Rain is the natural enemy of all vacationers and is often equated with a failed trip. Completely wrong, because a city trip can be a complete success even in bad weather. Even some places are even more fun when it rains than when the sun is shining. And these four are part of it:
The weather in London is extremely changeable, and except in midsummer, very few visitors experience a stay of several days without rain. But that doesn’t matter, because, for some reason, London and rainy weather just belong together. It is even the bad weather that gives the city its charm.
London’s classic sights are fun even when it rains: Places like Hyde Park with the beautiful Kensington Gardens, the square in front of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Tower Bridge then get a wonderfully mystical touch. Around the Thames, the old buildings are often shrouded in fog and tower majestically into the air. A splash of color is recommended for great photos: For example, a colorful umbrella, the red double-decker buses, or the traditional red telephone boxes.
If you want to escape the bad weather for a while, the Borough Market in Southwark is recommended. In London’s oldest (and covered) food market, you can stroll, eat, drink, and be amazed for hours. You can stay dry during the day at Madame Tussauds, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, Warner Bros. Studios, and shop in the traditional Harrods department store.
In the evening, you can go to one of the many pubs that serve delicious burgers, typical pub food, and of course, beer and cider. Then it’s worth a visit to Soho: the alternative district is home to many great bars, clubs, and shops, which are often open late into the night.
Anyone who comes to Moscow for the first time in their lives will quickly notice that the city has a very special atmosphere. Many Russians describe it as melancholy – peppered with a bit of Weltschmerz, which of course, has to be drowned in vodka. And the rain, which is not uncommon in Moscow, fits this mood.
The first point of contact for visitors is, of course, the Red Square. The large market square connects Moscow’s most important sights, such as the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Historical Museum, and the Lenin Mausoleum. Similar to London, the colorful buildings come into their own in rainy weather and form a great contrast to the gray backdrop.
The best place to escape from the rain is the Kremlin – the tour is a must on every trip to Russia. The Tretyakov Gallery, the Romanov Palace, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Space Museum, and the Matryoshka Museum are also absolutely worth seeing.
The evening is best spent watching a performance in the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater. However, the performances are often fully booked, so it is best to order tickets well in advance. The perfect end to a rainy day in Moscow is a visit to one of the panorama bars. The City Space Bar on the 34th floor of the Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy is particularly beautiful, offering a sensational 360-degree view of the city.
Vancouver is also affectionately called Raincouver by its residents. Especially when the humid air from Hawaii comes to the Canadian coast, it can rain here for up to 20 days at a time. But the locals don’t let that spoil their mood. You are open, friendly – and almost always wearing a rain jacket.
Canada is an outdoor paradise, and Vancouver and the surrounding area are one of the few places that appear even more beautiful in bad weather. Nature then shines in an almost unreal green, the forests look like from a fairy tale in the fog, and the cloud formations give the whole thing a dramatic touch.
Even when it rains, visitors shouldn’t miss out on nature around Vancouver. Particularly worth seeing is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in the north of the city, which houses, among other things, the 136 meters long and 70 meters high Capilano Suspension rope bridge.
A trip to Grouse Mountain, which is also to the north, is also worthwhile – grizzly bears can be observed on a guided tour. Finally, the 405 hectare Stanley Park with its great beaches, is an absolute must in Vancouver.
If you want to escape into the dry for a while, the Granville Island Public Market near the Granville Bridge is the best place to go.
There is a large market with delicious and unusually cheap food and many restaurants and shops that are great for rummaging for art and souvenirs. The Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park and the Pacific Center shopping mall in downtown are also good addresses for those fed up with the rain.