Tartu best things to do

Raekoja Square

One of the best place to visit in Tartu is the scenic square in the centre of the city. Raekoja square feels like the heart of the city. This great place square runs from the city’s pretty town hall down towards the Emajõgi River that flows through Tartu. Along each side of the square you’ll find pastel colored neo classical buildings that lend Tartu an air of elegance.

Town Hall

Although the Town Hall Square is a pleasant place to explore, the Town Hall itself will immediately draw you in. This neoclassical gem, built in 1789, is the local seat of government. With its unusual color palette of pink and red, it’s quite a distinctive building. Built to replace the previous town hall that was destroyed in a fire, the design included space for the local prison. Home to a carillon that still chimes several times a day, you won’t want to miss a photo op at Tartu Town Hall.

Soup Town

One of the more unusually interesting neighborhoods to visit in Tartu is the Supilinn neighborhood. Affectionately known as Soup Town, this district, full of old wooden houses, has streets named after soup ingredients like Pea Street and Potato Street. One of the oldest parts of Tartu, it was once poor student housing for the university and many of these traditional houses remain intact.

Toome Hill

Just behind the centre of Tartu sits Toome Hill, a small hill with strong ties to Tartu’s history. It was on Toome Hill that early settlers built fortifications in the 7th century. Today the hill is home to Toomemäe Park, a lovely green space filled with statues and beautiful monuments.The park of Toome Hill is also home to two curiously named bridges that link up walking paths, the Angel’s Bridge and Devil’s Bridge. Two of the oldest in the city, it’s said that if you make a wish as you cross Angel’s Bridge for the first time it will come true.

Toomemäe Cathedral Ruins

At the centre of Toome Hill lies one of Tartu’s most important historic sites, Tartu Cathedral. These open-air ruins of the old cathedral certainly have a sense of mystery about them. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, this large cathedral was destroyed not long after during the Livonian War. The intact part of the cathedral now houses the University of Tartu Museum. The museum is home to permanent and annual exhibitions detailing the history of science and university education. After checking out the museum, a climb up its towers will yield some of the best views Tartu has to offer

University of Tartu

Established in 1632, Tartu University has been the beating heart of the city for centuries. As the oldest and most well-known university in Estonia, it has a great influence on the city of Tartu. Chances are as you explore Tartu you’re going to come across several of the University’s buildings. There’s the elegant neoclassical main university building in Old Town that you’ll definitely want to admire.

In Tartu Estonia

After several months in Estonia, the situation does not allow me to go to the places I would like to go. After staying a while in Tallinn, I decided to go for a walk in the second city of the country which is Tartu. Tartu is located in the south east of Estonia, not far from the border of the street. It is a calm city without problems which however has an interesting animation. Indeed, many shops and cafes stay open quite late at night.

To get to Tartu, you have to take the train or the bus in Tallinn. In two hours you will be in the second city of the country for a more than modest cost. Less accommodation possible than in Tallinn but it is possible to find good places on AirBnb. The station is located close to the city center so it is simple to reach the center from the station or to go to an accomodation.

There are many parks in the city of Tartu which confirms the dominance of green spaces throughout the country. There are also differences in level with small hills, which gives a special charm.It is possible to do the entire city center on foot because everything is on a human scale. It is also possible to take self-service bicycles to have some freedom. Lots of cool cafes and bars are located in town centers, all in a charming setting of historic buildings.

Vilnius Castle

The castle of Vilnius is one of the best places to visit. Located near the city center, it allows you to have a breathtaking view of the whole city. He does the tour on a clear day, as one can have a view of all sides of the city.

The Vilnius Castle Complex is a group of cultural, and historic structures on the left bank of the Neris River, near its confluence with the Vilnia River. The buildings, which evolved between the 10th and 18th centuries, were one of Lithuania’s major defensive structures. The complex consisted of three castles :the Upper, the Lower, and the Crooked.

