In 2011, this former railway embankment just west of the Ferry Terminal was converted into a pedestrian and bike lane for commuting across the city. The 2.5 km Kultuurikilomeeter path may not be the prettiest tourist route out there, but it paints an important picture of a not-so-pretty time in Estonia’s history, and the paved way is good for running. The “culture kilometer” actually spans well over a kilometer from Vanasadam to Kalamaja, and the route brings continual reminders of Soviet occupation and liberation. You’ll pass a number of interesting sites from rundown Soviet era army barracks, to bunkers, to out-of-use railways, and some of Tallinn’s most up and coming tourist destinations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the KultuuriKatel, and Seaplane Harbor (Lennusadam). Study up ahead of time so you can fully enjoy the history lesson on the trip — as an out and back, it’s a near perfect 5 km.
Add-Ons: A couple of parks just inland (south) of the path — Towers’ Square, near the eastern start of the route, has some green areas and pleasant paths, and the smaller Kalamaja Cemetery Park near the western end.
- 5.3 km (3.3 miles) out and back
- 28 meters (92 feet)
- Intersection of Rumbi and Logi, near downtown
- Reisisadam Stop, Route 2 Bus