Tartu Travel Guide

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    Devíl´s Bridge
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    City Hall
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    A street corner in the town centre
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Tartu Highlights

  • Pro
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    Sininen says…

     Lots of green areas, river running through it and history everywhere 

  • Con
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     Rather dead when the student semester ends... 

  • In a nutshell
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     Cheaper and friendlier than Tallinn and not discovered by tourists yet 

Tartu Things to Do

  • Lush botanic gardens

    Botanic gardens are my favourite places to visit. Here, it is also a must. Established 1803, it is traditional and satisfying with its hills, lawns, foot paths, arched bridge and modern art in the grounds.Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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  • Jaani kirik

    St. John's Church, the gothich cathedral, was originally built at the beginning of the 14th century. It was badly damaged during the wars but is now fully renovated. With its heavy red brick walls it seemed too big for its location. There were houses surrounding it so close that I got a feeling of claustrofobia llooking at it from the narrow...

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  • Get Creative!-Tartu Centre for Creative...

    As a continuation of Ülikooli street after Riia street, Kalevi street leads directlly to the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries. Here, one can discover a few of the most creative things in town: There are young people, who are building up their businesses. They bring colour to the region and live the spirit of Tartu!The Centre for Creative...

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  • Train station

    The railway from Tallinn to Tartu was opened in 1877, and ten years later the line from Tartu to Valga was finished. Until mid 1990s passanger traffic was important and Tartu Railway Station was busy. But when the line was privatised cargo came into focus, and passanger traffic has decreased. Nowadays there are only a few passanger trains every day...

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  • Town hall square

    Beautiful bi\uilding both side square.Young people and student meeting places.school and colleges surroounding area.up hill road and more good walking way background town hall.

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  • Remnants of the Soviet Era

    Interesting decorum on a probably neoclassical house in Raekoja plats opposite the town hall: The facade towards the square has obviously been redecorated under the Soviet regime. The stucco ornaments between ground and first floor include the Soviet emblem with hammer and sickle. Most amazing: almost two decades after Estonia's independence it is...

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  • Raekoja Plats - Town Hall Square

    The square in front of the town hall is the heart of Tartu - not only because of the fountain with the kissing students, LOL. The square is entirely pedestrianized and has outdoor seating of cafes and some shops around. The town hall was built in the 1780s after the big fire that destroyed most of the town in 1775, and the majority of the other...

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  • Laulupeomuuseum - Song Festival Museum

    Estonia's song festivals are more than just some music event. They are a centre of national culture. This becmes understandable when taking into consideration that until the early 19th century there was no poetry, literature, song in Estonian language. Estonian used to be the language of the peasants, the poor and the uneducated. Only around 1800...

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  • The Kiss Fountain

    Tartu's most popular sight, I assume...The fountain with the kissing couple under the umbrella is in the most prominent location: in Raekoja plats in front of the town hall. Remember what monuments other cities have in their main squares... this one must turn mayor and dity council in a "loving" mood. Once per year a contest is held in Tartu:...

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Tartu Restaurants

  • Good food in a nice atmosphere

    Ülikooli Kohvik simply means University Cafe. This place used to be a student's cafe, albeit one of the better ones in Tartu. It is situated in an old building just next to the main building of the university. Light, wide open rooms with an ambience of an expensive cafe make eating more interesting. Prices are alright, the service is a little bit...

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  • Wilde and Vilde

    Wilde and Vilde were writers - the former Oscar Wilde was Irish, the latter Eduard Vilde was Estonian. For whatever reason, this place included them both in its name and theme. Statues of the writers (who never met each other) are found in front of the building, sitting on a bench. But let's get to the place itself. First of all, it's actually two...

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  • Chinese Food in Tartu

    Southern Estonia isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of Chinese cuisine. But in the heart of the old town, there is Tsink Plekk Pang, a restaurant adept at attracting tourists, students, and businessmen alike. You have the choice of an indoor restaurant and a covered outdoor patio on the roof (presumably closed in winter). I...

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  • Pub, Restaurant, nice atmosphere

    This pub and resturant in the Old Town is quite popular with local students. There's a very large menu which looks fairly impressive but the night I was there it appeared they had run out of practically everything.I became quite used to waiting an interminable while for food in Tartu's restaurants and this place was no exception. It took a while...

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  • The World in Tartu

    Maailm means "world" in Estonian. This bar / cafe / restaurant tries to create a global atmosphere in its premises, i.e. selling different countries' specialties, calling their drinks Dalai Lama, playing great music in numerous languages and displaying some ethno objects in their rooms. Maailm is a great place to hang out after a long day, its...

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  • Irish pub and cafe

    At the ground floor there is a cafe and a bookstore. We went upstairs to the Irish Pub, where we had a nice lunch. Ambience is cozy, food is good and the staff is friendly. There is wireless internett access.Outside there is a sculpture of the Irish author Oscar Wilde and the Estonian author Eduard Wilde. But there is a third Wilde, the founder of...

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Tartu Nightlife

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  • Dance the night away

    Club Tallinn is a quite cool discotheque which is mostly pretty crowded. I went there only a few times, because the music was not really my kind (Drum and Bass / HipHop), but I enjoyed the atmosphere, especially in the chill-out areas: sofas, aquariums, an uneven ground, fake trees...Club Tallinn moves to Estonia's summer capital Pärnu in...

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  • Tartu bars

    The main drag in Tartu for bars seems to run off the main square and is called Ruutli. I've only been on a Thursday (last night) and things were fairly quiet not just on Ruutli but around the whole city centre. There's a few people eating and sitting around the cafes at the main square and some of the streets around that area. In terms of drinking...

