Six of Tallinn’s Magical Photo Spots

The Kohtuotsa viewing platform is one of the most magical places in Tallinn for photography lovers
These six magical places in Tallinn for photography lovers are perfect for those wanting to capture that fairytale rooftop view (with the church spires) and the Instagrammable bars and cafes in Tallinn’s Old Town.

Rooftop view of Tallinn's spires from the Hellemann Tower The old doors of Tallinn's old town The Three Sisters Hotel in Tallinn's Old TownThe Three Sisters Hotel, Tallinn Old Town (former Merchant Houses first recorded in 1362)

1. Tallinn’s Old Town

Tallinn’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it’s one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Characterful 13th century buildings are stitched together along the cobbled streets that surround the central square, dominated by its Gothic Town Hall.

The Town Hall Square of Tallinn Narrow side streets are one of the most charming places in Tallinn for photography lovers The magical streets of Tallinn's Old Town Characterful buildings line Tallinn's Old Town Square, backed by enchanting church spires.

2. Kohtuotsa viewing platform | Places in Tallinn for Photography Lovers

Just a ten minute walk from the Town Hall square is the viewing platforms over Tallinn, the place where everyone makes a beeline for to get that magical rooftop view. Just around the corner is the Patkuli and Piiskopi viewing platform for another perspective of the round towers and St Olaf’s Church.

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The Kohtuotsa viewing platform is one of the most magical places in Tallinn for photography

3. Cafe Maiasmokk

Cafe Maiasmokk in Tallinn is Estonia’s oldest operating cafe having first opened in 1864. The building’s charm has been brewing for a century – visitors today can expect elaborate window decorations, a marzipan museum and salons with patterned wallpaper and cushioned sofas.

Inside Cafe Maiasmokk in Tallinn's Old Town A vintage style salon inside Cafe Maiasmokk, Tallinn

4. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral | Places in Tallinn for Photography Lovers

The hilltop red and white brick cathedral with black onion domes is a spectacular piece of architecture built during the Czarist Empire. Photography isn’t permitted inside, however you can walk around the perimeter and enjoy the Cathedral’s facade from all angles and head through the fortress wall to the Neitsitorn Museum and Cafe.

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The round towers of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a beautiful piece of architecture in TallinnThe Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn Stable Tower and Walkway in Tallinn

5. Hellemann Tower and Town Wall Walkway

Ascending a spiral staircase onto the timber walkway gives you a birds eye view over the streets that guardsman used to protect Tallinn during the 14th century. Peering through the windows of the Hellemann Tower frames the city spires amongst the red tiled roofs beautifully for photos.

The Hellemann Tower and Town Wall Walkway overlooking Tallinn's streetsEnchanting views of Tallinn from the Hellemann Tower Magical rooftop view of Tallinn from the Hellemann Tower

6. St. Catherine’s Passage | Places in Tallinn for Photography Lovers

Tucked away beside St. Catherine’s Church is a narrow passage, frozen in time. St Catherine’s passage is home to craft shops and medieval tombstones and is undoubtedly one of Tallinn’s best preserved streets for photography lovers.

St. Catherine's Passage in Tallinn, one of the best preserved places in Tallinn for photography lovers

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