5 Tips for Tallinn with kids
I was so excited to visit Tallinn, I was fascinated by the Medieval architecture and the fairy tale like streets. However I hadn’t seen many posts on tips for Tallinn with kids so I vowed to do this post when I get back to help other families visit this stunning city. Below are my top tips for getting the most out of your trip to Tallinn with kids.
1 – Get the Tallinn Card
We have used city attraction type cards in many countries around the world. The Tallinn Card is available on-line or in person over in Tallinn and can be purchased for different durations such as 24, 48 or 72 hours. The card itself covers free or discounted entrance into over 50 attractions. Tallinn isn’t a big city and very walkable, so we could plan our attractions easily. I asked the kids if they had a favourite attraction and between them listed their top 3 – Kiek in de Kök (I totally agree, spectacular) , Seaplane Museum and Proto Invention Factory (very cool …. so much so we went twice!) all of which had free entry with the Tallinn Card. Another huge plus of the Tallinn Card is that it grants you unlimited free public transport on Tallinn’s buses, Trams and Trolleys. To give you an idea of the price a 48 hour card is €51 for an adult and €26 for a child. This is definitely one of our top tips for Tallinn with kids.
2 – Get lost in the medieval streets
The first thing you will notice in Tallinn is how stunningly beautiful the streets are, its impossible not to be awed. The first morning we just wandered meandering around the quaint streets. The town hall square is really lovely as it the area around St Catherine Passage. I honestly felt like I was in an old movie, so beautiful and captivating.
3 – Sample a Medieval feast
Dotted around the main square are little quaint medieval pubs like III Draakon and Olde Hansa. Its a really cool experience, the staff are in traditional outfits and act our their roles really well. The food is served by candlelight making it really atmospheric.
4 – Playgrounds!!!
I read before going to Tallinn that there are 342 playgrounds in Tallinn which are open to the public! Seriously impressive and a fantastic way to burn off some energy! If the weather was bad there really is so much for kids to do from the health museum, to Seaplane and Proto Invention Factory. The difficulty will be trying to fit it all into your trip.
5 – Combine Tallinn with Helsinki
Tallinn is located a mere 2 hours from Helsinki by ferry. The port itself is easily located from the town making this a great option to extend your trip which is exactly what we did. We took the Tallink Ferry one way. It was an early start but we enjoyed breakfast on board and a wander around the expansive shopping deck picking up a few bargains, prices are very good. Boarding and disembarking was so efficient.
The kids really enjoyed the ferry ride complaining that it was too short!! Always a good sign. They were fortunate enough to have been kindly gifted the Captains FriendSHIP bracelet which was a lovely idea, they had to find clues and were rewarded with a gift from the lobby shop and on ship credit. Really highly recommend the ferry crossing, with 6 crossing a day you could even do a day trip from either side. Price wise budget around €100 for a family 2 adults and 2 kids. Prices varies depending on crossing, times, time of year etc.
If you have any tips for visiting Tallinn do pop them in the comments below. Its a wonderful family friendly city with lots to see and do, we have lots more saved in the highlights on our Instagram stories and on the grid.