Liberty Square

Liberty Square standing on the edge of the Old Town has traditionally been the place of national symbolism and civic pride. Today the square has a sophisticated spirit with art galleries, cafes and benches to relax.

Surrounding the Liberty Square there is a fascinating mixture of different architectural styles: 1930-era art deco and functionalist buildings, today housing the city government opposing the neo-gothic St. John’s Church. One of the most important groups of buildings in Estonian history is the present-day national bank of Estonia block; the first government of Estonia was formed here on February 24, 1918.

The ruins of the town’s former defensive bastions can were excavated at the beginning of this century and are now exposed to the public.

The eye-catching 28-metre-high War of Independence monument is a glass column topped by the cross, paying homage to the individuals who helped Estonia to gain its independence in the 1920s.

Tallinn Art Hall & Gallery

Accommodated in an imposing, 1930s-era building, the Art Hall hosts major Estonian and international exhibitions. There is also street-level gallery that is used for smaller showings. 

Tallinn Art Hall & Gallery

Museum of Occupations

As the name refers, the Occupations museum takes the visitor to a dark period of the Estonian history - the Soviet occupation.

Standing on the edge of the road to Toompea hill, this modern museum exhibits audio-visual displays, photos and sound recordings from repression to resistance showing how people managed to survive in those difficult conditions.

Rotermann Quarter

Historical Roterman district that once belonged to the Rotermann family stands between the Old Town and the Port.

The quarter started to develop in the 19th century and until 1940s a large number of industries operated here – a starch factory, macaroni factory, flourmill, barely mill.

Today the old industrial buildings have been restored and re-designed by young Estonian architects, transformed into shops, restaurants and clubs. A legendary Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky filmed his greatest masterpiece “Stalker” in this quarter.

Architecture Museum

The former Rotermann Salt Store is an impressive limestone building in the Rotermann quarter built in 1908 and renovated in 1995-1996. 

Today it houses the Architecture Museum and holds a permanent exhibition of Estonian architectural development through ages, while temporary exhibits focus on various architectural movements.

Architecture Museum

City Area

Tallinn has its own district of modern glass glittering skyscrapers consisting of hotels, banks, office space, restaurants and spas.

The first tall building in the area was the 23-floor Viru Hotel, built in 1972, followed by Olümpia Hotel that was built for the Olympics games.

At the turn of the millennium, a boom in high-rise construction began in the town centre area and the area is continuously expanding its wings.

KGB Museum

For years there have been gripping stories how during the Soviet times of the first foreign owned and managed hotel in Tallinn was totally wired up so that the KGB could listen to all the conversations that took place there.

Now this interesting museum on the 23th floor of Viru Hotel has preserved the KGB rooms as they were, with original Soviet-era cigarettes and other memorabilia from that area. An intriguing experience for those who would like to know more about Tallinn’s secret history!

KGB Museum
KGB Museum