This picture shows the colourful houses of Tallinn the capital of Estonia

Tallinn on a budget | What to see and do

How much money will you need for your trip to Tallinn? How to budget your trip to Tallinn? Read my guide on some of the best cheap things to do in the Estonian Capital.

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Tallinn is a lovely picturesque destination to visit. The Estonian capital is not the most affordable destination to visit but stays far from the most expensive cities of Europe. Visit Tallinn through my eyes and check some of the budget things to do in the Estonian Capital.

Kohtuosa viewing platform
Kohtuosa viewing platform


  • Join a Walking Tour. Tallinn Free Tour organises walking tours, day excursions, bike trips and food gatherings. The free walking tours are based on ‘Pay what you feel”. The tours run daily all year at 12:00. From 15th of April to 30th of September tours run every day at 10:00, at 12:00 and at 15:00.
Kohtuosa viewing platform
  • Visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky. The Cathedral is located in the Old Town, opposite the Estonian Parliament building.
  • Visit Toompea Castle, which was built in 1900.


Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Cathedral Alexander Nevsky
  • Kohtuotsa viewing platform is one of the sights I enjoyed the most. Kohtuotsa offers an amazing panorama of the city. The platform is usually full of tourists. The Quote ”The Times we had” is painted in the platform’s wall and attracts the majority of tourists. Visit the viewing point early on sunset to beat the crowds and get a nice photo.
Kohtuosa viewing platform
  • Raeapteek is located in the centre of Tallinn. The Town Hall Pharmacy has a long history as the oldest pharmacy in Europe that has continuously been in business in the same building, since before 1422. Raeapteek celebrated on 8 April 2019 it’s 597th birthday!
Tallinn, estonia
  • Visit St Olaf’s Church. St Olaf was once the tallest building in Europe between 1549 and 1625. The Church has a lovely interior and offers great views all over the city. Climb the steep and narrow staircase to climb, 232 steps to the top and the viewing platform.
  • Visit St Mary’s Cathedral, Oleviste Church, Town Hall, Town Hall Square.
  • Visit St Catherine’s passage, a long and narrow passageway that connects Vene and Müürivahe streets.
  • Visit the Tallinn City Gallery. The Gallery was established in 1934. Exhibitions are displayed in Tallinn Art Hall (Vabaduse väljak 8), the Art Hall Gallery (Vabaduse väljak 6) and Tallinn City Gallery (Harju 13).
St Catherine's passage, Tallinn, Estonia


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  • What did the locals suggest? Coffee and traditional cakes in Rukis! Rukis is a lovely coffee shop. Order a delicious omelette, salads with fresh berries, pasta with mushrooms, salmon toasties and croissants, yummy cakes and sandwiches.
  • Taste salmon soup in Poobel. The restaurant offers a selection of dishes from vegetables, chicken salad, a salmon burger served with chips, chicken fillet marinated in kvass served with stewed carrots, cod liver salad, beef tartar, potato skins served with garlic bread.
  • Pierre Chocolaterie is located in a courtyard in the city centre. Order hot chocolate with marshmallows, Russian hot chocolate with chilli and ginger, orange, tequila, raisins, ice cream with chocolate and mango, a milkshake with mango and orange, dark, white and mocha, caramel chocolate cakes, hot cheese- chorizo – salami sandwiches, quiche Lorraine. The chocolaterie has its own style of decoration.

This post was most recently updated on May 22nd 2020.

2 thoughts on “Tallinn on a budget | What to see and do

  1. I enjoyed Tallinn a lot as well. You are right, the desserts are awesome. I like your photo banner, though it is from Lucerne. That sculpture is one of my favorites.


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