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St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn

St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn

St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn: Our most recommended tours and activities

Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

1. Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

Cross the Gulf of Finland by ferry and join a guided city tour of Tallinn on a day tour from Helsinki. Step back to medieval times in Old Town, and see past Russian influences in the architecture of Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and Kadriog Park. After an easy 2-hour ferry crossing from Finland to Estonia, you will be met at the port by your guide. Your guided city tour will take in all the major sites of Tallinn, followed by some free time to explore at your own pace. The most popular destination in Tallinn is Old Town, an area which has maintained its medieval character and charm to this day. Stroll the cobblestone streets, walk through ivy-covered Viru Gate and explore the gothic Town Hall. On Toompea Hill discover the perfectly pink Toompea Castle, built in the 13th century, now home to Estonia's parliament. Directly across from the castle is Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. This striking Russian Orthodox-style cathedral with onion bulb domes will certainly capture your attention. For a dose of nature, the beautiful gardens at Kadriog Park beckon visitors to Tallinn. With geometric flower beds, Japanese garden and a lovely swan pond, there is plenty to delight the senses for all ages. At the end of the day you will return to the port for your ferry trip back to Helsinki where your tour ends but memories will remain.

Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

2. Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

The Tallinn city tour is a combined bus and walking tour in Tallinn. During the bus part of the tour, which lasts for 2 hours, you drive around the famous Old Town, and see the towers of the wall, the most famous ones are called Stout Margaret and Tall Herman. You also see the mighty wall of Toompea Castle on the hill, drive through the district of high tech architecture – Tallinn’s City. Lastly, you visit the districts of wooden architecture which Tallinn is famous for. See and learn about the history of the baroque style of Kadriorg Palace and the park which Peter the Great of Russia presented to his wife. Next continue the way to Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, a very important place for the people of Estonia, where the Estonia Song Festival is held every 5 years. The Festival Grounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following this, drive along the seaside and enjoy a picturesque view to the Gulf of Finland. Stop at Pirita Convent (St. Brigit's Convent) and discover the story behind the ruins of the monastery. There will also be a beautiful photo stop on the coast of the gulf with the best view of the Tallinn. The bus tour ends in the Old Town and you will continue on foot. Tallinn’s Old Town consists of two parts, the Upper Town and the Lower Town. During your walk you will first discover the Upper Town, which was a stronghold of the former Tallinn nobility. See two cathedrals, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Lastly, view the Estonian Parliament building inside Toompea Castle and enjoy a panorama of the Tallinn from the viewing platforms. After seeing the Upper Town, continue to the Lower Town. Here you will see the medieval merchant’s houses and learn why Tallinn was founded at this particular place, how it developed, why there are so many churches and why they are so tall. Going down along the Long Leg Street see St. Olaf’s Church, the highest building in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. Your tour ends at the Town Hall Square inside Lower Town. Here you will find the Gothic Town Hall and the oldest functioning pharmacy in the world, Town Hall Pharmacy. After the tour you are on your own, the guide will advise you about additional attractions, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The main square of Tallinn – Liberty Square is 5min away and the cruise harbour is just a 15 min walk.

Tallinn: Medieval Walking Tour

3. Tallinn: Medieval Walking Tour

Walk through the narrow gothic dwellings, cozy cobblestone streets, and well-made fortress walls with solid towers. The Old Town is comprised of two parts: Lower Town (residence of artisans and merchants) and Upper Town (residence of viceroys and the nobility). On this tour, learn how Tallinn got wealthy by attracting invaders and resisting them. Discover why Tallinn was known as a 'town of pepper and salt,' and how Estonians, local Germans, and Catholic monks communicated with each other. Walking the cozy cobblestone streets, get acquainted with Tallinn's history through interesting stories and legends.  See medieval dwellings from the 14th to the 15th century, the oldest town hall and pharmacy in Europe, and St. Olaf Church, having once been the highest in the world. We explore Upper Town - an area of German crusaders (later - noblemen), viceroys, and bishops. See the largest Orthodox church in Estonia, then the oldest one in Estonia. Nearby, see Toompea Castle occupied by the parliament. The climax of the excursion will be a visit to a viewing platform for a view of Tallinn. This excursion may be finished at the Town Hall Square or any other place convenient for you! You will also receive recommendations on where to try local food and drinks, what kind of souvenirs are worth buying, where to have time with children, and which museums are worth visiting.

