What to do in Tallinn over Easter?
Easter vacation fun and activities in Tallinn from sightseeing to museums
On a Good Friday (19.04) and Easter Sunday (21.04) there are some changes to the regular opening hours of Tallinn’s museums and sights. On Saturday, April 20, however, the museums and attractions are open as usual.
Easter Traditions in Estonia
Estonia may be one of the least religious countries in the world, but when it comes to religious holidays, Estonians generally give the nod or combine it with one of their own folk traditions.*
Easter, commemorating the crucifixion and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus – a Jewish preacher and religious leader who became the central figure of Christianity – may have had a completely alien connotation for Estonians before the Teutonic Knights brought Christianity to the country in the 13th century, but in Estonia’s folk calendar, Easter is celebrated as a spring holiday to welcome the arrival of the lighter and warmer season.
Image by Estonian Open Air Museum
Once the Christian customs mixed with the local traditions, a new set of habits emerged over time.
In the folk calendar, Kevadepüha or spring holiday falls anywhere between 16 March and 20 April in the week leading up to Easter. Traditionally, this week was important for completing household chores, such as cleaning after a long winter. The weather during the week could apparently predict the climate for the summer. If it was raining, a wet summer was to follow and if there was fog, a hot summer was in store.
Read more about Estonian Easter Traditions here: Easter in Estonia
- Estonian Museum of Natural History
- Estonian Health Care Museum
- Museum of the Estonian Drink Culture (19.04 open, 21.04 closed)
- Tallinn Town Wall
- Marzipan room
- Energy Discovery Center
- Seaplane Harbor
- KGB Prison Cells
- Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom
- Estonian Open Air Museum
- Tallinn Zoo
- Tallinn TV Tower
- Tallinn Botanic Garden
- St. Bridget’s Convent Ruins
- Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin (Dome Church’s) Tower (except during church service)
- Holy Spirit Church (except during church service)
- We recommend: Private Tallinn Walking & City Sightseeing Tours
- Restaurant Peppersack
- Kehrwieder Chocolaterie
- Restaurant Platz
- Restaurant Scheeli
- Restaurant Spot
- Restaurant Ribe (19.04 open, 21.04 closed)
- Restaurant Cantina Carramba
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