With a letter, dated August the 8th 2007 from the directorate of the Estonian World Council (ÜEKN), based in America, the organisation committee received the mandate to carry out the ESTO 2009 in Germany.
The event takes place on five days and is carried out in Münster/Westphalia.
The event starts on Friday the 26th of June 2009 and ends on Tuesday the 30th of June 2009.
The Estonians in Germany are historically linked to Münster. After World War II, for a long time, Münster used to be the centre of the Estonian Community in Germany. There were several refugee camps in the surrounding area from which several local groups, some of them still existing nowadays, emerged. For some decades the directorate of the Estonian Community in Germany used to be based in Münster. Also many Estonians all over the world are attached to Münster because from there, in the beginning 1950ies, many emigrated to European Countries or overseas.
Münster is also a city with great tourist potential. The city, accommodating 280 000 inhabitants and a picturesque Old Town with cosy inns and bars is a known paradise for bicycle riders. Nowhere else in Germany are there as many bicycle riders as in Münster. Anyone who is interested in further information may visit the web-site www.münster.de
The main events will be carried out in the arena “Halle Münsterland”. Have a look at the home-page www.halle-muensterland.de
An important aspect is also the close by international airport, Münster/Osnabrück. It takes only about 25 minutes to travel from the airport to central Münster where the main station provides plenty options of travelling on.
We are convinced that Münster is the fit venue for the ESTO 2009. There will undoubtedly be many interesting and well worth seeing events provided for our visitors.
Unfortunately we have but little time left to plan and arrange the event, therefore we ask groups or individual persons, interested in taking part in the event, to contact us and tell us what kind of activity they are planning on. Please don’t wait for us to get in touch with you because it is possible that we don’t have your contact address. Of cause everyone is heartily welcome.