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Why organise your event in Tallinn?

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By Merlin Randoja  •  21.05.2018

Tallinn is a compact, rapidly-developing city, where short distances between places makes organising an event very convenient. Popular conference venues and hotels are located close to each other, all just a short walk from the Old Town.

We have a great choice of amazing conference venues, whether you are looking to organise a classic conference or if you want something extra special to surprise your visitors. 

Local destination management companies are highly valued for their professional and flexible service. 

Tallinn also has brand-new IT solutions, and the widespread availability and connection-quality of free, wireless internet is greatly appreciated by our guests. 

Arriving in Tallinn is enjoyable because of the visitor-friendly Tallinn Airport, which is located very close to the City Centre. 

People who organise conferences here appreciate the excellent relationship between price and quality, which was recognized this year by the well-known international travel guide Lonely Planet. Tallinn was awarded the title “Best Value Destination 2018”.


I will point out some unique conference venues, starting with the newest.

New Arrivals

The Estonian History Museum – Maarjamae Palace opened its doors as a history discovery centre for the 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Republic. Also in the historic complex, located next to the Pirita Beach promenade, is the recently opened Estonian Film Museum, various interesting exhibitions, a relaxation area and a restaurant, in addition to the exhibition and learning centre in the former stables of the old sugar factory. Altogether, this makes a complex with new and varied opportunities for organising different types of events. 

One important place inside the Film Museum is the 210 seater cinema and conference-hall, where besides film showings, you can also organise most formal events. 

The 134m² Maarjamäe Palace Summer Hall is suitable for organising celebration dinners and seminars. In theatre-style the hall holds up to 120 people, as a reception venue it takes up to 150. There is a piano, projector and a screen in the hall. Of course it is important to bear in mind that during the day the Summer Hall is open to museum visitors. It is the same story in the temporary exhibition halls, which during the evening are ready to host up to 230 participants.

Located in a separate wing of the palace is a private board room, which can be rented out for seminars and meetings. The room holds up to 80 people in theatre style and 150 people in in reception style.

Schooner Hoppet
The historic 2-mast schooner, the Hoppet, which was for a long time sailing overseas, has returned to Estonia and is now based at the Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour) surrounded by other historic museum ships. The 92 year old vessel is the oldest ship built by Estonian wooden ship masters which still sails.

The ship was renovated in 2012 and is available to the public for presentations, themed-nights, receptions, client events and even workshops. You can enjoy dinner in a special environment on the ship, nautical music and beautiful views of the city and the Gulf of Tallinn. It holds up to 20 guests, and during the summer the adventure can be shared by up to 50.

Read more about Hoppet (pdf).

Öpik Conference Centre
Ülemiste City is a modern business and technology campus built on the 36 -hectare site of the former Dvigatel factory, which is nowadays home to innovative and knowledge-based companies. Within this environment of creativity is the stylish Öpik Conference Centre, where there is cutting-edge technical services for successful trainings, business meetings and consultations. The conference centre offers different opportunities to rent video- and teleconferencing equipment and take care of coffee-breaks.

Currently there are five conference rooms, of which three are connected. In theatre style it can host up to a maximum of 120 visitors. The centre is being further developed, and new halls are coming.

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Small Pearls

Tallinn Design House
Tallinn Design House is the highly respected display and sales centre of Estonian design, where the best items of the local design world are on display. The high-tech room is easily customisable for different occasions, equipped with a large TV wall, catwalk and a private meeting room for hosting local designers, fashion and culture journalists, foreign visitors, and business partners. A completely new solution is the capability to carry out live stream video conferences, giving you the chance to connect to events anywhere in the world in real time. The meeting room is perfectly suited for smaller meetings.

The Tallinn Design House showroom is located only a short walk away from the Old Town in the Rotermann Quarter. This is an easily accessible location in the centre of Tallinn, where many great restaurants are nearby. It is possible to order an introduction to Estonian design. The Design House seats at least 50 guests, more for receptions.

KODA Stay is a multifunctional mini villa in the heart of Tallinn combining Estonian design and smart solutions. In addition to the modern accommodation experience, the house offers a productive escape for small seminars, business meetings or an inspirational office. KODA is a surprisingly quiet and very inspiring space in the middle of the bustle of the city, where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Old Town. Hot drinks are available on site, plus you can order snacks. The harbour area and many good restaurants are nearby. Theatre style can accommodate 12 guests, 16 for a reception.

