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Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Lauluvӓljak)
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Lauluvӓljak)

Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Lauluvӓljak)

Free admission
Narva mnt 95

The Basics

While still a part of the Russian Empire, 300,000 people (roughly more than a quarter of Estonia’s population) gathered at the Song Festival Grounds in 1988 in protest of their Soviet rule. The massive gathering known as the Singing Revolution, is touted as the event that kickstarted Estonia’s national awakening on their journey to independence. In honor of this event, the Song Festival is held at the amphitheatre-style grounds, and is one of the largest amateur choral events featuring nearly 25,000 singers.

If you are visiting during a non-festival year, travelers to the grounds are still invited to explore the area, watch a concert, or climb the 137-foot (42-meter) Song Ground Light Tower, which is set alight before every single Song Festival.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Look for a bronze monument to Gustav Ernesaks, an Estonian composer and widely regarded as the country’s “Father of Song.”
  • Entrance to the park is free.
  • The park is wheelchair accessible.
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How to Get There

The grounds are roughly 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of Tallinn’s Old Town center. It is a 13-minute drive by car, or you can take bus lines 51 or 60 to the Oru stop, passing Kadriorg Park.

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When to Get There

Since the concert venue is outside, visit the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds in warmer weather (May through September). And if you are looking to participate in the Estonian Song Festival, go online to research when the next festival will occur. (The music festival usually takes place during June or July.)

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Wildcard

KGB Museum To learn even more about life in Estonia before the Iron Curtain fell check out the KGB Museum. Located inside the Hotel Vitu, this museum is a perfectly preserved Soviet radio station, where members of the Communist party spied on hotel guests.

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