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Landmarks of Tallinn (Self Guided), Tallinn

With a rich Estonian heritage and several monumental constructions that commemorate its past, the city of Tallinn boasts numerous landmarks and monuments. When in Tallinn, make sure to see the pleasant Linda Monument, restored Freedom Square, emotive Memorial at the National Theatre, Statue of Anton H. Tammsaare, legendary Town Hall Square, and the impressive Estonia Ferry Monument.
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Landmarks of Tallinn Map

Guide Name: Landmarks of Tallinn
Guide Location: Estonia » Tallinn (See other walking tours in Tallinn)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Linda Monument
  • Taani Kuninga
  • Freedom Square
  • Memorial at the National Theatre
  • Statue of Anton H. Tammsaare
  • Town Hall Square
  • The Broken Bridge (The Estonia Ferry Monument)
Linda Monument

1) Linda Monument

Linda Monument is a nice statue, situated on Linda’s Hill in the park just outside the historic Old Town. The monument is dedicated to Linda, wife of the Tallinn founder Kalev. Legend has it that when Kalev died, Linda’s tears formed Lake Ülemiste.
Taani Kuninga

2) Taani Kuninga

Taani Kuninga is a famous garden in Tallinn. A legend says that it is the place where the Danes received their flag from God. Every year in June the Flag day is celebrated in the garden.
Freedom Square

3) Freedom Square (must see)

Freedom Square was built to commemorate the soldiers who were killed during the Estonian War of Independence. This war was part of the Russian Civil War that occurred between WWI and WWII. The war actually took place from November 1918 through February of 1920. During the struggle, 4,000 people were killed and another 14,000 were wounded.

The actual idea for a tribute started in 1939, but Estonia was swept into WWII shortly after the independence was declared. They were again occupied and it wasn’t until 1991 that the country was again independent. During the Russian occupation, this plaza was called Victory Square. This beautiful area has been redesigned to reflect the freedom of the Estonian people and to pay tribute to its fallen citizens.

On the west side of the square is the Victory Column. It was completed and opened in June 2009. The column is surrounded by 143 plates of glass and is topped by the Cross of Liberty. This represents Estonia’s distinguished award during the War of Independence. On the east side of the square is the lovely St. John’s church. It is located in the Old Town portion of Tallinn and really deserves a visit while in Estonia.
Memorial at the National Theatre

4) Memorial at the National Theatre

The memorial is situated inside the Estonia Theatre and Concert Hall. The Memorial at the National Theatre is a statue that depicts a Bronze Boy, and is dedicated to all the boys who fought for Estonian Independence after the First World War.
Statue of Anton H. Tammsaare

5) Statue of Anton H. Tammsaare

Tammsaare Park is near the Viru Gate, and offers several of Tallinn’s landmarks, including the Statue of Anton H. Tammsaare and Kissing Sculpture. The Statue of Anton H. Tammsaare is dedicated to the well-known Estonian writer, while Kissing Sculpture is a tribute to love.
Town Hall Square

6) Town Hall Square (must see)

Town Hall Square is located in the heart of downtown Tallinn, Estonia, adjacent to Tallinn Town Hall. It is most prominently known as a gathering place for the locals, as many wonderful festivals and concerts are held here each year.

The main purpose of the location, though, is as a commercial marketplace for many vendors in town. This is a good place to come on market days to find deals on local foods, cheeses, baked goods, and the like. During festival times, such as Christmas, the place is alive with fun and entertainment. In fact, the local community places a large Christmas tree in the middle of Town Square each season. It is something to behold.

In older days, however, the Town Hall Square was not such a happy place. It used to be used as the place where executions were carried out. So, it is highly fitting that the place has a happier appeal in current times.

In the immediate vicinity of the Square, though, are some great bars and restaurants that add to the night life of Tallinn, so you may want to check out those locations while visiting.
The Broken Bridge (The Estonia Ferry Monument)

7) The Broken Bridge (The Estonia Ferry Monument)

The Estonia Ferry Monument is an Estonian landmark, located next to Fat Margaret's Tower. The Broken Bridge is a memorial to the ferry catastrophe of 1994; a tragic event in which the ferry ”Estonia,” from Tallinn to Stockholm, went down with the loss of 852 lives.

Walking Tours in Tallinn, Estonia

Create Your Own Walk in Tallinn

Create Your Own Walk in Tallinn

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tallinn is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tallinn Introduction Walk

Tallinn Introduction Walk

Tallinn is the largest city and the capital of Estonia. A great city with a great history, Tallinn is visited every year by a huge number of tourists. This orientation walk offers the most popular attractions that you should take into consideration when visiting Tallinn.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
East Tallinn

East Tallinn

East Tallinn, or Kadriorg, is located outside of Old Town and is generally referred to as a quiet district. East Tallinn offers fascinating 19th and 20th century villas, as well as Estonia’s top art museums. The eastern side of the city is also home to several art galleries, beautiful Kadrioru Park, the striking Russalka monument, as well as the magnificent Kadriorg Palace and Park.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Religious Buildings of Tallinn

Religious Buildings of Tallinn

Tallinn is home to various Medieval-style religious buildings and places of worship. These buildings have played an important role in the city's religious life and present Tallinn's greatest artistic talent. Tallinn’s churches are historic landmarks and true architectural treasures, so make sure you do not miss out on a chance of a lifetime.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Tallinn Old Towers and Gates

Tallinn Old Towers and Gates

Tallinn was once Europe's greatest fortified city and still houses a vast range of magnificent defense towers and historic gates. These unique constructions are a precious treasure of medieval architecture and have played witness to an important time of the world's history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Tallinn's Latin Quarter

Tallinn's Latin Quarter

Tallinn's Latin Quarter is an interesting district in the centre of the city. The Latin Quarter features the prominent Masters’ Courtyard, Gothic Dominican Monastery Museum, popular Tallinn City Museum, captivating Dominican Monastery Claustrum, and the marvelous St. Catherine’s Passage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Tallinn Medieval Old Town

Tallinn Medieval Old Town

Old Town is the most popular tourist destination in Tallinn. Constructed within the 13th-16th centuries, when Tallinn was an active member of the Hanseatic trade league, the Old Town slowly evolved into an enclosed district of colorful, ancient gabled houses, medieval towers and gates, half-hidden courtyards, and ostentatious churches. Old Town Tallinn is undoubtedly worth a visit.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 Km or 0.2 Miles