Where to go when the weather doesn't cooperate

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Where to go when the weather doesn't cooperate

Here in Estonia, we say there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. If what you packed doesn't quite cut it, then the rain, wind, or snow may keep you from outdoor exploration — but it doesn't have to keep you from having fun! We've got you covered with things to do all over the country in case you're in need of a back-up plan.


The capital of Estonia offers a number of interesting museums with exciting interactive exhibitions. You will also find movie theaters, the Estonian National Opera, and various concert halls, all of which offer first-class entertainment. Cozy up indoors at inviting cafes and restaurants, including two MICHELIN-starred restaurants. Of course, saunas and heated pools are great in any type of weather.

North Estonia

North Estonia is known for its forests, historic towns, and fishing villages. From Tallinn you can reach several attractions in northern Estonia by bus or train, including the medieval castles of Rakvere and Narva. You can still see Lahemaa National Park on your way to the art museum in Viinistu, even if you don't want to brave the elements on an outdoor hike. Don't let the weather keep you from exploring more of Estonia!


The university city of Tartu is Estonia's second largest city and the oldest city in the Baltics. Tartu boasts several captivating museums, such as the A. Le Coq Beer Museum, Tartu Toy Museum, Tartu University Museum, and one of the country's largest – the National Museum of Estonia. Between stops, you can absorb the lively atmosphere of Tartu's bohemian bars and cafes.


Throughout history, western Estonia's coastal areas have had a resident Swedish-speaking population. If you travel to Haapsalu, you can learn more about Estonia's Swedish history. Haapsalu is also the hometown of Ilon Wikland, best known as the illustrator of many of Astrid Lindgren's beloved children's books. The city is compact, making it easy to duck inside a museum or cafe if you need to escape the weather.

The Islands

On the islands of Estonia you will find some of the country's best spa facilities. Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, is Estonia's most spa-dense city, which has given rise to the island's nickname "Spa-remaa". Pamper yourself with treatments, saunas, and jacuzzis. On Hiiumaa, you will also find museums, interactive exhibitions, and fun for the whole family.