Meeting location Talinn: Between history and innovation {Review}

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Talinn, however, is not just a historical old town, but also the interlinking of history and high-tech with the city. Talinn is one of the most start-up cities in Europe. The joy of innovation also makes itself felt at the meeting venues. talinn004

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Good WLAN structure

A great plus for meetings is, of course, the free Wi-Fi structure, which is generally free of charge. This can not be imagined, that you practically everywhere free wifi has, however, most hotels, restaurants and cafes over it, so that in Talinn no problem is, an Internet access to find.

Outside the old town you can clearly see the traces of the Soviet Union: prefabricated buildings and a lot of gray dominate the cityscape, which offers an interesting contrast to the historic old town. That many buildings meanwhile lead an exciting, modern inner life, you do not necessarily look at them from the outside.


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The culture kilometer

This is clear in the district of Kalamaja directly at the port, which at first glance looks somewhat downward and where the factory chimney jumps directly into the eye as you approach Talinn from the water.

Also the fortress Patarei In fact, there are also many beautiful wooden houses as well as the cultural kilometer and the art and start-up scene of the city has settled here.



Innovation center at the university

The theme of StartUps, Business and Innovation is also addressed by the MEKTORY, which is located at the Talinn University of Technology. The name stands for Modern Estonian Knowledge Transfer Organization for You.

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The building over 26 meeting rooms, which are equipped in part with all sorts of freakigem technology toys - because different Company and also the state support young founders in finding innovative ideas. 300 people fit into the conference hall, while the other rooms hold 10-50 rooms.


Minus weather

Talinn undoubtedly has a big minus point: the weather is even more unpredictable than in Germany. During my visit in April, the temperature fluctuated between 6 and 16 degrees, accompanied by a cutting wind, but it may also be warm in April 27 degrees.

Meetings and incentive events with outdoor activities such as water sports - Pirita's marina hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow - should therefore be scheduled for the summer.


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Meeting in 22. floor

The 314 meters high tower, the tallest building in Estonia, guaranteeing meetings with a view of the city, is located near Pirita's marina: the TV tower has four rooms that can be used for events:

The cafeteria in the 22. as well as the exhibition space in the 21. Floor, as well as the cinema hall and the conference room on the first floor - each room has space for a maximum of 100 people. Right next to the television tower is certainly botanical garden, also with three rooms, which are suitable for meetings up to 100 persons.



Estonia's largest board room

Of course, there are also classic conference rooms in Talinn: The largest and most modern is the 2009 opened Nokia Concert Hall with 13 meeting and conference rooms of various sizes, from the largest to 1800.

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The largest board room in Estonia with space for up to 500 people, however, is located in the Swiss hotel, which with 238 rooms also belongs to the larger hotels in Talinn. The 5 star Swiss hotel has a total of four divisible meeting rooms of various sizes and the only hotel in Talinn to have an executive area with a lounge.

Absolutely recommendable for both the quality of the food and the view is the restaurant Horizonte. Prices for rooms start from about 130 Euro per night, the prices for the meeting rooms are determined individually by arrangement.


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Affordable conference hotel

For those who prefer to hold their meetings at a lower cost, the 2007-opened Tallink Spa and Conference Hotel could be suitable for four stars. The room prices start from 60 Euro per night, the prices for conferences and meetings are individually negotiable. The spacy-looking brightly colored neon design is a matter of taste, the six partially subdividable conference rooms for up to 263 persons are however modern equipped and technically up to date.

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Plus the location is right on the harbor near the cultural kilometer and within a few minutes walking distance to the old town. The 275 rooms have excellent soundproofing, but conferences should be held on workdays. The spa is quite large, but especially at the weekend and on holidays however rather the experience bath. Really recommendable is however the food in the restaurant Nero.



Meeting on the water

The Tallink Group has not only five hotels in Talinn, but also several ferry connections to Helsinki or Stockholm, which are suitable for smaller conferences on arrival. I tested the M / S Victoria on the Stockholm - Talinn trip, which has 740 cabins and 2254 beds. The prices for a cabin are between 60 and 100 Euro depending on the price package, the prices for meeting rooms are individually negotiable. There are 11 meeting rooms that are equipped with the necessary technology and the largest of which can accommodate up to 280 people.

Also the ferry connections is not recommendable on weekends and holidays as well as the main season in summer and Christmas and in the winter it can be quite cold. In the summer, the conference rooms will be transformed into a children's playground. Also the WLAN-situtation by satelite is rather inadequate, Internet access is practically only on two of the twelve decks and close to the beach, in the cabins it looks rather bad. This is the food in the better of the five restaurants really outstanding.

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