center. It is best reached by car (though the use of a map or GPS system is recommended), or by bus routes 34A and 38 from the Viru Keskus Shopping Center bus terminal. Take the Kloostrimetsa bus stop to arrive at your destination.
When to Get There
The garden is open every day, year round, though hours may vary in the winter months. To experience the rose garden in full bloom consider planning your visit during late spring or summer.
Old Town Tallinn
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tallinn Old Town is the jewel of the city housing its art, culture, food, and history amongst its 13th-century cobblestone streets and Gothic-spired buildings.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Tallinn Botanic Gardens (Tallinna Botaanikaaed) ?
What else should I know about attractions in Tallinn?
- Tallinn TV Tower (Tallinna Teletorn)
- Kadriorg Park
- Kumu Art Museum (Kumu Kunstimuuseum)
- Kadriorg Palace
- Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Lauluvӓljak)
- Tallinn Cruise Port (Tallinna Sadam)
- Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam)
- Tallinn Old Town (Vanalinn)
- Tallinn Town Hall (Tallinna Raekoda)
- Tallinn Legends
- Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak)
- Dome Church
- Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
- Toompea Castle (Toompea Loss)