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Take a step back in medical history at Town Hall Pharmacy, the oldest medical enterprise in Tallinn, and one of the oldest in all of Europe. The pharmacy was founded in the early 15th century and has run continuously in the same building ever since. Explore the on-site museum, which displays a small collection of historic medical tools and others used by physicians in the past. You'll find many relics from the business over the years, including an array of medieval and Renaissance-era remedies. For a souvenir, pick up some claret, a spiced Germanic wine, from the pharmacy's gift shop. Add Town Hall Pharmacy to your Tallinn travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tallinn trip planner.
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Town Hall Pharmacy reviews
The oldest continously working pharmacy, it seems! It is free to enter, very nice th at they have the museum telling the History of the place. They also have some examples of things which used to be..... more
The oldest continously working pharmacy, it seems! It is free to enter, very nice th at they have the museum telling the History of the place. They also have some examples of things which used to be..... more »
Our experience was amazing. We had a guided tour of the pharmacy. The guide was very knowledgeable and she answered all our questions enthusiastically. After that we had a fun workshop in the celler..... more
Our experience was amazing. We had a guided tour of the pharmacy. The guide was very knowledgeable and she answered all our questions enthusiastically. After that we had a fun workshop in the celler..... more »
The famous Raeapteek pharmacy is located in the Main Square in a nice old building. It’s opened in1422, so it’s the oldest pharmacy in Europe. They sold „love potions” and „care all” made of dried...
The famous Raeapteek pharmacy is located in the Main Square in a nice old building. It’s opened in1422, so it’s the oldest pharmacy in Europe. They sold „love potions” and „care all” made of dried... more »
One of my favorite places in Old Town. I am from a family with many medical doctors, so all things medical and pharmaceutical interest me. The pharmacy is over 600 years old, and most of the current furniture, as I was told, is from the late 1800s/early 1900s. I especially love the wooden benches with the two griffons (real fan of griffons here!). They have a lot of German products, which is no surprise because of Tallinn's long German history. As souvenirs I recommend their special marzipan (invented as a curative here) or a Swedish bitter. I bought some organic facecream made in Estonia. In medieval times, everything from gunpowder to insect and mummy based medicines to marmalade was sold here. I highly doubt that the unicorn horn powder sold for potency back then WAS actually pink ;) but it's still a nice touch. Lol. The kaiman/small crocodile hanging from the ceiling looks cool. Even though I felt a little bad for all the preserved animals. And, yes, the museum is free (unless you are a company and bring big groups!)
Great experience. Proffesional staff. Worth your time to stop by here to check one of the oldest pharmacy in Europe. Awesome.
Raeapteek or the Town Hall Pharmacy is the oldest working Pharmacy in the world and a museum where you can learn about herbs and taste the pharmacy wine. The exact opening date is not known, but in 1422 the pharmacy already had its third owner. During the years 1582-1911 the pharmacy belonged to the ten generations of the Burchart family. Between the years 1911-1940 the Raeapteek belonged to the Lehbert and Schneider families. Look for the blue and red glass bottles and you can see the reflection of the town square and tower in them.
Miniature museum and working pharmacy since 1422. You can watch medieval remedies like dried frogs or buy modern era pharma pills. It's just one room and won't take too much of your time. Interesting place to visit.
It's a very old pharmacy store (from the 15th century) that still operates as a pharmacy. Hard to miss it if one is on the old town square. It's worth to go inside as the interiors are preserved (though not of 15th century) and there is a small exhibition to see.
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