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Place Tallinn

Tallinn is the most populous, primate, and capital city of Estonia. Situated on a bay in north Estonia, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea, Tallinn has a population of 444,532 and administratively lies in the Harju maakond . Tallinn is the main financial, industrial and cultural centre of Estonia. It is located 187 kilometres northwest of the country’s second largest city Tartu, however only 80 kilometres south of Helsinki, Finland, 320 kilometres west of Saint Petersburg, Russia, 300 kilometres north of Riga, Latvia, and 380 kilometres east of Stockholm, Sweden. From the 13th century until the first half of the 20th century Tallinn was known in most of the world by variants of its other historical name Reval.
Tallinn received Lübeck city rights in 1248, however the earliest evidence of human population in the area dates back nearly 5,000 years. The first recorded claim over the place was laid by Denmark after a successful raid in 1219 led by king Valdemar II, followed by a period of alternating Scandinavian and Teutonic rulers. Due to the strategic location by the Baltic Sea, its medieval port became a significant trade hub, especially in the 14–16th centuries when Tallinn grew in importance as the northernmost member city of the Hanseatic League. Tallinn’s Vanalinn is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Tallinn has the highest number of start-ups per person among European countries and is the birthplace of many international high technology companies, including Skype and Wise. The city is home to the headquarters of the European Union’s IT agency, and to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.58km
KuKu Club

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Atlas Obscura 2021
3.38km
‘Cromatico’

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Brutalism 1976
1.06km
Linnahall
Atlas Obscura 2020
0.43km
Raeapteek

Discover Raeapteek in Tallinn, Estonia: The oldest continuously operating pharmacy in Europe.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.63km
Soviet Statue Graveyard

Discover Soviet Statue Graveyard in Tallinn, Estonia: Relics from an era long gone, sit idle outside this Estonian museum.

Audio Guide
0.19km
Audio Guide
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Brutalism 1965
3.86km
Maarjamäe Memorial
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.62km
St Nicholas’ Church Danse Macabre

Discover St Nicholas' Church Danse Macabre in Tallinn, Estonia: Only a fragment of this 15th-century Dance of Death survives today.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.43km
Telliskivi Creative City

Discover Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn, Estonia: Estonia's largest creative city is a vibrant bohemian hub located within a former industrial complex.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.15km
The Famous Rock of Tondi

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Atlas Obscura 2017
0.26km
The Hidden Art Gallery Under a Medieval Estonian Monastery

Just choose the path that descends down into the cellars.

World Heritage Site 1997
1.21km
Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn

The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League, and its wealth is demonstrated by the opulence of the public buil…

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.47km
Tallinn Museum of Photography

Discover Tallinn Museum of Photography in Tallinn, Estonia: This former medieval prison now unlocks Estonia’s rich photographic history.

Atlas Obscura 2022
2.12km
Kadriorg Palace

Discover Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia: A spectacular Petrine Baroque summer palace commissioned for Catherine I by Peter the Great.

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