Landmarks of Tallinn, Tallinn (Self Guided)

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: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: leticia
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.
Freedom Square

2) 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

3) 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

4) 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

5) 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)

6) 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.
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: 2.0 km
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
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: 0.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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: 4.2 km
Tallinn Museums

Tallinn Museums

Tallinn is home to several of Europe's most interesting and impressive museums. The museums specialize in everything, from history and art to old-fashioned dolls, photo cameras, musical instruments, and sea mines. Take a journey through Tallinn's museums and explore the history and culture of this great city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Tallinn Art Galleries

Tallinn Art Galleries

Tallinn boasts a wide selection of art galleries, most of which are concentrated in the Old Town. The galleries often change their exhibitions every few days, so the experience is always fresh and exciting.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tallinn for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tallinn has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tallinn, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.