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 Old ChurchesWe walked past an old church with stained glass in Tallinn that had darkened over time.
Run from Awning to Awning and Explore the Shops Along Tallinn's Cobbled StreetsWe continued along the cobbled streets of the old town exploring Tallinn's various storefronts in the rain.
Cheer up from the Rain by Checking Out Tallinn's Colorful Doors and Dramatic ArchitectureThis colorful door in Tallinn's old town was particularly impressive.
Tallinn's Market Square and Old Town Hall in the RainWe 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.
Take Refuge from the Rain at Tallinn's Reval CafeWe 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.
Escape the Rain by Shopping for Arts and CraftsEstonian 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.
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.
Don't Miss the Details Because of the RainThe little touches in Tallinn really impressed us...like these boots sprouting fragrant greenery.
...or this old fashioned and highly ornamented clock near Tallinn's town square.
Stop and Smell Tallinn's FlowersFlowers in the park offered a pop of color on an otherwise dreary and rainy day.
Run Between the Raindrops Toward Tallinn's PalaceWe walked toward the palace in Tallinn which was up a considerable hill. En route, we passed some historical Estonian houses.
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.
Tallinn's Kiek in de KökOnward to the palace! We passed the Kiek in de Kök, a major fortification in Tallinn.
Take Shelter from the Rain Near A Russian Orthodox ChurchCresting the hill, we glimpsed the magnificent Russian Orthodox church in Tallinn.
Admire the Bright Colors of Tallinn's PalaceThere is a small park near the palace shaded by eerie trees.
The bright pink palace in Tallinn helped substitute for the rain and general lack of sunshine and lifted our spirits.
Tallinn's Memorials in Unlikely PlacesWe 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.
Take The Low Road from the Palace to Old Town TallinnWe 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.
Escape the Rain by Shopping for Shawls and SweatersWe noticed that a variety of stores in Tallinn had plush models outside to showcase shawls and sweaters.
Stop for a Fat Plate in TallinnWe 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!
Hide Out from the Rain by Relaxing in the HotelWe finally returned to our hotel, the Domina Ilmarine which is located just a short distance outside Tallinn's old town wall.
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.
Get Out of the Rain with a Nightcap and EurovisionWe finished the night with a couple drinks at Hell Hunt. It was Eurovision time!
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.
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.