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

4. Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Welcome to Tallinn, the beautiful capital of Estonia! This walking tour will take you through the charming cobbled streets of Tallinn's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over the course of two hours, you will discover the city's rich history, architecture, and culture. Our tour will begin at Town Hall Square, the heart of the Old Town. Here, we will admire the beautiful Gothic architecture of the Town Hall building and learn about the square's importance in Tallinn's history. Next, we will make our way through the narrow streets and alleyways of the Old Town, passing by the stunning St. Olaf's Church, the tallest church in Estonia. We will also visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a beautiful Russian Orthodox church with stunning onion-domed towers. As we walk through the Old Town, we will learn about Tallinn's medieval past, including the city's fortifications, guilds, and trading history. We will also explore some of the city's hidden gems, such as the picturesque St. Catherine's Passage, lined with artisan workshops and galleries. Our tour will end at Toompea Hill, the site of Tallinn's historic castle and the Estonian Parliament building. From here, we will enjoy stunning views of the city and learn about the rich political history of Estonia. Throughout the tour, your guide will share fascinating stories and insights into Tallinn's history and culture, making this a truly memorable experience. Come join us for a delightful stroll through the charming streets of Tallinn's Old Town!

Tallinn: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

5. Tallinn: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Unique walking tour with a lot of tales about medieval Tallinn - get to know the most interesting stories from our history. How the city of Tallinn came to be, what was its importance in medieval politics, why the Danes regularly give us their flag, and what legends still influence our lives here. No boring dates and unknown names, these are Tallinn Tales! Attention! This is the tour with around of 2 km of walking on feet. Prepare warm clothes, if you are arriving in winter - usually it's quite cold outside.

Iconic Old town Tallinn

6. Iconic Old town Tallinn

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old Town is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Tallinn. Our two-hour tour will take you through the charming cobbled streets of the Old Town, passing by stunning landmarks such as the St. Olaf's Church and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. We will also explore hidden gems like St. Catherine's Passage, a picturesque alleyway lined with artisan workshops and galleries. Along the way, you'll learn about the city's medieval past, fortifications, and trading history, as well as enjoy stunning views of the city from Toompea Hill. Book your tour today and experience the magic of Tallinn's Old Town!

Tallinn: Private Half-Day Guided Tour from Port or Hotel

7. Tallinn: Private Half-Day Guided Tour from Port or Hotel

Take half the day and explore the city of Tallinn. Enjoy pickup and drop-off from your cruise ship port and a guided walking tour through the Old Town. Admire the Estonian Parliament and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Then, take a bit of free time, before heading back to port. Meet your guide outside of Tallinn Port and climb aboard your private ride to the Upper Old Town. Admire the beautiful parks that surround it as you transfer, especially the 13th-century medieval Toompea Castle, standing majestically at the top of Toompea Hill. Begin your private walking tour, and discover the Estonian Parliament and enjoy visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. After a stroll through the narrow cobble-stone lanes, find the oldest church in Tallinn, The Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral). Climb to the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform and experience the magnificent panoramic views of the Old Town, backlit by the modern city. Descend into the Lower Old Town and notice the gothic style merchant houses, the Town Wall with its beautiful towers, and St. Nickolas Church. Enter into the historical city center and witness the Town Hall Square, where one of the oldest pharmacies in the world still stands next to the 15th-century Town Hall. Walk through St. Catherine's Passage and marvel at the many private studios of local artists. Finish at the Viru Gate, and enjoy freely 2 hours to explore, have lunch, and shop. At the scheduled time, from the city center your private vehicle and driver will take you back to the port. 

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What people are saying about St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn

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4.6 / 5

based on 103 reviews

Roman offered us an excellent tour of Tallinn. Very thorough and informative. Gave us a great impression of this beautiful and grand city. His suggestions of places to eat and shop was excellent! Thank you for a fantastic day!!

Very accommodating and informative! We were short an hour because of the ferry, not our Guide! He was very, very good. The city is beautiful, with its contrasts between old, new and futuristic. I’ll be back!

It was a great day. Everything went wonderfully on the trip to Tallinn. The tour was super interesting and everything was very well organized. I can only recommend.

We liked the quick overview of different sites and the nice way Roman narrated the stories and gave the information about each.

Very helpful and knowledgable guide, Tallinn is beautiful!