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Tartu Old City, Tartu

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With winding streets and a host of neoclassical buildings, Tartu Old City serves as a cultural and spiritual hub. Though much of the medieval old town was destroyed in a late 18th-century fire, you'll find the area has rejuvenated in the centuries since. Explore the many churches, squares, and corridors. Stop by the Town Hall and St. John's Church, two of the surviving medieval buildings that harken back to Tartu's highly respected position in old Estonia. After wandering for a while, stop in one of the many cafes along the streets to relax and people-watch over a cup of coffee. Plan to visit Tartu Old City and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tartu attractions using our Tartu vacation route planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The old part is very small. But the city is neat and tidy and all the houses in 18-19 are in order. Some churches even require restoration and repair. In some places the cobblestone, so better shoes with solid soles. Many monuments of eminent persons, Pirogovu, De Tollju.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The center of the old city is a bucolic, romantic environment with medieval atmosphere. The city is clean and full of statuettes. Good to be aki!
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  • August 16, 2017
    We spent with children week in Tartu, rested in apartments near the city center, walking in the parks and on the quays, the whole week Film Festival was held on the central square under the open sky, so evenings looked new and classics! It's nice to wander around the old streets, drink a cup of coffee in the square under the ringing of bells at the town hall or enjoy a game of musicians on the street. Near the River, on whose banks it is possible to walk or run in the morning, which I did, combining it with a swim at the beach. In General, come and relax in Tartu!
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As a university town, Tartu can get rowdy in the evenings. To ensure a quiet night's stay, look for more economical lodging outside of the center. That said, if you want to be in the thick of the nightlife, the center itself has quite a few budget accommodations catering to the youthful population. Unfortunately, this also means that those looking for luxury hotels in this area may be more hard-pressed. The most populous neighborhood in the city is Annelinn, bordering the Emajogi River, where you will find a variety of accommodations. Alternatively, Kesklinn, a smaller quarter, has plenty of mid-range hotels and budget guesthouses.
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