You only have one day in Tallinn with its beautiful, medieval town center, and you want to make the most out of your time? You can wander the narrow alleys of the old town, marvel at the beautiful architecture and even take a quick tour of the city’s history, before closing out your day high above the rooftops watching the sunset! Check out my Perfect Day itinerary below!
Many cruise ships stop in Tallinn on tours of the Baltic, leaving the visitors with only one day in this beautiful town. While it’s certainly worth a longer visit, it’s easy to get a good impression in a short time. From the cruise port, you can walk into town, it’s about 15 minutes. If you are staying overnight, you want to stay close to the old town – the Radisson Blu Sky, the Park Inn Central Tallinn and the Kalev Hotel & Spa are all in walking distance.
Start your day wandering the narrow, winding streets of the old town. Feel free to get lost, you’ll always end up at one of the main squares after a while. Make sure to include the Viru gate, Town Hall Square, Freedom Square and Toompea Castle on your walk and you see a number of churches, historic buildings and town fortifications in the process. Check out my map to get some ideas of what to include!
Along the way, you can pick one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating along the pedestrian streets and squares for lunch. I enjoyed Rataeskavu 16 and Margo myself and you’ll be able to pick from many more – most of their menu posted outside, so you’ll know what to expect!
After lunch, check out the City Museum. It has a great model of the old town and an interactive exhibit of live in a medieval town with its guilds that is great for kids. It’s a small, modern museum and a good choice, even if you are not a big fan of museums!
If your legs are tired by now, you can head to the Kalev Spa to relax in the pool or sauna or schedule a massage to recover from the hard work.
If you are lucky enough to stay overnight, you should head to the Radisson Blu Sky in time for sunset and head to their rooftop bar “Lounge 24”: You get a stunning view over the old town, with the sun setting behind the towers and spires. They have a long list of cocktails and some food to go along with it. It’ll be the perfect setting to end a memorable day and preserve amazing images of the old town of Tallinn!