Tallinn – the Fairytale Capital
Tallinn is Estonia’s capital, and with a population of just over 440,000, it’s by far the nation’s largest city. The first mention of Tallinn in recorded history was in 1154. Tallinn’s Old Town was entered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 as an „exceptionally complete and well preserved example of a medieval northern European trading city“.
Apart from fantastic, historical ambience, it offers the widest choice of hotels, conference venues, activities and incentives. Tallinn is a rapidly developing compact city, with major landmarks, convention facilities and hotels within walking distance.
Tallinn has good daily flight connections and Tallinn Airport is only 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. With so much going for it, it’s no surprise that Tallinn has been among Europe’s fastest-growing conference destinations for the past several years running, particularly for small and medium-sized events. Local MICE service providers are highly professional, personal and creative.
Why choose Tallinn for your next conference, event or incentive:
A fresh, undiscovered destination
Most of your delegates have already travelled the well-worn conference circuit and seen the same old sights. Now you can impress them with a novel destination that’s still mostly undiscovered – a city that’s edgy and exotic, yet attractive, affordable and safe! Estonia’s fairytale capital offers a fantastic blend of medieval charm and modern sensibilities and is guaranteed to wow your guests with unforgettable new experiences.
Amazing, historical atmosphere
The city is best known for its stunning Old Town, a centuries-old neighbourhood of cobblestone lanes, gabled houses, Gothic churches and charming squares, all surrounded by a system of sturdy defensive walls and towers. The area, which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the spiritual heart of the city as well as the hub of its dining and nightlife scene. There are, quite simply, very few cities in the world that can rival Tallinn for its well-preserved medieval buildings and timeless atmosphere.
For most popular sights, take a look at “What to See and What to Do in Tallinn“
A diversity of styles
Outside the walls of Old Town, Tallinn presents a number of exciting neighbourhoods to discover, each with a very different feel. The city’s modern side comes to light in the ultra-cool Rotermann City commercial/cultural zone as well as in the edgier Telliskivi area, a reclaimed industrial quarter exploding with creative and social energy. Both these districts are extremely central, making them perfect locales for meals and meet-ups around conference time. A bit farther out, a sense of serene, aristocratic refinement can be found among the park, palaces and art museums of Kadriorg, while the beach and forests of Pirita cater to those who love the great outdoors. In short, there’s something for everyone!
Tallinn’s population is just 440,000. This small size is a huge advantage when it comes to navigating your way around with ease. In fact, its city centre so compact that most hotels, venues, restaurants and sights are within easy walking distance of one another. Instead of hassling with buses, taxis or transfers to get from A to B, you’ll most likely be taking a quick – and economical – stroll. A taxi ride from Tallinn’s airport to the city centre takes a mere 10 minutes, so in most cases organisers don’t even have to bother with transfers.
Top quality conference hotels
Tallinn offers a great mix of 3- to 5-star conference hotels with quality/price ratio that’s far better than the European average. Conveniently, a majority of the hotels are clustered in the city centre close to the popular sights and meeting places. There are around 7,300 hotel rooms in all, with the largest in-hotel conference hall seating 530. Thanks to the recent rise of the city as a travel destination, nearly all of its hotels are new or freshly renovated and offer free Wi-Fi as a rule. Incentive groups will appreciate the high-class boutique hotels, such as the Telegraaf, set right in the heart of the medieval Old Town.
For more information on Hotels and Venues, take a look at our Venues Search page
Imagine hosting your gala dinner or social event in the opulent Kadriorg Palace, built in 1718 for the Russian emperor, or alongside the hull of the 1930s-era Lembit submarine at the Tallinn Seaplane Harbour, or under the vaulted arches of the medieval House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads guild hall. Given Tallinn’s long history, it’s no surprise that the city offers some truly amazing venues for unforgettable events. Other choices include the city’s 600-year-old Town Hall, a century-old power plant revamped as the Tallinn Creative Hub, the Tallinn TV Tower, the Estonian National Opera house , the Estonian Open Air Museum and many more.
For more information on Hotels and Venues, take a look at our Venues Search page
Inspiring social programmes and team-building activities
If you want your group to discover this fascinating city and get to know one another at the same time, there’s no shortage of options here. Try an Old Town sightseeing tour where you meet entertaining, historical characters along the way, or combine the tour with a medieval banquet,beer tasting, marzipan painting or sampling Estonian cuisine. You can also practice sculpture making under the guidance of a famous local artist, take a ride on old wooden sailing ship, enjoy a private organ concert in a medieval church... The list goes on.
For the full list and descriptions, please check our dedicated Programmes page
Loads of sights and adventures just outside Tallinn
Nature is always at your doorstep in Tallinn – not only is this a seaside town, the wild countryside is just a half-hour’s ride away. This opens up possibilities for sea-related activities, coast and island cruises, mushroom picking, bog walking, touring beautiful manor houses and catching a glimpse of the traditional Estonian way of life. More action-oriented visitors can try a Lada rally or a retro jeep safari. Or why not take a daytrip to Finland’s capital, Helsinki? It’s just 2 hours from Tallinn by ship.
Discover more at our dedicated Programmes page
Amazing cuisine and lively nightlife
Tallinn’s dining scene offers gourmet experiences at far lower prices than elsewhere in Europe and covers an enormous spectrum of tastes. The trendiest restaurants specialise in Estonia’s own brand of modern cuisine (decidedly Nordic, emphasising local, seasonal ingredients) while popular eateries and bars in the ultra-hip Kalamaja district are perfect for a bite and a drink with the locals.
For best places to eat and drink, please check the Visit Tallinn´s web site Eat and Drink section
Capital of E-Estonia
Estonia is known for the numerous cutting-edge solutions it has given to the world, everything from e-government to mobile parking to Skype. Tallinn’s IT solutions are modern and innovative, and free Wi-Fi is widely available with good quality. This makes Tallinn the destination of choice for any IT-related event.
Tallinn has become a prime destination for scientific and research conferences thanks to its many internationally-connected academic institutions. These include Tallinn University, Tallinn Technical University, the Estonian Academy of Art and the Estonian Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The universities’ halls and other facilities can usually be rented out for conferences as well.
Did you know that:
- There are 54 hotels , containing approximately 7000 beds in Tallinn;
- The biggest venue is Nordea Concert Hall;
- In the coming years Linnahall will become Tallinn’s multifunctional concert and conference hall;
- Tallinn Airport is one of the five cosiest airports in Europe;
- There are 55 museums and 25 concert venues in Tallinn;
- There are numerous parks and green areas in Tallinn;
- Tallinn has over 200 restaurants bringing diners exciting cuisine from all over the world, including mouth-watering modern and traditional Estonian cookery;
- City of Tallinn is a member of 15 international organisations.
- Tallinn’s coastline is 46km long, which is only 13km less than the land boundary (59km).
Get in Contact with Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau:
Tallinn Convention Bureau is the best starting point when planning an event in Tallinn – with a wide range of free services and assistance, we will help you along the way to a successful event! Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau is the official tourist authority for the City of Tallinn. Tallinn Convention Bureau was established in 2000 and has more than 150 partners. TCTO&CB is a member of European Cities Marketing since 2000 and a founding member of Estonian Convention Bureau.
TCTO&CB provides the following free services:
- promoting Tallinn as an international meeting place and incentive destination;
- providing free objective information on quality conference facilities , hotels and services;
- giving free neutral advice on Tallinn´s incentive programs
- assisting with site inspections and FAM-tours;
- helping you to get in touch with relevant local contacts
- giving free marketing materials for delegates, to help promote the event destination.