Ramblers Walking Holidays

Toompea Hill: Tallinn’s Stronghold

Blog post   •   Dec 23, 2013 16:13 GMT

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Hopefully, when you go walking in Estonia, this probably won’t happen. But it gives you a magical perspective of a historical city. In reality it’s more likely that the ancient Estonians built Toompea as a stronghold to defend the country’s capital (it now houses the Estonian government).

The castle visible today is largely the same as it was in 1227 when it was besieged by the Order of the Bretheren of the Sword (Super German Warrior Monks). The monks then sold the keep on to the Teutonic Order who built dorms for knights, a church with impressive spires, and towers that are still present to this day. One of which, ‘Tall Herman’, features the flag of Estonia flying from its turret from sunrise to sunset.

Since the Middle Ages the castle has undergone several ownerships, from Danes to Swedes, to the Russian Tzars, until eventually Estonia became an independent state and walking in Estonia could be downgraded to a rollicking past-time, rather than a sinister invasive plot.

Tallinn, sometimes affectionately referred to as “The nipple of Linda”, is a wonderful city to explore while walking in Estonia, full of rich architecture and narrow winding streets harking back to ancient times. With a Ramblers Worldwide walking tour you can cover the 3 capital cities of the Baltics: Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithunia) respectively, all of which contain vibrant histories and unique folklores that will surely make for an enriching holiday.