Source: Jaanus Ree http://photos.visitestonia.com
Town Hall Square has been a market place and the centre of this old Hanseatic town since the Middle Ages. It became the centre of the Lower Town at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries.
As a square it plays an important role today as well - in summer it is filled with outdoor cafes, plays host to the Old Town Days and other medieval festivals, is a venue for open air concerts and fairs and more. In winter it becomes a magical Christmas market, the centrepiece of which is a towering spruce tree. The tradition of celebrating Christmas festivities here dates back to 1441, when the Brotherhood of the Blackheads are thought to have erected the world's very first Christmas tree.
Apparently it is the oldest remaining gothic town hall in northern Europe. Certainly dominates the Square. Yet again one of those buildings you must see.
This was a simple town square, but we happened to be there on when it was market day and there was quite a variety of handmade jewellery, woolens, wooden crafts.
Specially awesome during christmas time, beautifully decorated! A lively atmosphere in a backdrop of snow..