Urban nature & beaches
Photo: Kirsti Eerik


Toompark is formed on the former earth fortification ground around the Shnelli pond. The pond is the only remaining part of the moat once surrounding the city. The pond gets its name after the city gardener Schnelli whose garden and house were situated here in the 19th century. In 1903 the Patkuli stairs starting from the viewing platform and connecting the upper Old Town and lower Old Town were opened here. At the same time the rest of the park was reconstructed. After the plans of Anton Soans a polygonal fountain was built by the pond and a rockery established. At the back of the park, under the slope of Toompea, a stadium was built for use of the central city schools. In the snowy winters a snow city is built here.

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  • Such a lovely and relaxing park!!

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    June 9, 2022 By DrSoulpr

    This park is accross the street from my hotel and I loved it! It was so well taken care of... so many flowers with amazing aromas, birds, ducks, trees, benches and grass areas to relax at... Read more comments

  • Great Views of Toompea Looming Above

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    December 15, 2019 By TroubledByTribbles

    This is a pretty green park that follows the west side of Toompea. It is mostly flat, but has fairly steep walking trails almost up to the base of Toompea's structures. It is a nice, peaceful, cool... Read more comments

  • Peaceful garden just outside the coty walls

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    June 29, 2019 By GeysirGal

    This beautiful and peaceful park which lies just otuside the city gates provides a welcome respite from the hordes inside with its picturesque moat, many walkways and interesting sculptures.