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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
+372 641 3436
jaama.turg@mail.ee
Energy Discovery Centre

Energy Discovery Centre

Kalamaja
The science-themed museum is  home to over 130 new interactive “hands-on” science exhibits.
Põhja pst 29, 10415 Tallinn
+372 620 9020
info@energiakeskus.ee
www.energiakeskus.ee
Estonian Design House

Estonian Design House

Kalamaja
Estonian Design House is home to designers' studios, design companies and Estonian Association of Designers.
Kalasadama 8
+372 5800 4036
showroom@estoniandesignhouse.ee
www.estoniandesignhouse.ee
Kalamaja Children's Museum Miiamilla

Kalamaja Children's Museum Miiamilla

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
+372 641 3491
laste@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/lastemuuseum
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
+372 5622 0110

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. 



Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour)

Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour)

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
+372 620 0550
info@lennusadam.eu
www.lennusadam.eu
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
+372 504 6536
info@patarei.org
patarei.org/et/tegevused/vanglamuuseum/
Telliskivi Creative City

Telliskivi Creative City

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
+372 504 7353
info@telliskivi.eu
telliskivi.eu/en/
 
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