Tallinn is an incredible place to visit at christmas, and it topped our favourite cities in Europe. Here are all the best things to do in Tallinn in winter.
Things To Do In Tallinn In Winter
Tallinn Old Town
Viewpoints In Tallinn
Tallinn Christmas Market
Town Hall Square – Old Town Hall
Go Ice Skating
Estonian Open Air Museum
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
St Olaf’s Church In Tallinn
Walk Around Telliskivi
Take A Free Walking Tour In Tallinn
Where To Stay In Tallinn
Tallinn Old Town is beautifully quaint, with cobbled streets and fairytale like architecture. Making it top of the things to do in Tallinn in winter list!
In the colder seasons especially, Tallinn Old Town is really something magical. If it’s not snowing then it’s already radiating Christmas and wintery vibes.
Pretty lights and decorations really make Tallinn Old Town feel like something out of an old medieval movie.
We visited the three main viewpoints in Tallinn, one of the best spots being the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform because of it’s famous wall quote ‘the times we had’. The other two are called Patkuli Viewing Platform and Danish King Garden.
From all of the viewpoints you get to see Tallinn from above and beyond. The Danish Garden however is not so much a viewing platform but an interesting place to see Tallinn from.
You must add this to your list of things to do in Tallinn in winter because the city looks even more pretty with a touch of frost from above. Or even better, SNOW!
In 2018, Tallinn’s christmas market was ranked as the number one in Europe. We proudly explored the small lit up lanes of the magical set up, right in the centre of Tallinn Old Town.
The market normally opens up around mid November and finishes at the end of the first week in January.
The christmas market is undoubtedly the highlight event of Tallinn’s cultural calendar and one of the top things to do in Tallinn in Winter.
The market itself is run by citizens and visitors. If you’re lucky enough to catch it when it’s snowing, then you’ll experience Tallinn’s real fairytale charm.
The Tallinn town hall is located right in the centre of the old town, exactly where the christmas market takes place. It is the oldest town hall in the whole of Scandinavia and the only preserved one in Gothic style.
The Old Thomas statue that sits right on top of the town hall tower has been there since 1530 and has become one of the symbols of Tallinn.
Nowadays the town hall is mainly for concerts or for entertaining visiting kings or presidents.
Ice skating is one of the most magical things to do in Tallinn in winter. We visited the pop-up ice rink in the centre of Tallinn Old Town.
It opens at the beginning of December and closes around the end of March.
Be sure to create fairytale memories at this unique ice rink on Harju Street next to the historic St. Nicholas Church.
The Estonian Open Air Museum is only a 15 minute drive away from Tallinn and it showcases the country’s rural architecture and way of life.
In the museum there are 14 farms and they over look how the families and general society lived in the 18-20th centuries. All within the space of this old style village, there is a church, an inn, a school house, mills, a fire station, a shop, and fishing sheds by the sea.
There are many things you can do whilst enjoying your time at the Estonian Open Air Museum, from buying handicrafts and riding horses to trying traditional Estonian dishes at the local inn.
The museum is open all year round, offering heaps of entertainment interesting workshops and events to enjoy no matter age you are.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is situated on Toompea Hill and was completed in 1900. It is a Russian Orthodox church and is one of the most monumental examples of Orthodox sacral architecture in Tallinn.
It’s certainly an icon of the city and is commonly visited because it’s so beautiful decorated inside and out.
The most powerful group of bells in Tallinn sit right in this very church.
Once upon a time, the very gothic St Olaf’s church was the tallest building in the world. To be precise, between the dates of 1549 and 1625.
It’s 159-metre spire was a clear landmark for approaching ships back in the day but with it being hit by lightning more than just a few times, it was shortened. Now the church still remains as an important symbol for the town.
The church is full of history and the entrance is free. If you want to go up the tower this is also free with a Tallinn card. You must add it to your list of things to do in Tallinn in winter.
Tellskivi is an industrial complex that is located on the outskirts of Tallinn. It is the creative side of Tallinn so if you’re into the cool, hipster shops and cafes, Telliskivi is your place.
It is the largest creative centre in Estonia, consisting of many quirky studios and creative companies.
A flea market takes place in the area every Saturday and there are nearly 600 cultural events that take place annually.
Tales of Reval is a must do free walking tour in Tallinn. It is guided by costumed actors that take guests back to the time of the Hansa merchants.
It is a super fun and educating show around all the most important landmarks of the Old Town. Anyone is welcome to join the great old adventure.
The tours depart daily 11:30 in front of the Tourist Information Centre.
It is not a regular walking tour, it is more like a performance, where you will be taken through the old town of Tallinn and be taught all the historical facts in a fun way. It lasts around an hour and is not only one of the top things to do in Tallinn in winter, but all year round too!
Click HERE for our full Best Free Walking Tour In Tallinn – Tales Of Reval blog.
Kadriorg Park is a popular place to visit when in Tallinn. With the park covering around 70 hectares of land, it’s one of the most popular places to go for a nature stroll.
The most common area to hang out is where the flower beds surround the swan pond and the promenade that leads up to the presidents palace.
After a chilly winter stroll in the park there is the opportunity to visit a number of museums that are also located in the park.
It’s a must. Estonian’s love their rye bread so it’s only right that you should try it when you visit Tallinn.
With plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from, Umami Resto being our favourite, make sure to try some local stews and soups as well as the deliciously filling breads!
Luxury – OldHouse Apartments – We stayed at OldHouse apartments and we believe it’s the most magical spot to stay in Tallinn. With the old town view from the window and a cosy fireplace by the TV, you can’t want for anything more. It was even more special looking out of the window onto the best christmas market in Europe.
Mid-Budget – Convenient Central Apartment – The cosy little partment is set in Tallinn and is a short 1.2 miles from Toompea Castle. The apartment is fitted with 1 bedroom, a living room, a dining area and a well-appointed kitchen with an oven. A flat-screen TV is available.
Budget – Red Emperor Hostel – Located in Tallinn’s beautiful Old Town and 550 yards from the Town Hall Square, Red Emperor Hostel offers hostel with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour front desk. The rooms at Red Emperor are colourful and feature wooden furniture and views of the city. Shared bathroom facilities are in the corridor.
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