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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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  • A nice place to be, for example, Armastus, Rüütli Street. Listen to Town Hall clocks. The street has many other good restaurants.
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  • Scrawling around the compact old center the university the bars and botanical garden really a great day  more »
  • The center of life of the old Tartu is located on Town Hall square. By the way, here in the summer, you can enjoy a concert of bells. Every Friday at 8 pm. Bells are ringing about 20 minutes. From the cosy narrow streets radiate square, each of which holds surprises for tourists. It is very pleasant to walk through the old town.
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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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