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Tartu Town Hall Square, Tartu

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Home to a neoclassical municipal building and much of the town's activity, Tartu Town Hall Square represents the historical heart of the city. Surrounded by classical houses and shops, the square plays home to a famous local statue depicting two love-struck students kissing atop a fountain. Wander the area and you'll find remnants of the bustling activity that once took place here, ranging from craft markets to the many cafes lining the plaza. Don't miss the so-called "leaning house" on one side of the square or listening in to the town hall's bells ringing through the air. Keep a close eye out and you'll be able to spot the Soviet hammer-and-sickle crest adorning some of the buildings, signs that these are actually post-World War II reconstructions rather than originals. Work out when and for how long to visit Tartu Town Hall Square and other Tartu attractions using our handy Tartu holiday planner.
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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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  • The Hall Square is the heart of the city, it is well connected and it's nice to admire its views. There are often some exhibitions, activities or shows  more »
  • One of the nicest places in Tartu especially if there is something happening, like a market or the Hansa Days. Old cobblestones mix wellw itht he mostly stalinistic buildings around the square and the...  more »
  • Beautiful Town Hall that is partially open to visitors, famous Leaning House with art exhibitions that exchange every now and then and signature of Tartu: fountain with statue of kissing students. Esp...  more »