Cultural Programme

July 10 – July 28, 2017

The essence of the social and cultural programme is to help participants at Tallinn Summer School to gain a valuable overview of Estonian culture based on local heritage, and to enhance links between the different courses. We endeavour to show you the wide diversity of Estonia’s culture and to create a meeting place for you all.

Participants have a chance to visit museums, historical sights and attend lectures and a wide range of social events.

Want to see something different this Summer? We have made a couple of changes to our Cultural Program for 2017, which we are a little bit (VERY) excited about!

For the first weekend trip (15-16 July) we are going for an underground adventure at the Estonian Mining Museum in Kohtla-Nõmme (, where deep under the ground we will explore the mines and find out about the life and work of miners in the shale extraction industry. We will then stay in cabins at a camping area near the sea and have a long, relaxing evening with summer activities. On the following day, we will visit the beautiful Narva Castle, telling the full story of the city of Narva and where we will learn more interesting facts about Estonian history from the country’s eastern frontier. Afterwards, we will go to Lahemaa National park and Viru bog to experience the true beauty of natural Estonia, take a short hike through the green park and picturesque Viru bog, and see typical local plants, flowers, trees, mushrooms, berries, birds and even animals.
The second trip (22-23 July) is headed in the other direction, down to South Estonia, where we will visit the country’s second largest city – Tartu. There we will have a guided tour and find out about the history, people and most interesting places of this famous university city, the intellectual capital of the country. Afterwards, in a first for Tallinn Summer School, we will be visiting the beautiful region Setomaa – the historical area of the Seto people, where many ancient traditions have been preserved over the centuries along with their own distinct language. This truly will be a unique cultural experience: see the traditional handcrafts and rituals, hear the sound of this rare language and its songs that have absorbed features of both Estonian and Russian cultures. In addition, we will explore the Piusa caves – initially a quarry for quartz sand, used to make glass, and now gives visitors the chance to explore these underground galleries made of sandstone.

Full programme (450.00 EUR, for students: 400.00 EUR)
The full programme includes two week-end trips, all the lectures and the guided tour, following events: visit to KUMU art museum, bicycle trip, visit to Seaplane Harbour and visit to Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels.

Partial programme (230.00 EUR, for students: 210.00 EUR) 
The partial programme includes one week-end trip, all the lectures and the guided tour, but only 2 of following events: visit to KUMU art museum, bicycle trip, visit to Seaplane Harbour or visit to Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels.

Many events and open lectures are available for all the participants for free, for example welcoming reception, international night and movie nights. Find the dates and times for these events from the Google Calendar below.