Points of Interest & Landmarks in Tartu

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Points of Interest & Landmarks in Tartu

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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH2,991 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • 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, Belgium267 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, Latvia183 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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  • Scorpionxxix
    Brisbane, Australia229 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, UK23,740 contributions
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    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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  • Erica C
    Houston, TX31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was afraid to walk across it so I didn't. It was neat to see, but felt a bit eerie. Still was a must see.
    Written 27 December 2016
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  • travellerew
    Tallinn, Estonia510 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a monument to Swedish king Gustav Adolf II. He has a person who has made Tartu University. So when you go to visit Tartu University building, it will be good to see this monument also.
    Written 15 August 2017
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  • Pii L
    Laagri, Estonia43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You should know the tradition that every spring the students wash his head with champagne or sparkling wine.
    Written 14 August 2017
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  • MDKbrisbane
    Brisbane, Australia445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    lovely bridge to walk over and legend goes you must go over the bridge holding your breath and your wish will come true. so that was fun trying to do that. lots of uni students all dressed up getting photos before they go back to school. nothing too special about the bridge but the legend is good and its fun
    Written 3 October 2019
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  • DejanNS72
    Novi Sad, Serbia2,310 contributions
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    Peeter Pyld was first minister of education of independent estonian republic after WWI. It is sculpture with great symbolism that represent that book (knowledge) coming directly from his hart.
    Written 4 November 2017
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  • Marcus D
    Tartu, Estonia1,214 contributions
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    These two statues, the War of Independence monument (heroic statue of Kalevipoeg ) and the head-and-shoulders bust of FR Kreutzwald (author and father of Estonian national literature) are located almost side-by-side for good reasons in the narrow park separating Vabaduse Puistee (street) from the Emajõgi (river).
    Kreutzwald composed the epic poem "Kalevipoeg" (first published in the 1850s). Their logical juxtaposition was not planned.
    The War of Independence Monument - the Kalevipoeg statue - is a memorial for the Estonian soldiers who fell during the War of Independence 1918-1920. The statue was erected in the park in 1933.
    The Soviet occupation authorities disapproved of the War of Independence Monument for two reasons. (i) The Soviets had been on the losing side of the War of Independence and (ii) Kalevipoeg - Estonian national hero and freedom fighter - did not fit well with communist ideology. Consequently in 1950, the Soviets removed and destroyed the statue and replaced it in 1952 with the 'head-and-shoulders' bust of the author of Kalevipoeg - FR Kreutzwald, whom communist ideology viewed as a worthy individual (despite being the creator of the national hero!).
    In 2002, following the re-establishment of Independence, the current Kalevipoeg statue - based on the original design - was erected alongside Kreutzwald - thus replacing the original and establishing the juxtaposition of the author and his creation.
    Written 3 July 2015
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  • Marcus D
    Tartu, Estonia1,214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    These two statues, the head-and-shoulders bust of FR Kreutzwald (author and father of Estonian national literature) and the War of Independence monument (heroic statue of Kalevipoeg) are located almost side-by-side for good reasons in the narrow park separating Vabaduse Puistee (street) from the Emajõgi (river).
    Kreutzwald composed the epic poem "Kalevipoeg" (first published in the 1850s). Their logical juxtaposition was not planned.
    The War of Independence Monument - the Kalevipoeg statue - is a memorial for the Estonian soldiers who fell during the War of Independence 1918-1920. The statue was erected in the park in 1933.
    The Soviet occupation authorities disapproved of the War of Independence Monument for two reasons. (i) The Soviets had been on the losing side of the War of Independence and (ii) Kalevipoeg - Estonian national hero and freedom fighter - did not fit well with communist ideology. Consequently in 1950, the Soviets removed and destroyed the statue and replaced it in 1952 with the 'head-and-shoulders' bust of the author of Kalevipoeg - FR Kreutzwald.
    In 2002, following the re-establishment of Independence, the current Kalevipoeg statue - based on the original design - was erected alongside Kreutzwald - thus replacing the original and establishing the juxtaposition of the author and his creation.
    Written 3 July 2015
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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