Things to Do in Tallinn, Estonia in the Rain

As my regular readers know, "Everyplace is worth visiting at least once" is our travel mantra.  When we found Ryanair flights from Dublin to Tallinn, Estonia for less than 50 euro each, we jumped on them!  Unfortunately, our arrival in Tallinn was greeted by rain but we made the most of our weekend city break in Estonia anyway despite the inclement weather.  Read on to find out about things to do in Tallinn when it rains. Don't let the weather spoil your fun in Tallinn. Bring an umbrella to explore outdoors and build in plenty of time to dry off in Tallinn's WiFi connected cafes.

Walk Around Tallinn's 'Fat Margaret'

Here's our first glimpse of 'Fat Margaret', a sentry tower at the entrance to the medieval city. Open an umbrella and walk around the perimeter.
Tallinn's Fat Margaret Tower in the Rain
'Fat Margaret' really dwarfs her counterpart on the right.
Tallinn's Fat Margaret Tower in the Rain

Tallinn's Old Churches

We walked past an old church with stained glass in Tallinn that had darkened over time.
Old Church in Tallinn, Estonia on a rainy day

Run from Awning to Awning and Explore the Shops Along Tallinn's Cobbled Streets

We continued along the cobbled streets of the old town exploring Tallinn's various storefronts in the rain.
Rainy cobbled street in Tallinn, Estonia

Cheer up from the Rain by Checking Out Tallinn's Colorful Doors and Dramatic Architecture

This colorful door in Tallinn's old town was particularly impressive.
Bright Green Door in Tallinn's Old Town
Tallinn's architecture was amazing and incorporated dramatic accents.
Architecture in Tallinn, Estonia
Architecture in Tallinn, Estonia
Architecture in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's Market Square and Old Town Hall in the Rain

We approached Tallinn's Market Square with the Old Town Hall towering above.  The Town Hall featured imaginative gargoyle rain gutters. The rain gutters were definitely put to good use during our visit.
Tallinn's Old Town Hall on a rainy afternoon
Gargoyle rain gutters in Tallinn, Estonia
A Walk in the Rain in Old Town Tallinn

Take Refuge from the Rain at Tallinn's Reval Cafe

We went inside out of the rain and tucked into some lunch at Tallinn's Reval Cafe.  The savory dumplings with sour cream, garlic, and parsley toppings metered out to taste and ham and pesto omelet were delicious.  We stopped at Reval Cafe at random, but we'd highly recommend making it a purposeful stop on your visit, especially if you need a break from the rain.
Savory Dumplings at Reval Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia
Omelette at Reval Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

Escape the Rain by Shopping for Arts and Crafts

Estonian arts and crafts shops abounded in Tallinn and were another good excuse to step in and out of the rain.  Many shops were tucked into the basements of Tallinn's medieval buildings.
Basement Estonian Arts and Crafts shop in Tallinn
One of our favorite shops to visit and dry off from the rain in Tallinn was Anneli Viik. Anneli Viik featured handmade Estonian chocolates in a variety of amazing flavors.
Anneli Viik Chocolate Shop in Tallinn, Estonia
Anneli Viik Chocolates in Tallinn, Estonia

Don't Miss the Details Because of the Rain

The little touches in Tallinn really impressed these boots sprouting fragrant greenery.
Flower pot boots in Tallinn, Estonia
...or this old fashioned and highly ornamented clock near Tallinn's town square.
Clock on Tallinn's old town square

Stop and Smell Tallinn's Flowers

Flowers in the park offered a pop of color on an otherwise dreary and rainy day.
Flowers on a rainy day in Tallinn, Estonia
Flowers on a rainy day in Tallinn, Estonia

Run Between the Raindrops Toward Tallinn's Palace

We walked toward the palace in Tallinn which was up a considerable hill.  En route, we passed some historical Estonian houses.
Historical Estonian houses in Tallinn
Pink door wreath in Tallinn, Estonia

Ducking out of the Rain, Who Did We Spot? Steve Ballmer! 

We were in Tallinn just at the time that Microsoft bought Skype and the infamous Steve Ballmer was visiting Estonia! We caught a surprise glimpse of him (standing in the horizontal striped shirt) through the window of a local cafe in Tallinn.
Steve Ballmer in a Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's Kiek in de Kök

Onward to the palace!  We passed the Kiek in de Kök, a major fortification in Tallinn.
Kiek in de Kök fortification in Tallinn, Estonia

Take Shelter from the Rain Near A Russian Orthodox Church

Cresting the hill, we glimpsed the magnificent Russian Orthodox church in Tallinn.
Russian Orthodox Church in Tallinn
Russian Orthodox Church in Tallinn

Admire the Bright Colors of Tallinn's Palace

There is a small park near the palace shaded by eerie trees.
Tree-lined path near the palace in Tallinn, Estonia
The bright pink palace in Tallinn helped substitute for the rain and general lack of sunshine and lifted our spirits.
Pink palace in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's Memorials in Unlikely Places

We noticed that Tallinn likes to surprise visitors with memorials in unlikely places.  We saw a number of three dimensional plaques around the city.  This one commemorates the life of Voldemar Panso who laid a foundation for theatre education in Estonia.
Plaque celebrating Voldemar Panso in Tallinn, Estonia

Take The Low Road from the Palace to Old Town Tallinn

We continued our rainy walk back towards the center of Old Town Tallinn and I smiled when I saw this serious-faced planter sprouting white flowers.
Planter and white flowers in Tallinn, Estonia
The path diverged and we decided to take the low road.
Path in Tallinn, Estonia
Path in Tallinn, Estonia

Escape the Rain by Shopping for Shawls and Sweaters

We noticed that a variety of stores in Tallinn had plush models outside to showcase shawls and sweaters.
Plush model showcasing a shawl in Tallinn, Estonia

Stop for a Fat Plate in Tallinn

We walked past Olevi, a restaurant that we'd return to the following night.  We were intrigued by one item on the Estonian menu (pekvalik napsuga): 'fat plate with a shot of vodka'.  Yikes!
Menu featuring a  'fat plate with a shot of vodka' in Tallinn, Estonia

Hide Out from the Rain by Relaxing in the Hotel

We finally returned to our hotel, the Domina Ilmarine which is located just a short distance outside Tallinn's old town wall.
Domina Ilmarine Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia

Dinner at Liisu Juures

After a brief rest, we ventured out for dinner at Tallinn's Liisu Juures.  This was another semi-random stop but the food was excellent at this family run place in the Estonian capital. 
 Liisu Juures restaurant in Tallinn, Estonia
We particularly liked the broad beans with bacon and Estonian sweet rye bread.
Broad beans, bacon, and Esonian sweet rye bread in Tallinn

Get Out of the Rain with a Nightcap and Eurovision

We finished the night with a couple drinks at Hell Hunt.  It was Eurovision time!
Hells Hunt Bar in Tallinn, Estonia
Unfortunately, our home country favorites, Jedward, didn't do as well as hoped but we were excited to cheer them on nonetheless.  Sadly, the Estonian entrants came in last place in the Eurovision finals.
Watching Jedward on Eurovision in Tallinn, Estonia
Exhausted from a very full day, we headed back to our hotel in Tallinn to rest up for another (hopefully rain-free) day of exploration.



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