Walking around Tallinn old town feels like taking a step back in time to the medieval era. The impressive defensive walls, magical towers and stunning architecture are something to behold. The beautiful gardens surrounding the city make for an excellent afternoon walk.
There are an incredible amount of cultural experiences, exciting festivals and historic attractions to enjoy.
There is so much to see and do during a weekend in Tallinn!
This 2-day itinerary of Tallinn will let you know the best things to do, the best eateries and more!
Tallinn is famous for its incredible medieval architecture. It’s historic old town is one of the most immaculately preserved in Europe and was granted UNESCO World Heritage Status
With excellent restaurants and a magical atmosphere, there’s something for everyone!
Tallinn Itinerary Day 1
On the first of your 2 days in Tallinn I highly recommend talking a walk around the historic old town. Its difficult to justify doing anything else on the first day as its such an amazing place to start!
I’ve been to many of Europe’s capital cities and Tallinn is right up there with the most impressive old towns to explore. The architecture is incredible and the town hall is an impressive sight! There are many themed gift stores offering hand crafted goods. Local people can also be seen wearing medieval outfits serving treats or drinks.
I’ve outlined a route in the next section but if you would like extra information you could consider a tour.
If you are looking for a guided tour during your 48 hours in Tallinn then Getyourguide offers walking tours and bike tours around Tallinn’s top attractions!
Tallinn Walking Tour
If you choose to go it alone then you will have a fantastic time. I’ve outlined all of the key spots for you to see. This will take up most of the day if you take your time at each location.
I’d suggest having lunch near the Cathedral and then dinner when you return back to the town square towards the end of the day.
Tallinn’s old town has many different points to visit. People come from all over the world to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its many historic streets, medieval churches and buildings which date back to the middle ages.
The center of the old town is the central square. This is also the center for many of Tallinn’s yearly festivals.
Lets get started with the first destination, which I recommend as the starting point – Viru Gate.
The Viru Gate is one of the entrances to the old town. It has market stalls next to it and is a great example of the preserved medieval structures that make Tallinn such a special place to visit.
It looks particularly awesome at night when its lit up and is only a short walk from the central square!
The Tallinn old town hall is one of the center pieces of the city. Bordering the old town square, this building is a must see. There are an excellent choice of bars and restaurants nearby, some of which are medieval themed!
Here is a photo below of one of those themed places that I visited, inside the town hall itself. Its called Draakon Bar. The landlady stayed in character and served a delicious variety of homemade pastries and house ale.
The candlelit atmosphere is a great way to end a long day exploring the city.
St Olaf’s Church is an incredible piece of history in the centre of the old town. Dating back to the 13th century its name relates to King Olaff the 2nd of Norway. Prior to Tallinn being conquered by Denmark it was a central part of the previous Scandanavian settlement.
Up the coast from Tallinn is Pirita beach. It’s the biggest in Tallinn and is very popular with visitors. You can take a bus from the city centre to the beach or alternatively rent a car and see some other things around Estonia too.
There are shops, bars and sun loungers… although its chilly most of the year!
Where to stay in Tallinn
There are a number of accommodation options available for your 2 days in Tallinn.
My favorite place to stay is near the old town as there are many bars and restaurants to walk to in the evening. I would suggest searching hotels, hostels and AirBnB before making your decision.
Checking multiple platforms and booking in advance is the best way to get a good deal in my view.
Here are a list of a few accommodation options in Tallinn
Air BnB can be an excellent option for finding accommodation options in Tallinn
Options range from studio apartments in the centre of the city/town/village to chalet-style cabins nestled in the woods.
Tallinn Travel Tips
After my recent trip here are my best travel tips for a weekend in Tallinn.
My thoughts on Tallinn
Tallinn was one of my favourite European cities which I visited during my European road trip. What i particularly liked was the themed shops and restaurants that complimented the medieval architecture.
The prices were reasonable, even in the old town. The compact nature of the city also made it easy to walk around and see the different interesting things. I visited in early September and it was fairly quiet, even in the center.
During my 2 days in Tallin, the highlight for me was the medieval-themed tavern Draakon, situated on the main square.
Costs in Tallinn
What you spend when in Tallinn depends completely on what you want to do.
Beer in local bar/pub: $5 Beer in high-end bar: $9 Cocktail: $9
How to get to Tallinn
If you catch a flight for your trip you will most likely fly into Tallinn airport, the largest airport in Estonia and a hub for the airline Nordica.
There are direct flights from many major airports in Europe but book in advance as I have found prices to vary greatly.
You can often catch very cheap flights into Riga airport (Latvia) so you may want to consider this if you have more time and turn it into a Baltic States Road Trip. Riga to Tallinn is just a 4 hour drive so you can see two capital cities!
You can get a train to Tallinn from Riga but if you are planning on visiting multiple Baltic States i would recommend doing this on a road trip as Estonia and Latvia are not part of the Interrail global pass.
The great thing about Tallinn is it’s easy to walk around; the old town is particularly pedestrian friendly. It’s a small city and whilst I was there I didn’t need to use my car, or public transport, at all.
However, reaching farther out places is possible due to an excellent network of buses, trams and trolleys.
You can buy tickets or alternatively a Tallinn card for 24,48 or 72 hours. This also allows you to enter over 40 various museums and attractions in addition to unlimited public transport.