Tallinn’s early suburbs

Walking tour through the Old Town to the district of Kalamaja
Duration: 2–3 hours
Language: English, Finnish, Russian
Group size: max 30

This tour introduces key buildings from Medieval Tallinn and its Hanseatic heritage, but we will also observe how Tallinn expanded outside its Medieval walls and became a modern industrial city. The legacy of 19th and early 20th century Tallinn differs from Riga, Stockholm and St. Petersburg, as the main building material here was timber. The well-preserved Medieval Old Town as well as the suburbs give an overview of the development of the nation through a turbulent of history of serfdom, industrialisation, emancipation and Soviet occupation.

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Commercial and apartment building on Nunne Street. Erich Jacoby, 1926. Photo Martin Siplane, MEA

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Apartment building on Salme Street. Karl Tarvas, 1932. Photo Peeter Sirge, MEA