I was awake early on Sunday morning and stood and watched the Tallinn skyline for a time. The lights on the buildings across from the hotel were still making patterns. After another late morning cup of tea the sky looked promising but my weather app warned us that the temperature had now dropped to -3C.
We set off for breakfast at McDonalds as before, but after the Viru Keskus shopping mall we decided to try the local burger chain that was there facing the park.
Breakfast at Hesburger
The first problem was our lack of Russian or Estonian and the second was the menus not having any translations. We thought that there was a breakfast menu and resorted to walking almost round the counter to jump up and point to what we wanted to order. After ordering we were not sure if we were getting one or two of anything. But we did get two black teas, two fruit yogurts and 2 filled rolls. From the pictures we thought these would contain bacon, cheese and egg. To this content was added a burger with the cheese replaced by a mixture of mayo and sprayed cheese (I think.)
Whatever we may have thought about the filled rolls, the price for breakfast was OK. Next to us we watched an older couple carefully unwrap pastries from a supermarket to accompany their teas.
The Town Walls
Our plan for the day was to find the other stretch of the wall that could be walked upon and to go around to Fat Margarets’s Tower. After the Town Hall Square we walked under the viewing platforms up on Toompea until we reached Nunne.
Above us we could see some street art that had had a large tag put over it.
There we turned left and walked along an earth wall that was 10 meters or more above the frozen Snelli pond. On the frozen pond adults and kids were ice skating.
Tallinn Town Walls
We turned back and headed down Suur-Kloorti, went under the archway in the wall and on our right was the entrance to the tower.
Once inside after paying our fee to climb up the walls. This modern spiral staircase had concrete steps and didn’t have any landings to allow for visitors to pass who were coming in the opposite direction.
Once at the top and through the modern self closing door we turned right and started our climb up the first tower. These steps were very uneven and we held on tight to the rope banister all the way. The climb was worth it for the views.
Looking down the wall towards the other towers
Once back down we walked along the wall and started to climb up the next tower.
The steps after the first level didn’t have any rope banisters and neither of us were comfortable to attempt climbing up.
The last tower’s steps started with a steep wooden staircase that lead onto stone steps to the first level. Then it was again a climb up steep stone steps with a rope banister. The top chamber was a great disappointment that the windows were all shuttered and the view was only possible through a small 6 inch square in the middle of the shutters.
Once back down on the walkway we could see more closely the steeple that I had been photographing from Toompea.