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Old Favourites

House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads (Mustpeade Maja)
The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads is one of the oldest and most famous building complexes in Tallinn Old Town, which is still a popular place for organising different events. The most interesting rooms are the White Hall (built in 1532), which was the first hall built in the Renaissance style in Tallinn, and the late-Gothic Olav Hall. The long history of the brotherhood has given birth to legends about saints, soldiers and explorers, which nowadays are mainly used for the names of the halls.

The building has been renovated. Last year the roof and façade were repaired, currently work is being done on the ventilation system, and the heating system is organised for next year. There is further good news for conference organisers as last year a new powerful data projector (10000AL) and screen (16:9) were installed in the basement hall. 

The biggest hall in the building can accommodate up to 220 seats or 400 as a reception.

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)
Along with the newest places, you can’t avoid the Tallinn Creative Hub, which over the last few years has been very popular and where most of the events related to the Estonian Presidency of the EU took place. The Creative Hub is a creative centre in the heart of Tallinn, located in the former Building of the Tallinn City Central Power Station. The building was reopened after renovation in 2015 to house different cultural events and events related to the creative economy. Its unique industrial environment is perfect for concerts, exhibitions, workshops, conferences and receptions. The biggest hall, the Black Box, accommodates up to 500 people in theatre style.

Energy Discovery Centre (Energia Avastuskeskus)
The next great, unique place to organise an event is the Energy Discovery Centre, located next to the Creative Hub. In the museum you can discover the secrets of the 100+ year old power station, explore the exciting world of physics, travel to distant planets and explore outer space. The interactive exhibitions tell the story of the history of energy, the discovery of electricity, lightning, renewable energy, atomic energy, voices, sounds and optics. The historic, unique memorial to industry and energy-themed science centre is suitable for both seminars and receptions, as well as business events with an extended programme. The capacity of the biggest conference room in theatre style is 150. Receptions can also be arranged in the large exhibition hall and can accommodate up to 600 guests.

The Club of Different Rooms (Erinevate Tubade Klubi)
If you are looking for a particularly unique creative atmosphere and exciting technical solutions, it is worth considering the Club of Different Rooms, located in Telliskivi Creative City. The unique location is perfect for both cultural events and formal meetings. The Club of Different Rooms’ space, services and technical solutions function as a whole. The Club has an integrated and ready to use multimedia park, with presentation technology, a television studio, concert equipment and special interactive solutions. The large hall accommodates 150 seats or 250 reception guests. 
Telliskivi Creative City offers a cosy and bohemian alternative to the sights of the Old Town with great places to eat, many of which are local favourites.

Tallinn is developing

A new seafront district is being built – the Noblessner quarter. On the site of the Tsarist era submarine factory are a number of historic industrial buildings which will be reconstructed in the near future, in addition to the modern seafront residential, cultural, and business area built in the port district. Parking for cars is underground to give better opportunities to move around the area on foot. The seafront promenade is being tidied. On the ground floor of the residential buildings will be shops and cafes.

For conferences and events, the Noblessner Foundry will undergo a complete renovation and opens in Autumn 2019. Currently, the large hall of the biggest and most historic industrial building in the district will accommodate up to 1000 people, Blackbox up to 400 and conference room up to 250 guests. It is eagerly anticipated!

How to find the best solution for your group?

On the Tallinn Convention Bureau's website you will find over 100 different conference venues and meeting spaces in both Tallinn and the city’s surroundings. You can conveniently filter out suitable venues considering your group's exact needs. The choice is between classical conference hotelsuniversity conference rooms, and also unique places which have become popular in recent years. Small seminar rooms, which are suitable for meetings of up to 100 people and displayed separately.

Tallinn Convention Bureau's renewed publication Meetings & Incentives is almost completed presenting conference and seminar rooms in the city and its surroundings, and will offer ideas and contacts for organising memorable meetings.

An introduction to all of Tallinn Convention Bureau’s partners can be found on the website

About the author

Merlin Randoja is a convention coordinator at Tallinn Convention Bureau.

Since 2000, the Tallinn Convention Bureau has been working to introduce Tallinn as a conference and incentive tourism destination, as well as advising on conference venues and choosing additional services