Tartu Landmarks

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Tartu Landmarks

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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, UK1,297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an enjoyable 2-hour guided walking tour of Tartu taking in the old town, university and Toonemagi. It is an attractive town and not very busy either with cars or people.
    Written 28 July 2023
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH2,967 contributions
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    Tartu Town Hall Square is certainly a great public space, but as of June 2023 important parts are under construction in anticipation of the 2024 year as a Capital of European culture.

    The square itself proceeds down a hillside (the slope is gentle) from the attractive former town hall (now a tourist information center) towards the river. The square is lined with shops and cafes. We were here on a Saturday night, and the square was alive and vibrant.

    The construction is directly in front of the town hall, although it does not completely obscure it. We've posted photos. Most importantly, the "kissing students" castle, one of Tartu's most famous, is in storage pending completion of the project. The project does not affect the tilted art museum, which is towards the other end of the square. The museum leans at a greater angle than the Tower of Pisa in Italy.

    If you are in Tartu, you will definitely want to come here. We stayed at the nearby Hotel Lydia, which is maybe 200 feet away and an excellent choice. If enjoying it without construction is your priority, or seeing the kissing students, I would contact the TI. In any case, it sounds like this square, and Tartu in general, will be a great place to visit in 2024.
    Written 24 June 2023
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  • Julius K
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice. Everyone remembers young days, first love, nice girl, romantic days and nights. Always good to be a student in all countries
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Ian C
    London, UK23,741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The neoclassical main building is a prominent landmark in Tartu, which is known as the intellectual capital of Estonia.

    The university itself dates back to 1632 and is now located across the city. The main museum is located in the park, but the main building has a small museum with plaster casts of classical statues, paintings of the university and a few Egyptian artefacts while along the corridor are prints by Durer and other artists.

    When a guide is available, you can apparently visit the student cells at the top of the building.

    As one side of the main building there is a photographic project with members of the academic community looking out onto the street.
    Written 17 September 2019
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  • EmskieWings
    France8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went up the bell tower for the viewpoint. It cost only 2€ for students and 3€ for adults. It's not the most amazing view you are ever going to see in your life, but it has a good view over Tartu's old town and beyond. The only downside is the plexiglass covering the windows.
    Written 16 January 2023
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  • Ian C
    London, UK23,741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located in a park, this unusual sculpture by Ulo Oun portrays himself and his 18 month old son, but of equal height. Different people have given it different meanings, but one is that it represents the changing periods in the father son-relationship through life.

    One of several statues worth exploring in the centre.
    Written 17 September 2019
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  • Marge
    Rauma, Finland1,396 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Statue of pig is one of most famous sculptures in Tartu. It's standing outside of market place, check also into that! Outside it was iron worker selling his projects on Easter Sat.
    Big nice park and 3 malls near by.
    Written 10 April 2023
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  • Archana R
    Hong Kong, China86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed our visit - however felt that the exhibitions / observatory could be better managed/ upgraded. For such a historic place the observatory is quite underwhelming!
    Written 22 July 2023
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  • Alexander102013
    Antwerp, Belgium268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most interesting, minimal restoration of the cathedral, nicely done. Impressive ruins. To find out more on the cathedral visit next to the ruins the museum of the university. Historical exhibition, well done, even for kids. The surrounding park on the hill overlooks the town. Ruins are illuminated at night.
    Written 29 August 2023
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  • Anastasija1985
    Riga, Latvia177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Supper interesting place in Tartu. A little bit crazy, perfect for crazy and stylish photos. Not expensive, with free parking.
    Written 1 May 2023
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  • DejanNS72
    Novi Sad, Serbia2,310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although some people here claimed that this monument is ugly, I can not agree with them. In my eyes, this monument is quite romantic. It reminds me on a Serbian poet Branko Radičević who also lived in the first half of 19th century, was student far away from home, traveled a lot and also died young. Monument is positioned on the top of hill and overlooking Old town of Tartu.
    Written 3 November 2017
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  • Erna O
    Pretoria, South Africa429 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfortunately we did not have time to go inside but the guide said that the view from up the tower is excellent. She did relate the history to us and we just walked pass the building. Hope to return and visit soon.
    Written 11 September 2018
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  • ludor
    Iasi, Romania2,975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and special architecture. The interior is also awesome, with a beautiful organ and so much peace.
    Written 28 October 2018
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  • Scorpionxxix
    Brisbane, Australia230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was wondering thru the town and can actions the bridge nice looking old bridge was a good statue well worth a look
    Written 18 June 2019
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  • Ian C
    London, UK23,741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slightly hidden away, this is perhaps now Tartu's most famous statue with the two writers Oscar Wilde and Eduard Vilde deep in conversation, with a space on the bench just large enough for one of their fans to join the conversation....

    Did they ever meet? No-one knows, but perhaps they did.
    Written 17 September 2019
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