Estonia’s capital is home to some of the best parks you will find in Europe. Tallinn is very proud of its beautiful parks, and there are dozens situated in and around the city, emphasising just how important these green spaces are to locals. They also make a fantastic location for visitors of the city. Be it for a winter getaway or a summer break, Tallinn’s parks are packed full of gorgeous greenery and landscapes, and they also house many great attractions and activities to suit all tastes.
Here’s a guide to Tallinn’s Parks:
Kadriorg Park is perhaps Tallinn’s most recognisable as well as one of the largest, covering around 70 hectares of land in total, meaning there is plenty to see and do here, and it has become a favourite for tourists and locals alike.
Ordered by Russian Tsar Peter I, the parks construction began back in 1718, and the design of the park has been largely inspired by this time period, although there are various areas based around 18th, 19th, and 20th century designs too.
Today, you will find numerous museums throughout the park, including KUMU (the Estonian Art Museum) and the Kadriorg Art Museum. The baroque-style palace is also a sight to behold, and visitors will enjoy the natural beauty of the flower gardens that surround the delightful Swan Pond.
Toom Park is another large park encompassing a massive area of greenery, which are made all the better from the presence of Schnelli Pond – this was formally part of the moat that once protected the fortifications that surrounded Tallinn.
This quaint park is ideal for a lazy stroll on a summer afternoon. There is an abundance of diverse trees here at Toom Park, thanks in no part to the fact that the park was developed over several decades, resulting in a number of different species being planted over the years.
With that being said, visiting this park during the winter months will not disappoint. It completely transforms during the snowy weather as snow cities are built around the park, creating a majestic winter wonderland that is truly enchanting.
Located south of Toom Park, Hirve Park has even more diverse tree and plant life, and it is also a place of significant political history for Estonia’s independence from Russia.
This is because the park was the location of the first ever public protests of the Soviet occupation of the country in 1987. Further meetings would take place here in the following years that would become an important driving force behind the country’s attainment of independence from Russia.
The park is home to lush greenery and foliage, and there are many winding pathways worth exploring, and the historical importance of the location certainly adds a new dimension when visiting Toom Park.
Tallinn Botanic Garden
Tallinn Botanic Garden offers a glimpse of thousands of different plants and is a must-see for any nature lovers visiting Tallinn. Covering an area of more than 120 hectares, Tallinn Botanic Gardens is situated in the valley of the River Pirita and features both outdoor and indoor displays.
You can also take a tour through the outdoor area and surrounding landscapes, offering a fantastic glimpse of some of the natural plant life of the country. Inside the glass greenhouse you will be graced with endless species of vibrant plants and flowers, providing a treat for the senses and once of the best examples of Tallinn’s affinity with nature.
There is a minor entrance fee, but the sheer size and scale of the gardens makes it well worth the price, and you can get an audio tour that can provide you with all manner of cool facts about the place.
Tammsaare Park gets its name from the famous Estonian author A.H. Tammsaare, and statue of him was erected in the park in 1978. It has a great location, being one of the centremost parks in the entire city, making it easily accessible for all.
It has an interesting history, having originally been nothing but empty land prior to the 20th century. The land was eventually redeveloped to house Tallinn’s market, before various other buildings were erected. It underwent further redevelopments in the 70s, creating most of the park present today.
Tree and bushes help to provide blasts of vibrant greenery throughout the park, and there are close to 50 different species, including some of the rarest in the country. This makes for a good contrast with the surrounding city landscape, and the park has become a popular location for the city’s younger people.
Karjamaa Park is the perfect park to visit with the family. There are various playgrounds and areas of interest that will keep children of all ages occupied, and adults will appreciate the many quiet, picturesque locations that are great for relaxing and unwinding.
There are even fitness areas that house different sports equipment for adults, meaning you can work up a sweat with a little friendly competition! The pathways feature nice lighting which makes for a nice stroll later in the day, and each of them begin from the central area of the park, making it a very easy place to navigate as well.
Home to Glehn’s Castle, Glen Park is one of the oldest parks in Tallinn, dating back to the 19 century. During this time Nikolai von Glehn moved into the area and began construction the aforementioned castle.
The grounds in and around the castle have since been redeveloped – and continue to be to this day – but there are still many intriguing sights to go along with the natural beauty of the landscape.
You will find various statues around the park, including one of the iconic Estonian hero Kalevipoeg and one of a dragon, which is often referred to as the crocodile. There is also an obelisk dedicated to Glehn’s favourite horse and a lookout point that has become a popular location for star gazing.
During the winter, various ski paths are opened in the nearby Nomme Adventure Park, ensuring that there is much to see and do if visiting this park then.