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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. Put Tartu Old City on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tartu tour itinerary builder app .
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  • place, which is mentaly active 24 hours a day. Tartu is estonian student center and here you meet great young intelligent people.  more »
  • Were in transit in Tallinn. Cozy town with good restaurants and cafes. Attractions of not very much, but one day there where to walk and see.
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  • Cute cozy town. Modern and old architecture go next. Quiet and unhurried surprise. While here, like you get into another dimension. Well maintained, well designed, clean and green. Here I want to come back again.
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Where to stay in Tartu

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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