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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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a especially nice place when there has some events. Otherwise there has a little boring. You can just pass it or sit down in some cafe and look to the Town Hall building and the statue in fron...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    If you come to Tartu you will definitely find its centre with the Town Hall. There is a nice fountain next to it, the symbol of Tartu - a kissing pair under the umbrella. I understand it like this. Ta...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    The Guide led us in this university town, so to speak, and we have not regretted it. Actually, there are two centres, a very modern city with the usual shopping malls and the historic centre with this beautiful place. Really far away from each other they are not, walk of the hotel easy to reach. You soon on this beautiful place, the highlight is so to speak the Town Hall at the head. There are some cafes and shops on both sides. Everything is very verkehrsberuhig and very comfortable!
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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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