28 Interesting Facts About Tallinn

Tallinn Facts

Facts About Tallinn

  1. Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia.
  2. The highest point in Tallinn, at 64 meters above sea level.
  3. Tallinn has the highest number of start-ups per person among European countries.
  4. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.
  5. Tallinn, first mentioned in 1219.
  6. The oldest building in Tallinn is Dominican St. Catherine’s Monastery and dates back to 1246.
  7. Tallinn received its city rights in 1248.
  8. The first traces of human settlement found in Tallinn’s city centre by archaeologists are about 5,000 years old.
  9. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  10. Tallinn is home to more than 60 museums and galleries. Most of them are located in Kesklinn, the central district of the city, and cover Tallinn’s rich history.
  11. The name “Tallinn” is actually derived from the Estonian words “taani linnus,” meaning “Danish castle.”
  12. The length of the coast is 29 miles.
  13. There is an upper and lower part of the Old Town of Tallinn.
  14. Teletorn, the TV Tower, is the largest building in Estonia, Standing at 314 metres.
  15. Opened since 1864, Maiasmokk is the city’s oldest running café.
  16. The Population of Tallinn is 437,619, 2020.
  17. The Soviet-era Patarei Prison is a sea fortress built-in 1840.
  18. The GDP per Capita of Tallinn is 170+% higher than anywhere else in the Estonian Average.
  19. Tallinn receives 4.3 million visitors annually.
  20. In 1530, a weather vane was put on top of the spire of the Tallinn Town Hall, and became the symbol for the city.
  21. You can find Wireless Internet just about everywhere in Tallinn.
  22. Tallinn first appeared on a map in 1154, when the cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi, calling the city Qlwn, added it to his map of the world.
  23. The largest lake is Tallinn is Lake Ülemiste, and most Tallinnites get their drinking water from this lake.
  24. One-third of all Estonians population live In Tallinn.
  25. Most Tallinn residents speak Estonian as well as English, Finnish, Russian or German. 
  26. The biggest seaport in Estonia is also located in Tallinn. 
  27. Tallinn experiences warm, mild summers, and cold, snowy winters.
  28. The 1980 Moscow Olympic sailing events were held in Tallinn.
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Source: Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau