What to do and see in Tartu, Tartu County: The Best Places and Tips

Tartu (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈtɑrtˑu], South Estonian: Tarto) is the second largest city of Estonia, after Estonia's political and financial capital Tallinn.

1. AHHAA Science Centre

Sadama 1, Tartu 51004, Estonia Water & Amusement Parks, Museums, Observatories & Planetariums, Science Museums, Theme Parks More
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4.5 based on 510 reviews

AHHAA Science Centre

ATTENTION! Due to renovation works, Science Centre AHHAA is CLOSED from 7 January to 2 February 2019 Science Centre AHHAA is a science theme park for families. We are the biggest science centre in Estonia and the Baltic states, located in Tartu. The main purpose of AHHAA is promoting science, technology and the scientific approach to solve common disadvantages. AHHAA is open 363 days a year, which means you're always welcome to visit us!

Reviewed By Tarmo R

Science Centre

You love science? This is the right place you must visitDon't understand science? This is the right place you must visit.Friendly staff, interesting shows, lot of fun and educating attractions for children and adults.

2. Tartu Old City

Tartu 50089, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Other, Neighborhoods
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4.5 based on 491 reviews

Tartu Old City

Reviewed By GRAHAM C - Sevenoaks, United KingdomSevenoaks, United Kingdom

This is the place to go to when in Tartu.

Beautiful, quaint and qwerky buildings, the Kissing Students statue, entrance to the University, cafes and shops, the Information Centre, across the road from The Kaarsild...modern Arch Bridge over the River Emajogi with its gallery of photos of the local

3. Estonian National Museum

Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu 60532, Estonia Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Estonian National Museum

In Estonia’s biggest museum there’s more than ever before, and indeed more than anywhere else: more space, more stories, more information and more events. All of this provides new answers to the questions: Who are Estonians? Why are they the way they are? What do they do? What do they think? How do they express themselves? What do they look like? The museum’s exhibitions are underpinned by cutting-edge science and technology, but are all about creating mood and stirring emotions. Echo of the Urals, named Best Permanent Exhibition in Estonia 2016, introduces the culture of Estonians and the other Finno-Ugric peoples of Northern Eurasia. Encounters details the daily lives of Estonians, from the Ice Age to today. Audiovisual elements bring the exhibits to life with song and movement, while electronic information placards change languages with the touch of a keycard. This medley of history, design, art, technology and entertainment creates an engaging place for children and adults alike.

Reviewed By stimarbogata - Budapest, HungaryBudapest, Hungary

If I could give 10 stars, I would

If you visit only one museum the whole year/season, this should be it. It's literally one of my favourite places ever. It's more of a playground than a museum: you can touch, play, smell, hear all kinds of things related to Estonia and the Uralic people.

4. Printing and Paper Museum

Kastani 48f | In The Courtyard, Tartu 50410, Estonia Museums, Specialty Museums
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5 based on 95 reviews

Printing and Paper Museum

The Print & Paper Museum displays historic letterpress printing presses and typefaces, incorporates a paper art studio and a gallery where artists from around the world display their works. Most of the machines on display are in working order and sometimes you will see someone working on them. Every visit will include a guided tour, but the museum is best enjoyed by participating in a workshop. These can be arranged on the spot for an additional fee. Workshops range from printing a simple postcard to designing 3-dimensional paper objects. There is plenty to discover here for children, families and specialists alike. The museum is located in an industrial neighborhood, in the inner courtyard of the "Samelin" footwear company. Several old factory buildings nearby have been turned into creative hubs and you will be able to discover excellent dining and shopping nearby. Just ask the museum staff for pointers.