The Crooked Castle was burned down by the Teutonic Knights in 1390 and was never rebuilt. The Vilnius Castles were attacked several times by the Teutonic Order after 1390, but they did not succeed in taking the entire complex. Its complete capture occurred for the first time during the 1655 Battle of Vilnius. Soon afterwards, the severely damaged castles lost their importance, and many buildings were abandoned. During the Tsarist annexation, several historic buildings were demolished; many more were damaged during the fortress construction in the 19th century.Today, the remaining Gediminas Tower is a major symbol of the city of Vilnius and of the nation itself. Annually, on 1 January, the Lithuanian tricolor is hoisted on Gediminas Tower to commemorate Flag Day. The complex is part of the National Museum of Lithuania, one of the largest museums in the country.

Tallinn public transportation

Tram

Most places worth visiting in Tallinn are just either a medium to a long walk or a short tram ride. Honestly, I walk through most of the city, it’s a city on a human scale. I like to use the electric scooter from time to time for its fun aspect, it also allows you to quickly go to the beaches or along the coast. Trams, trolleys and buses wake up along with the people of Tallinn and start their days at 6 am. Public transport can take you almost anywhere from the city center to small suburbs outside of Tallinn. The buses, trams and trolleys for most lines run regularly and their interiors and users are just as wide in difference as their routes. Public modes of transport usually disappear from the streets a bit before midnight.

To take the tram, it is advisable to take a card. The price per ticket will not be attractive while the offers are very cheap.You can buy a Smartcard to upload either money or e-tickets (1, 3, 5 and 30 day tickets) from points of sale. You can also buy and upload to tourist office in the city center.

  • 2€One-hour ticket (60 min)
  • 1.50€- One-day ticket (24h): 4.50€
  • Three-day ticket (72h): 7.50€
  • Five-day ticket (120h): 9€
  • 30-day ticket: 30€
  • Tallinn Card (includes free entries to museums and sights) (24h/48h/72h): 16€ – 64€

Electric scooter

Estonia was lagging most other EU member states in introducing electric scooter rental services. The increasingly popular transportation mode among tourists and residents alike became available in the Estonian capital Tallinn in June 2019 with two providers, Citybee and Bolt, rolling out their models for public use. It is personally one of the means of transport that I prefer for its fun side. It is also a real freedom.

Bolt currently works out the cheapest of the three and has the largest range. Tuul is noteworthy in being all-Estonian – the scooters themselves are Estonian-made, as well as the app. To use the electric scooter, you must register on the corresponding application. Then you will have a view of the different scooters that are available in the city. Then all you have to do is choose a scooter on the application, and scan the code on the scooter.

Bolt : Cheapest unlocking fee at €0.50. Furthest range, as far as Viimsi and Peetri, both outside Tallinn city limits. 15-minute ride will cost around €2.75. Maximum cost in a day – €15. New Ninebot MAX replaced its old fleet from last year. Says it hopes to expand its range over summer.

Tuul : Unlocking fee of €1, after discount during launch days. Smaller range than Bolt but still covers the city center (Kesklinn), Kalamaja, Kristiine, Mustamäe and Haabersti to the west of the city center, Pirita to the east and Ülemiste to the south. 15-minute ride costs around €3.25. The all-Estonian company, including scooter manufacture, which makes use of recyclable materials.

Prime.Bike/Bird : Unlocking fee of €1. Slightly smaller range than the others, covering the city center, Kristiine and Kalamaja, but not Mustamäe or Haabersti. 15-minute ride costs about €3.25. Operates in more than 100 cities in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Tallinn old town

The historic centre of Tallinn is an exceptionally complete and well preserved medieval northern European trading city on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The combination of the upper town on the high limestone hill and the lower town at its foot with many church spires forms an expressive skyline that is visible from a great distance both from land and sea.

On my impressions, I really like the city center of Tallinn, a magnificent historic city center, on a human scale. I like the design with fortifications surrounding the city and a lot of parks. It is really a pleasure to walk the streets of Tallinn. The historic city center is the most preserved city center in Europe and we can see why. The upper town with the castle and the cathedral has always been the administrative centre of the country, whereas the lower town preserves to a remarkable extent the medieval urban fabric of narrow winding streets, many of which retain their medieval names, and fine public and burgher buildings, including town wall, town Hall, pharmacy, churches, monasteries, merchants and craftsmen guilds, and the domestic architecture of the merchants’ houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree. The distribution of building plots survives virtually intact from the 13th-14th centuries.

