Top Historical Places in Tallinn

Are you looking to explore the history of Tallinn through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Tallinn including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Tallinn. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Tallinn ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Tallinn, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Tallinn for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Tallinn with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Toompea Hill And Castle

    Castle, Hill

    The Toompea Hill located in the middle of the Estonian government and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, offers a fabulous view of the city. Legends say that the hill was formed where Linda mourned for Karev and placed a mound of stones over his tomb. Dating back to the 13th century, the Toompea Castle was built as part of the fortress of the city. The Baroque facades were added in the 18th centur...Read more
  2. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

    4.6 (569 Votes)
    Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

    Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Built in the late 19th century in a typical Russian Revival style of architecture, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral’s onion shaped domes catch your attention straight away. The cathedral is placed on a mount where Kalev is believed to be buried and where Linda mourned for him. The main alter with golden embellishments, mosaic elements that are seen throughout the Cathedral, stained-glass wi...Read more
  3. St. Catherine's Passage

    Historical Site

    St. Catherine's Passage is one of the charming streets in the Old Town of Tallinn located behind the former building of St. Catherine's Church. The street is famous for its number of shops that sell traditionally made, artisan goods including quilts, artefacts, ceramics, jewelry, hand painted clothes, decor and glassware. Christmas adorns the street with snow and lights. Take a walk here if you...Read more
  4. St Mary's Church

    4.5 (499 Votes)
    St Mary's Church

    Church, Religious Site, Tomb

    Dating back to the 13th century, the St. Mary's Church is the oldest church in Estonia. Many popular people are buried at the church including a number of military admirals, officers and their families. The tomb of Adam Johan von Krusenstern – the first man to lead a Russian round-the-world voyage, is the highlight of the church. The interiors of the church echo its past and you will find...Read more
  5. Church Of The Holy Spirit

    4.6 (38 Votes)
    Church Of The Holy Spirit

    Church, Religious Site, Statue

    Dating back to the 13th century, the Church of the Holy Spirit’s deceptively simple exterior tricks you till you see its elaborate interiors. The beautiful alter with statues that juxtapose against the golden embellishments, gorgeous stained-glass windows and the historic Clock of the Church of the Holy Ghost in Tallinn made by Christian Ackermann, are only a few of its many highlights. T...Read more
  6. Estonian Maritime Museum

    4.4 (345 Votes)
    Estonian Maritime Museum

    Museum, History Museum, Historical Site

    Located in the Fat Margaret Tower in the old town of Tallinn, the Estonian Maritime Museum showcases the history of navigation and ships used in the country and is part of the Seaplane Harbour museum that has a fine collection of real ships and seaplanes used in war. The Fat Margaret Tower itself dates back to the 16th century and has a historic importance of its own. The view from the rooftop ...Read more
  7. Russalka

    4.6 (11 Votes)

    Monument, Statue, Sculpture

    Named after the Russalka Ship on which many people lost their lives at the Gulf of Finland, the Russalka monument is quiet a sight with a 16-meter sculpture of an angel placed on a granite pillar. The monument was built in the early 20th century with the statue holding across and figuratively pointing towards the shipwreck. In the evenings, the beauty of the monument magnifies with warm lights ...Read more
  8. War Of Independence Victory Column


    Taking the spotlight at the Freedom square, the Vabaduse Monument shines in bright blue after dark. The monument was unveiled in 2009 and is dedicated to those who lost their lives during the Estonian War of Independence. The monument consists of 143 glass plates with a pillar that reaches a height of 23.5 meters. The cross of liberty on top of the pillar is an iconic structure in the city. Tak...Read more
  9. House Of The Blackheads

    4.5 (7 Votes)
    House Of The Blackheads

    Architecture , Heritage Building

    Dating back to the 14th century, the House of the Blackheads headquarters was formerly used for the functioning of an association for merchants, ship-owners and traders. The building’s elaborate entrance door and external architecture is only the tip of the iceberg and if you are lucky to see the interiors during a live event here, do take time to see the vaulted hall that dates back to t...Read more
  10. The Broken Line Monument

    4.4 (3 Votes)
    The Broken Line Monument


    The The Broken Line Monument is built in memory of the people who lost their lives on the Estonian ferry that sank in 1994 between its journey from Tallinn to Stockholm. The ship sank with 757 people who were never found while 137 people were rescued just in time. The monument signifies the loss with its abstract design of a metal curved line that breaks off mid way. Even though simple, the nam...Read more
  11. Linda Monument

    4.1 (3 Votes)
    Linda Monument


    Dedicated to the widow of the founder of Tallin, the statue shows Linda mourning the death of her husband Kalev. The Toompea Hill is the place where she laid down a heap of stones on Kalevs tomb. The statue represents the loss of loved ones who fought for the city’s rights and its freedom and is a historic legend and an emotional story to the locals. Stop by at the bronze statue to see th...Read more
  12. Eesti Korstnapuhkijate Koda

    Monument, Statue

    Adding to the many monuments and statues that grace the city, the statue of Onnelik Korstnapuhkija adds a flamboyant humor to the streets of Tallinn. The bronze statue of a chimneysweep in the middle of the Rataskaevu street is a fun company for a selfie. The nearby cobbled streets with cafes are perfect to stop by for a cup of coffee while the surrounding buildings bask the whole neighborhood ...Read more
  13. Maarjamae Memorial

    4.6 (1 Vote)
    Maarjamae Memorial


    Dedicated to those who died defending the Soviet Union, the Maarjamae Memorial incorporates architectural interpretation along with landscaping. The memorial includes the graves of the staff of the Avtroil and Spartak minesweepers lined with dolomite stone panels along with bronze sculptures of birds The tower that stands in solitude truly evokes the loss even from a distance. Take a walk here ...Read more
  14. Nun's Tower And Town Wall Walkway Image

    Castle, Historical Site, Tower, Observation Deck

    Be a part of the beautiful medieval castles as you walk under the gateway of the Nun's Tower and Town Wall Walkway Tours. Located in the North and Northwest of the Old city Tallinn, Estonia, the view from the top will surely stun your eyeballs. Feel the beauty while trading through the narrow streets, the spectacular garden and the charming nice old town wall. This town wall, flanked by the Nu...Read more