Toompea Castle Tours

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Toompea Castle, situated on a crest on the edge of the Old Town, was built in 1219 by Danish invaders on the site of an ancient wooden fortress, dating from sometime in the ninth century. The castle served as a seat of succession of foreign powers for seven centuries and since 1922 have housed the Riigikogu, Estonia’s parliament.

Nothing remains of the original Danish castle, but three of the four corner towers of its successor, which served as the seat of the Knights of the Sword and was founded sometime between 1227 and 1229, still stand. Each successive ruler has significantly altered the castle, and the current pink Baroque facade dates from an 18th-century rebuilding by Catherine the Great.

The Estonian national flag flies from the 150-foot Pikk Hermann tower on the southwestern corner: tradition dictates that whichever nation flies its flag over Pikk Hermann also rules Estonia. Each day at sunrise the Estonian flag is raised above the tower, accompanied by the national anthem.

You can visit the castle and parliament only with a guided tour. Tours take place on working days and last around half an hour.
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Address: Lossi plats 1A 10130, Tallinn, Estonia
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Hours: Mon-Fri
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Tallinn Day Cruise from Helsinki

Discover picturesque Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, on a small-group day trip from Helsinki by ferry. After hotel pickup, cruise across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia by comfortable ferry. Then, set off on an afternoon tour of this lovely city by foot and air-conditioned transport. View top Tallinn sights including the cobbled Old Town, Toompea Hill and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral as you hear about the city’s history and culture. Afterward, (depending on timings), enjoy time at leisure before your return ferry trip. Numbers limited to nine for a more personalized atmosphere.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside

Make the most of your free time in Tallinn with a 5-hour shore excursion, and discover its charms with a guide. After stopping for photos in Kadriorg Park and the Pirita seaside, you’ll venture into Tallinn Old Town to discover fairy tale architecture and sights such as Toompea Castle. A coffee and pastry is included, as is transport from the port.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Tallinn Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

Learn about the legends of Tallinn past as well as the ghost and ghouls that haunt its streets on a 2-hour walking tour of Old Town. Wonder its cobbled streets at night, hearing tales of centuries-old figures who supposedly still exist in the evening shadows. Visit places like the old wall and towers that once protected the city and St. Catherine's Passage, a medieval street with large tombstones decorating its walls. 
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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City Sightseeing Tallinn Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the spectacular sights of Tallinn, Estonia’s compelling capital, during a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Cruise around the legendary landmarks of the city on a distinctive double-decker bus and discover Tallinn’s rich history with informative audio commentary. See historical highlights like Vabaduse Valjak (Freedom Square) and modern monuments such as Hotel Viru, a giant matchbox-like structure. Disembark whenever an attraction captures your attention and enjoy ticket validity for 1 or 2 days after activation.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 days
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  • Duration: 1 to 3 days
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Tallinn Sightseeing Tour by Coach and Foot

Explore the enchanting city of Tallinn by foot and coach on an enriching 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a luxurious coach and embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city’s most significant sights; cruise past Toompea Castle, Kadriog Park and the beautiful beaches of Pirita and then absorb the quaint charm of Tallinn Old Town alongside a knowledgeable guide on a leisurely walking tour. Visit Europe’s oldest apothecary and gaze at the colossal spire of Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral before bidding your guide and group farewell.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tallinn City Private Tour

Travel back in time during this private 3-hour city tour of Tallinn’s historic sites. The first half of the tour will be by bus, and will cover Kadriorg Palace and Park, the UNESCO Heritage-listed Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and the ruins of the Pirita Convent. In the city’s old town you’ll embark on foot, visiting places like the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Russian Orthodox) and St. Mary’s Cathedral (Lutheran), among other stops. Discover Toompea Castle and the Estonian Parliament in Upper Town and visit the oldest operating pharmacy in the world in Lower Town. At the end of the tour your friendly guide will set you loose to explore on your own, offering suggestions for the top local attractions.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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