The development of the Old City Harbour is aimed at establishing a complete integrated multifunctional district into the active harbour area, taking into consideration the seaport-specific intrinsic requirements.

Old City Harbour of the Future: Estonia’s biggest and most attractive tourism gate and an integral part of the modern cityscape.


The Masterplan 2030 of the Old City Harbor area was completed in 2017. This document is a long-term comprehensive detailed development plan integrating the port area (closed area), areas of port-city-related activities (semi-public area) and areas of urban development (public areas)into united functional system comprising a human-centered and integrated approach combining commercial, socio-economic, spatial and environmental aspects giving maximum financial and spatial value to the seaside area. For implementing the Masterplan 2030, it is necessary to draw up and establish detailed land use plans for the areas, in order to give legal force to the development plan.

Until their completion, Port of Tallinn will implement temporary solutions to the public spaces surrounding the A and D terminals creating human-friendly environment for the activities.

Old City Harbour 2019-2023

  • Reconstruction of the D-terminal building to extend and modernize the services for the constantly increasing number of passengers.
  • Movable pedestrian bridge over the Admiralty Basin Channel to connect the A- and D-terminal areas whereas continuing servicing small vessels in the Old City Marina situated in the Admirality Basin.
  • Installing the shore-side electricity equipment to the quays in order to provide on-shore electricity power to the liner-vessels standing by the quayside more than 6 hours successively.
  • Installation of automatic mooring equipment on selected berths to improve efficiency and safety of the mooring process
  • The construction of the D-terminal parking garage to increase the number of parking spaces and provide user-friendly parking lots for the passengers near the terminal building.
  • Development of the new cruise terminal – in addition to serving cruise passengers, the terminal is used as multipurpose venue for organizing various events all year around and has a roof promenade for public use.

Old City Harbour Masterplan 2030+

Port of Tallinn is carrying out the development based on Masterplan 2030, which forms the basis for property development in the port area with the aim of connecting the city and public realm to the port, while spurring new development that will complement and enhance the existing port functions. Old City Harbour area will become a desirable place to live and a flexible space to work alongside its port functions. Seamless connectivity from the ferry and cruise terminals to the city centre will reinforce liveable and accessible areas that will make the harbour a district for today and tomorrow. The development plan Masterplan 2030 was designed by the Internationally acknowledged architectural bureau Zaha Hadid Architects.

Real estate development will cover approx. 16 ha of land in Old City Harbour and a possible extension by land reclamation. The total volume of built-up gross area will be up to 400 000 m2 commercial and residential premises.


Future vision

Tallinn Old City Harbour of the Future