"Toompea Castle" Toompea Tip by pure1942
Toompea, Tallinn: 35 reviews and 106 photos
Toompea Castle sits 50 metres above sea level on top of Toompea Hill in the Upper Town of the Old Town. Nothing exists of the original Danish castle built in 1219, but three of the corner towers of the later castle, built between 1227 and 1229 by the Knights of the Sword, still stand today. The most impressive of these towers is Pikk Hermann which is topped by the Estonian National Flag.
The castle itself still retains an important function in modern Estonia as it is the seat of the Riigikogu - Estonia's Parliament.
From the front of the building, the castle looks more like a stately masion than a castle, due to the pink baroque facade, which was built in the 18th century, during refurbishment work during the time of Catherine the Great.
From the otherside, which you can view from the beautiful gardens laid out on the west side of Toompea Hill, you can see the more stereotypically 'castle' look of the building!
You can visit the interior of the castle but through appointment only.
Address: Lossi Plats
Directions: The Castle and Parliament Buildings are located directly opposite the Russian Orthodox Church on Toompea Hill.
Phone: 0631 6537
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