Considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, Tallinn plays host to an annual celebration of Medieval Days to mark this heritage.
Hosted by the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union for over 20 years, Medieval Days recreates the atmosphere of the flourishing Hanseatic era in the 13th-15th century. The 22nd annual Medieval Days will begin on Thursday at 5 pm, starting with a procession through Tallinn’s Old Town. The events will last for four days and are centered in the Town Hall Square and the surroundings of St. Nicholas Church. The Church is a former medieval place of worship, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of fishermen and sailors. Today, it is often used as a concert hall.
Visitors to Tallinn’s Medieval Days are invited to explore the large market in the Town Hall Square, which is bustling with merchants dressed in costumes from the Hanseatic era and handcrafting workshops, including felting and wood-crafting. There is also a medieval village located on the Niguliste hill, giving a scenic view of the St Nicholas Church spire. Musicians and dancers will take to the stage, along with theatrical performances from jesters and jugglers. The Medieval Days are suitable for all ages, with a special adapted children’s area, where the younger guests can participate by re-enacting knight tournaments.
Tallinn’s Medieval Days is a unique opportunity to experience the era in a historic location. The Old Town of Tallinn gives visitors to the event the feel that they have transported back in time, allowing the celebrators to reminisce on what local life was like hundreds of years ago.
Tallinn’s Medieval Days run from 8 to 12 July 2021. For more information click here.