Noblessner- A Trendy New Seaside Quarter to Discover in Tallinn

A cool urban environment with magnificent seaside views not to miss while in Tallinn is the former submarine shipyard Noblessner Quarter. One of the fastest developing, and the most interesting areas in Tallinn today.

Situated next to the trendy Kalamaja district and the renowned Seaplane Harbor, Noblessner wins your heart with its distinctive and colorful architecture, boldly combining old and new, retro and modern, bold and minimal. Inspiring style angles and irresistible design can be found in many of the area’s shops, restaurants and bars as well.

Noblessner Quarter | Nordic Experience

The former submarine shipyard Noblessner is the fastest developing, and thus the most interesting, area in Tallinn today. The old factory halls have been woken to a new life of apartments, trendy shops, and cafes, bistros, art galleries. 
Noblessner Shipyard | Nordic Experience

From submarines to the new millennium

The history of Noblessner dates back to the early 20th century. That’s when Tallinn – or Reval, as it was called back then – was about to become home to Peter the Great’s war harbor. The original plans were never fulfilled, yet a huge submarine shipyard was built in the area now known as Noblessner. The yard was named after the two businessmen running it, Emanuel Nobel and Arthur Lessner. The former was related to the Nobel prize founder Alfred Nobel: Emanuel was his nephew.
Noblessner soon became famous for its submarines built for the needs of the Russian Empire. As Estonia gained independence in 1918, the shipyard started manufacturing smaller vessels instead of submarines. During the Soviet era, ‘Factory nr 7’ repaired ships damaged in World War II, as well as submarines, fishing boats and metal structures used in ports.

After the restoration of Estonian independence in 1991, the shipyard continued its work for another ten years. Even after that, boats never disappeared from Noblessner; the last vessels were built in 2018. Additionally, Noblessner’s Marina and Noblessner Yacht Club Sailing School NYCS have operated in the area since 2009.

Today’s Noblessner has risen to its glory during the past few years. It is far from finished, though, so the building and renovation works will continue until the end of the 2020s.

What to do in Noblessner?

Noblessner wins your heart with its distinctive and colorful architecture, boldly combining old and new. Style and design can be found in many of the area’s shops as well.
Shishi is an Estonian-Norwegian interior decoration brand with an impressive store full of products, each piece more imaginative than the other. Whether you need a vase, a fake plant, a candle holder or something unique to catch the eye, this is where you’ll find it. Collections change twice a year, and before Christmas, Shishi becomes a true wonderland of holiday decorations. Shishi is also known for its outlet, located in the same building.

Shishi | Nordic Experience

Home furnishing store Kalhoj focuses on Scandinavian-style tableware and accessories, northern delicacies and beverages and quality children’s clothing. In case you’re more into diamonds and other fine jewelry, you’ll find them nearby at the jewellery shop Baltic Brilliant.
Kalhoj | Nordic Experience
Style and beauty can also be found at the beauty salon Biomarketi Ilu- ja Tervisetuba. The ‘beauty and health room’ of the health store Biomarket lets you enjoy facials, manicures and pedicures carried out with ecological Dr. Hauschka products. Make-up and make-up lessons are also available.
You won’t be left hungry in Noblessner either. 180° is an elegant fine dining restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Matthias Diether. The restaurant guide White Guide Nordic has quite appropriately ranked it one of the top three restaurants in Estonia.
180° Restaurant | Nordic Experience

