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In our Tallinn guide below, we give you 4 of the top things to see and do in Tallinn along with some useful info on Tallinn accommodation plus more. Enjoy…

Number 1 in our Tallinn guide is the town square1. Town Hall Square

Any guide to Tallinn wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the picturesque Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats). It has been the undisputed hub of the Old Town for the last eight centuries. It is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings. In the summer it is great to sit at one of the many café and watch all the activity happening in the square.

Make sure you find the round stone marked with a compass rose in the middle of the square. From this point, with a little stretching and bending, you can see the tops all five of Old Town’s spires.The square is the social heart of the city, a venue for open-air concerts, craft fairs and Medieval markets. Each winter there is a busy Christmas Market and in spring the Old Town Days festival, a modern version of a Medieval carnival, where traditions from the Middle Ages are kept alive.

If you would like a great place to stay, just 2 minutes walk from the town square and within easy walk of all the main attractions have a look at our Tallinn accommodation.

Number 2 in our guide to Tallinn is capital of culture events2. Go to one of the European Capital of Culture Events

Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture in 2011, so there’s something new and interesting to check out every day. Events include: The tour of Estonian towns, the unique Straw Theatre where performances are given in a structure made of straw, Cinema in the Urban Space: Roof Top Cinema, the Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration, the staging of Wagner’s last opera “Parsifal”, a screening of one-minute films called “60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero” and the charming Christmas Market. The following Tallinn guide has the full schedule of events: http://www.tallinn2011.ee

Number 3 in our Tallinn guide is the history museum3. Time travel and experience the history of Estonia

For your guide to Tallinn’s history and to see what life was like for Estonians over the centuries, go to the Estonian Open Air Museum. This is a huge area of forested land on the outskirts of Tallinn, where old, rural traditions live on. The museum is home to a large collection of farm houses, a school, traditional Tallinn accommodation, a fire house, water mills, windmills and even a working village tavern, all dating from the 18th to early-20th centuries.

You can walk through the museum and look into various buildings, while staff members in costume demonstrate traditional activities like weaving, bread-making, tending to farm animals or clomping past in a horse-drawn cart. There are also guided tours, theatrical performances and other activities to help inform and entertain the guests.

Number 4 in our guide to Tallinn is the toompea castle4. Toompea Castle

Next in our guide to Tallinn is Toompea castle. This is located on top of a limestone cliff and looks out over the rest of the city. Toompea Castle has always been the seat of power in Estonia. Today it houses the Estonia’s Parliament. The castle was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. From the front, you can see a pink, Baroque palace dating to the time of Catherine the Great. The view from the opposite side gives a much more Medieval perspective.

From the Governor’s Garden at the castle’s southern edge, you can see the 46-metre Pikk Hermann tower comes into view. The tower is an important national symbol: tradition dictates that whichever nation flies its flag over Pikk Hermann also rules Estonia. At sunrise each day the Estonian flag is raised above the tower to the tune of the national anthem.

A Tallinn guide can give you a tour in Toompea Castle: Mon-Fri 10-16

Check out the rest of the articles in our blog: Tallinn Reviews & Tallinn Travel Guide, things to do in Tallinn, top Tallinn travel information, Tallinn accommodation and our guides to Tallinn.

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