St. Olaf’s Church
St. Olaf’s Church
4.5
Sunday
09:30 - 14:00
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Originally built in 1250 and considered the tallest building in Europe during the Middle Ages, this city landmark is now used by both Baptist and Methodist congregations.
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  • Margueriteevel
    New York City, New York67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for the faint of heart !
    My favorite thing to do when i only have a few hours to explore a new city is climb to the top of a high tower and see the city from above. I stumbled upon St Olaf’s church, did just that and was rewarded with a great view. The architecture is impressive and the twirling stone steps that lead you up were a lot of fun for me. But they’re tiny and narrow, so if you suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia like my brother, you will know to avoid. The first floor is lovely too so definitely go inside the church and enjoy!
    Visited June 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Duane B
    West Des Moines, Iowa20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    $5 euros
    I was excited to check this place out from other reviews of the views. I just got into tallinn after very long plane ride 30 min from helsinki. So my hotel was just down the street and figured I would check this place out right away. I didnt know how hard it would be going up all those steps. I was out of breath it was kinda hard and makes it hard when people are coming the other way just no room. But out of breath and when I got to the top it was worth the views and th photos I got. I would recommend this to anyone that wants great view. This prob would not be good for people with health issues or have hard time climbing steps.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • max v
    Europe180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oleviste😎😎😎
    It is impossible to pass by it and not notice this structure, because theSt. Olaf's church (Oleviste kirik) is the tallest building in medieval Europe. Soaring to a height of 124 meters, the church spire was visible from afar and served as an excellent reference point for navigators. I recommend climbing the famous spiral staircase and seeing the city from above, but the climb is not easy! I remembered the legend about Master Olaf, who, as they say, sold his soul to the devil to build this endless staircase with a tower.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Sandi V
    Evansville, Indiana61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must see
    This historic church is a must see. Your Tallinn card includes admission and the hike to the top if you want to. Built in the 12th century. The staircase to the top is all stone, spiral and narrow with breathtaking views when you reach the top.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom1,703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    ‘As it’s the tallest building in medieval Europe it felt wrong not to climb the stunning church.’
    As it’s the tallest building in medieval Europe it felt wrong not to climb the stunning church. The church on the inside is nothing too speculative. It’s painted all white, with no special paintings. It cost €5 per person to go up to the top. But beware the climb is strenuous, as the stairs are very narrow and steep. As it was quite busy we had to wait a while before we could go up and while we were on the way up, people were coming down so it was a tight squeeze in the staircase. So if you’re claustrophobic, then give it a miss. I think they should operate a traffic light system to avoid human traffic and to make the climb and descent smoother. Once you do the reach the top you’re rewarded with breathtaking views of the entire city! Overall, would recommend visiting this church solely due to amazing views but the climb up the spiral staircase is hard work.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Daniel R
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mandatory and impressive visit.
    In the lower town you could find this majestic chuck wich its tower could be seeing from every part of the city thanks to its 124 metres high. It's a mandatory visit on your trip and you will nor be disappointed because the views are one of the best in the city. Go up to the top could be difficult, tough time, nevertheless it worth the views.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Mark T
    Aberdeen, Washington2,834 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views after a harrowing climb
    St. Olaf’s Church was one of the tallest buildings in medieval Europe. They offer an opportunity to climb the 258 steps of a narrow winding staircase to the top. they only accept cash. some come prepared with your Euros or Dollars,Not recommended for small children, the elderly or those not in top physical shape. the church itself is gorgeous
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much inside but the view is worth the climb
    A visit to this church is a must if you want to see Tallinn and the Old Town with the clearest 360 view. The narrow stone stairs takes you to the tower which offers the best view in the city from what seems to be the tallest building in the city. The cost to enter is 5 euros and you need to be prepared to climb the narrow winding stairs. So if your knees or legs are weak then forget it. It's a definite must do.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 September 2023
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Michael Š
81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The church was supposed to be open as part of the Tallinn Pass attractions, but to my disappointment, it was unexpectedly closed for reasons unknown. This was a letdown as I was looking forward to experiencing the historical and architectural beauty of St. Olaf Church, which is a significant part of Tallinn's heritage. Unfortunately, I was unable to explore it further due to this unforeseen closure. Notably, there was no ongoing mass, which made the closure even more puzzling. My primary interest was in accessing the church's observation tower, a highlight for many visitors. The inability to experience this part of the church, especially on a Sunday when one would expect it to be open, was a significant letdown. The unexpected closure of such a key attraction in Tallinn was an unfortunate aspect of my visit.
Written 26 November 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,612 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
While this church promises to look spectacular, it's only so from the outside.
After entering, the interior turns out to be almost bare, with moldy walls and unattractive views.
Written 27 October 2023
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
A visit to this church is a must if you want to see Tallinn and the Old Town with the clearest 360 view. The narrow stone stairs takes you to the tower which offers the best view in the city from what seems to be the tallest building in the city.
The cost to enter is 5 euros and you need to be prepared to climb the narrow winding stairs. So if your knees or legs are weak then forget it. It's a definite must do.
Written 1 September 2023
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Mark T
Aberdeen, WA2,834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
St. Olaf’s Church was one of the tallest buildings in medieval Europe. They offer an opportunity to climb the 258 steps of a narrow winding staircase to the top. they only accept cash. some come prepared with your Euros or Dollars,Not recommended for small children, the elderly or those not in top physical shape. the church itself is gorgeous
Written 27 August 2023
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Paul J
Bishops Stortford, UK327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Tallinn is full of churches and whilst this isn’t the most impressive internally the views from the spire are fabulous.

You’ll need €5 and strong calves but once you get up top it’s well worth it.
Written 23 August 2023
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Daniel R
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
In the lower town you could find this majestic chuck wich its tower could be seeing from every part of the city thanks to its 124 metres high.

It's a mandatory visit on your trip and you will nor be disappointed because the views are one of the best in the city. Go up to the top could be difficult, tough time, nevertheless it worth the views.
Written 16 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ben White
Northampton, UK1,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
As it’s the tallest building in medieval Europe it felt wrong not to climb the stunning church.
The church on the inside is nothing too speculative. It’s painted all white, with no special paintings.
It cost €5 per person to go up to the top. But beware the climb is strenuous, as the stairs are very narrow and steep. As it was quite busy we had to wait a while before we could go up and while we were on the way up, people were coming down so it was a tight squeeze in the staircase. So if you’re claustrophobic, then give it a miss.
I think they should operate a traffic light system to avoid human traffic and to make the climb and descent smoother. Once you do the reach the top you’re rewarded with breathtaking views of the entire city!
Overall, would recommend visiting this church solely due to amazing views but the climb up the spiral staircase is hard work.
Written 7 August 2023
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Sandi V
Evansville, IN61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This historic church is a must see. Your Tallinn card includes admission and the hike to the top if you want to. Built in the 12th century. The staircase to the top is all stone, spiral and narrow with breathtaking views when you reach the top.
Written 5 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

max v
Europe180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
It is impossible to pass by it and not notice this structure, because theSt. Olaf's church (Oleviste kirik) is the tallest building in medieval Europe. Soaring to a height of 124 meters, the church spire was visible from afar and served as an excellent reference point for navigators. I recommend climbing the famous spiral staircase and seeing the city from above, but the climb is not easy! I remembered the legend about Master Olaf, who, as they say, sold his soul to the devil to build this endless staircase with a tower.
Written 20 July 2023
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The Gothic steeple previously made the church one of the tallest in the world.

Be warned, the winding staircase to the viewing platform is steep and narrow. But you will be rewarded with the stunning view of the city.
Written 30 June 2023
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