"Toompea" Toompea Hill Tip by TheWanderingCamel
Toompea Hill, Tallinn: 38 reviews and 112 photos
Looming high over Tallinn's Old Town, the hill known as Toompea (Dome Hill) has long been the precinct of power and authority - nowadays that is vested in the people of Estonia themselves but, for many centuries, such power was in the hands of foreigners and occupiers so it is understandable that there has long been a frost between the two parts of the city that only now has begun to thaw. Most of the beautiful buidings here date from the late 17th century - the result of a devastating fire destroying much of the quarter. The Lutheran Cathedral and the castle tower known as Tall Hermann survived the fire, but generally the streets have a more neo-classical appearance than those of the town below. The best views of the Old Town below and the area all around the city are to be had at the Kohtu Street lookout. There are lots of grand houses here, some are in private hands still whilst others have become embassies and the odd expensive hotels.
Address: Tallinn old town
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