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Am I crazy to go to Tallinn in February?

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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Tallinn seems cool and in February flights and hotels are cheap - I want to go somewhere pretty with snow on the ground and know it could get down to -8 degrees.

Happy to wrap up warm and do some sightseeing with frequent stops at cafes, restaurants and bars for drinks and food etc and to warm up again.

However, do people think I am crazy? I don't fancy grey, cold and depressing Tallin, more sunny, cold and snowy Tallinn.

Cheers,
Joey ;)

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Personally I don't think it's crazy. I've been to Tallinn in February - the snow makes everything extra beautiful and the extreme cold puts off those who would have come on a booze trip. It is extremely cold though, it dipped below minus 20 when we were there. You can't spend more than a couple of minutes outside at night really.

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Nothing crazy about it all. I have done many Eastern European countries in winter and Estonia isn't the coldest by far, but it's still jolly chilly though. You'll love it overall. Great people and fantastic prices everywhere. Try a 500ml bottle of 'Saku Strong'. A great beer and sometimes served in a wooden jug.
The ferry from Tallin to Helsinki is a short hop and only costs around €20 one way or thereabouts.
I found Tallin an extremely friendly city and the local foods they serve in the little bars is just fantastic - very cheap too.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

Nothing crazy about it all. I have done many Eastern European countries in winter and Estonia isn't the coldest by far, but it's still jolly chilly though. You'll love it overall. Great people and fantastic prices everywhere. Try a 500ml bottle of 'Saku Strong'. A great beer and sometimes served in a wooden jug.
The ferry from Tallin to Helsinki is a short hop and only costs around €20 one way or thereabouts.
I found Tallin an extremely friendly city and the local foods they serve in the little bars is just fantastic - very cheap too.

Good shout, I liked the Saku beers too. The Porter is also nice (if you like your beers dark and full-flavoured).

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I love dark beers. Never tried them in Estonia but done loads in Belgium.
Estonia has some of |Eastern Europe's very finest beer. Oh the food is good too. Don't be put off by the winter. Estonians have warm hearts that will make you forget the chilly wind and parky hostel bed.
Go for it.

6. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Thanks guys, its all booked. flights and 4 nights in a mid-range hotel for 2 for £225 in total. not bad. really eager to try the beer - i had read a little about saku - sounds great!! i've been to prague and budapest before in winter and it was great - just didn't fancy tallinn if it was likely to be grey and miserable. cold and snowy sounds awesome!

JOey

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Not grey and miserable at all. In fact you know where I found the most off key capital Eastern European city during winter? Its probably just me, but.. Bratislava. Tallin is great and you'll not have a dull moment.
That price looks OK. You maybe could have got it cheaper, but it's an alright amount and saves you messing about when you get there.

8. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

No you're not crazy to go in February!

9. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

I think travelling in the winter is a great idea! Lot less tourists, hardly any annoying stag-do's, and no queues in museums etc. This might sound obvious, but pack warm- gloves or mittens, woolly hat and scarf. Whenever I take people from UK to Finland, they get surprised how cold it can get. Thermals are a must- people always forget that one layer on your legs is just not enough. Enjoy!

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2009, at 02:00 by Ofelia ]