ESTONIA: Cultural & Natural Heritage of Coastal Estonians

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2nd to 9th  August 2022
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Update June 2022

Host: Maarika Nagel (Viitong/Heritage Tours)

Course Dates: 2nd to 9th August 2022

Preparation Meeting Date: tbc

Estonia dance

Aims & Themes: exploring cultural heritage interpretation and management in a range of contexts; community heritage as part of community cohesion and rural development; heritage tourism.

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Draft Itinerary:

DAY 1 : Goal of the day: Old Tallinn (UNESCO heritage site)

14:30 Guided tour in Old Tallinn

Free time in Old town

DAY 2 : Goal of the day: Military history, soviet history

Drive to the west, traces of Peter the Great in former Soviet nuclear base in Paldiski town

Haapsalu town – resort

Meet the officials of Haapsalu medieval castle.

Visit the site, discussion

Haapsalu tour – resort, historical wooden houses and train station, Tchaikovsly bench

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 DAY 3: Goal of the day:  Island heritage alive

  1. wooden boat building in a vocational school
  2. „Spaaremaa“ – 195 years of using local sea mud for healing and wellbeing.

Ferry to Muhu island, drive to Kuressaare town

Wooden boat building faculty of Kuressaare Vocational School, meet specialist.  

visit one of the medical spas. Using sea mud in healing. Discussion, tour.

Värava farm  – your home in Saaremaa

Check in, look around in the farm,  walk the village. Discussion about Estonian country life in history and today

DAY 4 : Goal of the day: Kuressaare – the hidden pearls of the capital of Saaremaa

  1. Small craft center of Tallinn Technical University Maritime Colledge
  2. Epsicopal castle – the outstanding heritage site of the Baltic countries.
  3. The information center of Saaremaa traditional costume.

small craft center in Estonian Maritime Academy.

Episcopal castle –  The wind of change in old and outstanding 14th c Episcopal Castle. Meet the officials, tour and discussion.

Information center of Saaremaa traditional costume.

DAY 5: Goal of the day:

  • Lighthouses – part of the coastal heritage. Military museum
  • Runic songs and runic singing – the ancient way of story telling

the lighthouse museum,   of Sorve peninsula, renovated and built with the help of EU foundations

visit  local military museum started by locals without any EU help, meet the men who run the place, discussion.

Meet Mari Lepik – the dedicated Sörve woman

Runic song performance, traditional lifestlye, Sörve ABC book, etc

DAY 6: Goal of the day: Country school as a carrier of heritage.

  • How to turn your problems into values.
  • Small country school starting to use local heritage as a base of the studies.
  • Multifunctional school as the center of community life.
  • Historical sea plane harbour (past, today and future)

Visit local school, meet the Head Mistress and some members of community to talk about the past and the future of small country schools.

Hike to Papissaare harbor (3km one way) to see historical sea plane harbour and ship building site.

Optional:  swimming   in the Baltic sea (weather dependant)

Preparations for traditional weekend sauna – making twigs, heating steam room, cooking workshop, wood heated sauna traditions  

DAY 7: Goal of the day: Heritage of the capital


Back to Tallinn ferry to mainland, bus to Tallinn

Vabamu – the museum of occupations

Kalamaja suburb of Tallinn – historical industrial and factory labour living area.

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Or free time  for special interests. Tallinn museums

DAY 8 Departure day

Tallinn Estonia


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