Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town
Tallinn’s authentic medieval Old Town, or Vannalinn, as it’s called in Estonian, has its origins back to the 13th century when the German Teutonic Order built a castle here. In the 14th century, the medieval town was further developed by the Hanseatic League, and it became a major city of culture and trade, which brought prosperity and merchants from all over Europe to Estonia. As a result, Tallinn became an important intermediate trade centre between Western Europe and Russia.
Consequently, Tallinn’s Old Town blossomed culturally and architecturally into the beautiful medieval town tourists from all over the world have come to admire. While many other ancient sites in Europe have been lost due to various wars, Tallinn’s Old Town has survived the test of time and is now the best-preserved medieval town in contemporary northern-Europe. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. All this can be explored within a five minutes’ walk from the Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn
A Cultural City
Today, people come from across the globe to the city to explore a unique medieval experience mixed with fascinating architecture and culture, as well as enjoying the vibrant cafés, restaurants and nightlife. It is no coincident that the Old Town is known as “the medieval pearl of Northern-Europe”. It offers many architectural treasures, such as the St. Olaf’s church, which was the tallest building in the world from 1549-1625. From here you can enjoy the spectacular panorama views over the city from the top of its tower. You can also visit the old St. Nicholas church that houses the Art Museum of Estonia. The historical Toompea Castle is home to the Estonian government. From here you can enjoy the view over Tallinn from the fortress walls. It is also strongly recommend to visit the Opera House
which is located in the Old Town
Immerse your Senses
Get lost in the mysterious backstreets and smell the roasted cinnamon almonds that are sold on the street by young locals dressed up in traditional Estonian folk suits. No one can resist the wonderful sweet smell! When shopping here you can choose from a wide range of traditional Estonian handcrafted goods such as textiles, pottery and glassware. Much of this can be found at the markets on Muurivahe Street and the workshops in St. Catherine's Passage. Then, have lunch and taste traditional medieval Estonian cuisine with a refreshing glass of local brewed beer. Afterwards, return to your hotel and sit back and relax in top-quality accommodation and enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.