Tartu Old Observatory

Tartu Old Observatory, which used to be one of the world’s most important centres of astronomy, is a gem among the Estonian research facilities.

Here, you can enjoy a comprehensive permanent exhibition about the research of astronomy and space, admire the world’s best telescope and the Arabic Globe, count the falling meteors, and learn about the constellations.

The observatory hosts planetarium shows, lectures, family days, sky observations, and other events.

Since 2005, the Struve Geodetic Arc, one of the measuring points of which is located in the Tartu Old Observatory, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Tartu Old Observatory, which used to be one of the world’s most important centres of astronomy, is a gem among the Estonian research facilities.

Here, you can enjoy a comprehensive permanent exhibition about the research of astronomy and spa

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  • Poor attraction with low interest

    Although this place is on the UNESCO list, it offers a very low interest / attraction value in our eyes. The building itself is quite beautiful and appealing. The inside exhibits though, are rather...

  • Worth a visit

    See the universe going around our sun and learn about early and significant steps of science here. Later you could walk down the hill and have a nice glass of special beer or meal of Gunpowder Cellar...

  • Nice building and history

    Unfortunately we did not have time to go inside but the guide said that the view from up the tower is excellent. She did relate the history to us and we just walked pass the building. Hope to return...


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