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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
$136.07 per adult
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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

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A Perfect Combination
Cherrilyn_S, Aug 2022
Tour of Tallinn Old Town and Bastion Tunnels
Tallinn is the place to be and this is the tour to have! My guide, Heive, epitomizes my ideas of Estonia - calm, stoic, patient, and intelligent. I learned so much about Tallinn and Estonia in this tour and my guide patiently answered all the questions I’ve asked along the tour.
star-5
Tallinn is worth the time and effort, and this is an excellent way to start.
Robert_W, Aug 2022
Unique and personal tours of Tallinn Old Town
An excellent walk through a beautiful and historical town with varied cultural and societal influences. Heritage including German, Russian, Swedish, and Finnish are reflected in the sights and structures of this picturesque city. A truly remarkable experience.
star-5
Great way to learn the history and see sites in Tallinn
Dale_A, Aug 2022
Tallinn Shore Excursions: Old Town Walking Tour
Stanislav provided excellent information and history about Tallinn. He met us on time at the port and showed us around the city. He is friendly and his English was excellent. I highly recommend him.
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Great tour in the 1st day
Jeffrey_L, Jul 2022
Tallinn Small Group Walking Tour: Old Town Only
Julia was a great tour guide who was very engaged with us and knew all the history. We really engaged the tour in the 1st day in Tallinn.
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Great Experience
margaret_b, Jul 2022
Tallinn Small Group Tour Old Town and Kadriorg
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Talinn. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She took us to an amazing little chocolate shop that we would have never have found on our own. Plan for a lot of walking!
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Simply wonderful!
Karen_B, May 2022
Tour of Tallinn Old Town and Bastion Tunnels
The entire town was amazing. History, shopping, beauty! Our guide was awesome. Now my favorite stop on our 25 day cruise!
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A wonderful and informative tour
Henry_F, May 2022
Tallinn: Old Town and Kalamaja small group walking tour
Julia was a superior travel guide! Her upbeat spirit and excellent understanding of her city was a delight for both of us! Her explanations and descriptions were insightful and presented in an upbeat had casual manner. She’s got our vote for one of the best guides we have had!
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Educational
Eric_D, Apr 2022
Tallinn: Old Town and Kalamaja small group walking tour
We were only with the 2 of us, so, our guide (Julia) picked us up in our hotel. Immediately she started telling about Tallinn. Unbelievable how much information she shared with us. AMAZING!! There was a really nice conversation between us during the whole tour! We had quite a few good laughs! I can only recommend this touroperator and Julia more specific. Thanks!!
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Great Experience
Scott_D, Apr 2022
Unique and personal tours of Tallinn Old Town
Rosie was a great guide, listened to our questions and explained things. Took us to all our requested places.
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A look into old Europe.
Lewis_S, Jun 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer
Maarja was so informed and she came with props. Maarja taught us about old Europe and how it turned into modern day Europe. Our interest in how someone who lived under Soviet survived was satisfied. She explained her life before / after Soviet rule. She walked us through old Talinn and explained how everything was from "beginning" until now. We absolutely enjoyed our time with her. As we were on cruise ship time we didn't have a lot of time but Maarja somehow showed us everything we wonted to see and figured out how to give us shopping time. I feel like I just got a taste of Estonia and because Maarja's private tour I have a desire to go back and maybe stay for a few day to see more. I would definitely use her for a longer tour if I did.
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Wonderful tour of Talinn
Stacey_N, Jun 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer
Fabulous tour with Maarja Laiapea with Saku Travel. Excellent value for tour. Maarja really made our family feel comfortable and was very knowledgeable about the city. It was so nice to have our own personal tour guide. We were very happy with pickup and drop off at the port. She recommended a delicious restaurant for lunch and even made reservations for us. After lunch she met us at meeting spot and we were taken back to the port, so nice to not have to worry about transportation. Truly a wonderful time!
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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!!
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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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