Reviewed By Artemistica - GibraltarGibraltar

Inspiring

The perfect outing for a rainy Sunday, we thoroughly enjoyed a highly personalised tour of this wonderful collection and absorbing the enthusiasm of the guide for keeping traditional paper-making and printing skills alive and evolving. Great to see that t

5. Tartu Toy Museum

Lutsu 8, Tartu 51006, Estonia Concerts & Shows, Museums, Children's Museums, Theaters, Specialty Museums More
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Tartu Toy Museum

Located in an old wooden building in the heart of Tartu’s Old Town, the Toy Museum transports its adult visitors back to their most joyous childhood days and offers children plenty to see and do. The permanent exhibit displays toys that children in Estonia have played with throughout the ages. The display also includes artist-made dolls, souvenir dolls from around the globe and traditional Finno-Ugric toys. The museum has play and workshop rooms, and the exhibit rooms also offer plenty to keep one busy. Alternating exhibits and children’s activities are organized at the museum. In Theatre House there is a theatre stage, Children’s Studio, and dollhouse museum. Theatre House is a unique theatre which gets its inspiration from the Toy Museum, childhood, games and memories.

Reviewed By Sotontraveller - Southampton, United KingdomSouthampton, United Kingdom

Somewhere different and easy fun

After lots of very serious site seeing in Estonia, this is very welcome relief. The more serious side is the huge gulf between the toys of the wealthy and those of the agrarian workers. After that it's fascinating looking at the development of toys over t

6. Tartu University Botanical Garden

Lai 38, Tartu 51005, Estonia Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 248 reviews

Tartu University Botanical Garden

Come and visit one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world (founded in 1803). The Botanical Gardens were designed under the supervision of world-famous botanists, Prof Ledebour and Prof Bunge.The Botanical Gardens currently belong to the University of Tartu and they are used as a study base for students. The Botanical Gardens introduce new decorative plans and different methods of landscaping.Interesting facts:- there are 6500 species of plants from all climatic belts of the world in the Botanical Gardens, which makes it the most species-rich area in Estonia;- the palm house of the Botanical Gardens is the biggest in the Baltic States and also the richest in species.

Reviewed By Tickenhamite - North SomersetNorth Somerset

No charge for the gardens themselves

And only a modest fee to enter the hothouse, which was full of interesting plants, plus the odd frog, fish etc, and well worth seeing. If we had had more time I would have liked to walk round more of the gardens, which are quite extensive and well-maintai

7. The Kissing Students fountain

Raekoja Plats | In front of the City Hall, Tartu 51004, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Fountains
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4.5 based on 275 reviews

The Kissing Students fountain

The Kissing Students' sculpture and fountain is one of the most recognised symbols of Tartu. A fountain has stood in the same place since 1948, when newlyweds and their guests would visit it for luck, and people would also take a dip in it. The sculpture was created by Mati Karmin and completed in 1998. Since 2006 the fountain has been surrounded by tiles bearing the names of Tartu's sister cities: Bærum, Deventer, Ferrara, Fredriksberg, Hafnarfjorður, Hameenlinna, Kaunas, Luneburg, Pihkva, Riia, Salisbury, Tampere, Turu, Uppsala, Veszprem and Zutphen. They are situated in the direction that the cities lie from Tartu, marking the distances.

Reviewed By D38lawn - Stoke-on-Trent, United KingdomStoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Just a lovely thing.

The sculpture makes the setting. . One of those things you have to get a photograph of, probably. Not as good as the pig though!!

8. Tartu University

Uelikooli 18, Tartu 51014, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Educational sites
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Tartu University

Reviewed By LMOverby - Columbia, MissouriColumbia, Missouri

interesting tour

When I visited, the only way to visit the main university building was to take the organized tour, which was offered hourly in English. Tour took about 30 minutes and included an historical lecture hall (where students carved their names in desks to reser

9. Tagurpidi Maja

Roosi 86, Tartu 51009, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Tagurpidi Maja

Reviewed By Arturs S

Got the most laughs and awesome photos

When you enter the house, which is not even but is at some degree, and as well upside down, all your senses get mixed and you feel a bit dizzy, and that only adds more fun to it.Perfectly executed upside down house to the smallest details, we could not fi

10. Tartu Town Hall Square

Pahni Kula, Tartu 51003, Estonia Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Tartu Town Hall Square

Reviewed By truth - Plymouth, United KingdomPlymouth, United Kingdom

Average

Yes it’s cute but there are far better places to visit . The walking is a bit rough on the feet , make sure you do not wear shoe that will make you slip if wet . It is a 5 minute whizz around , rather then a one hour meander

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