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Tallinn: a winter wonderland

Estonia’s capital city is a unique and interesting destination all year round, with stunning architecture, haunting history and cutting-edge cuisine. However, visit Tallinn in the winter and you’ll experience this magical city in all its gothic glory. From stunning vistas straight out of a storybook to festive fun at the Christmas market, it’s time to add the Estonian capital to your winter vacation wish list. Start planning your trip to Tallinn today with these top winter attractions:

A frozen fairy tale land

When its candy-colored buildings and stunning spires are treated to a light dusting of snow, Tallinn’s picture-perfect Old Town looks like a scene from a Christmas card. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the Old Town has managed to preserve its medieval origins and remains similar to the layout plans dating back to the 13th century. Spend a crisp winter’s day wandering through the city’s cobbled streets, or why not sign up for a bike tour? City Bike tours run throughout the winter months and are a great way to discover all that Tallinn has to offer. 

Cozy cafés

One of the most charming things about Tallinn is its café culture, with welcoming spots on most street corners. Inspired by Germany and central Europe, there has been a real café tradition in Tallinn for over 100 years. When it’s cold outside there’s nothing better than warming up, tucked away in a toasty café with a hot drink – and in Tallinn you have endless options. Visit Maiasmokk, Tallinn’s oldest café, or try Chocolaterie Pierre, a kitsch and cozy chocolatier housed in the city’s oldest square, for the best hot chocolate in town.

Festive fun at the Christmas market

As if Tallinn wasn’t magical enough already, every winter the Christmas Market comes to town. Set up in Town Hall Square, surrounding an enormous Christmas tree adorned with twinkling lights, the stalls and vendors sell local delicacies, homemade gifts and hot drinks. Traditional cuisine on offer includes black pudding with sauerkraut, and the whole square is filled with the festive fragrance of hot spiced almonds. For children, there’s an opportunity to meet Santa in this storybook setting, and you might even catch a glimpse of his reindeer-drawn sleigh.

Ghost tour chills

Tallinn has a complex, fascinating history, and what better way to discover it than on a spooky ghost tour? Winter offers the perfect atmosphere for delving into the city’s past, and you’ll find a selection of companies offering ghost tours in Tallinn. Get wrapped up warm and prepare to be spooked!

Winter sports in the city

From December to April, Tallinn Old Town is home to a pop-up ice rink. Situated by Harju Street next to St. Nicholas’ Church, this traditional outdoor ice rink is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. What could be more festive than a few laps on the ice with your loved ones? If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous then you can always try some cross-country skiing just 15km outside of the city at the Pirita Health Track. The illuminated track takes you through the forest before opening out to reveal a tranquil river, offering a truly enchanting look at Estonia.