To possibly one of my favorite places ever, Tallinn, Estonia!
Look at that lovely view from the ferry! I was surprised how fast we moved actually, and the trip only took two hours.
After dumping our bags, we ventured out to see the city in the rain.
Checked out the longest section of the old walls built mid to late 1300s.
A quick bite to eat: soup, herring plate, and beetroot risotto with goat cheese.
It had just stopped raining so we decided to go up to the top of St Olaf’s.
According to Wikipedia: believed to have been built in the 12th century before Denmark conquered Tallinn in 1219.
After, we walked through the old town and went to Porgu.
A view of Viru gate while we enjoyed the only sunshine of the day.
On our final day in Helsinki, we toured art museums and churches.
First we went to the Ateneum museum. There were some very famous pieces, but the majority we’re Finnish artists which is what we we’re hoping to see!
Then we stopped by some architecturally unique churches, like the Rock Church. It didn’t really photograph well, but it was a huge stunning pile of rocks built on a giant rock!
We walked around and checked out a few more buildings we were interested in then headed back for a nap before dinner.
We didn’t have a plan for dinner but found a delicious place, Il Birrificio for dinner and drinks!
I had a tasty porter called Suburbanned.
We took the ferry over to the island fortress originally called Sveaborg since it was built by the Swedish. Called Viapori by the Finnish and renamed in 1918 to Suomenlinna. Sewden began construction of the fortress in 1748 against Russian expansion.
The ferry only took about 15 minutes.
While on the island we got to tour a Finnish submarine.
We also explored the military museum.
Once we were back, we had dinner and then more beers!
I tried multiple beers from this brewery, Donut Island, and enjoyed their diverse range.
My first meal in Helsinki was grilled liver with bacon!
Then we went to the Finnish Architecture Museum.
Not only did it teach us about architecture and design but also gave us some history of the city.
We took quite a long walk to see the city and get it bearings. This is Senate Square.
Stopped in for a pint at Helsinki Brewery.
We started off the day with fine art at the Royal Antiquities museum.
Then checked out the museum about the old castle that burnt down in the 1700s.
We got the best possible weather for Stockholm! Everyone has been out and about since apparently that were getting snow just a few weeks ago!
Lunch in a tiny alley.
And finishing our stay with one more trip to Brewdog.
Then bed early since we fly at 8am to Helsinki.
Since our tickets for the palace and other attractions were still valid we had one more site to see, the Riddarholm church.
We walked through old town, Gamla Stan, to the other side of the city to go to the Vasa museum.
The Vasa museum was definitely worth the walk.
Finally we got to go to the Stockholm Brewing company! We’ve been waking past it to and from our Airbnb for days but they’re only open Fridays from 5-9.
Lots of sour and dark beers!
We didn’t really have a plan, just seeing what we can see.
We decided to do the whole Royal Palace sights and tours.
The Royal Chapel:
And the tour of the Royal apartments.
Lunch at The Hairy Pig with tasty tapas.
The narrowest street in Stockholm, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd.
For dinner we found another traditional Swedish place, this time with no egg yolk, but lots of snails!