Ciudad Creativa de Telliskivi en Tallin

Personally, I was fascinated.

And I think you’ll feel the same

No, don’t get me wrong…

The old Tallinn town seems to have popped out of a fairy tale…

Its walls, its cobbled streets, its orthodox churches, its medieval squares…

It definitely deserves the World Heritage qualificative awarded by UNESCO in 1997.

 

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And although many guides will tell you that Tallinn’s old quarter is booming now thanks to the arrival of the big commercial brands and the many tourists who visit it in summer (especially the Finns who come to buy alcohol at a better price than in their country), I prefer to get away from the crowds and lose myself in what many consider the unfortunate harshness of the Soviet style.

But let me repeat it once more: Tallinn’s old town is a beauty and a define must-see.la Ciudad Creativa de Telliskivi en Tallinn te va a fascinar

But let me repeat it once more: Tallinn’s old town is a beauty and a define must-see.

We are talking about a very well preserved eleventh century fortified medieval wall!

So for sure, walk around it! Climb it!

And climb the bell tower of St Mary’s Cathedral (Toomkirik) as well to enjoy the incomparable views of the Baltic, the huge ocean liners that come and go, and the rooftops of this beautiful city!

Sit in Raekoja Plats (the town hall square) and observe the hustle and bustle of the tourist groups.

Go up to Toompea Hill…

Visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky – for many, a symbol of Russian oppression.

Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak)…

For sure.

Don’t miss any of these attractions.

But, if you feel like doing something different, get out of the old city walls, cross the many parks of this city and its local residential areas until you reach the Creative City of Telliskivi.

 

What is the Creative City of Telliskivi?

 

It’s a space located in an old industrial complex in the limits of the old town and the districts of Pelgulinna and Kalamaja, which now brings together all kinds of cafes, bars, studios, creative companies, art galleries, night clubs, theatres and fascinating second hand and antiques markets.

 

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And yes, a lot of graffiti and urban art.

But, if you love the remodelling of old industrial spaces like me, you’ll feel at home in Telliskivi.

 

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The city of Tallinn allowed its artists to reconquer and restore this abandoned area, and Telliskivi was the result, giving life to an abandoned factory complex along the old Baltic railway tracks.

The atmosphere in Telliskivi is bohemian and peaceful.

 

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The creative city itself consists of 10 buildings that house more than 200 companies and organisations.

Each of these businesses is given the freedom to design their space as they see fit, which results in an eclectic mix of visually interesting styles.

On Saturdays in Telliskivi you will find Tallinn’s biggest market.

 

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If you can, don’t miss it.

And, please, please, visit DEPOO and Balti Jaama Turg, they have to be some of the best markets I’ve seen in my life.

What did I find most fascinating about them?

The incredible collection of artifacts of unparalleled historical value from World War II and Estonia’s Soviet era.

 

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You can find everything from SS uniforms to KGB phones, Olympic medals, furniture, vintage clothing, Soviet antiques of all kinds …

Incredible!

It is a true open museum…

A journey back in the time…

And you can’t miss it!

I guarantee you will spend hours exploring the incredible selection of works of art, antiques and oddities!

And if your name is Tere, like me, you will also feel very welcome in this charming city, because in the Estonian language, Tere is hello (health, actually)!