One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new city is looking for street art. Some cities are known for their large murals (London or Berlin), others have smaller hidden artworks. Tallinn is a city of the later. At first, you won’t see much street art in this city, especially if you only explore the historic city center. But outside the old center of Tallinn, there’s plenty of street art to see. In this blog post, I’ll show you where you can find great street art in Tallinn.
Walk the Cultural Kilometer
Cultural Kilometer is a pedestrian and bicycle lane. It connects the harbor of Tallinn with Kalamaja and the city center. Along this path, you’ll find mostly tags, but there is also some good street art. The route starts at the old Olympic venue Linnahall and passes the Museum for Contemporary Art EKKM. Near the museum, you can find the Kultuurikatel, easy to recognize by the letters ‘UN’ on the tower. This old electricity plant is transformed into a music and arts venue. If you continue down this path, you’ll see the old fishers harbor. Café Klaus Kohvik is situated here and is a good place for lunch. Eventually, the path ends near the abandoned Patarei Prison. Not far from the prison you can visit the modern Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour Museum. This used to be a hangar for seaplanes, but now it is a European awarded maritime museum.
Telliskivi, the creative city
The Telliskivi complex is located in the Kalamaja area. This used to be the electricity complex of the Baltic Railway, but now it’s transformed into the Telliskivi Loomelinnak (Telliskivi Creative City). It is a trendy innovative place with lots of street art. The annual JJ-Street Baltic Street Art Jam has also contributed to this. During this event, national and international artists show their best works throughout the city and everything can stay (nothing is erased). I especially liked the mural at the entrance of the complex, the purple paint is so vivid!
And there is more!
You can find most of the street art in the area of Kalamaja and the Telliskivi complex, but there are also some good pieces in other parts of Tallinn. For instance, I saw a huge mural on the Tartu Maantee made by the Australian artist Guido van Helten. This piece is called Saarepiiga, a character from the famous Estonian epic poem Kalevipoeg. It looks super classy and it really blends in with the environment. To see this mural, you can hop on tram nr. 2 or 4 (ticket is 2 euros).
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Where to stay in Tallinn?
I stayed at Tallink Express Hotel. It’s rated with an 8,4 on Booking.com and it’s close to Linnahall and Kultuurikatel. It’s mostly a business hotel, but the rooms are good. Click here for more accommodation options in Tallinn.
And there you have it: a mini-guide to street art in Tallinn. Do you like street art?
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