24 Hours of Taking in Tallinn’s Landmarks
Posted on March 05, 2013 by sguese
The job of balancing medieval and modern is one Tallinn has been serving for centuries.
One of the most enchanting cities in all of Europe, Tallinn doesn’t always get the cre
dit. However, once you wander its narrow cobbled streets, admire its 14th century church spires or dance the night away at a club, you will consider Tallinn. The World Heritage listed Old Town appreciates its quiet status, usually at a quiet café. If you aren’t certain it is worth renting a car in Tallinn could occupy your time, fill your itinerary with these sights and sounds.
Visit Toomkirik and feel its wisdom: Out of all of the churches in Estonia, Toomkirik can boast the most wisdom. Estonia’s oldest church, Toomkirik was founded in the early 13th century by Danish conquerors. Lording over Toompea hill, Toomkirik is also considered the spot of Tallinn’s birth when the German Knights of the Sword built a fortress here in 1230. Visitors should notice the tower, an addition from 1779, and the burial ground for the rich and noble.
Hang out in Tallinn’s heart at Raekoja plats: Tallinn’s Town Hall Square is the beating heart of the city. The center of attention and Tallinn’s life since markets began here in the 11th century, Raekoja plats also holds the only surviving gothic town hall in northern Europe. If you are lucky enough to be in Tallinn for a festival, you will see this square come alive with market stalls, dancing and concerts.
Meet the Chief at Oleviste Church: Oleviste Church is a chief of sorts in Tallinn. The principal landmark makes for a good place to start discovering Tallinn for you can rise to its observation deck. The observation deck sits halfway up the 124m structure. It prides itself on having the best views of Tallinn’s Old Town. Of course, with any great landmarks there is a legend behind it. Locals believe the architect Olva fell to his death from the tower. Construction on the tower first began in the early 13th century.
Get lost in the KUMU: Estonia might not have many museums, but the KUMU proves quality is better than quantity. The country’s largest museum is a massive structure of limestone and green glass. It holds a large amount of Estonia art, along with constantly changing contemporary exhibits.
Head to the town’s pharmacy: A pharmacy is usually the last place you want to be while on vacation, but in Tallinn, there is one pharmacy you won’t want to miss. Raeapteek, otherwise the Town Council Pharmacy, is one of Tallinn’s ancient institutions. The pharmacy/apothecary has been here since 1422.
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