Seevral streets in the centre of Tartu are pedestrianized. To close them for car traffic concrete stoppers are used. However, unlike other cities these are not just boring blocks or pillars. You will find many different designs: birds, shoes, turtles, barrels...
Every year there is a competition among design students for a new series. The winning design is then produced.
The young designers of Tartu definitely don't lack imagination!
Fondest memory: I took my camera and put together a collection of the different models I found. Here is a travelogue with the photos. Find your own favourite, I cannot decide upon one.
On "Raekoja plats" (central square) -pointing to city hall- is web camera where you can wave for your wife / husband before you go one of several pubs.. :)
Here is one of several adresses where live picture is located:
Tartu atmosphere I liked more than in Tallinn. I loved to see here more locals than tourists. Most of people were spending time at cozy town hall square, drinking beer, and walking. Some of them were relaxing at Dome Hill Park, especially younger generation, listening music from cars and sitting on benches\grass. Everything looked quite relaxing, no hurry at all.
As I know, from September till late spring or July Tartu is more or less students’ city and you can feel how young people spend their time at city. This time I visited Tartu in summer, when most students were out of university.
The River Emajogi moving through Tartu and there are 4 bridges in the centre.
Fondest memory: I liked the pedestrian bridge near the bus terminal and the market. The bridge built recently and it has very beautiful decoration in the end – the sailing-ship.
The botanic garden of The University of Tartu founded in 1803. In the area of 3,1 hectares there are 6 000 kind of plants. The most interesting are palm trees collection, collection of cactuses and roses.
Fondest memory: Nice possibility to enjoy beautiful garden.
Favorite thing: Town and gown meet at this piazza in front of Tartu's City Hall. And behind you is Mother River. To your right is the Tartu University's main building a beautiful neoclassical facade but unfortunately not photographable because commercial buidings crowd the optimum photo taking ops.
The Emajõgi or mother river, runs through the center of Taru and is lined with parks or walking paths along much of the distance in runs through town. If offers a peaceful walk right in the middle of the city, yet it is also the focus of many of Tartu’s festivals. Fireworks on New Years, and boat races and bonfires during Spring Student Days bring crowds of people to the rivers edge. The open market is located near the rivers edge. In addition several beaches are located on the shores of the river; however, many people feel that the river is not clean enough to swim in. Still, during the warm months people head to the beach to play volleyball or relax in the sun, and many do swim.
Fondest memory: Spring Student Days on the river are something I will always remember.
Most people see Tartu as the second city of Estonia, and in many ways this is what Tartu is. However, it is worth a visit of more than a few hours as a side trip from Tallinn. It might be difficult to too much time in Tartu, but there is enough to warrent an night or two, and Tartu is a great place to use as a homebase for exploring the wonders of Southern Estonia. If you have the time, stay a while, enjoy the slower pace of life, walk through the markets, walk along the river, spend an afternoon sitting in the parks that are all around the city.
Fondest memory: There are so many things I will remember about my time in Tartu, the cold winter and pleasent summer, bonfires on the beach, quiet afternoons walking through the city, afternoon and evening teas at the many cafes, and countless other memories that are still coming everyday.
If you are travelling by car, notice that there is free parking for first 15 minutes.
This is very helpfull in some cases.
It is Pedestrian Street in the heart of Tartu. There are most popular cafes and pubs.
Fondest memory: Don’t miss to taste Tartu beer in one of street cafes.