I have always loved seeing the stranger sides of a cities. Local stories and urban legends have always fascinated me. Whenever I visit a new city, I like to go on a ghost tour. I did this in Williamsburg, Edinburgh, and Rome. The chance to go on a ghost tour and see the mysterious side of Tallinn was an absolute must for me. Something about the unknown and the mysterious just fascinates me. Ironically, I am not a huge fan of horror films. I bought a ticket and the tour did not disappoint in the slightest. I arrived at the meeting point at around 20:00. The group I was with was small, the perfect amount for this type of tour. There were a group of ladies from the United Kingdom, a man from France, a Danish man, a family living in Austria, myself, and the tour guide, who seemed to absolutely love her job. Ghost tours are not always supposed to be scary, they can be, but not always. Sorry to disappoint, but chances are that you will not actually see any ghosts. Rather, they often serve as a means of telling stories and actually visiting the places that they are supposed to take place. We toured many of the buildings in Tallinn and listened to the spooky stories behind each building. My favorite spot had to be the location where the devil supposedly had his wedding. We didn’t go into the room as it has since been sealed up to prevent anyone from entering. Beyond stories of the mystical and mythological, there was also interesting historical facts about the dark side and sometimes funny side of Tallinn. Like the story of a foreign noble who drank so much in life that his body didn’t decompose after he died, so the church charged for people to see him to help pay off the debts the man acquired during his life. The tour lasted for around two hours and each stop was as interesting as the last. When the tour ended, we all were treated to some free hot chocolate at a café. There we all talked about literature, politics, and languages. These tours provide an opportunity to learn about the part of city that you will never learn in the textbooks or on our tours. I definitely recommend taking a ghost tour to anyone that is interested. I have a trip to Helsinki coming up and I will almost certainly part take in another ghost tour.
This is where the devil supposedly had his wedding.