Tallinn is one of Europe’s best-preserved capitals and in recent years the city has blossomed into a popular weekend town. What attracts visitors to Tallinn are primarily luxury spa treatments at budget prices and the old town with all the lovely buildings.
But Tallinn has a lot more than that to offer, which more and more people are discovering.
In this article, I share my personal favorites when it comes to things to do in Tallinn. You might also be interested in my travel guide to Tallinn
Tallinn’s Old Town is undoubtedly the heart of the city, with cozy restaurants and historic buildings in colorful combinations. All around you can walk around amongst the cobbled streets and admire the ancient castles and churches.
On the way you can turn into a cozy cafe that serves sandwiches and herring Estonian cafe or why not shop for local handicrafts. In the old town, there are plenty of shops selling souvenirs, local crafts, and delicacies.
St. Olaf’s Church (Oleviste kirik)
This church was actually the world’s tallest building at one time in history. Admittedly, this was between the years 1549 and 1625. St. Olaf’s Church is old and was built as early as the 1100’s. The church is named after the Norwegian king Olav the Holy.
Spa and Sauna
More and more people discover Tallinn’s fantastic range of spa facilities and treatments. The spa and sauna culture extends far back in time and therefore there are also spas in all different price ranges.
The standard is high, and it’s without a doubt must to go to a Spa when visiting Tallinn.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky is a stunning cathedral, both on the inside and outside. The architecture is in classic Russian style. Inside the church awaits a mysterious atmosphere. I’m not a believer in that way, but this is one of the few churches that got me thinking about it one more time.
To visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a must thing to do in Tallinn!
Tallinn is not really a shopping paradise per se, but for those who like vintage and thrift, there is a pretty good choice. The best vintage shops are located in the old town. Oh so Retro, Vintage House and Fankadelik are some of the most famous.
Tallinn Free Walking Tour
Free city tour is a bit of a disappointment in Europe and Tallinn is no exception. The guides are locals who grew up in the city and they show off the city from its best side. A fun activity where you walk around and also get to learn the story behind the buildings and sites.
Dome Hill (Toompea Hill)
Like to prospects should go to Toompea Hill. There awaits an 180-degree panoramic view over the city’s rooftops. In the area around Toompea, you will also find several cozy cafes and restaurants.
Olde Hansa Spiced Almonds
Olde Hansa Spiced Almonds are a bit of a cult thing in Tallinn, and it’s this carriage that’s the original one.
When you get to the caravan, you’re welcomed by a woman who is dressed in a medieval dress. The trailer is stationed in the middle of the old town on the corner of Raekoja square.
The magical scent will reach your nose three blocks away, and to taste Olde Hansa’s toasted almonds is one of the must things to do in Tallinn.
Other things to do in Tallinn
Want to check out what the Baltic countries has to offer in terms of beaches? Then Pirita Beach is a great beach to visit. During the summer, the beach is transformed into a lively area. It’s also easy to get here, by public transport.
This park is a lovely green oasis in the central part of Tallinn. Here you can stroll around among beautiful gardens and stop for a coffee at the café Kohvik Park. The park is also home to the majestic Kadriorg Palace.
Lahemaa National Park
Like fresh air and nature? Then you shouldn’t miss out on a day trip to the National Park Lahemaa. Nature here is almost untouched, and the whole area is stretching 725 square kilometers. The National Park is situated about 40 minutes outside Tallinn.
At Claustrophobia one can play an escape game, which means that you should solve a puzzle or riddle to get out. You can compare it with the Saw movies, but less horrifying. A fun experience for the whole family!
Are you interested in what Tallinn looked like before and how it was to live in Tallinn during the Soviet period? Then, you should make a visit to the KGB Museum.
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
This museum is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour is a museum that showcases submarines, sea planes, boats, and aquarium.
You can also try out various activities inside the museum. If you like the marina and all that comes with it, this is a fun thing to do in Tallinn.