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.
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, 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.
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.
Have you ever been to Tallinn?