Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” – Anthony Bourdain
Medieval Old Town
We took the bus to Helsinki as this was the easiest way of getting there and we didn’t have to worry about the car. After a 2 hour ferry ride we arrived in Tallinn.
Our Airbnb apartment was only a 10 minute walk to the Old Town. After dropping off our bags we headed out to Hells Hunt pub to grab some appz and drinks, Annicki and I had some Estonian ciders and the boys had wine and beer.
For our first dinner we went to Pegasus, we had a nice view of an outdoor skating rink. After we finished eating we decided to ordered shots of vana liquer the traditional Estonian drink … probably one of the worst ideas we had.
We headed back into the Town Hall Square to see the annual Christmas Market and enjoy the magical atmosphere. The square was beautifully transformed with a
Christmas tree, lights, a carousel and many little wooden stalls selling traditional Christmas arts, knits, hot drinks and baked goods.
Market at night
A bit of history…
This charming Old Town is very unique and it is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you walk down the cobblestone paths you can see the history, from the many churches to the medieval courtyards, gothic spires, guard towers and city wall.
-Dating back to the 13th century , also known as “Reval” back then
-This ancient well-preserved walled city is the oldest capital in Northern Europe
We got really lucky with the weather this day as it was supposed to rain all weekend. Our first stop was Alexander Nevsky, a Russian Orthodox cathedral completed in 1900.
Most beautiful Cathedral
Pink building are my favorites
The beautiful architecture, eye catching colorful buildings and cobblestoned narrow paths make this town seem like its come straight out of a fairy tale book.
Medieval costumes… Taking you back in time
St. Olaf’s Church on the left side
Fun fact: St. Olaf’s Church was the tallest building in the world from 1549- 1625 and it is also Tallinn’s biggest medieval structure.
We basically saw everything we wanted to see within the Old Town so we ventured out and went to see the Russian Market. This area of Tallinn was a contrast from the walled city.
Industrial looking building outside the Old Town
For lunch we checked out another restaurant in the Old Town, Rataskaevu 16. The food did not disappoint and the bathroom floor was crazy.
Craziest floor.. Some kind of cave
For dinner we went to Restoran Ö and had a 7 and 11 course meal.
Unfortunately it was raining all day but that didn’t stop us from exploring, we went to see the Russian castle Kadriorg-palace. It was so windy out that my umbrella actually broke after we took this picture.
Beautiful Baroque architecture
Because of the rain we took a 2.50 Euro Uber back into town (ya that’s right… Uber is so cheap here) and stopped at Reval Café for lunch and some coffee.
Part of the wall
For our Christmas dinner “Leon” made us a delicious batch of mussels and some veggie fries, we also had three bottles of wine and laughed a lot, we were truly
thankful to have family over for the holidays.
The only christmas décor we had..Kitos Annicki