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How to Spend 1 Day in Tallinn

How to Spend 1 Day in Tallinn

Got a day to get to know Tallinn? If so, you’ll have time to see the star attractions of Estonia’s 1,000-year-old capital and delve a little deeper into its history, culture, and off-the-radar sights. Here are our ideas for making the most of 24 hours in this lively city.

Morning: Cover the Old Town

Start by familiarizing yourself with the Upper Town and Lower Town of Tallinn’s Old Town. Select a private or group walking or bus-and-walking tour, and absorb Upper Town highlights such as Toompea Castle and the onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, before seeing the Lower Town’s medieval towers, Old Town Square, and more. Many tours include a sightseeing drive around farther-out sights such as Kadriorg Palace and the ruins of Pirita Convent. Alternatively, select a hop-on hop-off bus tour that combines a panoramic overview of the city with the flexibility to disembark at stops that interest you.  

Afternoon: Different Perspectives

See Tallinn from a different angle this afternoon. Take a leisurely bike tour around its old fishing quarter of Kalamaja, passing its pastel-painted wooden houses and visiting off-the-beaten-trail attractions such as the 1980-built city hall and Balti Jaam market. Otherwise, leave town to climb the Soviet-era Tallinn TV Tower for bird’s-eye views over Estonia’s forests and coastline. If you’re a foodie at heart, let a guide introduce you to some of Tallinn’s markets and delis to taste staples including rye bread and berry wine. Alternatively, celebrate Tallinn’s claim to fame as the birthplace of marzipan by learning to shape the sugar-and-almond paste at a workshop.

Evening: Ghosts and Good Times

Tallinn gets extra atmospheric at night, with a party air mingling with the history and mystery of its darkened lanes. Tap into its creepy credentials on a ghost-themed walking tour, roaming the cobbles to discover hidden corners and tales of murders, hauntings, and spooky happenings. Alternatively, sample Estonia’s home-grown brews on a craft-beer tour, or take your tastebuds on a jaunt around the country’s traditional liqueurs, such as Vana Tallinn. For some serious partying, meanwhile, join a bar crawl around Tallinn’s hottest spots, enjoying included drinks at happening bars before hitting a nightclub.

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Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour

Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour

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Eat your way through Estonia on this small-group food tour. Follow a friendly local guide around town and stop at several local food venues for delicious treats. Possible stops include street stalls, a medieval-themed tavern, local cafes, a chocolate museum, a nearby market, and a few surprises. Get a unique experience of the city and enjoy a meal (or several!) at the same time on this fun food tour for the whole family.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.88
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3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn

3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn

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Get to know medieval and modern Tallinn on a private 3-hour tour. Exploring by foot and air-conditioned vehicle, see the city's highlights as you uncover its colorful past. Admire the palace at leafy Kadriorg, explore seaside Pirita and stroll around the medieval Old Town to view must-sees such as Old Town Square and climb Toompea Hill for panoramic views. The tour includes hotel or cruise port pickup, and a flexible itinerary so you can tailor your sightseeing around you. Price is per group, based on a maximum of eight people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.62
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Tallinn Sightseeing Tour by Coach and Foot

Tallinn Sightseeing Tour by Coach and Foot

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Explore the enchanting city of Tallinn by foot and coach on an enriching 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a luxurious coach and embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city’s most significant sights; cruise past Toompea Castle, Kadriog Park and the beautiful beaches of Pirita and then absorb the quaint charm of Tallinn Old Town alongside a knowledgeable guide on a leisurely walking tour. Visit Europe’s oldest apothecary and gaze at the colossal spire of Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral before bidding your guide and group farewell.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.06
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$177.06
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Skip the Line: Tallinn TV Tower Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Tallinn TV Tower Entrance Ticket

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Ascend via elevator to the observation deck on the Tallinn TV Tower, the tallest structure in Estonia. The tower itself is 314 meters (1030 feet), while the observation deck sits at 170 meters (558 feet). You receive a time slot for making your visit; it is recommended you arrive about 15 minutes prior. You can also take time to look at the historic and cultural exhibits on the ground floor.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$15.35
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Estonian Craft Beer Tasting in Tallinn

Estonian Craft Beer Tasting in Tallinn

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Set free your inner beer connoisseur on this beer-tasting tour of Tallinn. Follow your guide to different bars and cafes as you try some of the most popular craft beers in Estonia’s capital city. Along the way, learn more about the Estonian characteristics of each tasting, and get more familiar with the beer culture in Tallinn.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Alcohol Tasting Tour In Tallinn

Private Alcohol Tasting Tour In Tallinn

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Estonia is known for its many, varied alcoholic beverages, but it can be difficult to know which to choose. This private guided tour takes you to historic locations in Tallinn, as well as a cozy restaurant where you can sample some drinks, such as Kannu Kukk and Vana Tallinn, while learning about their history and secrets.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$59.02
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