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The Village Within the City

 
30.10.2013

Just inside the city limits at the south-western edge of Tallinn is an area that couldn't be any farther removed from the bustle and glass high rises of the metropolis. Nõmme, a quiet, forested, district filled with 1920s- and 30s-era houses, has the feel of a small country town. It boasts its own historic centre complete with a farmers' market, cafés and pubs, and it even has its own castle of sorts, not to mention a number of other attractions.

If Nõmme feels like a village that's completely detached from the rest of the city, there's good reason – before being absorbed into Tallinn in 1940, it was just that. The area owes its existence to the Baltic-German landowner, Nikolai von Glehn (1841 - 1923), who not only succeeded in turning his Tsarist-era estate into a real town, but also earned a reputation for being somewhat eccentric. He was, after all, practically giving away land and the castle-shaped manor house he had built flew in the face of convention. 

The frequently running bus no. 36 from down town takes about 25 minutes to reach the Nõmme stop in the area's centre. Alternatively take a train to Nõmme railway station in the heart of the suburb from Balti Jaam station in central Tallinn. 

 
 
   
Glehn Park

Glehn Park

Nõmme
The park around Glehn's Castle in the Nõmme suburb is popular for walking, star gazing and winter skiing.
Tähetorni, Vääna, Trummi


Glehn's Castle

Glehn's Castle

Nõmme
Built by Nikolai von Glehn in 1886 and set a forested park, this castle provides a perfect escape from city centre bustle.
Vana-Mustamäe tee 48, 11611 Tallinn
+372 652 5076
annika.kiisa@ttu.ee
www.ttu.ee/glehni-loss
Glehn's Cemetery

Glehn's Cemetery

Nõmme
Find this family cemetery on the former estate of Nikolai von Glehn, whose manor is a prime attraction in Tallinn's Nõmme suburb.
Lossi, Trummi, Lossi 13


Harku Forest Trail

Harku Forest Trail

Nõmme
This 8-kilometre trail on the outskirts of the city passes through the Harku dunes, showing many types of forest and bog.
Tähetorni


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Hiiu-Rahu Cemetery

Hiiu-Rahu Cemetery

Nõmme
Established in 1919, the Hiiu-Rahu Cemetery is the last resting place of quite a few prominent historical and cultural figures.
Hiiu-Suurtüki 1
+372 651 0101
hiiu@kalmistud.ee
www.kalmistud.ee/est/Hiiu-Rahu-info
Nõmme Adventure Park

Nõmme Adventure Park

Nõmme
For a sporty day out, head to this leafy park for abseiling, climbing and wandering through a forest wonderland.
Külmallika 15a
+372 5615 9160
info@nommeseikluspark.ee
www.nommeseikluspark.ee
Nõmme Market

Nõmme Market

Nõmme
This lively, colourful market on the outskirts of the city has a long history and is much loved among local residents.
Turu plats 8
+372 645 7307

www.nommeturg.eu/
Nõmme Museum

Nõmme Museum

Nõmme
This museum in Nõmme's railway station tracks the history of the district and provides insight into small town life of days past.
Jaama 18, 11615 Tallinn
+372 670 0202

www.tallinn.ee/Nomme-Muuseum-2
Nõmme Orthodox Church of John the Baptist

Nõmme Orthodox Church of John the Baptist

Nõmme
Constructed in 1922-23 to the plans of architect Aleksandr Vladovski, this church was restored in 2014 and now features frescoes and stained-glass windows designed by Andrei Lobanov.
Tähe 2, 11629 Tallinn
+372 5645 8261

www.nommejohannese.ee
Nõmme Rahu Church

Nõmme Rahu Church

Nõmme
The charming 'Peace Church' in the Nõmme suburb is a memorial to the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty between Estonia and Soviet Russia.
Võsu 5, Tallinn
+372 6701679, +3725254415
nomme.rahu@eelk.ee
www.nommerahu.ee
Nõmme Saviour´s Lutheran Church

Nõmme Saviour´s Lutheran Church

Nõmme
The beautiful church in the Nõmme district dates to 1932 and originally served a Baltic-German congregation.
Õie 10
+372 6701679, +3725090011

www.nommerahu.ee/
Nõmme Sport Centre

Nõmme Sport Centre

Nõmme
Located in a tranquil forest area just 10 minutes from central Tallinn, this facility is the perfect place for outdoor sports.
Külmallika 15a
+372 671 8541
info@sportkeskus.ee
www.sportkeskus.ee
Nõmme Swimming Pool

Nõmme Swimming Pool

Nõmme
Located in the beautiful Nõmme suburb, this facility offers two swimming pools, a jacuzzi, multiple saunas and a fitness area.
Vabaduse pst 156
+372 677 7600
nommeujula@tsh.ee
www.tsh.ee
Pääsküla Bog

Pääsküla Bog

Nõmme
Nature trails and a viewing tower allow visitors to explore the flora and fauna of this bog and its countless ponds and streams.
Hiiu


Under & Tuglas Literature Centre Museum

Under & Tuglas Literature Centre Museum

Nõmme
This museum, which was once the home of Estonian literary greats Marie Under and Artur Adson and Friedebert Tuglas and his wife Elo, is open to individual visitors and also offers group excursions.
Väikese Illimari 12, 11623 Tallinn
+372 672 2847
tuglas@utkk.ee
www.utkk.ee
 
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