Main building of the University of Tartu

Main building of the University of Tartu

Ülikooli tänav 18, Tartu linn, Tartu

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There is no question that the main building of the University of Tartu is one of the gems of the city. It was built between 1804 and 1809 according to the design by the architect Johann Wilhelm Krause. The opening ceremony of the building was held on 3 July 1809. All important events in the life of the university have been celebrated in its main hall since then. The good acoustics of the hall have made it a popular venue for concerts and conferences. You can visit the main hall and the former lock-up room on the attic floor of the building, both of which are considered pearls of classicistic architecture in Estonia, through the University of Tartu Art Museum.

Times and prices
Open all year round

Is open every day: 08:00 - 20:00

Features and amenities
  • WIFI

  • Wheelchair access

Getting there
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Bus: Raeplats
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Ian C

Ian C

Estonia's oldest university

The neoclassical main building is a prominent landmark in Tartu, which is known as the intellectual capital of Estonia. The university itself dates back to 1632 and is now located across the city...



Nice buildings

The Tartu University is very old formed by Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus. Situated very close to the city there are some lovely old buildings with lots of parkland.

Philip P

Philip P

Surprisingly interesting visit!

This was even nicer than the museum. Excellent guide as well. Take your time to watch and listen and inhale the atmosphere from the past.

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