What to do in Tallinn in summer 2021?

Summer is a lovely time in Estonia – from misty mornings and sun showers to rainbows and sizzling beach weather, the scent of pine forests bursting with berries set against a backdrop of white nights. All this and more is what makes this time of year special, and it's why our team loves Tallinn in summer!

Wondering what to do in Tallinn with your friends, your significant other or your kids? Check out and for ideas and recommendations on sights to see, museums to visit, events to attend and activities to get involved in, plus information on Estonia's culture and values.

But here at the Viru Hotel we also have our own tips to share on making the most of your time in Tallinn. The Estonian capital is a compact place – all of our suggestions are within half an hour of the hotel by car, bus or bike.


Our conference service specialist LIIS loves heading for Pääsküla bog and recommends it to everyone. The 4 km circuit around the bog follows natural trails, interspersed with sections of boardwalk, passing through forests, over canals and by springs. There is also a 10-metre viewing tower and relaxation area on the Männiku side of the bog. The trail is passable year-round without getting your feet wet. You may even encounter some of the local wildlife as you traverse the trail!

Our reception administrator ELIZA can often be found shopping at the delightful doll's house that is Nõmme Market – which, she says, you should never leave without first having treated yourself to some fluffy pancakes with jam. The drive out to Nõmme is just like going on a visit to your grandma's place in the country.

Our restaurant service managers KADY and JOONAS also love markets – in their case Balti Jaam Market, which is just a few tram stops away from the hotel. If you're feeling more energetic and would rather walk, you can cut straight through the stunning Old Town. Balti Jaam Market is one of the newest and most impressive in the country, and is a big hit among people in Tallinn for the street food it offers. Trendy Telliskivi – home to the incredibly popular and internationally renowned Fotografiska – is just a stone's throw from the market, too.

KRISTIINA from sales and KÄTLIN from the front desk have a recommendation for active holiday-makers that can be enjoyed all summer long, particularly with friends. Start out in the aforementioned Pääsküla bog at sunrise before heading back towards the city centre via Tallinn Zoo. Having made the acquaintance of its animal residents, make the most of the opportunity to take to the water on a paddleboard. Pick any direction (Kakumäe, Stroomi, Pirita or Viimsi) and sail off into the sunset!

Our restaurant service specialists KATJA and KAROLINE love the white nights of summer as well. One of the best views on a warm summer's night is from Maarjamäe, just a few minutes' drive from the hotel. A fun way of getting there is by bike, since most of the way is along the seafront on the brand new Reidi Road, which has opened up the area and made it very popular among locals and visitors alike. Find a spot next to Maarjamäe Castle and picnic away! An unforgettable evening is guaranteed.

Feel free to ask at Reception for more information (including on bike hire, public transport and the best routes to take) and personal recommendations. Enjoy summer in Tallinn!