Popular Tourist Attractions
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is Tallinn's largest and grandest cupola cathedral.
The large, richly decorated Orthodox church, in mixed historicist style, was built on Toompea Hill in 1900, when Estonia was part of the Russian tsarist empire. The architect of the church was Mikhail Preobrazhenski from St. Petersburg. The church is dedicated to the Prince of Novgorod, Alexander Yaroslavitz Nevsky, who led the famous Ice Battle on the banks of Lake Peipsi on 5 April, 1242 and halted the Germans' eastward advance.
According to legend, the cathedral was built on the grave of Estonian hero Kalevipoeg and has suffered structurally as a result.
Opening hours are Monday - Sunday, 8:00 - 18:00. Entrance is free.
Town Hall (Raekoda)
The jewel in the crown of Old Town is unquestionably the Town Hall, the centre of civic rule from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Though a previous town hall stood here at least as far back as 1322, the imposing Gothic building of today dates to 1404. Old Thomas, the weather vane who symbolises Tallinn, has been keeping watch since 1530. This time of year you need to call ahead to arrange glimpse of the vaulted halls and carved friezes of the historic interior.
Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Monday - Tuesday. Entrance costs two Euros.
The Kadriorg palace
The Kadriorg palace and park were founded by the Russian Tsar Peter I. According to the designs of the architect Niccolo Michetti, invited from Rome, the palace was built after the Italian villas, consisting of a main building and of two annexes. The well-preserved main hall is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture not only in Estonia but also in the whole Northern Europe.
Opening hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00. Closed on Monday - Tuesday. Entrance cost three Euros.