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Photo: Kaupo Kalda
Photo: Kaupo Kalda

    Tallinn Town Wall and Towers

    Visit this portion of the wall connecting Nunna, Sauna and Kuldjala towers to imagine guarding the town against medieval invaders.

    With 1.9 km of its original city wall and 20 defensive towers wall still standing, Tallinn boasts one of Europe’s best preserved medieval fortifications. In fact, a large part of what gives Old Town its fairytale charm is the system of walls and towers that surrounds it.

    To get a look at the wall from the inside, head to these three towers at the northwest corner of Old Town. Here visitors can climb up from Nunna tower and explore the towers and wall, as well as enjoy a picturesque view of the red-tiled roofs of Old Town.

    Work on the town's defences first began in 1265, but the current outline of the wall dates to the 14th century. By its heyday in the 16th century, the wall was 2.4 km long, 14 to 16 metres high, up to three metres thick, and included 46 towers. 

    Today roughly half of the original towers still loom over Old Town, evoking images of heroic knights and damsels in distress. Many of the Town Wall’s towers serve as museums, while a few others provide opportunities for adventure for kids and teen visitors.

    The best places to see the wall from the outside are the Patkuli viewing platform on Toompea and Tornide väljak (Towers’ Square), a park area near the train station.

    Free with Tallinn Card.


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    • Old City Wall

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      May 23, 2020 By niksk001

      Tallinn City Wall are worth visting primarily because they are (unlike many other medieval city fortifications) very well preserved.

    • Lovely views from the top

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      March 10, 2020 By laurabZ2166HY

      Lovely views from the top of the towers and along the wall walk. The staircases can be challenging. There are several stretches of wall walk to complete with 2 lovely viewpoints in between.

    • Worth a look

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      February 29, 2020 By tobyl325

      About as medieval as it gets! Film set ready! If you want to truly see a city wall this is one of the few places in the world with walls left worth seeing. Yes there’s not much to see and there are... Read more comments