Loaded with history and buzzing with activity, Tallinn and Tartu are both natural magnets for conferences and events. But for those that want to go beyond what others have done and let delegates truly get a feel for the tranquillity that Estonia offers, there’s no better way than to hold a gathering in one of the country’s less travelled spots. The serene coastal and forest areas of northern Estonia as well as the cosy beach resort town of Pärnu are great choices and are also fantastic for those who want to combine their event with outdoor adventure or nature activities.
LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK AND VIHULA MANOR
Lahemaa (“Land of Bays”), about an hour east of Tallinn, is a beautiful nature area that also happens to be home to several breathtaking manor estates, costal villages that thrived from smuggling and bootlegging. Estonia´s peat bogs are a must-see for nature lovers and the Viru Bog is among the most accessible. A full 3,5 km of wooden trail providesa great way to experience this unforgettable landscape.
A romantic, village-like setting, historical buildings, picture-perfect natural surroundings and rich cultural heritage make this wonderfully-restored Vihula manor complex an unforgettable destination for an event. The old-fashioned milieu combines perfectly with modern multifunctional conference and meeting rooms. Unique limestone walls, wooden beams, natural daylight and the latest state-of-the-art presentation technology provide extra inspiration. Guests here can take advantage of the manor’s swimming pool and spa facilities. There are also excellent possibilities for pre- and post-conference activities – from educational/entertainment programs to real adventures involving nature, culture and history.
Pärnu – Estonia´s Summer Capital
Whenever Estonians need a break, they head to Pärnu. For nearly two centuries this has been nation´s premier resort town and spa getaway. It’s also a compact convention destination in a green and peaceful seaside setting.
Nestled on Estonia´s west coast, just 1.5 hours by road from Tallinn and 2 hours from Riga, Pärnu is easy to reach. Pärnu´s handy location, coupled with its all-around charm, makes it a perfect venue for pan-Baltic and pan-Nordic gatherings. Delegates often take advantage of the city’s active arts scene – each year Pärnu hosts a number of popular music, film and dance festivals as well as countless concerts and exhibitions.
The city´s history as a group travel destination began in 1838 when its first heated seawater baths opened. Since then Pärnu has been making its mark as an international spa centre. Even with so much going on, Pärnu still has a small town air.