In the historic city center, you can also find lots of nice little cafes, as well as restaurants. These varied restaurants offer terraces during the summer season. One of the other pluses is having an excellent quality of life for an affordable cost of living. For this reason it is easy for me to be able to work in cafes in the historic city center.

Tallinn Pirita area

A bit futher out from Kadriorg there is another district that provides an very good escape from the downtown bustle. This is the area of Pirita. , only a 10 minute ride from the city centre. If like me you love the sea, this district of Tallinn is a great place to relax and walk by the water. For a few kilometers it is possible to follow the ocean from the center of Tallinn to Pirita beach. One of the best summer getaways.

Even if Tallinn stay a quiet capital, when you get here though, you would never believe you were in the same universe as the rest of Tallinn because you are surrounded by dense forest, fresh air and amazing view on the ocean. This is the advantage of not very big cities, being able to get out of the city quickly in a few minutes. This is the advantage of not very big cities, being able to get out of the city quickly in a few minutes.

The run to Pirita, the neighborhood to the northeast of Tallinn, is notable for the great views of the Tallinn Bay from the 4 km waterfront path. Pedestrians have their very own lane along the water making this one of the safest and most popular running spots in the city. In addition, the most fun way to go is to rent an electric scooter, the popular means of transport in Tallinn, even more used than the bicycle. It is the land of scooters, easily accessible through an online application. The other option is to take a bus or just walk. I really like the electric scooter for its playful aspect.

Tallinn Kadriorg Park

Kadriorg Park is the most outstanding palatial and urban park in Estonia, covering around 70 hectares. Elements of park design from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries can be seen here. The most popular places for a stroll in the park are the flower beds surrounding the Swan Pond and the promenade leading from there to the president’s palace.

Nowadays the oak, lilac and horsenchestnut trees give shade to strollers and picnickers, the formal pond and gardens provide a genteel backdrop for romantic promenades and wedding photos. There is a park information centre, housed in a pretty 18thncentury cottage near the main entrance, to see a scale model of the palace and its grounds. One of the other advantages is that the park is located close to the ocean, so it is possible to enjoy the park and then walk along the coast.

You can also find Kadriorg Palace, a baroque beauty houses Art Museum devoted to Dutch, German and Italian paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and Russian works from the 18th to early 20th centuries. The pink palace is exactly as frilly and fabulous as it ought to be, and there is a formal garden at the rear.

From central Tallinn, tram 3 stops right by Kadriorg Park. It is also possible to reach the park by walking 20 minutes from the city center. One of the other advantages is that the park is located close to the ocean, so it is possible to enjoy the park and then walk along the coast.

Discover Tallin

Back on a trip again after a difficult period. I had to go on an adventure and live new experiences. For this reason I chose Estonia and its capital Tallinn as my destination. Let’s discover Baltic countries. It is a pleasant place for the summer season since the days are long and the weather is mild. So I discovered this city halfway between Scandinavia and Russia. When the weather is nice in summer, the weather is ideal because it is neither too hot nor cold, so you can navigate easily with a pleasant climate. It does happen to rain, but there can be many beautiful days with sunshine and a temperature of 25 degrees, all in long days, ideal. It remains the northern countries, which means that there can quickly be afternoons at just 17-18 degrees.

We feel that this is European culture, but there are still some differences. One of the major attractions of the city is its historic center which is simply magnificent. If you want to experience the beauty of Europe’s historic buildings in a healthy and relaxed atmosphere, you will be served. It is possible to walk for hours on foot in the historic center, it is so pleasant to walk.

The capital Tallinn in summer is definitely a destination of choice, probably little known, but which is of enormous interest. Far from mass tourism and problems, a city on a human scale with all its attractiveness and serenity. I can say that Tallinn is a very pleasant place for both travelers and people who want to settle down longer during the summer season. Long days, a pleasant temperature, visits, a good quality of life and many places to breathe.