Viru Gate, Tallinn

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  • Address: Viru,10140 Tallinn, Estonia
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 00:15 Mins
  • Tags: Watch Tower, Cafe, Family And Kids, Streets
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About Viru Gate, Tallinn

Originally part of a fort wall with watch towers on either side, over time the wall was demolished to connect the city’s Old Market with Kadriorg. The towers still remain along with parts of the Musumagi bastion. The whole wall dates back to the medieval age and still preserves it original architecture and charm.

The nearby Viru street is a bustling center filled with shops and cafes where you can try local food and shop for local goods.

Viru Gate Information

  • You can only see the gates from a distance.

How To reach Viru Gate by Public Transport

  • Bus: Viru
  • Light Rail/ Tram: Viru
  • By Taxi
  • By renting a Car/Bike.
  • On foot

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Things to Know Before Visiting Viru Gate

  • 95% of people who visit Tallinn include Viru Gate in their plan

  • 56.67% of people start their Viru Gate visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Viru Gate

Thursday, Friday and Sunday

75.63% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Viru Gate

People normally club together Long Street and KGB Museum while planning their visit to Viru Gate.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Viru Gate, Tallinn Reviews

  • Only a ferry ride across the gulf of Finland (2 hrs from Helsinki). Wow! what a beautiful old city. Small enough to walk around in one day. Estonians are so friendly and kind. Even if they can't speak English, they are so genuinely interested in you (even when you don't buy anything), although we did buy quite a few things. The food was good too. We'd like to visit again.

  • Wonderful Finnish market with craft foods and beverages. Very friendly vendors in historic setting. Enjoy!!

  • One of the places you can enter the old town. The towers are actually only the foregates of what was a much more complex gate system built in the 14th century. You can go even upstairs for 3 euros. Worth to see, so definitely highly recommend.

  • The Old Town is like a fairy tale when there's the snow

  • Viru Gate The barbican of Viru Gate was part of the defence system of Tallinn city wall built in the 14th century.  A couple of centuries later, it already had 8 gates that consisted of several towers and curtain walls connecting them. The main tower of a gate was always square and the barbicans were equipped with one or two small round towers.  As the entrances to the Old Town were widened, several gates were demolished. The Viru Gate had to pay its dues to a horse-drawn tram route that connected the Old Market with Kadriorg. However, the corner towers were preserved; also, you can still see a part of the bastion that is called Musumägi. Viru Street with its many shops and restaurants has become one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the Old Town.

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