VISIT TALLINN

We look forward to welcoming you! Below you will find all the information you need to ensure a great experience.

THE VENUE

In 2019 EAMT opened a brand new concert hall complex. At the heart of the 6,000 square metre concert and performance facility is a concert hall with 482 seats, which is ideal for classical performances as well as other styles of music and a Blackbox seating 130, which is mainly used by drama and contemporary performance students, and jazz musicians. The five-storey building also houses a multimedia centre and dedicated jazz and early music studios. Virtual masterclasses and concerts can be held in two dedicated studios equipped with Lola (Low Latency Audio Visual Streaming System) technology.

GETTING HERE

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia.

BY PLANE

Tallinn Airport is a cozy sweet place to say the first hello to Estonia. It is named after our beloved president Lennart Meri who is still quoted and warmly remembered as a true leader.
There is a convenient tramline No 2 from the Tallinn airport which takes 15 minutes to the city centre (e.g., “Hobujaama” stop). Taxi to the city centre should cost between 5 to 10 euros.
Be sure to check the COVID-19 session below.

BY FERRY

Regular ferry lines arrive in Tallinn from Helsinki and Stockholm many times a day. In 2021, a new cruise ship terminal was opened along with 850 metres long promenade which has views to the sea, port, city.
The port is 15 minutes from the city centre. 
Be sure to check the COVID-19 session below.

ACCOMMODATION

Below you can see special offers just for NPAPW guests. These hotels are all very near to the music academy and are definitely nice not only for the price but for the staying too. Please book your favourite accommodation early enough. The first two mentioned here are smaller hotels which might not be available until the end of summer. Estimated prices (per room, per night) are for NPAPW guests if discount code is used. Prices include breakfast.

CRU HOTEL ★★★★

Address
Old Town Viru 8, Tallinn

Walking distance from EAMT
10 minutes

Prices
Single room: 59,76 €
Twin room: 66,96 €

Discount code
22NPAPW

Very special price -28% for all the room types from 9-14 September if discount code is used

ST. BARBARA ★★★

Address
Downtown, Roosikrantsi 2a, Tallinn

Walking distance from EAMT
7 minutes

Prices
Single room: 60 €
Twin room: 65 €

Discount code
NPAPW

For booking, please write reservations@stbarbara.ee

Address
Downtown, Narva mnt 7c, Tallinn

Walking distance from EAMT
16 minutes

Prices
Standard room (sgl/twn): 75 €
Superior room (sgl/twn): 85 €

Discount code
NPAPW

Book here

HESTIA KENTMANNI ★★★★

Address
Downtown, Kentmanni 13, Tallinn

Walking distance from EAMT
8 minutes

Prices
Single room: 79 €
Twin room: 86 €

Discount code
NPAPW

Prices include spa usage. For booking, please write booking@hestiahotels.com

EXTRA INFO

Nationals of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national holding a residence permit of a Schengen State do not need a visa to enter Estonia.
More information can be found here.

People from all over the world are allowed to travel, work and study in Estonia. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or haven’t had the disease, take into account that there is a chance you must self-isolate.

Most accurate information here

Russian invasion to Ukraine is not a reason to cancel your trip to Estonia.
Estonia belongs to the European Union and NATO. 
It’s among the top 30 freest countries in the world according to Freedom in the World report compiled by Freedom House, and is ranked highly alongside with Austria, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. As of this May, Estonia holds a 4th place in the World Press Freedom Index coming just after Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
There is no travel warning to visit Estonia, other Baltic states or Nordic countries, all of which are located near Russia.

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In the city centre, everything is quite near – usually up to 15-30-minute walking distance. Should you need any transport, then in Tallinn there are tram lines, trolleys, buses and train transport.
For NPAPW guests, using tram, trolley and bus inside Tallinn is free of charge. A QR-code will be sent to you before arrival which you can use when entering the vehicle (needs to be beeped). The updated timetable can be found on the official Transport website but it is probably more convenient to use Google Maps directions as they include public transport timetables.

ESTONIA

Estonia is a compact, free and digital country with distinct regional differences. Estonia is home to over 190 nationalities, with ethnic Estonians making up approximately 70% of the population.

Due to the country’s historical background and speedy development, Estonians are known to be highly adaptable and curious of the outside world. Most of the younger population speaks fluent English in addition to their native Estonian. Our population has grown 2,9% comparing to the time 10 years ago. Not only because of that but the parents in Estonia are given 435 days of fully paid maternity leave and 140 days of pregnancy leave, making it one of the most parent-friendly countries in the world.

There is plenty of air and space – with a population of 1.3 million, the capital with 450.000 people. Distances are short, population density is low. You have a Nature Reserve within 30 minute reach from any given location in Estonia.
According to the latest census in 2021: if you divide the mainland of Estonia into 1 square metre pieces, there no people living in more than 50% of these pieces. In 14 % of pieces less than 4 people live.

Distances are small even digitally – it takes 18 minutes to start a company online and 3 minutes to file a tax return. Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced countries globally, with 99% of state services available online. Anything from simple public transport tickets, taxi, car rental, museum tickets, food delivery is just a click away. 4G is available even in the remote forest!

In 2002, Estonia launched an electronic ID card that has been enthusiastically embraced by its population, who proudly describe to visitors the amount of time they save by not having to visit the bank or the doctor’s surgery, or engage with various government services in person. According to a World Bank report in 2015, 2.8 million hours were saved in this way in the previous year. 

Estonia has also extended its digital identity scheme to make it available to anyone in the world. So-called e-residency doesn’t make you a citizen of Estonia but it allows you to set up an Estonian (and therefore EU) company online and to access Estonian banking and payment processing services. Since the programme was launched at the end of 2014, more than 17 000 new e-residents have started around 1500 new companies.

(Materials used: visitestonia.ee; Tim Hulse / British Airways Business)

Music is important everywhere in Estonia. It probably lies in the strong tradition of gathering with thousands of Estonian choral singers in every few years. The first Song Celebration was held in 1869 in the city of Tartu which means that in 2019 it celebrated 150 years of history. The jubilee was the biggest ever – altogether 33.000 singers/instrumentalists and 62.000 ticket buyers at the final concert in Tallinn. We have 40.000 choral singers in Estonia which makes it the most popular group activity.

The ‘Singing Revolution’ grew out of pop music and protest movements: in 1988-1991, a series of mass demonstrations took place in Tallinn, with patriotic songs being sung by massed singers (the biggest gathering having almost 300.000 people which is ⅓ of the population). The Singing Revolution made it possible for people to demonstrate their views toward the Soviet Union in a peaceful way, and it helped to legitimise political decisions through which it was finally possible to restore Estonia’s national independence without any casualties or violence. Thanks to this it can be said that Estonia sang itself free.

Estonia has many different music communities which have been formed either as festivals, music clubs, creative groups etc. Estonia has many music festivals from “classical” until audiovisual composition, e.g., Tallinn Music Week, Viljandi Folk, Saaremaa Opera Festival, Jazzkaar, Pärnu Music Festival, Festival COMMUTE, Estonian Music Days etc. In 2021, Tallinn joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a city of music.

 

Estonian language

Some useful phrases:

Tere – Hello!

Nägemist / Head aega – Good bye!

Tšau (Ciao) – Informal and very common way between friends to say both Hi and Bye

Aitäh! / Tänan! – Thank you!

Terviseks! – Cheers!

Palun – Please

Jah – Yes

Ei – No

Teil on ilusad silmad – You have beautiful eyes

 

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