Attractions & museums

    Toompea Castle

    Perched on a limestone cliff and towering over the rest of the city, Toompea Castle has always been the seat of power in Estonia. 

    Ever since the German Knights of the Sword first built a stone fortress here in 1227-29, every foreign empire that ruled Estonia used the castle as its base. Today, appropriately, it's home to Estonia's Parliament.

    The castle has been revamped countless times through the centuries, but still retains the basic shape it was given in the 13th and 14th centuries. From its front, visitors can see a pink, Baroque palace dating to the time of Catherine the Great. A look at its opposite side, visible from the base of the hill, gives a much more medieval perspective.

    From the Governor's Garden at the castle's southern edge, the 46-metre Pikk Hermann tower comes into view. The tower is a vital national symbol: tradition dictates that whichever nation flies its flag over Pikk Hermann also rules Estonia. Each day at sunrise the Estonian flag is raised above the tower to the tune of the national anthem.


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    • Nice place to spend a Few Minutes on the way to Other Attractions

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      June 19, 2022 By 2013CTB

      I had a lovely walk around the grounds and got to see the dried-up moat. We were unable to gain access to the building as it appeared that Parliament was in session. Great view of the city. Be sure... Read more comments

    • Home to the Estonia Parliament

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      August 31, 2020 By AdventureDiva

      This palace is home to the Estonia parliament which commemorates the country's independence. Very informative. Attractive architecture.

    • Impressive Structure

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      June 23, 2020 By Mark_Dornoch

      We couldn't gain access as it is necessary to book in advance. Nevertheless we had a nice walk around the outside. It is a strange mix of styles as a result of it being built over a number of... Read more comments