Saturday, November 2, 2013

Christmas Market in Tallinn, Estonia: Winter Wonderland!

Saturday, November 2, 2013
The capital city of Estonia is constantly voted as being among the best cities in basically any TOP-10 you can think of. Since it's high time one started planning their Christmas holidays, this is my brief report on what I experienced in Tallinn last year. I somewhat believed that I did blog about it in English but that must have been in my imagination only, so I wish to repair this blunder and present you with what Tallinn can offer.

First of all, if you want to see what magic lies in the medieval city, you should arrive in Tallinn Old Town at about 7 a.m. Yes, I know, this is early, but take my word for that-it's unique experience because you have got all the town for yourself! Tallinn is served by many international bus companies, including Simple Express, that has very good rates and connections in the Baltic region.

Tallinn in December, early hours. 
Shop Window Decorations. 
Christmas Market Place.  All yours!!!!
Most cafes and restaurants will be closed with the exception for some early starters that offer early breakfast at 15 EUR/per person, which is a total rip-off, if you ask me. Rather, if you are freezing by now, head to Alexander Nevsky church on the hill. You will warm up, enjoy the beautiful interior, and even might observe early church service. Ladies might want to cover their heads with a scarf or shawl. Lighting a candle is also a good idea.

Alexander Nevsky Church.
Nearby there's my favourite place in Tallinn-the cafe Matilda. Pop in for mulled wine, hot cabbage soup or Pavlova cake. Opens at 9 a.m.

Mulled Wine at Matilda's. 
Meanwhile, it has dawned and the magic takes a rest while the bustle of the town begins.

Christmas Market, day hours. 
Now, why don't you take a free tour of Tallinn? This tour operates on tips basis and it gives full coverage of Old Town.

The Tour includes Panorama Spot.
Alternatively, exploring the area of Kadriorg and its beautiful palace is a good idea. Kadriorg is famous for its wooden houses. It's reached by trams 1 and 3, get off at the last stop "Kadriorg".

The door fans will have a good day hunting the doors in Tallinn Old Town because there are plenty.

Tallinn has also got some quirk photo moments for those who are off the beaten track fans.

In the evening, come back to the Old Town for more fun and games.

Tourist Train is good for Adults as well as for Children :-)
Also, what about souvenirs?

Kama Powder.

Dance Macabre, anyone?
Icons if you visit Alexander Nevsky church.

Naturally, more goods are available at the Christmas Market like knitted mittens, gingerbread, clay pottery and many more. Don't miss out on having your photo with Santa Claus taken :-)

Tallinn is beautiful in the early hours of the day, really.

I had Tallinn City Card to help me explore this magnificent medieval gem in the Baltics.

Tallinn City Card- handy to have! Do use it to see Dance Macabre Painting.
Questions or comments, please? I'd be glad to answer them all and help you have unforgettable experience in Tallinn, Estonia.

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