Things to Do in Tallinn in 2 Days
This September, I finally visited Tallinn which had been on my list for a bit longer. What is really cool (at least for me)is that there is a cheap airline company which operates in Tallinn.
When I got a good deal I finally booked my flight and stayed for 3 nights and here is why visiting charming Tallinn in Estonia is a good idea.
First of all, after I had visited places like Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Paris, and Switzerland this year, it was one of the very few places that were more “affordable”. Compared to Germany (western Germany) the prices are okay and visiting was a treat for my wallet.
Where to Stay in Tallinn
I stayed at the 4* Hotel L´Ermiritage Tallinn, which is very close to the Old Town of Tallinn and a great place to stay, among other because of the proximity to the Old Town.
Get a Tallin Card
I had the 72-hours Tallinn Card (comes also as a 24-hours or 48-hours card). It is a popular card, and you can use it for public transport, hop on and hop off buses, many museums, and attractions. It turned out to be very handy, and I used it for public transport as well as for some attractions. Though several attractions were closed already in September, and I could not do some activities.
Day 1 – Things to Do in Tallinn in 2 Days
What to See in Tallinn´s Old Town
Tallinn might be most famous for its old town. I stayed at a hotel very close (hotel review here) and visiting the old town was one of the first things I did. Tallinn´s old town is charming, but I have to admit that I got lost (and I am normally am not so bad with maps). So, despite my map I probably missed out on several places but I think I got very good impressions of the beauty of this city. There are many cute small streets with little cafes, restaurants and historic buildings, and so the old town will probably the first thing on your to-do list. If you visit some attractions and get lost in the streets, you can easily spend a full day in Tallinn´s Old Town.
One of my first stop was at Kohtuotsa which offers panoramas of Old Town.
However, most stunning to me was probably the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The beauty was just overwhelming and it has become one of my favorite buildings I have seen this year. The orthodox cathedral in Tallinn´s old town was built at the end of the 19th century – when Tallinn was part of the Russian Empire. The Russian architecture is clearly visible and probably one of the most famous attraction in Tallinn.
I also enjoyed discovering the old Town Wall with my Tallinn Card – a wall that has been created in the 13.th century and is one of the best-preserved fortification. Some parts are open to public (check opening hours before visiting).
Unfortunately, the Town Hall was closed when I visited. The historic square in front of it is very beautiful though and when I visited a Russian concert took place which was interesting and fun. The colorful buildings are pretty picturesque – as is the Old Town in general.
As mentioned above, I got lost a bit and missed out on St. Olav’s Church and Tower, which used to be the tallest building in the world. The view from Tallinn’s iconic, Gothic church, is very well-known and I wish, I had not missed out from that view (especially because I have a thing with great views). The entrance to the church is free and with the Tallinn Card, you can also get to the tower for free.
Where to Eat in the Old Town
I also visited Vegan Restoran for a late lunch and was surprised how busy it was. Vegan food seems to be popular in Tallinn though meat and seafood are very typical. The food was not mind blowing – despite the very good reviews. But It was tasty and the restaurant was very charming and cute.
Day 2 – Things to Do in Tallinn in 2 Days
I also visited the Tallinn TV Tower in Pirita, which is situated a bit outside the city center. I got there by using the Tallinn Hop on and Hop off buses, a day ticket is included in the Tallinn Card. The sightseeing bus stops in front of the TV Tower and does not include much walking.
The view is great (about 314 meters) and there are many information about the tower. I was lucky that is was quite empty and there were no lines or crowd of people. On the way to the city center, the bus passed some quieter and green places of Tallinn. The green lounge surely make a good place for strolls and if you have more time, you could get out somewhere along the way to explore the green part of Tallinn.
If I had had more time, I would have spent an hour at the Pirita Promenade. A place I would surely have enjoyed. because of nice views of the city skyline and the proximity to the water. It is a 2 km paved pathway, great for walking, cycling or skating – if you walk from Pirita to the city center you´ll can enjoy the beautiful Tallinn skyline.
Before I actually visited the TV Tower, I had stopped at Kadriorg Palace. It is a colorful baroque palace, built in the 18th century, and definitely worth a visit. There is also a museum but I did not visit it and just admired from the outside. With the Tallinn Card, you can visit the museum for free.