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Tartu, Estonia

Estonia's second-largest city, Tartu has seen wars, been burned, bombed and closed to the world, but has risen from these trials a city far richer in history. Situated in the centre of southern Estonia by the great Emajõgi River, it is a 186 km sojourn from the capital, Tallinn. Estonia's cynosure of intellect and culture, the rich history of Tartu lays awaiting discovery.

Tartu Attractions

  • Vanemuine
  • University of Tartu Botanical Gardens
  • St John’s Church

Tartu Activities

  • Savour the soul of Tartu in Barclay Square
  • Imbibe in the renowned Gunpowder Cellar beer restaurant
  • Take in the rich history of Tartu via its architecture, culture and art

Tartu Climate

Lying within the humid continental climate zone, Tartu experiences seasonal temperature differences. But these are of a temperate disposition, having winters cold to mild with temperatures from -35 to 10ºC and cool summers that warm up in the middle of the year, ranging from 1 to 22ºC.

Getting There & Around

The city is served by Tartu Airport, which is around 10 km from downtown. The airport operates two regular airlines, Estonia Air and Flybe, connecting the city with Tallinn and Helsinki, respectively. Alternatively, the local bus service has many regional connections.

The city can be traversed by rented bike, which is a good way to experience the sights of the city. There is a reliable bus transport system, although it is probably unnecessary as walking will get you to most places.

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Hotels in Tartu

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From US$104

1 Antonius Hotel Tartu

5 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Ulikooli 15 Map

Antonius Hotel Tartu provides excellent service, quality accommodation and pleasant atmosphere for travellers visiting Tartu. It has Catherine's House, Raekoja Plats and Kissing Students statue in... More

From US$72

2 Hotel Tartu

3 stars
4.3 / 5

Soola 3 Map

Suitable for business trips and vacation stays, Hotel Tartu is a contemporary base offering cosy accommodations and budget-friendly rates in the heart of Tartu, Estonia. Apart from viewing the... More

3 Barclay Hotel Tartu

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

likooli 8 Map

With exceptional service and facilities, the Barclay Hotel Tartu is perfect for a special weekend getaway for holiday makers and an ideal conference venue for business travellers. GeneralCatering... More

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