One entrance to the Old Town framed on either side by two towers, once part of a larger gate system built in the 14th century.
They're everywhere, this one near the 14th century towers at the Viru gate. We didn't go in but the setting might even make you think they served good food.
Set into the city's defensive wall, which the guide said was built in the 14th century, market stalls with a variety of wool and linen clothing made in the area.
This building has no particular significance other than the name made me smile.
A street through the old town section of Tallinn leading up to the town square. It's hard to miss the spire of town hall from anywhere in the area.
Not sure what they were selling but the cart in this setting had something of a Disney-esque quality.
Town Hall Spire
Dominating the old town, this is the spire of the Tallinn town hall.
Raekoda (Town Hall)
Bordering Market Square, this the dominant structure of the lower old town is considered to be one of the best preserved old towns in Europe. The original structure was built in 1371.
A narrow street in the old town section.
Looking the other way on Pikk street in the old town section of Tallinn.
That's market in the Estonian language.
A weather vane, the figure of an old warrior called Old Thomas, was put on top of the spire of the Tallinn's Town Hall in 1530 and became the symbol for the city. This is a reproduction, not the original.
Market Square in the heart of the Old City and ringed with cafes and restaurants. At the time we visited, the Talinna Vanalinna Paevad (Tallinn Old Town Days) festival was just starting, featuring a series of rock and classical concerts from this stage.
A window with flower box in St. Catherine's Passage, a section of the old town featuring many higher end crafter shops.
These interesting formed concrete pieces lined the shore around the dock where our ship was docked. Not sure why they were placed there but it makes for a great contrast with the incredibly blue water.
As we returned to the ship following our tour, this band was doing a respectable cover of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction". The sign on the guitar case asks (in English) for change so they can record a CD.
In the center is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built in the 19th century by the Russians in the upper town. To the right is a structure the guide called the "kitchen" tower, so named because it was said to be tall enough to see down chimneys into peoples' kitchens.
A panoramic view of the old town section of Tallinn. The tower on the right is part of Oleviste Kirik, St. Olav's Church, built in the 12th century. After the spire was completed in 1500, it was considered the tallest building in the world.
The view as the ship sailed out of the Tallinn harbor into the straights of Helsinki.