2. St. Olaf's Church
Built in the 12th century St.Olaf's Church was once considered the tallest building in the world, Standing at 123.7 meters high, it provides an excellent vantage point overlooking Tallinn. It is believed that the church has been hit by lightning at least ten times and has been burnt down three times. The most recent renovation were completed earlier this year.
3. Song Festival Grounds
This spectacular stadium, that can hold 15,000 singers is the venue where the Singing Revolution began in 1988. Thousands of people gathered here to sing banned patriotic hymms which precipitated the toppling of Soviet rule. Today, international acts perform concerts here and of course the Estonian Song Festival takes place in the venue every five years.
4. Estonian Open Air Museum
This reconstructed rural village is only a short drive away from Tallinn's city centre and is a must see. It features twelve farms, a tavern, school, church, fire station, windmills and watermills. It offers a great insight into old Estonian life.
5. The KGB Museum
Located on the 23rd floor in the Viru hotel, this former secret KGB radio operations centre was discovered only in 1994 - three years after the KGB had left! The hidden rooms were used to eavesdrop and spy on hotel guests with approximately 60 rooms hooked up to radio equipment. The spies must have left in a hurry for everything on display remains as it was the day they left - cigerette butts and all!
Viewing of these secret rooms can be made via booking a tour with the Viru Hotel in your preffered language.
6. The Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy)
Located at Raekoja Plats 11 The Raeapteek is one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe. Since the day it opened in 1422 it has been operating in the same building in the Town Hall Square. My great grandfather Alexander Otto Lesthal studied to be a pharmacist here and when I recevied a copy of his graduation diploma recently I was surprised to find that it wasn't written in Estonian, German or Russian but in Latin. The Raeapteek welcomes guests who wish to view a bit of Estonian history.