Looking for another winter break in Europe? Why not choosing Tallinn - the capital city of Estonia and, since our recent visit, also one of our favourite capital cities in Europe! It was December, when we walked the streets of Tallinn, sipped some mulled wine and enjoyed the Baltic spirit! Let's see why Tallinn is such an awesome city!
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Tallinn Is Awesome!
Imagine taking all the cool things from each European city and throwing it into one bowl. It seems Tallinn is that bowl :)
So, no more bla bla - let's break down that awesomeness by bullet points:
- Historical city
- Lots of sightseeing
- Feels like a fairytale
- Many pubs, cafes, restaurants
- Great nightlife
- Delicious food
- Narrow & cute cobbled streets
- Great for shopping
- Friendly, social and open people
- Efficient public transportation
- Cheaper than many Western Countries and Scandinavia
- Clean and maintained
- Alternative districts
- Many parks
- Colourful houses
Tallinn: Winter Weekend Break
Tallinn must be awesome in summer but why not choosing it for your next winter break?
What to Do and See
Town Hall Square
Situated in the Old town of Tallin, the Town Hall Square (in Estonian Raekoja plats) seems like the center of all the happening. Just walk around, observe and enjoy. The buildings itself are worth your time. Since we visited Tallinn in December, we admired the Christmas decoration and event-related stunts.
Near the Town Hall Sqaure - those colourful houses of Tallinn make the city even more attractive!
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
One of the orthodox cathedrals you should definitely take a picture of is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, located in the Old Town of the city.
Just get lost in all those little streets around the cathedral. All in all, sometimes it felt like being in a fairytale.
Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform
This viewpoint named "the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform" is a must when exploring the Old Town of Tallinn. It offers views over the city, for example the St. Olav's church & tower AND even the Tallinn Bay. So nice and picture-perfect ;) Another viewpoint you can visit in this area is the Patkuli Platform.
Wondering what camera we use to make these photos? Here's the link.
Telliskivi Creative City
Telliskivi is a cool place to visit in Tallinn! It is the biggest creative center in Estonia and is placed in the former industrial area of the city. It is known for its creativity and innovation. Many studios, NGOs, creative offices have found its location here.
Also parks seemed to be beautifully maintained in Tallinn. Make sure to visit the stunning and enormous Kadrioru Park just outside the Old Town - we somehow missed it! However on our way from the Old town to the Telliskivi area we walked through some other little but really pretty ones!
Tallinn Town Wall
With its length of 1.9 km and its 20 defensive towers, Tallinn' Town Wall is a great attraction in the city. It dates back to the 14th century and was built to protect the city from invaders. Since the walls are still extant today, the Old town of Tallinn is listed as a World Heritage Site.
We were wondering how Tallin's seaside looks like. So we walked all the way to the seafront. In December with its grey colours and with basically no people, it didn't really look appealing but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it. It is nice to see that this lovely city has a seafront too. In summer it must be really cool out there!
The Pikk Street
When walking back from the seaside of Tallinn to the Old town, we stumbled upon an area, we really liked. Well, probably it is well known among locals and also tourists but we didn't plan to go here in the first place. It's the lovely Pikk street, which made a great impression! It's hard to describe why. Have a look:
Where to Eat
Many good restaurants can be found on the Rataskaevu street - we once ate in Von Krahli Aed - super delicious, very friendly stuff, vegetarian menus, normal price. Another time we tried the restaurant Rataskaevu16 and had again a very good experience!
If you find yourself in the Telliskivi district, we suggest to find a place to eat in one of those little restaurants there. They are placed in once abandoned factory buildings in this area and with its cuteness it's hard to not have lunch there! Try it!
Oh and coffee lovers - the Telliskivi area has many cute cafes to offer - one of those is the Reval Cafe. We really liked it :)
Where to Stay
We stayed in a very cozy Airbnb in the old town of Tallinn. The perfectly located apartment was really cute and clean and had everything what we needed - even more - it had a sauna in the basement! How cool is that?! The owner is very friendly too! We really recommend booking this apartment!
Have you been to Tallinn or would you like to go? Let us know in the comments below!