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Photo essay: wintery Tallinn

Tallinn. Friends didn’t understand why I had plans to visit this city. While it seemed like everyone was going to ski in Austria or was catching a flight to the sun in southern Europe, I was heading to the Estonian capital Tallinn. In all honesty, I was going there for my volunteer organization, but Tallinn had been on my list for a while. Many people don’t know that Tallinn is incredibly charming, even in winter. This city has a beautiful medieval city center that almost looks like a fairytale. A thick city wall that surrounds a series of pastel-colored houses, churches and cobblestone alleys. It could be the background of an episode out of Hansel and Gretel. And it was all covered on a thin layer of March snow which made it even more beautiful. I couldn’t stop taking pictures. And that’s why I treat you guys today to a photo essay of wintery Tallinn. Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities of northern Europe.

Winter in the capital

Secretly I was hoping for this: snow in Tallinn! The winter in the Netherlands hasn’t been a real winter. So far it looked more like a long fall with rain and heavy wind. Personally, I like some days with snow. A city can look so great when it’s covered by a thin layer of snow. The houses are even more colorful and with a nice wintery sun a stroll is the best thing to do on a lazy afternoon. And of course, finish it up with a warm cocoa. Tallinn gave me that wintery feeling. And this resulted in sd-card full of perfect winter sceneries.

Tallinn Old Town Russian church

Tallinn Estonia snow

The doors of Tallinn

I’ve got this thing with doors. I even collect doors around the world on Pinterest (are you following me there?). Doors give way to a whole new, different and fascinating world and can be art pieces themselves. This was also the case in Tallinn. In the old city center every door had a unique look and was full of colors. Yellow and green, blue and pink, I saw it all. Love it!

Tallinn doors Estonia

Tallinn doors Estonia

Doors Tallinn Estonia

Tallinn, a pretty-pretty city

Like I said in the intro, Tallinn has a fairytale like center. One of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe. And you definitely get that medieval feeling when you walk through the center. The cobblestone alleys, the upper town and the low parts, the old city wall and the market square. It’s a great city for wandering, even though March might not be the best time for long city strolls. The freezing wind often chased inside the cafes to warm myself with a cup of coffee and tea (I didn’t mind though). So wandering through the city is great, but make sure to do this in the summer.

Tallinn Estonia Estland

Tallinn Estonia Estland

Tallinn Estonia Estland

A city with hidden messages

During my stroll I noticed that under the fairytale-like look there’s a hidden layer. A layer that is full of hidden messages. People trying to tell me something. For instance, in the city center there is a paste-up of something that looks like a wedding photo. A row of neat men in suit and in the middle a woman in a white dress. Though I don’t know the story behind this photo, I like it. I also saw a lot of phrases on the wall, like ‘Absurdism‘ and ‘The times we had‘. And of course, I spotted some street art, which I’ll cover soon in a new article.

Tallinn hidden messages

Have you ever been to Tallinn?


"Don't let your dreams be dreams. Go live your dreams. Go travel", is het motto van Esther. Ze is hopeloos verliefd op al het moois wat deze wereld te bieden heeft. Op Go Live Go Travel combineert ze de liefde voor reizen met haar passie voor schrijven.

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  1. 27 April 2016 @ 1:03 pm Yvonne

    Dat lijkt me ook echt zo mooi, om Tallinn in de sneeuw te zien. Toen we er in mei waren was het zonnig en redelijk qua temperatuur, dus geen sneeuw meer te bekennen, maar binnen zagen we op verschillende plekken plaatjes hangen van besneeuwd Tallinn… magisch!


    • 27 April 2016 @ 3:33 pm Esther

      Tallinn is ook echt mooi in de sneeuw! Het is alleen jammer dat je niet zo lang buiten kan dwalen door de gure wind. Ik zou graag naar deze stad terug willen keren in de zomer, lijkt me ook mooi.


  2. 10 May 2016 @ 11:36 pm Sebastiaan Voorn

    In het najaar is Tallinn ook mooi Tartu is ook een leuke stad met veel Studenten. alle Baltische staten zijn een bezoek waard en dichterbij en goedkoper dan barcelona bijvoorbeeld


    • 11 May 2016 @ 7:36 am Esther

      Ik heb inderdaad ook goede verhalen gehoord over Tartu. Er staat nog zoveel op mijn lijstje, maar ik kom zeker een keer terug naar de Baltische Staten!


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