Kadriog Area, Tallinn, Estonia
Kadriog Tallinn Reviews
The less well know tourist area of Tallinn Dec 06, 2015
Kadriog is an area in Tallinn which is often overlooked by tourists as they often only stay within the very narrow limits of the old town. This is a great shame as it has such a lot to offer.
As well as the park, which is a very popular Sunday afternoon destination for the locals, it alos has some fine examples of traditional wooden buildings and excellent museums and galleries. I particularly recommend visiting Kadriog Palace, Peter the Great’s house and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Kumu) and brief details of these are given below.
Peter the Great’s House
Peter and his wife lodged here whilst waiting for the building of their new palace to be completed. Peter was in many ways a man of simple tastes and this little building exemplifies this perfectly. Consisting of a small hallway, living room and single bedroom on the ground floor and a dining room and servants rooms above, it is extremely modest accommodation for the absolute leader of all Russia.
Although not a large museum, it is a very personal one, with many prized possessions of the great man himself on show. These include a model galleon and table depicting the Baltic coastline and key locations.
In contrast, Kadriog palace, named after Catherine his wife, is exactly what you would expect a king’s residence to be. It is both extremely opulent and sophisticated, with light and airy rooms decorated in the french style. Although pride of place belongs to a full length portrait of Peter clothed in black armour, he never actually lived here as he died before it was completed.
The palace is home to Estonia’s largest collection of western European and Russian art. Works from the 16th to 20th centuries are located here.
Kumu is is one of the largest museums art museums in northern Europe. It is housed in a striking, ultra modern, building; all glass, angles and sweeping curves. It reminded me very much of an enormous ship rising out of the surrounding parkland.
The main collection covers Estonian art from the 18th century onwards, including works from the occupations period (1940–1991.
Kumu won the prestigious European museum of the year award in 2008
Combined tickets can be purchased for Kadriog Palace and Kumu.
I very much recommend a visit to Kadriog if you are in Tallinn and have a few hours to spare. To get there, take either tram number 1 or 2 towards the ferry terminus. Cost at time of writing this is Euro 1.60 (pay as you get on).
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