Are you vacationing in Tallinn and wondering where to go? We invite you to travel in time in our virtual reality experience VR Tallinn 1939/44. Come and see how Tallinn looked like in 1939 and experience the devastation it suffered in World War II in March 1944.
This VR experience is an immersive journey through time that takes you to the large capital of a small country in 1939. Enjoy the sunrise on the country’s most prestigious square or visit the Kuld Lõvi, once the city’s grandest hotel. Fly over Tallinn on the night of the 1944 March bombing or stand in the ruins of Harju Street. Our time travels make the impossible possible.
In the time travel experience “VR Tallinn 1939/44”, the former views come to life in three dimensions and in color. The unique time travel experience is made even more memorable by the opportunity to take a look around the streets. The tour is accompanied by an audio guide that tells the story of Estonia and Tallinn in nine languages.
After the time travel, you will see Tallinn differently and understand Estonia and Estonians better.
Come and rent a VR headset and experience the magic of time travel.
We guarantee an experience to remember.
Time Portal “VR Tallinn 1939/44” offers two virtual tours.
VR Tallinn 1939
Take a trip back in time to 1939 and experience the authentic feel of the former most prominent street of the city in all its beauty! Every house, every sign, every shop window has been restored. Come borrow our VR glasses and wander the bustling street of 1939, where famous businesses and hotels of the capital operated. Come and find out what Harju Street looked like in the early morning hours and in the evening twilight, when the neon advertisements of businesses glow. At the end of a long day, catch your breath in the Kuld Lõvi suite.
VR Tallinn 1944
The journey back in time to 1944 begins on the evening of March 9 at 6 p.m. The third year of Nazi German occupation continues in Estonia. You will experience the extent of the destruction of the March bombing and stand in the ruins of Harju Street.
Come and learn about the fateful events of March 9 and 10, 1944 for Harju Street.
A Night of Horrors in a Shelter
Embark on a poignant journey with us as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the March Bombing. In collaboration with the Tallinn City Museum, we invite you to a special program: an exclusive excursion to the wartime shelters beneath Harjumägi. Accompanied by historian and guide Tõnu Pedaru, you’ll gain a profound understanding of the events of the bombing night and delve into the rich history of the bastion passages. Following this insightful exploration, brace yourself for a unique virtual time-travel experience that will transport you precisely to the year 1944. Join us for an unforgettable commemoration of history’s echoes.
WHEN: On the 9th of March at 15:00 and 17:00
DURATION: 2 hours
STARTING POINT: Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum (Komandandi tee 2)
TOTAL COST: 22 euros
St Nicholas’ Church Rises from the Ashes
Join Niguliste Museum and VR History for an unforgettable commemorative journey on the 80th anniversary of the March Bombing. Experience ‘VR Tallinn 1939/44,’ a virtual reality time-travel that immerses you in the vivid history of pre and wartime Tallinn. Following the virtual reality experience, art historian Merike Kurisoo will lead an exclusive excursion at Niguliste Museum, unveiling the poignant story of the church destroyed in World War II. Explore the lost world of Niguliste Church and witness its remarkable journey from wartime ruins to a museum. Niguliste Church, once a grand city church on the Baltic Sea, became a symbol of the March Bombing. Despite losing many treasures, rare pieces survived, revealing an extraordinary restoration tale. Don’t miss this chance to be part of history’s echo.
WHEN: On the 9th of March at 12:00 and 13:30
DURATION: 2 hours
STARTING POINT: VR Tallinn 1939/44 (at Vabaduse väljak 9, there is a kiosk in the underground passage)
TOTAL COST: 22 euros
Interactive workshops for schools
Bring learning to life!
More about the workshops
The Harju Street, one of the most important streets of nowadays Tallinn, connecting Town Hall Square and Freedom Square, is a part of the city’s historical center and an example of a natural evolution of a very old road. The roots of this road can be traced to the Early Medieval Age, or even before. It was the way to travel from Tallinn to Harjumaa (thus the name of the street), and from there onwards to Pärnu, ending finally in Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Later, but still in the Medieval Ages, the road name became “Street of the Blacksmiths” and it was absorbed by the urban Tallinn. The St. Nicholas Church is located next to Harju Street. Before the WWII this was a busy area with many buildings but the Russians bombed Harju Street and nearly all was destroyed.
Service Provider: VR History
- Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm
- CLOSED on national holidays: January 1, February 24, June 24, August 20, December 24.-26.
- Please make sure that you arrive 5 min in advance.
- VR tours start at full hours. Last VR tour 1 hr before closure.
- Duration of one part: approx. 30 min.
- Full ticket € 15 per part
- Full ticket for two parts € 27 (duration 1 hour)
- Discount ticket (children (7-18), pensioners) € 12 per part
- Family ticket (at least 1 grown-up and 1 child) € 12 per person & part
- Group ticket (from 10 persons) € 13 per person & part
- Interactive workshops for schools € 12 per student & part
- Starting point is a shop in the underground passage of Vabaduse väljak.
- VR tours take place outdoors and run along today’s Harju Street.
- Audio guide in Estonian, Russian, English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Finnish, German, Spanish and Italian.
- Our attraction is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
- VR may cause cyber sickness.
- Suitable for children 7+ years old.
GETTING TO OUR TIME PORTAL
Time Portal “VR Tallinn 1939/44” is located in the underground passage of Vabaduse väljak at Vabaduse väljak 9 in Tallinn.
Google Maps: VR Tallinn 1939/44
Phone: +372 5343 9526
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