The port of Tallinn has always been an important feature in the city. Warehouses were built in the 1970s in the heart of the port. Nowadays, one of the rooms of the warehouses accommodates the Koch tavern, which is characterised by a traditional Estonian folk style.
The tavern houses a small brewery that uses top quality German and Czech equipment to brew the best beer at Koch brewery!
An elaborate, centuries-old guild hall, boasting some of the most stunning architecture in Tallinn’s Old Town. In Medieval times this building was the home of one of Tallinn’s wealthiest merchant guilds. The most prized – and most spectacular – rooms in the building are the White Hall (1532), which was the first Renaissance-style hall in Tallinn, and the two-naved, Gothic-style St. Olaf’s Hall. The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads is nearly the only preserved Renaissance building in Tallinn.
The Seaplane Harbour hangars are architecturally unique in the world – they are the world’s first reinforced concrete shell structure. The complex was initially completed as part of „Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress“ in 1916-1917. The museum combines both past and present, land and sea. The museum’s three-tiered pavilion is an excellent place to host special evening events, and the hangars can easily accommodate several hundred guests.
Estonia´s largest island is the perfect destination for visitors interested in nature and history. It´s a popular destination for many Estonians, when they need a quiet escape. In its capital city, Kuressaare, you´ll find the nation´s best preserved medieval castle as well as a charming town centre that dates back several centuries. The rest of the island is dotted with Saaremaa´s famous wooden windmills, 13th century stone churches, old manor houses, forests, lakes, beaches and ancient meteor crater.
There are extensive swamp and bog areas in the middle of Saaremaa, including 32 swamps in the county with an area exceeding 10 ha. Three peat deposits are in industrial operation today. Proceeding from the principles of sustainable development, the extractable amount has been established at 20 thousand tons per annum.
The country of Latvia covers 64,635 km2, of which approximately 10% is covered by 6 800 peatlands and mires. Latvia takes 8th place in the world with respect to the volume of peat resources per capita. The climate, with higher precipitation over evaporation, slightly undulated relief and impermeable deposits in the bottoms of many depressions favours development of diverse mire types, such as fens and raised bogs.
The state has placed 20% of all peatland areas under protection. The largest peatland in Latvia, Teiču, is also a protected area. This is one of the largest, minimally human affected moss mires in the Baltic, covering total area of more than 14 000 ha.
Riga is the capital of Latvia and with 700,000 residents, also the largest city in the Baltics. It is more than 800 years old. Each century has left its marks on the architecture in the Old Town and City Centre. The city of Riga is a place where the cultural heritage coexists with the quick pace of modern living.
Lithuania is a lowland country. Its highest point is merely 294 m above sea level. The lack of mountains on the landscape is compensated by lush forests and countless lakes. Peatlands (totalling about 3 500 km2) are widespread, with the larger accumulations tending to be in the west and southeast of the country.
Peat has been used for fuel in Lithuania for a long time. Records reveal that even in the beginning of the 19th century peat was extracted and used for fuel in the places where forests were sparse. At present, 12,5 % of peatbogs are acknowledged as peat deposits, and 15% of the entire Lithuanian bog area is under protection.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city, with a population of 550,000. Today Vilnius is one of the most frequently visited cities in Eastern Europe. This is thanks not only to its unique architectural character, but also to its cultural events and attractions.
Vilnius is located in the southeast corner of the country. Vilnius is the home of the President, the Seimas, the Government and the Supreme Court. The first known written record of Vilnius as the Lithuanian capital is in Gediminas’ letters, dating to 1323.