Tallinn’s Wooden House Districts
If you are an architecture buff or someone who wants to capture the feeling of life in prewar Tallinn, be sure to visit to one of the “wooden house districts” located in the northern part of the city. The quiet neighborhood districts of Kalamaja, Kopli and Pelgulinn are best known for the old fashioned, colorful houses that line the streets. The houses date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, but became run down during the Soviet times. The areas have started to make a bit of a comeback recently. The most noteworthy of the three districts, Kalamaja, is the oldest suburb of Tallinn and has become a popular spot among the young hipsters.
One of the most popular spots in Kalamaja is the Balti Jaama Turg, located just behind Tallinn’s main train station Balti Jaama. The chaotic local market sells everything from meat and dried fish to random tools and used car parts. After exploring the Balti Jaama Turg, make your way over to the Patarei Sea Fortress and Prison. Originally a naval fortress and later Tallinn’s prison, it’s a great place to explore the gloominess of Soviet-era prison life. Not far from the prison is the Estonian Maritime Museum where visitors can tour a British built submarine and Europe’s largest steam powered icebreaker.
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