The tourists who want to feel the ancient traditions, to plunge into the atmosphere of a romantic medieval life should visit the magnificent capital of Estonia Tallinn during the period from November 1 to 15 when there will be held an annual medieval fair dedicated to St Martin's Day (November 11). This holiday is very popular and celebrated throughout Europe. This date means the end of the harvest and all agricultural works and in many countries in the old times St. Martin's Day was celebrated as the onset of the winter. However, Tallinn medieval fair annually attracts to the capital of Estonia's a large number of tourists, so you should book hotel rooms in advance.
In the historical part of Tallinn, the so-called "Old Town", there is a large part of buildings dating back to the XI-XV centuries, as well as a network of medieval streets and a large section of the city wall (one of the best preserved ancient city walls in Northern Europe). It is here, surrounded by monuments take place the main events of the Fair. On the central Town Hall Square is built shopping area where you can buy all sorts of souvenirs and handicrafts. Nearby are located shops, where tourists can see with their own eyes the work of craftsmen who weave canvas, forge iron and weave baskets and all this without the use of modern technologies and materials. Also during the period of the Fair on the Old Town streets constantly act actors and musicians who organize street performances, sing old songs and dance. In the days of the festival are held concerts, exhibitions, games, contests, archery contests, colorful processions. And because St. Martin is also the patron of gourmets everyone would have a great opportunity to try all sorts of delicacies and dishes of the Estonian national cuisine.
Tallinn is deservedly called the pearl of medieval Europe; in 1997 its historical part was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Tourists who visit this beautiful and pleasant city should visit the Church of St. Olaf (Oleviste), which in the 16th century was the tallest building in the world and subsequently throughout the two centuries has been the highest in Europe. It is also interesting to visit the Town Hall, built in 1404, the Dominican monastery and the church of the Holy Spirit.