Guided walk through the Old Town of Tallinn
Shore excursion of the category "City & People"
£30.00 – £39.00
The Old Town of Tallinn is one the best preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the historical center and let yourself be enchanted by its sights and tales.
Overview of the highlights
- Walk through the Old Town of Tallinn
- Visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Cathedral of St. Mary
- Tour in Tallinn’s Lower Town to the Town Hall Square
Your local guide will meet you at the agreed meeting point and take you on your guided shore excursion in Tallinn. We start the day with a walk through the charming medieval streets of the historical center of the capital of Estonia.
The Old Town of Tallinn consists of two quarters: Toompea, also called “Upper town”, and All Linn, also called “Lower Town”. Estonia was always ruled by Toompea. Even today, both the seat of the Parliament and the Government of Estonia are here – the first meeting in the castle Toompea, the latter in the house Stenbock. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. Mary are also located here. During a visit you will learn more about the two important religious buildings. From the Belvedere you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.
Then you will explore All Line, Tallinn’s Lower City, where Renaissance alternate between Baroque facades with the world-renown Hanseatic architecture. this style is also known as Brick Gothic. The oldest cobbled streets and buildings date back to the 13th century. From the bastions and towers of the old city walls, which you see on Muurivahe Street, especially the Powder Tower – also called Kiek in de Kok – is remarkable. Now your tour takes you past the Dominican monastery of St. Catherine and the Cistercian convent of St. Michael. The undoubtedly most famous sights of the Lower Town are the House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads – a guild of young, unmarried merchants, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the St. Nicholas Church and the St. Olaf’s Church, whose tower was the tallest building in the world from 1549 to 1625.
Our tour ends at the imposing Raekoja Square (Town Hall Square), where you can see the Town Hall building from 1404 and the Great Guild built in 1410, in whose gothic hall the merchants of the city used to meet. On the opposite side of the square there is the Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy), which has been open since the early 15th century, making it the oldest pharmacy in the world.
This tour does not include a bus transfer from and to the ship. The cruise port is very central, so that the city is easily accessible.
Together with your guide you will travel back to your cruise ship. Alternatively, you can also stay on your own in the city and go back to the ship independently at a later time.
We wish you a great shore excursion in Tallinn!
Start time in the morning (you will be told the exact time)
Medium (3-hour walk)
|What to bring|
Light clothing and comfortable, solid shoes. Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen or an umbrellas and sufficient water.
|Services not included|
|Min. number of participants|
This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to run.
The visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Cathedral of St. Mary is only within the opening times and outside services possible.