MEDIEVAL TALLIN - FROM GREAT MONUMENTS TO BEER
Panorama, Culture, Divertimento, Tasting
A thrilling walk around the alleyways of the Medieval city among imposing cathedrals, large squares and ancient buildings that have made up the history of the country with a stop in a charming Medieval-style restaurant followed by a beer tasting session and by some free time available to browse around the artisan workshops in an alleyway where time seems to have stood still.
What we will see
- Tour of Tallinn’s historical city centre
- Medieval castle (external visit)
- Stroll around the old city
- St. Nicholas' Church (external visit)
- Raekoja square, City Hall, Raeapteek
- Stop in a Medieval-style restaurant
- Tasting session of beer made according to ancient recipes
- St Catherine's Passage: artisan workshops
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us and set off on our excursion to discover Tallinn as we admire its ancient and modern architecture from the coach windows.
- The imposing Medieval castle appears before us with the Estonian flag waiving from the highest tower.
- We get off the coach in Tallinn's Lower Part, on the banks of the ancient moat which offers a lovely view of the Toompea hill where the ancient heart of the Estonian capital is perched.
- We go on a guided walking tour of the centre through narrow winding alleyways flanked by numerous buildings dating back to the 15th century that were once home to merchants and now turned into restaurants, cafés and museums.
- We continue our exploration of the old city by admiring the exterior of St. Nicholas' Church dating back to the 13th century. Originally a fortress, it is now also a museum of religious art as well as an auditorium.
- Around one hundred metres away, we find ourselves in the heart of the historic city centre: Raekoja square with its 14th-century Gothic City Hall and Raeapteek, the oldest pharmacy in the Baltic region that has been functioning uninterruptedly since 1422.
- After a stroll of around an hour, we deserve a relaxing break in a charming Medieval-style restaurant that was once the home of a rich merchant and is now an eatery celebrating the fasts of the Hanseatic League.
- Here, we have the chance to enjoy some delicious local beer prepared according to four different recipes of Medieval origin (honey-flavoured dark beer, ginger-flavoured beer, dark spicy beer and cinnamon lager).
- After this feast, we continue our walking tour by crossing the lovely St Catherine's Passage, a narrow alleyway surmounted by arches boasting many traditional artisan shops selling glass objects, hats, down jackets, pottery, jewellery and hand-painted silk.
- We have some free time here to browse before returning to the ship.