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Your Essential Travel Guide To Tartu

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Discover Things To Do In Tartu

Tartu is Estonia's second largest city, and the oldest city in the Baltics. This historic old town is an often overlooked location, but definitely worth seeing. Located in southern Estonia, Tartu is 181km from Tallinn and easy to reach by train or bus.

The Old Town exudes an ancient charm and particularly attractive is the panoramic view from the top of Toome Hill. Here you can walk under the romantic Angel's Bridge and it's twin, Devil's Bridge, and truly take in the cultural spirit of the city. You will love exploring this magical city on foot and don't forget to make time to visit the Old Anatomical Theatre and the Old Observatory, where the world's best telescope belongs.

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Art & Culture in Tartu

The first mention of Tartu dates back to the year 1030 and at that time, the city probably consisted of only a few wooden fortresses! It was not until the year 1224 that the temporal principality of the Bishopric of Dorpat was established, encompassing what is now Tartu County, Põlva County, Võru County and Jõgeva County in Estonia.

A visit to the Cathedral of Tartu, the historic university with its many outbuildings or the Arched Bridge is also definitely worthwhile. During a walk through the beautiful parks and old streets of the city you come back almost automatically to the Town Hall Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can relax in one of the many cafes or restaurants and enjoy the sun.

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Tartu 2024 Highlights for Southern Estonia

Discover the best experiences as recommended by Tartu 2024, carefully curated to enhance your visit to Southern Estonia during the European Capital of Culture title year. They have prepared to make your stay unforgettable, ensuring you're welcomed into a world of unique adventures.

Explore top activities, must-see sights, the coziest cafes, comfortable accommodations, and hidden treasures.

For a comprehensive list of Tartu 2024's recommendations and to plan your adventure, visit: Tartu 2024 recommends - Tartu 2024.

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