The Dark Side of Tallinn

27 Sep 2017

October and November are dark months in Estonia, with the days getting shorter and the nights a lot longer and colder. Historically, Estonians did not celebrate Halloween, but observed St. Martin’s Day and All Souls Day in the folk calendar. St. Martin’s Day (November 10th) celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of winter. On this day, children dress up as men and go from door to door, singing and telling jokes in exchange for treats. On All Souls Day (November 2nd), Estonians light candles in the windows and on the graves of loved ones in remembrance. You can visit the Metsakalmistu Cemetery in the evening to see hundreds of candles burning on the plots in this beautiful forest cemetery.

Tallinn is one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded in 1248, but some of the earliest human settlements date back 5000 years. A city can’t be around so long without a few dark secrets, hidden passageways, and haunted places to explore. We’ve put together a list of places, tours, activities, and even restaurants to help you explore the darker side of Tallinn.


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