Põhjala Tap Room
 is a beer lover’s heaven. Named among the world’s top 100 breweries, Põhjala’s restaurant delights its visitors with a whopping selection of 24 tap beers. The food menu consists of Texan BBQ dishes and all kinds of snacks to go with beer. The work of the brewers can be followed through the restaurant’s big windows, and if you book your visit in advance, you can tour the brewery with a guide. Beer and other souvenirs, such as T-shirts and caps with Põhjala’s logo, can be bought at the brewery’s store.
pohjala tap room noblessner | Nordic Experience
More art will be offered at Kai Art Center. An old factory houses a top quality exhibition space, auditorium, restaurants and facilities for several Estonian art organisations.
kai kunstikeskus | Nordic Experience
PROTO Invention Factory is an entertaining yet educational center for the whole family, using virtual reality as a gateway to showcase the great inventions of the past and the things not yet seen. How was the ride with the world’s first automobile? What would it be like to have a stroll in the center of the earth? PROTO is the place to find out.
proto avastustehas | Nordic Experience
In Noblessner, new shops and services are sprouting up non-stop. This is an area where you’ll find something new and exciting with every visit! Book your private Tallinn city tour including the Noblessner area here:

How to get to Noblessner?

The easiest way to get to Noblessner is by bus number 73. Hop in at the city center, ride along Kalaranna Street and hop off at the stop called ‘Noblessneri’. Go down the stairs and you’re there.
Bus number 3 drives Noblessner-bound from the city center, as well. Hop off at the stop called ‘Volta’ and you’ll find yourself at Tööstuse Street on the south side of the Noblessner area.
You can also take a seaside stroll from the Seaplane Harbour to Noblessner. On the way, you’ll be able to admire the museum’s outside exhibits such as the icebreaker Suur Tõll, the walk from old town takes about 20 minutes.


Top Events in Tallinn- Music, Theater, Film and Concerts

Here´s what is happening in Tallinn

Tallinn city’s cultural calendar has a colorful choice of events to offer all year round, from classical music concerts and medieval festivals to state-of-the-art concerts and high-level sport competitions.

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Christmas Jazz Festival
29.11.2019 – 12.12.2019

The diverse program of the annual Christmas Jazz festival will surely put you into a holiday mood and fill your heart with warm melodies. Artists from all over the world will take to the stage and perform music suited for the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Christmas Market on the Town Hall Square

The fairy-tale atmosphere of the Christmas market, which is held on the Town Hall Square in Tallinn, makes anything possible!

At the heart of it all – apart from Santa and his reindeer, who are eternal favorites with the kids – is Estonia’s most famous Christmas tree, surrounded by little huts selling their wares. Here you will find handicraft specialists and their work and seasonal Estonian food and drink.

Tallinn Christmas Market has been voted as the Best Christmas Market in Europe in 2019.

Book your private walking tour here: Winter Walking Tour in Tallinn Old Town

Sex & the Sea exhibit at the Seaplane Harbor / Estonian Maritime Museum

The sensual exhibition experience, created by Dutch installation artist Saskia Boddeke, describes life at home and at sea, deep emotions and physical needs.

’Sex & the Sea’ illustrates sailors’ fantasies during long sea voyages and the reality that awaited in port.

The exhibition also includes a special installation “Message in a bottle” inspired by the emotional love letters sent by Finnish women to an Estonian sailor from Hiiumaa in 1915-1916.

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Estonian Maritime Museum Fat Margaret tower will open again on November 29th

Great news! The Museum and Visitor Center of Fat Margaret will open soon, on November 29th, 2019.

Estonian Maritime Museum

The journey through the exhibition of the Estonian Maritime Museum in the Museum and Visitor Center of Fat Margaret is a visit to Estonia as a maritime country. The story of Estonian seafaring from the medieval maritime trade, which has never been exhibited before, to the modern cruise shipping will be unrolled before your eyes. The story is told with the help of almost 700 historical items, the rich collection of ship models of the Maritime Museum with 17 models which were specifically ordered for the new exhibition, as well as nearly 50 digital and ‘hands-on’ solutions. Learn more about the rich culture of Tallinn and Fat Margaret on Medieval Tallinn Private Walking Tour.

By the sea to wealth – the beginning of the story of maritime trade in Tallinn lies in the Middle Ages

A significant share of the traffic between Tallinn, which was included in the Hanseatic League, and its port occurred through the Great Coastal Gate (Suur Rannavärav), thus, this is the best place for telling the story of how Tallinn became wealthy by taking advantage of the sea. The complex of the Great Coastal Gate is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of the Old Town of Tallinn. Read more about the history of the Great Coastal Gate

At the museum, you can:

  • study archaeological finds, including fragments of the fortifications which preceded the Fat Margaret artillery tower. Fragments of the wall and channel from the 14th and 15th centuries were found in the course of building the new museum in 2018 and have helped to gain better understanding of the history of the place.

