Tallinn’s Old Town has the best-preserved medieval buildings in Northern Europe. Even its forts with the town wall and towers are well well-preserved. It’s the it-city for medieval period lovers.
Now here’s a little of what I learned about Tallinn’s history:
- In the medieval period (5th-15th century) it was an important trade center.
- The danes conquered Tallinn in the 11th century, then sold it to Germany a century later. It flourished in the 14th and 15th century and became a leading member of the hanseatic league, a confederation of merchant guilds.
- In the 18th century, it went under Russian rule and eventually became a summer resort for wealthy Russians in the 19th century.
Medieval towers are famous symbols of Tallinn’s history. We went up a tower and walked a part of the old town wall. Check this link: “Walked on one of Tallinn’s oldest walls.”
Another “medieval experience” in Tallinn was dining in the medieval restaurant, Olde Hansa. Check this link: “Ate a la medieval nobility.”