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  • Weird!

    ZumZum probably is the weirdest bar in Tartu. Looking harmless from the outside, I went in and was... well... surprised. There's a mice cage over the bar. There's a diwan to sit on. There are red plastic pearl curtains nearly everywhere. There are Scottish looking wallpapers. There's artificial grass growing on the shelves. There are green lights...

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  • An alternative to Maasikas

    Newly opened Ahi, formerly Pattaya, has become the only alternative to Maasikas for women over 23 and men over 27 (no longer kids). It was been redesigned, and FINALLY it occurred to them that in a dance bar, the dance floor is the focus, not the bars. Sometimes they put a stage at one end, which blocks the flow of people around the dance floor,...

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  • New and improved?

    On its 4th incarnation in as many years, the newly renovated Atlantis has missed the mark. They have totally re-designed it, eliminating the "adult" section, which used to have different music, and making it into ONE big room. Despite it being a DANCE bar, they have decided to make the bar the centre of attention. To make it worse, the bar is just...

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  • Sport pub

    Somehow this is my favourite pub in Tartu.If somewhere is football played it can be seen here on screen.Live music every now and then. Nothing special required.

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Tartu Transportation

  • Tallin - Tartu Bus

    Buses go between Tartu and Tallinn about every half an hour every day. The direct Express bus takes about 2 and a quarter hours. A single ticket costs 140 krooni (as at February 2008) and can be bought either on the bus or from the ticket office beforehand.The buses can get quite full so I'd advise getting the ticket beforehand to make sure you get...

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  • Bus Tallinn-Tartu-Tallinn

    Then visiting Estonia, I decided to visit not only Tallinn, but Tartu also. I counted that it is possible normally to make daytrip to Tartu. The bus Tallinn-Tartu takes about 2,5 hour, buses go every half hour, so it looks it is no need to watch schedules. The cost of price varies from 125 to 140 Estonian croons.I was quite surprised to see drinks...

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  • Arriving by bus

    It takes 2,5 hours to get to Tartu from Tallinn by bus. The bus station is located at Turu 2, tel. 00 372 7331 277, in a downtown. Domestic routes are inexpensive. Information about schedules: www.bussireisid.ee

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Tartu Shopping

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  • Souvenirs, made by local artists

    Loov Gallery is hidden in an old city villa - the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries on Kalevi Street. It looks very cute and cosy and is filled with great little things to take home - from jewelery, over accessories to paintings. Very special and unique jewelery from local artists. All hand-made and one-of-a-kind! for example: ca. 10 EUR for a...

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  • Shopping center

    Lõunakeskus is the biggest shopping center in South Estonia.There is South Estonia’s first full size skating arena inside the shopping center as well as indoor climbing wall.Lots of thing to do for children.Open Mo-Su 09.-21.00.Distance from city centre about 3,5km. Almost everything

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  • Inside the grottoes of Rüütli

    Maybe I've missed the name sign, but as far as I know this book antiquarian shop doesn't have a name... Instead, it has a large selection of old books of all kinds. There's a whole shelf full of Estonian children's books from 50 years ago, other shelves are full of history books, political comments, biographies, you name it. Interestingly, one can...

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Tartu Local Customs

  • "Kiss Me Again": Roasted Garlic Bread

    The tasty Estonian variety of garlic bread is popular as a starter or snack, it is great with beer. Many pubs and restaurant offer it. I also got it in a private home. Probably this dish is so simple that a recipe does not exist. Slices of dark brown bread are cut in stripes and roasted in butter - I assume garlic butter. It can be eaten 'like...

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  • Student Days

    Tartu Kevadpäevad (or spring days in English) are the town's biggest celebration taking place each year in the end of April / beginning of May. As Tartu is a university town, most events are organized by students. However, the events range from night aerobics to theater plays, from children's events to mudwrestling, from wine races to boat races....

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  • Don't be scared...

    When coming home from a long night in Club Tallinn or Atlantis or whatever place, one should not miss crossing the arch of Emajogi bridge! This is sort of a test of courage for everybody, but if you're not too drunk it's hardly dangerous. Okay, so the arch is pretty high. Okay, so it doesn't have a rail or anything similar. Okay, so the police is...

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Tartu Off The Beaten Path

  • Karlova - Wooden architecure

    Karlova - Europes biggest accumulation of wooden architecture!When visiting Tartu, please don't just stay in the very centre of the city: Wonder around and dare to cross Riia Street. Behind it awaits you the beautiful town district of Karlova!500 wooden houses, built during the industiral revolution, make up the biggest accumulation of such...

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  • Wildlife at Ilmatsalu

    A few miles west of Tartu is the village of Ilmatsalu where there is a wetland area with excellent bird-watching at most times of the year. There is a nature trail - along which some attractive butterflies can also be seen - and a bird observation tower with good views over a wide area. The Ilmatsalu Motell is conveniently situated near the start...

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  • Speak Estonian Chinese: Tsink Plekk Pang

    This Chinese restaurant is popular with families, a local friend told me, because they are so great with children. Waiters used to speak fake Chinese with them, "tsink plekk pang tsink plekk pang..." and in the end they named the restaurant accordingly.Sounds very Chinese, hey?! Translates to "zinc plate bucket"!

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Tartu Favorites

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  • Stoppers in the Streets

    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...

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  • Live web camera

    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: Local weatherhttp://www.ilm.ee/tartu/?linn=tartu/

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  • Free parking for 15 minutes

    If you are travelling by car, notice that there is free parking for first 15 minutes.This is very helpfull in some cases.

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