In this time-travel experience, you’ll meet your guide Old Thomas, the guardian and symbol of Tallinn dressed in medieval costume near Viru Gate. He will take you back 500 years in time. Old Thomas will open your eyes and your attention will be drawn to old items from that era that still exist in the city. You will forget modern times during this journey and you must prepare to notice and experience things differently, as there are many hidden secrets that cannot be seen just by looking around the old town of Tallinn !!
Departures : Daily upon arrabgement
Min Group Size : 5
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- Hellemann Tower
- Tallinn Town Hall
- Golden Piglet Restaurant
During your journey back in time, you will visit 3 historical venues.
First the Hellemann Tower, where Old Thomas will invites you to the medieval turret. There you will see how city guards lived and which weapons they used to protect the town. Old Thomas wants your help to assemble the catapult and also he organizes his favourite competition - shooting a (stuffed) parrot with a crossbow! Parrot shooting competitions have been a most popular game during knight tournaments in Tallinn. Old Thomas tells you more about how people lived 500 years ago and how the city's massive defensive system was built.
Next would be Town Hall Square where is the oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe - Town Hall Pharmacy - was established in 1422. Alternative, you will visit the Garlic Restaurant in the same building. Old Thomas will explain the role of the Pharmacy in the city and make great fun of medievel medicine. You will also visit the exhibition of medieval items, and he will educate and entertain you with a presentation of pharmaceutical items that are funny and absurd in today's world. Thomas will also offer you a sample of a unique claret wine or Vana Tallinn liquer while talking more about Tallinn. You will experience this as Aldermen, who used to sit in Pharmacy, drank claret wine and made big desicions 500 years ago.
Last you will visit the Golden Piglet restaurant or Kaera Jaan where you’ll meet with an Estonian folk musician. The Musician will talk about old musical instruments and you can even have fun playing with a bunch of keys, some wooden pegs, and sticks and drums together with the musician !! Old Thomas will then teach you Estonian expressions, you will learn about Estonian singing traditions and the Kaera Jaan song and dance, and discover embroidery, folk costumes, and the local drinks and cuisine. After the tour, you can also sample Estonian snacks and drinks in the restaurant or have dinner there.