Exotic escapism in Estonia

Estonia has shed its reputation for rowdy hen and stag parties and has been replaced by cool art-house festivals and adventurous outdoor pursuits.

Around a decade ago, Estonia’s reputation in travel circles was for rowdy stag and hen parties, and the low-cost flights that delivered them.

Today, things are very different: air fares to the Baltic country might remain a bargain, but the stewed revellers and their numbered T-shirts now carouse elsewhere.

In their stead have come art-house festivals and eco-spirited outdoor adventures, plus a clump of voguish places to stay. In short, Estonia has gone cool.


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EU provides €1 million for Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel feasibility study

The feasibility study must find out whether it pays to build an undersea tunnel, what are the technical options in construction of the tunnel and the project’s potential impact on the environment. Safety issues will be examined, along with expected profitability, and alternatives such as developing ferry traffic will also be looked at.

This study is the first to be conducted on the state level and will focus on the tunnel’s socio-economical effects and geological analysis. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by February 2018.


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Narva Highway becomes Tallinn Main Street – detailed plan announced

The Tallinn Main Street design contest winner has been been declared. In three years, according to the plan, the fresh concept will alter the face and ways of the heart of Tallinn.

The winner of the Tallinn Main Street design contest is «Kevad linnas» (Spring in the City) with the accent on creating a humans based space and bringing back the legendary, almost lost Bastion belt.

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Race To The End Of The Earth

Race To The End Of The Earth at Seaplane Harbour

Back in 1911 two men, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and British Navy officer Robert Scott were determined to conquer the South Pole. What had started as a personal ambition to reclaim the South Pole for their respective countries, suddenly turned into a race when they found out about the plans of the other.

The exhibition Race to the End of the Earth, currently open at the Seaplane Harbour, is a fantastic journey through the remarkable attempt of these two people and their teams to make it to the South Pole. (more…)

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Check out the best restaurants of 2015 in Estonia

Estonia’s best restaurants of 2015 were selected by 30 experts (12 from Estonia and 18 from abroad).

Each restaurant was evaluated repeatedly at different times of the day. Half of the evaluators were from Estonia, half from elsewhere.

The evaluators visited the venues incognito. Each of the evaluators decided for themselves, what to order, and covered the bill.

The methodology used for the evaluation has been developed over the years by the Swedish restaurant guide called “White Guide”. The greatest number of points a restaurant can be assessed with is 100.

  • Food can get a maximum of 40 points (17-21 satisfactory; 22-27 good level; 32-35 distinctive cooking, local master class; 36-40 illustrious cookery, international master class).
  • Beverages can be assessed with up to 20 points (8-10 fair; 11-13 good; 14-17 distinctive selection and serving, a local master class; 18-20 an international master class).
  • Service peaks at 25 points (8-12 fair; 13-17 good; 18-22 local master class; 23-25 an international master class)
  • The maximum score for the milieu is 15 (5-7 neutral; 8-10 equivalent to the rest of the thrills; 11-13 provides additional value to the rest of the thrills; 14-15 is by itself worth visiting the place) .

The results devided restaurants to 4 categories. (more…)

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Jõuluturg Raekoda Tallinn 2012

Tallinn Should be Your Next Destination Travel Channel Suggests

Looking for a perfect travel destination?

For all travelers out there looking for the coolest passport stamps of 2016, Travel Channel chose Estonia and Tallinn as one of the next great travel destinations:

“Start in Tallinn, where fairytale architecture wows in this medieval old town. Wander the ancient streets, pop by the plethora of museums and churches, and then venture to the country’s most famous national parks – Matsalu, Vilsandi and Lahemaa.”

You can read the full post about The Next 11 Great Destinations by Travel Channel here.

Would you recommend any particular places in Estonia and Tallinn? Share it in the comments.

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Statistics: Issuance of building permits for housing up 53%

According to Statistics Estonia, 1 511 units of housing, with a total floor area of 137 000 m², were issued with building permits in Q3 2015. Issuance of building permits for housing grew 53% year on year, whereas the floor area of housing grew 21%.

The floor area of a mean unit of housing issued with a building permit was 91 m² in Q3 2015. These are some of the lowest levels in recent years. Based on this, it may be observed that building permits are being issued predominantly for apartments, whose floor area is dragging down the mean. (more…)

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Statistics: Growth in the aggregate total of wages outpacing loan balances

Balances on loan private individuals’ loans in Estonia have begun to grow at accelerating rates. According to the Bank of Estonia, last August the balance on private individuals’ loans stood at 7.23 billion euros, up 3.5% year on year. Growth in loan balances is being driven by the growing turnover of loans. In the past six months, growth in the annual turnover of loans has been in the quite high range of 13 to 21 per cent.

The situation of rapid growth in loan balances is increasing indebtedness. This, in turn, is creating risk that banks will apply brakes on the issuing of home loans. That, similarly, will slow the rate of transactions completed on the real estate market and cause prices, which have remained stable, to fall. (more…)

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