Tour #04 to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, has been
for Designregio Kortrijk.
Below you find the highlights of the tour
Stay at Hotel Telegraaf*****Travel Kortrijk-Brussels-Tallinn
The high-end Hotel Telegraaf is recommended as Tallinn’s most qualitive hotel. It is located right in the historical centre and at walking distance from interesting areas such as Rotermann and the hip Telliskivi quarter. The hotel has 84 comfortable rooms and is housed in the imposing former post office.
Welcome & city walkContext
Veronika Valk - design and architecture advisor for the Estonian ministry of culture shares her vision on today’s challenges of Estonia. This introduction is followed by a walk through the historic city centre including some must-see viewpoints overlooking Tallinn and its bay.
Estonia became independent from the Soviet Union in ’91 and took its chance for a total reset with an e-government that offers a broad range of e-services to its inhabitants and even e-residency to foreign companies. Key to the success? The strong branding of the Estonia, realised by a government that is a true diver of innovation as well as a trustworthy haven.
Restoran Pegasus & Whisper SisterDinner and nightlife
We dine in the old city at Pegasus, a must-visit bistro and popular urban hang-out, known for its suberb version of the local black bread. Since ’68, Pegasus is housed in one of the few remaining Soviet buildings in the mainly medieval city. Follow us after dinner to the hidden cocktail bar Whisper Sister and enjoy its authentic interior and drinks to die for.
Linnahall: Soviet HeritageArchitecture & TAB Biennale
Curator Carl-Dag Lige of the Museum of Estonian Architecture introduces us to key buildings of the past 100 years in a stunning exhibition of architectural models. He will also walk us to the nearby Linnahall, built for the ’80 Moskou Olympics, for an exclusive tour of the interior, which has now been closed for the general public.
Start-ups talk about ‘Location independency’New digital reality
We lunch at the new Balti Jaam market by Koko architects and walk to the Lift99 co-working hub in the hip Telliskivi area for a show-and-tell by e-residency and the fundraising platform Funderbeam. Then off Jobattical, who are putting those in search for worldwide work and living experiences in touch with businesses and ambitious cities.
Visit Transferwise HQTech and innovation
“To have hit break-even just six years on from launch shows how strong the foundations of our business are,” says Taavet Hinrikus, CEO of the international moneytransfer start-up. “This is just the starting point. With the unique platform we’ve built, we’re looking forward to creating a new kind of financial services for the future.”
Seaplane harbour - Restoran NoaDevelopment Tallinn Bay
During the Soviet era, access to the coast was forbidden for military reasons. In Tallinn, only imposing buildings such as Seaplane harbour and the Linnahall we built right at the bay. Today, the coast is slowly getting developed. Restaurant Noa is one of the only places right at the water that combines top cuisine and an oustanding sunset over the sea.
Ampler e-bikesMaking & direct-to customer
Forget about weighty electrical bicycles with heavy batteries. This Ampler e-bike has a sharp design, an urban feel and a battery hidden in the frame. Sales happen exclusively online, which makes for a honestly priced product, which has been optimised for simple maintenace. Accelerate in style and join us for a test ride!
Kodasema’s visionFlat-pack architecture
Kodasema thinks about ‘light’ housing alternatives. The Koda-house is freestanding, measures 26,4m2, has no heavy foundation, and is packed with architectural details and green technology. Assembly of the flat-pack elements takes max 7 hours. Call it ‘affordable luxury’ for urban nomads or a clever summer house, work unit or granny-flat.
Sauna cultureLocal lifestyle
Saunas are omnipresent in Estonian homes but also in factories, offices and even in the smallest apartements. Important business decisions are taken in the sauna and therefore we can’t miss out. We round up with some ‘togetherness’ in the woods near Tallinn with a bbq, a drink and Russian sauna for those who are up for it!
Lennart Meri Tallinn airportTravel Tallinn - Brussels - Kortrijk
‘Estonia’s primary airport has positioned itself to be ‘the cosiest airport’ in Europe. Tallinn has outfitted the terminal with plenty of deep leather chairs, a free Skype booth and a library complete with a book borrowing system.’ Source: Estonian World