Attractions & museums

    Tallinn Town Hall (Raekoda)

    Nothing says power like the impressive, Gothic Town Hall that dominates medieval Tallinn's main square.

    It was built in 1402-1404 as a meeting place for the ruling burgomeisters and has been a showpiece of the city ever since. Nowadays the Town Hall – the only intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe – is used mainly for concerts or for entertaining visiting kings or presidents.

    Look closely at the top of the spire to spot the Old Thomas (in Estonian Vana Toomas) weather vane, a symbol of Tallinn who has been standing at attention here since 1530.

    In July and August the Town Hall is open to visitors as a museum. The structure's interior is truly impressive, featuring colourful meeting halls, vaulted ceilings, intricate wood carvings and some of the city's most prized art treasures, including the famed Tristan and Isolde carved bench.

    Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.
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    • OK for a short visit

      tripadvisor rating 3 of 5
      August 29, 2020 By Cynicoren

      The Tallinn old city hall has some nice works of art inside, information about the city and building history. Most of the spaces in the building are empty, and there isn't so much to read about... Read more comments

    • Lovely afternoon drink in the sunshine

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      August 28, 2020 By Paul R

      Avoid the overpriced and mediocre food but this is a good place for a drink in the sun watching the World go by.

    • Old Tallinn City Hall

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      May 23, 2020 By niksk001

      Tallinn City Hall, one of the oldest in Northern Europe (c. 1370s), is part of the Town Hall histyorical complex. It has weather vane Old Thomas (Vana Toomas), Tallinn's symbol, on the top of the... Read more comments