With medieval churches nestled between modern highrises, Tallinn’s city centre is a place of fascinating contrasts. The area boasts a number of major landmarks, which are conveniently located a short stroll away from each other.
Our modern sightseeing tour begins at Freedom Square (Vabaduse Väljak), standing right next to the Old Town. The square is a popular meeting spot, but it also offers a glimpse into the Estonian past.
On opposite sides of the square stand two of its most striking structures. St. John’s Church (Jaani kirik), built in the 1860s, is a true survivor among the city’s churches. Despite two attempts to tear it down during the last century, it is still standing to this day. On the hour, it is also possible to hear the church bells ring. Those interested in churches should also visit the nearby Charles XI Lutheran Church (Kaarli kirik), known for the first Estonian fresco and the country’s largest church organ. Both churches are popular concert venues.
On the other side of the Freedom Square, the Monument to the War of Independence is reaching out to the sky, reminding us of Estonia’s rocky path to its freedom between 1918-20. The medieval cannon tower Kiek in de Kök is peeking right behind it, and on the north-western corner of the square, right next to the pharmacy, there is another chance to have a look at history: a glass panel in the street reveals the foundation and stairs of the medieval Harju Gate Tower.
Thanks to its central location, Freedom Square is full of life and passers-by, but it is also a place for those looking for a relaxing moment on a bench or in a café. Wabadus (Freedom) Restaurant has been standing by the square since 1937. The menu of this stylish-but-relaxed restaurant is, however, modern and tasty. Wabadus is situated next to Tallinn Art Hall and two galleries: Tallinn Art Hall Gallery and Vabaduse Gallery.
The adventure golf centre City Jungle is waiting for those more into action right under the Freedom Square. The centre boasts 15 exciting mini-golf courses equipped with special effects and UV lights.
UV lights can also be found at nightclubs situated at or next to the square, such as Klubi Teater, Club Privé, Seif and Club Hollywood. This is the heart of Tallinn’s nightlife!