Tickets to the Viru Gate

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About Viru Gate

Viru Gate (Viru Värav) in Tallinn is a pair of picturesque towers accessible 24 hours a day, all year round.

Viru Gate is located in the city center and is easily accessible by public transportation. To get there by light rail, take line 3 or 4 and get off at the Viru stop. Alternatively, you can reach the gate by bus. The nearest bus stop is also named Viru and is served by numerous routes. 

As the Old Town entrance, Viru Gate is a good starting point for a long walk. The best time for strolling outdoors in Tallinn is from May to September when the weather is warm and pleasant. 

Viru Street, with its numerous shops and restaurants, is one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the city center, especially on Friday evenings and during the weekend. That is why it is better to plan your visit to Viru Gate for any other day. 

  • Marvel at medieval heritage

Viru Gate, dating back to the 14th century, was part of the defense system of the Tallinn City Wall. Later, the central tower of the gate was demolished to widen the entrance to the Old Town; however, the corner towers adjoining the main wall were preserved. You can admire their iconic round shape and also see a part of the bastion called Musumägi.   

  • Catch the city vibe

Being the main historical gate of the city, Viru Gate helps to get a complete picture of the Old Town of Tallinn. By entering the district through this gate, you leave behind the 21st century and go back to the Middle Ages, in a fantastic area to wander around, with impressive historic buildings, pedestrian streets, and a wonderful flower market. 

Instead of just wandering through the Old Town, you can do it with a detailed route on your smartphone while listening to a knowledgeable, professional guide. Our in-app audio tour The Secrets of Old Tallinn: a Historical Walk will help you make the most of your visit. Your journey will start at Viru Gate, and then you will visit a wide range of unique places, admire breathtaking views, and learn more about this beautiful city.      

FAQ about Viru Gate

Admission to the gate is free. There is no need to book any tickets to visit this place.