Attractions & museums

    Viru Gate

    This pair of picturesque, ivy-covered towers at the entrance to Viru Street is often the first glimpse visitors get of Old Town. 

    Anyone passing between them couldn't be blamed for thinking they've left the 21st century behind and landed smack in the middle of the 18th.

    The towers are actually only the foregates of what was a much more complex gate system built in the 14th century. It included a large, square tower that stood father back along the street, close to where the city wall can be seen.

    Most of the gate was pulled down in the 1880s to make room for traffic, but these two towers remained and have since become a symbol of the town.


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    • Amazing place to visit

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      June 14, 2022 By Roslyn138

      We were on a day trip to Tallinn from the cruise port , the shuttle bus dropped us off very near to an outside markets, and to the left were the Viru Gates. Walking through these gates does transport... Read more comments

    • Begin your Old City visit here!

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      March 1, 2022 By KaraXYZ

      Approaching these gates was so exciting! It feels like Disney world (I know, sad), but this is the real thing!!! This is a winning photo spot and it's awesome to just stand there and think about the... Read more comments

    • Very Picturesque

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      October 21, 2021 By jbg74

      The towers are what remains of the gates but it looks incredible at night and there is a flower market right outside too.