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Kalamaja - Wooden houses & Bohemian charm

 
25.02.2014

Architecture and history buffs or anyone who wants to get the feel for the grittier edge of Tallinn’s art scene should pay a visit to Kalamaja, one of the so-called wooden architecture areas and home of the biggest sea centre the Seaplane Harbour
This quiet neighbourhood has long been known for its colourful hodgepodge of old fashioned, working class houses. Throughout most of Tallinn’s history Kalamaja served as the town’s main fishing harbour. In fact, “Kalamaja” literally means "fish house" in Estonian, and starting from the 14th century the area was traditionally dominated by fishermen, fishmongers and boat wrights. Everything changed in 1870, however, when Tallinn was connected to St. Petersburg by railroad. Suddenly enormous factories started to sprout up in this part of town, and they brought with them an influx of thousands of new workers. 

The wooden houses built to accommodate these workers became Kalamaja's architectural legacy and are now what gives neighbourhood its unforgettable charm. The most architecturally unique of these are called “Tallinn Houses”. Built in the 1920s and 30s, these two to three-storey apartment houses are made of two symmetrical wooden wings separated by a stone central staircase. There are about 500 of these in the city today.
Recently it has also taken on a Bohemian atmosphere, becoming the residence of choice for young, creative types. 
Visitors will also notice that some of the Kalamaja’s old industrial infrastructure is still intact and operating. The Estonia Piano Factory (Kungla 41) for example, is renowned for producing some of the world’s best grand pianos. Many factory buildings, however, have now been converted for other uses, like providing space for the city’s cutting edge art scene. 

Take a look at Kalamaja's restaurantscafes and bars from here. 

 
 
   
Balti Jaam Market

Balti Jaam Market

Kalamaja
A sprawling market behind the train station selling just about everything.
Kopli 1
+3726413436
jaama.turg@mail.ee
Children's Museum

Children's Museum

Kalamaja
If you’ve got children, or you’re a child at heart, you can’t pass up a visit to the Children's Museum.
Kotzebue 16
+3726413491
laste@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/lastemuuseum
Estonian Design House

Estonian Design House

Kalamaja
Estonian Design House is home to designers' studios, design companies and Estonian Association of Designers.
Kalasadama 8
+37258004036
showroom@estoniandesignhouse.ee
www.estoniandesignhouse.ee
Kalamaja park

Kalamaja park

Kalamaja
Tall old trees, pathways, children’s play areas and bell tower protected by the heritage conservation.
Tööstuse, Kungla; Kungla 63


Kalaturg (Fish market)

Kalaturg (Fish market)

Kalamaja
Operating every Saturday morning the market specialises in Estonian fish produce. 
Kalaranna 1, 10415 Tallinn


www.tallinnaturud.ee/kalaturg/asukoht-kontakt/
Kalju Baptist Church

Kalju Baptist Church

Kalamaja
The only church in Kalamaja is also the very first place of worship for the Baptists in Tallinn. 
Kalju 1
+37256220110

www.kalju.ee/
Kultuurikilomeeter (Culture Kilometre)

Kultuurikilomeeter (Culture Kilometre)

Kalamaja
Added in 2011 for Tallinn's European Capital of Culture year, this pathway was designed to provide access from the city centre to a number of cultural sites in Kalamaja area. 



MARU

MARU

Kalamaja
This museum café at the Seaplane Harbour focuses on Nordic and coastal Estonian food traditions. 
Vesilennuki 6
+37258665626
booking@lennusadam.eu
www.lennusadam.eu/et/astu-kohvikusse-maru
Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

Kalamaja
Sea fortress Patarei (Battery) is a unique architectural monument that served many years as a prison (open during summer season only). 
Kalaranna 2
+3725046536
info@patarei.org
patarei.org
Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam)

Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam)

Kalamaja
Region's biggest sea centre and maritime museum in architectually unique seaplane hangars boast life size submarine and replica seaplane.   
Vesilennuki 6, 10415 Tallinn
+3726200550
info@lennusadam.eu
www.lennusadam.eu
Telliskivi Loomelinnak (Telliskivi Creative Hub)

Telliskivi Loomelinnak (Telliskivi Creative Hub)

Kalamaja
Telliskivi creative hub is Estonia's biggest creative economic enterprise centre. Convenient location has made it a popular hangout area for shoppers and restaurant goers alike.  
Telliskivi 60A, 10412 Tallinn
+3725047353
info@telliskivi.eu
telliskivi.eu/en/
 
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