The star exhibit of the museum is the almost 20-metre long wreck of a cog which is a good source of information about the era it is from. A cog is a medieval cargo vessel with one mast and high broadsides which was mainly used on the North and Baltic Seas. Finding of the cog underground in Tallinn in 2015 was rare in the entire Europe, as the hull of the vessel is almost completely preserved, as well as thanks to the nearly 700 items found around the wreck which tell us why, how, and where the vessel and its crew were headed to. Read more about the discovery of the cog

In the cog hall, i.e. the former courtyard of the museum and in the two-level exhibition room, you can:

  • learn how extensive the network of the Hanseatic trade cities was and which goods were shipped;

  • get an idea of the structure of a cog and other types of medieval vessels;

  • hear the tails about the correspondence of merchants and learn about the weight units and currencies used at the time;

  • see the gallery on the discovery of the vessel and how it was delivered to the Maritime Museum.

Pushed and pulled by winds – the centuries-long sailing ship era

The first floor of the artillery tower is devoted to sailing ships, which used to deliver goods from more and more distant locations and led to discovering new territories. Estonians started building large sailing ships in the middle of the 19th century. The vessels built in this country crossed the equator, sailed around Cape Horn, and reached other far-away ports.

In the hall of sailing ships, you can:

  • see detailed full or cross-sectional models and half models which served as the preliminary design as well as construction drawings for Estonian ship builders;

  • examine the shipbuilding tools which were used to make wooden vessels in coastal areas of Estonia;

  • see exotic items, get acquainted with the life of a seaman on a sailing ship, and hear colourful tales of the journeys of Estonian seafarers;

  • with the help of numerous digital solutions, get an overview of the network of maritime trade, of the development of the types of sailing ships, of the journeys of Baltic German explorers, as well as of the historical background through four centuries;

  • in the navigation room, see the best selection of the navigation instruments from the collection of the Estonian Maritime Museum which have not been exhibited before, and a digital overview of the lighthouses found in this country, complete with the models.

Steam changes the world

The first regular steamboat line of Estonia was on the route of Stockholm–Turku–Helsinki–Tallinn–St. Petersburg which was launched in 1837 and was run by the paddle-wheel steamboats Storfürsten and Fürst Menschikow. While in the great maritime countries the total tonnage of steamboats already exceeded that of sailing ships by the end of the 19th century, this only occurred after World War II in Estonia. Thereafter, the Estonian cargo ship fleet increased rapidly and, in the end of the 1930s, the gross tonnage of the cargo fleet per 1,000 residents was 7th highest in the world and 3rd among the Baltic Sea countries.

In the hall of steam-powered vessels, you can:

  • see most of the new ship models which were ordered for the exhibition from ship model makers of Estonia, the Åland Islands, and England;

  • study various items from steamships and various items which used to belong to seamen;

  • select a desired maritime trip from Haapsalu to St. Petersburg or from Kuressaare to Stockholm by using the digital solution and examine the adverts of passenger vessels or the daily lives of the boilermen and mechanics on board of a vessel;

  • get acquainted with the stories of Estonian shipping companies between the two World Wars and the most important articles of export and import in the period from 1880 to 1940.

The tireless development of technology

In the second half of the 20th century, steamboats were mainly replaced by motor vessels which brought along a significant jump forward with respect to the navigation technology. The number of crew members decreased, the number of passengers and the volume of cargo increased. The search for efficient and environment-friendly technological solutions is still ongoing.

