Few cities around the world embrace the humble park quite as much Tallinn. There are around 50 different parks in and around the city, so when you come to Tallinn for a break, be it during the summer or winter, you’re never far from some of the most beautifully manicured public gardens in Europe.
Many of these parks are conveniently located near to the city’s top hotels including Uniquestay’s three city centre properties, each a landmark in its own right.
Stay at either the Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn, The von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn or City Hotel Tallinn for easy access to Tallinn’s parks, home to museums, shops and even the odd castle. Below are some of the best parks in the city, and why they’re well worth a visit.
1. Toompark (Toompuiestee, Nunne Str)
If you are staying at the von Stackelberg Hotel or City Hotel Tallinn, on a relaxing spa break for example, then find time to visit nearby Toompark. The park was shaped from the former fortifications of the city walls and is home to the Schnelli pond, part of a moat that once used to encompass the city. Toompark is a beautiful park to walk around in summer when admiring the lush greenery and waterfalls, or equally during the winter when, during snowy times, spectacular snow cities are built there.
2. Kadriorg Park (Roheline aas, J.Poska, Maekalda, Narva mnt)
The grounds surrounding Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great, make up one of the largest and most well-known parks in the city, thanks mainly to its magnificent Baroque palace. With so many places worth visiting, including the Kumu art museum, the Mikkli museum and the Swan Pond and fountains, the park is popular both with visitors and locals alike.
3. Hirvepark (Falgi tee, Toompea, Wismari)
Situated south of Toompark and close to the Kreutzwald Hotel, Hirvepark translates as ‘deer park’ and was once part of the moat that surrounded Tallinn. As the name suggests, deer once roamed freely around the park until the 1930s. Hirvepark has also played a crucial role in securing the future of Estonia – the public meetings held there, during the late 80s, played an inspirational part in the attainment of Estonian independence from Russia.
4. Glehn Park (Tahetorni, Vaana, Trummi)
This spectacular and popular park dates from the end of the 19th century, when Nikolai von Glehn moved to the area. In 1886, the castle-style building, known as Glehn’s Castle, was completed, and the land contained within became known as the park. The park is undergoing renovation but is still worth a visit, especially on a winter’s evening when many of the ski paths are open.
5. Karjamaa Park (Karjamaa tn 3)
If you’re looking for a park with plenty to do then Karjamaa Park is ideal. There are play areas for children and fitness areas, complete with equipment, for adults to enjoy. The park is spacious and well designed with lit pathways radiating from a central square, making navigation simple.
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