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Old Observatory, Tartu

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  • Not really a nice view point, for which we actually went. A museum where we have enjoyed. Worth it.
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  • Very interesting incite into the history of astronomy. At one point housing the largest telescope in the world. Great views of Tartu from the top.  more »
  • Observatory of the last century. It will be interesting to fans of astronomy. Russian personnel almost not said.
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  • Great old observatory museum that is part of the Struve Geodetic Arc, which is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Nice historical building worth to visit when in Tartu. Please look for public observation nights, too!
  • Great exhibition about the history of astronomical research! Historical, well preserved environment. Consider booking a guided tour if you are more than just 1-2 people as it's not too costly and the guides are very good and provide interesting facts (at least the one we had). Ask about the possibility to visit the terrace up the tower. Well worth visiting, one of the prime attractions in Tartu!
  • Something historical! Definatly go there your gonna have so much fun!
  • Nice place, good view!
  • Observatory is very nice , located within the park and with very interesting historical artifacts

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