On the highest floor of the exhibitions, the floor of motor vessels, you can:

  • see the models of the most significant Estonian cargo, passenger, and fishing vessels;

  • take a look at the newer and older uniforms and items related to the vessels and to the crews;

  • hear the tales of older and younger seamen of the life on a ship;

  • step on the navigation bridge which was inspired by the most modern ship on the Baltic Sea;

  • use the digital solutions to get an overview of the density of the modern maritime traffic, of various types of vessels, of the functioning of ship engines, and of industrial fishing;

  • test yourself by solving various navigation tasks of various levels of difficulty involving navigation aids;

  • send vessels on their way and receive notifications from the log even after having left the museum.


Use the app to watch the curators introduce selected exhibits from the halls of the cog and sailing ships.

A logical extension of visiting the Museum and Visitor Centre of Fat Margaret is seeing the interactive exhibition of the Estonian Maritime Museum at the Seaplane Harbour which is mainly dedicated to maritime technology from the 20th century.


Cool Facts About Estonia- from bog lakes to e-government and fairy tale castles


Some say there is something magical about this small country of 1.3 million inhabitants, who speak in an elvish sounding language, think wireless internet access is a basic human right and consider singing their religion- meet the Estonians.

Here is a great introduction to Estonia and it´s people, culture, country and more. A must read before your trip over to the Baltic Sea pearl of Tallinn, the enchanting capital city.

Estonia connects the dots between Scandinavia, Central Europe and what lies to the east

Hop over!

You can fly, sail, ride or drive to Estonia from anywhere in Europe. Located in northeastern Europe, this small coastal country is a short ferry trip away from Finland and Sweden, a coach ride away from such European capitals as Warsaw and Berlin, and an overnight train from Saint Petersburg will land you at the heart of Tallinn.

Photo by: Toomas Volmer, Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau

Estonia’s capital Tallinn is the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe


Estonia’s UNESCO world heritage capital city Tallinn was granted city rights in the 13th century by the King of Denmark. Since then, the streets of Tallinn have seen many world powers, from the Danes and Swedes to Germans, and tsarist and Soviet Russia. Tallinn Old Town is filled with medieval houses and alleyways and is still protected by the remnants of the city wall. The wealth of architecture in Tallinn means that there are many legends and stories to explore.

Photo by: Erik Peinar

Estonia speaks Estonian…as well as English, Russian, Finnish and German

No barriers…

Estonians tend to be at least bilingual, and according to recent studies, are among the best English speakers in Europe. Many visitors tend to think that Estonians speak elvish. This magical sounding language is in fact Estonian, belonging to the Finno Ugric branch of European languages.

Photo by: Nieminen

Estonia is about 50% forest

Where the wild things are

Estonians love their forests, bogs and all the creatures that live there such as lynxes, brown bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and deers. It’s right to say that Estonians come with a tree hugging trait.

Photo by: Sven Zacek

Estonia has a population of just 1.3 million but is larger than Denmark and Holland

Stretch out and relax

Being among the least densely populated countries in Europe, Estonia makes for a great nature and city break destination for those looking to stretch out their limbs and enjoy some peace and solitude.

Photo by: Kristjan Lust

Estonia has over 2000 islands

Roots deep within

Although mostly uninhabited, Estonia is the only Baltic country with far-stretching and deep rooted island culture. Estonian islands are mostly rural, some holding traces of local Viking, traditional and medieval culture.

Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Estonian Song Celebration dates back to 1869, attracting thousands of singers in every 5 years

The singing nation

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is the local signature event and a reason why Estonians are often referred to as the “singing nation”. The uniqueness of this mesmerising event has even earned the song and dance celebration a place at UNESCO’s prestigious list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Photo by: Kaarel Mikkin

Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world

Architectural heritage

While Estonia has a great range of historical churches, only over a quarter of the population are affiliated with a particular religion, with Lutheranism being most prevalent among Estonians in particular.

Photo by: Toomas Tuul

Estonia is a digital society


From voting to signing documents online, Estonia implements hassle free and modern approach to running one’s errands. This means less bureaucracy, while adding more transparency and efficiency in some vital sectors such as healthcare and education.

Photo by: Kaarel Mikkin

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