In a recent Financial Times article Valentina Romei writes, “Nowhere in the world have expectations for growth changed so rapidly and positively as in central and eastern Europe.”
Romei is referring to the forecast for general economic growth in the region, which has trumped expectations so far in 2017. But Central and Eastern Europe, CEE, is surpassing expectations in more than just its strong economy, set to become one of the forerunners in the fourth industrial revolution.
Just ten years ago, CEE was not on foreign tech investors’ maps. However, thanks to the step up offered by unicorns such as Skype, Prezi, Transferwise and Avast, newer players like AeroMobil, and the emergence of multiple, active, growing startup ecosystems across the region, CEE is drawing eyes east, and marking its territory as a serious contender in the tech world.
Bridget McGrouther checks out the capital of Estonia.
Tallinn is undeniably one of Europe’s most magical capitals. Ironically, the name Tallinn means Danish town, harking back to the Middle Ages when the Danes were in power.
Yet, of course, it’s the capital of Estonia and since the Baltic State embraced independence in 1991 after decades of Soviet rule, the city has enjoyed an exuberant renaissance.
One of my favourite destinations, my most recent visit was in summertime, when the medieval Old Town with its fairy-tale red-tiled roofs and multi-coloured buildings was also ablaze with geranium-decorated flower-boxes and market stalls selling rainbows of blooms and vibrant artwork.
I last visited Tallinn in 2000 on a whirlwind tour of Scandinavia. Seeing that Tallinn was a short ferry trip from Helsinki I couldn’t resist paying a visit. I didn’t get to visit the rest of the Baltic nations on that trip, so I returned to Tallinn to start my Baltic tour.
This time I arrived in Tallinn by air. Tallinn airport is 5km from the city, and if flights are landing from the west then you will fly past the old city and the harbour (sit in an A-seat for the view).
The airport is small, and I waited 2 minutes to get my passport stamped. After recently passing through the circus that is Heathrow, this small and friendly airport was a welcome change.
Tallinn, Estonia, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it’s among the best-preserved medieval cities in the world.
Tallinn is not only Estonia’s capital, but it’s also been one of the most important port cities in the area due to proximity to the Baltic Sea. Which is why the competition dubbed the Masterplan 2030 was such a sought-after project, drawing submissions from some of the biggest firms in the world. It was recently announced that Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) would be awarded the prize, and that its design will be the one to better connect Tallinn to its port, a problem which has not only left areas underutilized but created traffic jams.
Typical of a ZHA-designed space, the scheme for this multisection project fluidly combines contrasting building types into a harmonious space.
Estonia’s capital city is the perfect holiday hub for music lovers.
From the latest indie rock bands and avant garde composers to the once-banned folk songs that sparked a revolution, Tallinn is the perfect port for music lovers looking to expand the annual festival route or capture their love of music with kids in tow. With a rich history and picturesque views of sea and city, the Estonian capital has long been one of the gems of the Baltic region.
Celebrating their 100-year anniversary of independence in 2018, now is the perfect time to explore the country so musical that it has quite literally shaken off an occupation with a Singing Revolution. HELLO! couldn’t wait to explore the wealth of festivals, fine dining and fascinating history with a harmonious weekend away earlier this year.
This travel article offers tips and a review of a 10-day Scandinavian cruise to the Baltic Capitals of: Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland & Sweden.
A Scandinavian cruise to the Baltic Capitals sat on our travel list for several years, while easier and less expensive trips took precedence. For us to set sail towards our Viking roots, we needed a big occasion—like a 50th birthday.
I think of 50 as an easy going innocuous number. It’s neutral (fifty/fifty), romantic (Fifty First Dates), and even sexy (Fifty Shades of Grey). But for my husband, 50 conjured dark and disturbing thoughts—colonoscopies, the potential need for Viagra, and the fact that he would be eligible for membership in AARP. So, when it came time to plan his birthday trip, we needed something big, adventurous, bold and fearless. We needed… Scandinavia!
Most beautiful buildings in Eastern Europe! Eastern Europe is rising swiftly as the destination of choice for holidaymakers, backpackers and world travellers alike. With a culturally and geographically diverse group of countries, an extensive history through political movements and wars, this beautiful part of the world is now safe, easy and relatively inexpensive to visit.
As Winston Churchill once said “The Balkans produce more history than they can consume” – and they produced more breathtaking architecture than you could consume in one trip. But if you want to know the must-see sights on each stop, look no further than Olympic Lift’s compilation of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful buildings…
Most beautiful buildings in Eastern Europe
1. Belgrade, Serbia – Belgrade Fortress
The Belgrade Fortress, destroyed and rebuilt time and again over 16 centuries, now stands as a symbol of a city that survives and thrives.
The journey from Helsinki to Tallinn is certainly different to what you might expect between two European capital cities, certainly in winter at least. In the deep freeze of the season in northern Europe, these cities are set in ice, and the journey on the Helsinki to Tallinn ferry is an ice-shattering experience as the ship cuts through a frozen Baltic Sea.
Northern Europe was for a long time under-explored for us, so we were excited to venture north, and discover these cool cities.
They have commonalities – a trendy, kooky Nordic vibe – but their contrasts make them a fascinating twin city break.
Tallinn is the historic city, with the cobblestone old town to match its years. Meanwhile with an independent Finland 100-years-young this year, Helsinki is a mere whippersnapper of a European capital city.
When it comes to visiting a country in Europe, only a relative few around the world might have thought about traveling in Estonia. Understandably, the name itself does not lend to its popularity. Hence, it is only natural that a lot of people could hardly shape a positive opinion – until they get to know some of the facts that make Estonia a very intriguing place.
One of the 5 incredible things about Estonia is that this country has two outrageous sports one may possibly think of – ‘swinging’ and ‘wife-carrying.’ The latter sounds funny enough, but they take such couple competition very seriously that they staged a series of national championships from 1998 to 2008, where wives locked their limbs around their husbands and hang on to them upside down (like a backpack) all the way to the finish line.
Once a Soviet territory, the old town of Tallinn, a vibrant, bustling hub of history and culture, is just perfect for a day trip.
History does not tell us whether the Margaret whose name identifies the artillery tower in old Tallinn was indeed obese, but the structure itself has sufficient girth to have acquired this appellation on its own merit. Fat Margaret was built about 500 years ago at the entrance to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, one of the best preserved old cities of Europe, with the intention of scaring wannabe invaders away. That did not seem to have helped much, because after centuries of foreign domination, by one country or the other, only in 1991 did Estonia finally become free.