After breakfast at your hotel, the whole day is yours to explore Tallinn’s many wonders, all just paces from your doorstep.
Divided into upper and lower towns, Estonia’s capital is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities, adorned with graceful spires, cobblestoned streets, pastel-hued baroque palaces, and a photogenic town wall complete with nine medieval towers.
Begin your exploration in Raekoja Plats, the lower town’s central square, with northern Europe’s best-preserved Gothic town hall, a beautiful steep-roofed structure framed by arcaded walkways. Across the square, stop in to admire the ancient display cases and lovely-painted beams of the Raeapteek, Europe’s oldest continuously operating pharmacy. Much of the architecture in this neighborhood bears a distinct German influence, reflecting the role of the Baltic German traders who brought great wealth to the city and controlled Estonia’s political and cultural institutions throughout the late Middle Ages.
Nearby, the magnificent onion-domed Nevsky cathedral, resplendent with icons and late 19th-century frescoes, reflects a different historical period: the two centuries of Imperial Russian influence leading up to Estonian independence in 1918. After taking a break in the leafy park behind the cathedral, visit the city’s shops, museums, and cafés, or climb the stairs onto the city’s beautifully preserved medieval walls, affording wonderful views of Tallinn’s rooftops. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of the Old Town’s fine restaurants before retiring to the comfort of your five-star hotel.